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Replace Words With Emojis in the Message App

To the fans of Emojis: You are going to enjoy the improvement for iMessages in iOS 10. To those who do not know, what Emojis are: Emojis are these nice little smileys on the iPhone, by which you can express emotions and feelings. The improvement in iOS 10 is that you can now replace words with emojis in the Message App. Read how it works here…


Your iPhone has to run with iOS 10.0 or later, so that you can use this trick.

You also have to use the default keyboard on your iPhone. The Emoji keyboards from the Appstore do not offer this function yet.

Currently the following guide is addressing the Message App and no other Messengers like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. It’s not known, if and when Apple will enable third-party providers to use this feature.

Replace words with Emojis

Open any chat in the Message App and type in your message.

Change into the pre-installed Emoji keyboard by holding the “globe” button and selecting “Emoji”.

If the keyboard is not showing up, you have to activate it first. (Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji).

The words that you can replace with Emojis will be highlighted in orange. You can tap these words and they will be changed into the Emojis.

If iOS has found more than one fitting Emoji, you can choose which one you like to use.

Once you have replaced all the words you wanted, send the message as usual.