How to Unlock the Hidden Emoticon Keyboard on iOS

Your iPhone or iPad has a hidden emoticon keyboard; here’s a simple step by step guide to unlock it.


Are you a die-hard emoticon fan, who keeps on browsing the App Store for robust third-party keyboards based on them? If yes, then you will be pleased to learn that your iOS device already has a hidden emoticon keyboard, which features over 100 fairly cool emoticon characters.

This entire collection of hidden emoticons on iOS comes free of charge, and even more interesting is that you don’t have to download any additional keyboard or emoji app to get access to it. All you need to do is to select the right keyboard language and you will be able to create unicode emoticons in your text.

So let’s proceed to the steps you should follow to unlock the hidden emoticon keyboard on your iPhone or iPad.

Unlock the Hidden Emoticon Keyboard on iOS

Step 1
Open the Settings app on your iOS device.

Step 2
Tap “General,” and scroll down to the Keyboard option.

Step 3
Once there, tap “Keyboard,” followed by “Add New Keyboard.”

Step 4
A list of languages will appear, scroll down and tap on Japanese.

Step 5
Next up, select “Romaji” out of two options displayed.


Step 6
One done, open the keyboard in any messaging app and and hit the globe icon displayed next to the microphone button; then switch to the language you just added.


Step 7
Now, tap on the ‘123’ button followed by the “^_^” unicode face, and you’ll be given access to a secret trove of super-awesome emoticons.

Step 8
Simply click the upward arrow at the right end to expand the entire list of the available characters.


These are, of course, abundant emoticons to choose from, and the chances are you’ve never seen or used some of them before. Enjoy!

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