How To Enable Emoji Icons On Your iPhone Using Free iPhone App [No Jailbreaking Required]

Emoji on iPhone

Japanese users make extensive use of emoticons in their text messages and web pages. The use of these emoticons, called Emoji, is so prevalent that a standardized set of emoji icons are built into all the wireless handsets – including the iPhone.

Though Apple is known to have built the standard emoji keyboard into the iPhone since the firmware 2.0 update, this has not been made available to users outside Japan. 

Hacking into the iPhone SDK to enable these emoji emoticons is possible. Some of the older iPhone apps made use of a loophole in the SDK to enable these characters on non-jailbroken iPhones. These apps have since then been removed from the App Store. Consequently, the only way to now access the iPhone's native emoji icons is by jailbreaking your iPhone. However if you would prefer to not jailbreak your iPhone, here is an alternative. Folks at Awesomest Software have released the latest version of their "Emoji Free!" iPhone app that will enable users to access all the standard emoji icons on their iOS 4 handset.

Emoji on iPhone

To get started, you will have to download the app from the App Store by clicking here. Once done, launch the app and tap on 'Ok, Let's do this' to initialize the emoji keyboard. You should now be able to enable the new Emoji keyboard by navigating to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> International Keyboard -> Add New Keyboard -> Emoji. Reboot the iPhone to complete the process. 

Emoji on iPhone

The emoji icons can be accessed while typing text messages and emails or while accessing the Notes app. However, do note that these icons can only be viewed by Apple device users. The developers point out that this is a limitation with the Emoji character set and that all Emoji apps behave the same way.

Nevertheless, if you are interested in trying this application, download it from the App Store and don't forget to let us know how it goes. 

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  • Tom

    good app but i have no friends with an iphone :(

    • marco

      weh ??? so your saying that your friends are poor? can yopu explain it to me okay?:))

  • Larry

    Good. Except – However, do note that these icons can only be viewed by Apple device users.

  • RandomTask

    Why is this being treated as something new? Emoji has been available in the app store for a VERY long time now and it has never required a jailbreak!

  • IPSEEKERED

    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO FIX AN IPHONE OUT OF HEADPHONE MODE
    I HAVE TRIED ALL THE TRICKS THAT I KNOW : PLUG AND UNPLUG YOUR HEADPHONE ….BLOW AIR INTO ……RESTORE THE IPHONE …DOES ANYONE REALLY KNOW HOW TO FIX THAT ….WITHOUT TELLING ALL THOSE NONSENSES SOME GUYS ARE PUTTING ONLINE …..
    IF YOU KNOW YOUR INFO …AND YOU SHARE IT ..GOOD BUT IF YOU JUST WRITING NONSENSE TRYING TO DESTROY PEOPLES' DEVICES SHAME ON YOU
    BY THE WAY I THINK 3G AND 3GS USERS MIGHT LIKE TO HEAR THIS ….AFTER I UPGRADED MY IPHONE TO IOS 4.0 IT BECAME VERY SLOW AND I JUST UPGRADED IT TO IOS 4.1 AND IT GETS BETTER ….

  • Iphone4

    Ummmm I think the author of this article needs to go look under the keyboard settings where you can find the emoji settings on ios4. You already have emoji for free on ios 4 people.

  • wannano

    where do you find it

  • El Barto

    Isn't it great to  your 

  • http://chalets-loukastan.com stan69b

    I never used any kind of app like this to have my emoji on my keyboard , i juste enabled them , when you select Japanese keyboard you can enable emoji only so you have 2 keyboard , english and emoji

  • Cooper

    I downloaded this weeks ago. It's been available for a while. No jb necessary.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/malc81 Malc81

    ..interesting…cuz my BB friends can see my emoji's

  • Chupacabra

    Had the same problem. Took a Q-Tip and lightly wet it with rubbing alcohol. Gently twisted it into the headphone jack to clean out the gunk deposited inside. Once it was clean, it worked normally again. Apparently the build up of dust and grime in the headphone jack can cause it to act like headphones are plugged in.

    Like you, I tried all the recommended tricks with no success. This fixed mine. Hope it helps you.

  • Triver

    Holy christ this is such old news…. I guess this one is for the new comers.

  • Debbie Luke

    How about adding emoji to iPad?

  • T-Dawg

    Um, I haven't done anything and Emoji has been available for quite a while on stock iPhones. Just select it from Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards>Add New Keyboard…

    Been using them in tweets and SMS to friends for ages.

  • billy

    hi which one do you add. thanks

  • Slick

    hmmm mine only show Kana or Qwerty under Japanese keybds, tried them both but don't see any emoji…

  • Dick

    this is lame emoji has been around for years and it's anyway so y the he'll these gust have a post dedicated to it I have no idea. Btw when is the  for 4coming out

  • Laurie

    I have a jailbroken iphone with os4.0 and I can't sent the emoji's to anyone with an iphone unless its a phone that has been jailbroken? Is this a problem or is there a way to fix it?
    Would love to hear from you!
    Thanks!

  • iphone4black32gb

    Do you mean to say that others own different gasp… phones? I call your bluff sir, as I have never witnessed this in my lot! :)sorry to much coffee.

  • iphone4black32gb

    sad indeed!

  • iphone4black32gb

    I understand your area of concern, my fourteen year old has the same issue at school! She has resorted to facetime with father! damn you apple,damn you to face the wrath of Microsofts Kin, for making me spend time with my children!

  • http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k613/garzacapitalist/1979transam.jpg iphone4black32gb
  • http://creationflux.com thierry

    a free app do it : "Emoji Emoticons Enabler" for iphone 4, 3G and 3…
    enter "Emoji Emoticons Enabler" in google

  • http://www.iphonehacks.com/2010/08/how-to-enable-emoji-icons-on-your-iphone-using-free-iphone-application.html iphone4.1

    Question..
    so i go into International>Keyboards..
    but when it comes up with the available keyboards, theres Japanese 'Romaji' and Japanese 'ten key' and theres no settings for Emoji..

    is this because my phones been updated to 4.1?
    and are there any loopholes so i can enable it?

  • Burbank User

    I had to replace my iPhone at the Apple store,
    and they upgraded me from 4.0 to 4.1, and now
    Emoji is no longer an option for international keyboards.
    Help! Now what do I do for 4.1?

  • Altunyan

    same here,can’t use emoji in 4G iOS 4.1!!!!! Any chance for us???

  • http://Www.iphonehacks.com BLKAngel

    Actually there is a solution for you guys that have the iphone 4 you dont have to download an app for emoji iphone4 already has it you simply go to the settings>general>keyboard>international>add keyboard and you select the emoji one and you are ready to use emojis hopw this works.

  • http://sheshinning.blogspot.com Miss ila

    I  this apps. 1 word..its a …BRILLIANT!

  • juni butt

    i have ipod touch 2g ios 4 .in start i.was successful in enabling emoji after this ichange my farmware to again ios 4.but now there is still the emojifunction in my ipod but when i enable it it dosent how any emoji icons what did i do.if any1 now whats the eal problem then send a message at my hotmail address.(fuktin2009@hotmail.com)

  • http://www.emoticonsfree.org/ Joy

    Smile. :)

  • http://budimanpatty.com Budiman Patty

    Nice info,,,,,i like iphone..is the best

  • Shawn

    You can down load Handcent for free and get the Emoji addon for Verizon users