How to access the secret emoticon keyboard on your iPhone

By Kirstin Buick
20 March 2017

No, not the emoji keyboard! This one is way cooler – and you can have it on your phone with a few simple taps. Here's how.

Did you know your iPhone has a secret emoticon keyboard? 

No, not the standard emoji keyboard! This one is way cooler – and you can have it on your phone with a few simple taps. Here's how.

1. Go to Settings > General.

2. Scroll down to and tap 'Keyboards'. Tap 'Keyboards' at the top of the menu.

step 2

3. Tap 'Add New Keyboard'.  Scroll down to Japanese. Select Japanese > Kana

Step 3

4. To use your new emojis, go to a messaging app like iMessage or WhatsApp.

5. When typing a new message tap the world icon on the bottom right of your keyboard. Now tap the Japanese symbol on the bottom right.

step 5

6. Tap the little face on the bottom right for more smiley options. Then tap the up arrow on the top right of your keyboard for even more.

step 6

7. Ta-daaa! A world of adorable smileys at your fingertips! ?(?????)?

step 7

?*:.?. o(???)o .?.:*?

Additional source: Mashable

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