Emoji icons disappeared for a while with the release of iOS 4. But they’re back! This simple trick, compliments of Simon, will show you how to enable Emoji icons on your iPhone iOS 4.

Emoji Icons on iPhone iOS 4

Step 1: Download this free app from the App Store.

Step 2: Launch the app and tap “ok, let’s do this”.

Step 3: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > International Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.

Step 4: Reboot your iPhone.

You can now get emoji icons on your iPhone. To bring up the emoji keyboard, launch your Notes.app and tap the little “globe” icon next to the space key.

If you send an email containing emoji icons, the person you send the email to must have emoji enabled too. For some reason, I wasn’t able to use emoji icons in the Email.app. It worked great for notes though.

How is it working for you?

  • I haven’t been able to get it to stay when added to my twitter bio. But I’ve seen it’s possible as my friends have it on theirs. Gonna try rebooting and see if it fixes the issue

  • Hi
    i have down loaded the emoji i have it on the front of my phone, Ive done all that is asked for International keyboard…I go there and there is no emoji for me to klick on.

  • I like the built in Emoji keyboard on iPhone 5. Just add new keyboard search for Emoji & voila. No more crappy apps.

  • That’s funny, I’ve never installed anything that unlocks emoji yet its already there. Just go to keyboards, scroll down until you find emoji, add keyboard and voilà, there it is

  • iPhone 5 has it.