Enable the Emoji Keyboard on an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S

While the Emoji keyboard is not new to the iPhone, it seemed as if it was disabled in iPhone OS 4.0 . Apple has added Emoji as an international keyboard available in any app that has text input. In iOS 5, Apple introduced a slew of new features and updates to the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet. While users had to rely on third party hacks or jailbreak workarounds to enable an Emoji keyboard before, Emoji has been added as a standard keyboard in iOS 5.

Enable the Emoji Keyboard on an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S

To enable the standard Emoji keyboard, navigate to the Settings app. Tap the General tab, followed by Keyboard. Access the International Keyboards window and tap Add New Keyboard. From the list of installable keyboards, choose the Emoji one.

  • Launch Settings and tap on “General”
  • Tap on “Keyboard” and then again on “Add New Keyboard”
  • Scroll down the alphabetical list to “Emoji” and tap on it to appear in your list of active keyboards
  • Close out of Settings
  • Enter into any text entry location: Messages, Notes, Mail, etc
  • Tap on the globe icon next to the Spacebar button to access the newly enabled Emoji keyboard

For those of you developers big into the Emoji keyboard, here is how to regain the Emoji keyboard while still using iPhone OS 4.0 :

1- Run your Emoji app; exit app when prompted ( I used Emoji Free for this procedure )

2- Go to the Settings application

3- Go to General

4- Go to International

5- Go to Keyboards

6- Select Add New Keyboard

7- Scroll down to the “Emoji” keyboard. Voila! Now you have your Emojicons back for use in email, SMS and more. Enjoy!

Tapping any Emoji icon enters it into a text field as if it were a standard character. Anyone running iOS 5 or later will be able to see the Emoji icons sent to them.

Enable the Emoji Keyboard on an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S

Notes:

-Does not work if you go to the Keyboard settings selection directly.

-Reset your device after this procedure in order to properly regain Emoji.

-You cannot delete the Emoji keyboard after conducting this procedure.

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