How to Remove Emoji Button from Keyboard on iPhone and iPad

Mar 26, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to remove the Emoji button from iPhone or iPad keyboard

Don’t want the Emoji button on the iOS keyboard and wish it were gone? You can remove the Emoji button from the keyboard on iPhone and iPad, and by doing so you are effectively turning off Emoji in iOS so that it can’t be typed, nor can the Emoji keyboard be accessed. Disabling the Emoji button from the iOS keyboard can be desirable for many reasons, particularly if you accidentally hit the Emoji button and find that annoying, or if you simply never use Emoji and want to get rid of the smiley face button on the keyboard of iPhone or iPad.

We’ll show you how to remove the Emoji button from the iPhone and iPad keyboard, and also how to return the Emoji functionality back to the iOS Keyboard if you decide you want the Emoji button back again.

Note that if you remove the Emoji button from iOS keyboard then you will not be able to type Emoji on the iPhone or iPad because there is no longer any way to access the Emoji keyboard, unless you reverse this settings change.

How to Turn Off Emoji & Disable Emoji Button on iOS Keyboard

To remove the Emoji button from the keyboard, you must disable and remove the Emoji keyboard from iOS in general. Here’s how this is done:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Settings icon

  3. Go to “General” and then to “Keyboard”
  4. How to remove Emoji button from iOS Keyboard

  5. Choose “Keyboard”
  6. How to remove Emoji button from iOS Keyboard

  7. Tap the “Edit” button in the corner of Keyboard settings
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  9. Now tap the (-) red minus button next to “Emoji”
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  11. Tap on the “Delete” button next to Emoji
  12. Deleting Emoji keyboard removes emoji button from iOS keyboard

  13. Tap “Done” or exit Settings

Now if you open any app on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that allows you to type and shows a keyboard, like the Messages app, Notes, Pages, or anywhere else where typing in iOS is possible, you will find the Emoji button has been removed.

The Emoji button has been removed from iOS keyboard

By removing the Emoji keyboard, you no longer have the Emoji button on the iOS keyboard, which means you can’t type Emoji on the device. Currently there is no way to remove the Emoji button from the keyboard without also removing the entire Emoji keyboard itself, which basically disables Emoji completely on the iPhone or iPad (though anyone can continue to send you Emoji, and your iOS device will continue to render and show Emoji).

If you’re turning off the Emoji button on iOS keyboard because you are accidentally hitting it, or because you never use it, or because you find the keyboard too cluttered, you might also appreciate removing the microphone button from the iPhone and iPad keyboard too. If you remove both the Emoji button and microphone button from the iOS keyboard, the space bar takes up the available space, and for some users they may find that easier to type with.

How do I get Emoji button back on the iPhone or iPad Keyboard?

If you disabled the Emoji button and Emoji keyboard but decide you want that smiling face button back so you can type your favorite Emoji again, you can enable the Emoji keyboard on iPhone or iPad again easily with these instructions or by doing the following:

  1. Open the “Settings” app then go to “General” and “Keyboard”
  2. Choose “Keyboards” then “Add New Keyboard” and select “Emoji” to add, this will return the Emoji button to the iOS keyboard

The Emoji button on iPhone or iPad keyboard

You must re-add the Emoji keyboard to the iOS Keyboard settings in order to regain access to the Emoji button on the keyboard of an iPhone or iPad, as well as to regain access to the Emoji keyboard in iOS and the smiley face button.

The Emoji button is a smiley face icon on the iOS keyboard

Like basically all settings in iOS, these changes are easily reversed and adjusted at anytime.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Michelle Tuddenham says:

    Please tell me how to move or delete the unicorn emojis

  2. RA XA says:

    Hey Paul,
    I have posted comments for this tip two times and could not send it … and above your Website stay – not really
    secured ! Have you got my comments?
    I love emojis and I use them every time when I send E-Mails or SMS. Emoys make a News much more living
    and I‘m happy to have them☺️
    Have a great day and thanks for your tips!
    Friendly Greetings from 🇧🇧

  3. Norm Beazer says:

    iPhone SE and iPhone Touch 7 – able to remove Emoji, but not able to restore.

    Not too upset if cannot restore, but may affect others ?

  4. Rinaldo Doon says:

    Thank you, thank you. No idea you could could get if this cruft.

    Some of us like to think we’re younger than our years, but not 12…

    By the way, your battery looks a bit kow in low pics!

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