How to Hide Memoji Stickers from Keyboard on iPhone & iPad

Feb 25, 2020 - 11 Comments

How to Disable Memoji Stickers on iPhone

Apple introduced Memoji Stickers as a part of the iOS 13 software update. These stickers might be a great way to make your conversations more engaging in iMessage and other messaging applications, but some iPhone and iPad users probably don’t really use them as much as some other enthusiasts do. There have even been some users who have been quite annoyed about how these new stickers took up half of the “Frequently Used” emojis section, and for a while there wasn’t really a way to disable them.

Now there’s an option available in settings that allows users to hide and disable Memoji stickers from the keyboard if they want to on iPhone and iPad.

As the name suggests, the frequently used section houses all the emojis that you’ve used the most for quick access. This means, you don’t really have to scroll through hundreds of them to find that one emoji you like every single time you try to send it to someone on any messaging platform.

If you’re one of those users who want to just get rid of Memoji Stickers from the keyboard, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can hide these Memoji stickers from the onscreen keyboard of your iPhone and iPad.

How to Disable Memoji Stickers on iPhone & iPad

Here’s how you can hide Memoji Stickers from the keyboard in iOS and iPadOS:

  1. Open “Settings” app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS Settings Icon

  2. In the Settings menu, tap on “General”.

    How to Disable Memoji Stickers on iPhone

  3. Now, you need to go to the Keyboard settings. Simply scroll down and tap on “Keyboard” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Disable Memoji Stickers on iPhone

  4. Here, scroll all the way down and you’ll see the option to disable Memoji Stickers. Simply tap the toggle once to hide these stickers from your stock iOS keyboard.

    How to Disable Memoji Stickers on iPhone

  5. If you open up the emoji keyboard on your iPhone or iPad now, you’ll notice all your frequently used emojis located just where it used to be in iOS 12.

    How to Disable Memoji Stickers on iPhone

That’s pretty much all you need to do in order to hide these annoying stickers from your keyboard.

This setting is mostly for the people who either don’t use the Memoji Stickers ability or straight up dislike this feature and want to keep it disabled permanently. Some may not like it because it took half of your keyboard too, which can be frustrating sometimes particularly if you don’t use the feature often. However, if you just want to hide it temporarily, you could simply swipe those Memoji Stickers on your keyboard to the left and it’d be saved the next time you open up the keyboard. This makes Memoji Stickers accessible whenever you want to use it with a simple swipe and you wouldn’t have to go to Settings every time you want to re-enable it.

Note if you don’t find this feature available it’s likely because you’re on an outdated iOS or iPadOS release, as this capability was introduced in iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3. Thus you’d need to update your device to be able to hide Memoji Stickers.

Apple gives users a lot of control over Memoji Stickers with the introduction of this capability. If you choose to hide Memoji Stickers, you don’t have to worry about a part of your favorite emojis being hidden in the second page. You’ll have complete access to your frequently used emojis in the front page of the emoji keyboard, just like you used to in previous versions of iOS.

Did you hide Memoji Stickers from your stock iPhone or iPad keyboard? If so, is there any specific reason why you disabled it? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. RM says:

    Thank you for the tip! These were taking up a lot of space.

    On a similar vain of annoying iOS features – I wish there was a way to bring back the old method of deleting images from text messages. Until recently, it was a one touch move to delete an image. Now it’s a royal PITA…

    I digress, thank you guys

  2. Einstein says:

    Jeez, I had to look up what a Memoji was. Isn’t this sort of thing for kids?

  3. Richard says:

    Great article! Many thanks! I’ve been looking to do this since they first appeared. Wouldn’t be so bad but I couldn’t get mine to even look like a bit like me 😂

  4. Philip Cutting says:

    At last…!

  5. Aziz says:

    Thanks for the very useful article. I was wondering how to remove these stickers that were appearing at the front and hiding the ones I really need.

  6. Peter says:

    Stupid feature for email. D’ya think Tim Cook uses these things in his emails? Great article. Timely. Thank you.

  7. Joel Hencken says:

    Thank you SO much. I was tickled by the idea of these emojis till I actually saw them, and the intrusive first place they are given, and instantly loathed them. Thank goodness they’re optional, although I’d never have found how on my own.

  8. Forrest says:

    Thank you for this.

    This is one of the most undesirable features of iOS I’ve experienced. They keep pushing things “in your face” and it is truly tiring.

    iOS is fast becoming like ad-ware, with some of these changes. They need to pay more attention to the UI/UX and stop cramming unwanted features into the mix.

  9. Michael says:

    I was happy to see this article and yes, I immediately turned off this useless “feature.” The 3 reasons are 1) I never use stickers and 2) they took up too much valuable real estate making it more difficult to use the emojis I do want to use and 3) by Apple putting them first in the keyboard, they implied that they KNEW I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM AND USE THEM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY. Apple was wrong.

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