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How to Enable this Hidden Built-in iOS Emoticon Keyboard

Emoji have been a growing trend over the years, and they allow you to express yourself in a unique and fun way. We showed you how to enable the Emoji keyboard back in iOS 5. And using them with new versions of iPhone and iPad is a much simpler affair.

However, if you’ve grown tired of the same ones, you can enable a keyboard that provides a ton of Unicode emoticons you can scroll through. Here’s how to find them.

Get Tons of New Emoji’s On iOS

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard and tap Add New Keyboard and scroll down and select Japanese > Romaji.

Romaji Japanese Keyboard

Next open an app that requires the keyboard. Tap and hold the global icon key and select the Romaji keyboard you just added.

World Key

Now tap the “123” key and then over to the right, tap the “^_^” key.

unicode smiley key

That will pull up a ton of new Unicode emoticons you probably never knew were there.

unicode emoticons

These hidden Emoji characters aren’t anything new. In fact, I was able to go back to my old iPod touch running iOS 6 and do the same thing.

ipod unicode emoticons

It’s just a reminder that sometimes it’s good to change things up every once in a while. There are interesting features in iOS other than the same old apps we use every day.

These Unicode emoticons might not be as animated and vibrant as ones you’re used to, but it’s still worth giving them a try. Have fun!

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