Unlock the Secret Emoticon Keyboard on Your iPhone X

Unlock the Secret Emoticon Keyboard on Your iPhone X. Apparently emojis are really last season. So last season that there’s now a way to unlock a secret keyboard on your iPhone with access to over a 100 emoticons. You know, those old school emojis we used to be obsessed with when we spent evenings chatting to boys on MSN messenger, trying to act cool and aloof but probably failing. 

Unlock the Secret Emoticon Keyboard on Your iPhone X

Emoticons might not exactly be the shiny, colorful icons we've come to love on touch screen phones, but they're equally sweet expressions with many opportunities and appears that emoji just hasn't come up with yet. For example, "shrug" anyone?

Usually, you need to type emoticons out piece by part, and your current writing keyboard might not have all the Unicode heroes that you need. Which when copy/pasting from the internet comes into play, but this is a lot of work too.

While we suggest that you make your most-used emoticons into keyboard shortcuts for quick and easy access, when you need something more, nothing beats the convenience of the built-in emoticon keyboard. And if you aren't asking yourself why you have never seen or observed of this keyboard before, it's probably because an individual speak Japanese.

Step Unlock the Secret Emoticon Keyboard on Your iPhone X

Add the Romaji Keyboard

To begin, open the Settings app, tap "General," then tap "Keyboard." On the next page, tap "Keyboards" at the top of the page, then tap "Add New Keyboard."

Scroll down the list of keyboards, then select "Japanese." You'll see two options, but you'll want to tap "Romaji," which translates Japanese characters into Romanized characters English-speakers would recognize. Once selected, tap "Done" in the top-right corner to exit back to the Keyboards page.

If you want to make this keyboard the default throughout your iPhone, tap "Edit" in the top-right corner of the display, then tap-and-hold on the three lines to the right of "Japanese – Romaji." Drag the keyboard to the top of the list, then tap "Done" to solidify it as your default keyboard.

Step 2Access the Emoticon Section

Now that you have the keyboard set up, you're ready to select and send emoticons to anyone you wish. Open up any app that you can type in, like Messages, then tap where you need to, to bring up the keyboard. If you set "Japanese – Romaji" as your default keyboard, it should pop up immediately.

If it doesn't open immediately, tap the globe icon (the keyboard switcher) to cycle through all keyboards until you reach Romaji. Alternatively, you can tap-and-hold the globe to access a short list of all your keyboards, from which you can select "Japanese – Romaji" (which will actually be some Japanese characters).

Once in the Romaji keyboard, tap the "123" key in the bottom-left corner, then tap the "^_^" key on the right to access the secret emoticon keyboard.

Step 3Add Emoticons Like Never Before

From here, you can swipe left to view all emoticons. However, there are too many emoticons to make this method worthwhile in many cases. Tap the "^" icon (the circumflex accent or up arrow) to the right to open up the keyboard in a larger window. This change makes finding an appropriate emoticon much easier.

When you find an emoticon you like, just tap on it. The emoticon keyboard will disappear, and the emoticon itself will be loaded where you're typing. You can delete any part of the emoticon you'd like to since it is only made up of individual Unicode characters.
Oh, and in case you were looking for it, the "shrug" emoticon isn't listed in this keyboard. This keyboard doesn't list all emoticons, just a decent selection of Eastern-style emoticons called kaomoji," as well as some Western ones as well.