iOS 5 Includes Emoji Keyboard for Everyone

Jun 9, 2011 - 6 Comments

iOS 5 Beta includes an Emoji Keyboard

iOS 5 release includes a built-in Emoji keyboard that is accessible to anyone and is not region restricted. This is a change from past iOS releases where you would either need to jailbreak or install a 3rd party application in order to use Emoji from the iPhone, iPod touch, or iOS in general.

Emoji is a Japanese reference to emoticons, which are little picture characters that have become extremely popular as an enhancement to SMS and online communication. Outside of using emoji to convey messages, you can also use the emoji icons to create customized iOS folder names, like the camera icon alongside the folder name in this screenshot:

Emoji iOS folders

Heads up to @manda907 for discovering this.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone


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  1. Dom says:

    iOS 5? I have them on my old iPhone 3G. They’re awesome!

  2. yo says:


  3. rahul says:

    emoji doesnt work with recently upgraded operating system to ios5..!!!

    The globe is working and shows the emoji too.. when i punch in one of those… it shows “null”..

    Tried reseting iphone setting but the problem prevails…

    Can Anyone Help..!!!!

  4. […] apps that come from Apple do and most apps updated for Lion should too. 💱 Outside of the Mac, Emoji is included in iOS 5 for everyone too. stLight.options({ […]

  5. Amanda M says:

    Thanks for the giving me props!!! My husband said that they weren’t showing up correctly on his iPhone4 with iOS 4 and I haven’t been able to confirm this yet with any other iPhone buddies. His come through correctly though to mine (of course his was enabled via 3rd party app).

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