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While typing, iOS will make suggestions to help you quickly and easily replace words with relevant emojis.
There are two ways to do this. Firstly, when typing out a message, the QuickType bar will suggest emojis if a word you’ve typed has an emoji equivalent.
To turn on the QuickType bar, hold your finger down on the emoji (or globe) icon in the bottom left of the keyboard and select Keyboard Settings. Then, ensure that the toggle alongside Predictive is switched on.
Now, whenever you type, suggestions will be made on the bar just above the keyboard, including emojis. Tap the suggested emoji to replace the word with the icon.
You can also check which words in an iMessage can be replaced with emojis after you’ve typed it out. To do this, type the message, then tap the emoji icon (or globe icon, if you have a third-party keyboard installed).
This will highlight all emoji-able words in yellow – to replace them, simply tap on all the words you want to turn into emojis and they’ll change instantly.
It’s also possible to search for emoji, making it easier to quickly find the right one. To do so, launch the emoji keyboard as usual, and tap the Search Emoji text field at the top of the emoji interface. Then, input your search term. Emoji search results will then appear on-screen – it couldn’t be simpler.