Everyone loves Emojis, however if you want to add even more flare to your chats then there’s an alternative keyboard that can help you in achieving that. Hidden deep inside iOS’s Keyboard settings is an emoticon keyboard that gives you quick access to hundreds of emoticons or Unicode Faces in just a few taps. The best thing about this hidden keyboard is that anyone can have them on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In this post we will show you how you can enable and use the hidden emoticon keyboard on your iOS device.
How To Enable Hidden Emoticon keyboard on iOS?
Emojis and emoticons have Japanese origins, so it should be no surprise that the hidden keyboard can be found under that Language. These emoticons will not have all the bells and whistles of the built-in emoji keyboard for iOS 9, but keeps its core roots, while adding a nice old-school flair to your texts. Here’s how to enable it:
First of all open Settings and go to General > Keyboard. On the next page tap on the ‘Keyboards‘ option and then on ‘Add New Keyboard.
In the “Add New Keyboard” section, scroll down until you see Japanese among the large list of languages. Tap to open the Japanese keyboard options and select Romaji.
Now that we have the new keyboard enabled, you need to test it out. Open up Notes or Messages or any app that you can use the keyboard in. With the keyboard open, tap and hold the globe icon and select Romaji from the list.
Now that you have the Romaji keyboard activated, tap the 123 button, followed by the the icon that looks like a smiley face ^_^.
You will now get the emoticon bar on the top, simply tap on the ‘ˆ’ button to reveal the full menu.
These kinds of facial expressions won’t be for everyone, but it’s surprising to see that Apple offers these ASCII faces in the stock iOS keyboard system. In any case, it makes accessing a way to express your feelings that much easier, and it’s super easy for anyone to enable. The best part is, no jailbreak or third-party software is required to use this feature.
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How To Enable The Hidden Emoticons keyboard On your iPhone and iPad