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Apple iOS 5: Enable the Emoji Keyboard

Emoji is a set of images and emoticons to add in text messages, emails, notes and other iOS 5 apps. Here’s how to enable the Emoji keyboard in iOS 5.

First, open Settings on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Then go to General >> Keyboard.

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Next, tap International Keyboards.

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Tap Add New Keyboard.

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On the next screen, scroll down and tap Emoji.

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You’re brought back to the Keyboards screen — you’ll see Emoji listed. Close out of Settings.

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Now open an app that requires the Keyboard. You’ll see the International key – tap it.

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The Emoji keyboard displays. Now you have access to a fun and diverse array of Emoji emoticons.

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Select from several Emoji categories. Here’s a look at a few.
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To get back to your regular keyboard, tap the International key again.

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Here’s an example of the Emoji keyboard on an iPhone and an iPod touch running iOS 5.

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One caveat: Emoticons won’t display correctly in apps that don’t support them. In Twitter on my iPad they do show correctly. 

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But if you go to the Twitter web page, they aren’t supported. They instead show up as funky-looking boxes.

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If you’re still running iOS 4, you can download the Emoji keyboard app, of course. But if you upgrade your device to iOS 5, it’s built-in. Have fun!

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