iOS 9.1 Emoji on iOS 9.0.2

The headline feature of iOS 9.1 was without a doubt the 150 new emoji characters available to emoji keyboard users. These new characters are all the rage, and rightfully so, as they bring a whole new range of emotions to the table.

But what about those of us stuck on iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2? As you all know, Apple killed the Pangu jailbreak with iOS 9.1, so upgrading to iOS 9.1 isn’t an option for those of us wanting to maintain our jailbreak.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you can enable the emoji keyboard and send new emojis to devices capable of displaying them. The bad news is that the tweak is still a work in progress, and as such, the new emoji don’t display properly in all apps.

Some apps will work fine, such as Mail, but other apps, like Messages, won’t properly display the new emoji. Developer PoomSmart says that he is working on a fix for the issue, so eventually, we may have a 100% fully working iOS 9 emoji package for iOS 9.1.

In the meantime, however, this tutorial is the next best thing. Watch our video to see how it works.

How to install new iOS 9.1 emoji on iOS 9, iOS 9.0.2, and iOS 9.0.2

Note: you must be jailbroken running iOS 9 to use this tutorial.

Add PoomSmart’s repo to your Cydia Sources

Step 1: Open Cydia

Step 2: Tap Sources

Step 3: Tap Edit

Step 4: Tap Add

Step 5: Paste the following source: http://poomsmart.github.io/repo/

Step 6: Tap Add Source

Emoji83+

Once the source is added, install the Emoji83 package (not the BETA).

Install the emoji file

Step 1: Open Cydia

Step 2: Tap Search

Step 3: Type Emoji iOS and tap on the Emoji iOS 9 Backup (D) search result

Step 4: Tap Install

Step 5: Tap Confirm and be patient, because the emoji font file is fairly large

Step 6: Once the download and installation is completed, tap Return to Cydia

Step 7: Press the Home button to go to the Home screen and open BytaFont 2

Step 8: Tap Emoji

Step 9: Tap Emoji_iOS 9.1

Step 10: Tap Yes to respring

Once you respring, open the emoji keyboard, and you should see all of the new iOS 9.1 emojis. As mentioned, while you can see the emojis and type them, they don’t always properly display on screen. Sometimes you will see a little [?] box instead.

The good news is that others who are running iOS 9.1 will be able to see your new emojis just fine, and you’ll be able to read other’s emoji’s on some places like in the Mail app, for example.

The big takeaway here is that this is still very much a work in progress. PoomSmart says that he is working on cleaning up the issues with the emoji not displaying correctly in some apps.

As of now, though, this is as good as it gets for us users who are running firmware < iOS 9.1.

What do you think?

  • czarczarczar

    Jeff, did you install EMOJI IOS 9 BACKUP or EMOJI IOS 9.1 BACKUP (D)? I think you forgot to put “9.1” on the article

  • czarczarczar

    Puts mine in safe mode when tapping on Message icon to open it.

    • Emoji83 package. Not the beta.

      • czarczarczar

        cool thanks, works fine now. Waiting patiently for Dev to update for question mark fix [?]

      • Rodel De Vera

        I uninstalled the Emoji83 package but my iPhone still resprings?

      • Johnny Bravo

        Hey Jeff! How do I get my ios 9 emoji’s back?????

      • lookHOWMADheis

        still no update on this ?

  • Anmol Randhawa

    Hey jeff, can you please inform us when the developer updates the fix? I really want to use the new emojis in whatsapp, thanks! Keep up the good work.

    • Or you could just select “Show All Changes”, inside “Change Package Settings”, from BytaFont2’s Cydia page… Like normal people do. ha

    • osmang

      I didnt check for it yet but I also have problems in whatsapp. Is the problem only for whatsapp? because I have question marks in whatsapp, or is there any problem with me?

  • PSono

    Tested it on 5s iOS 8.4, it works even before ios9.

    • samyg

      Yes, the package name “Emoji83+” suggests that it should be compatible with iOS 8.3 and above.

  • techfreak23

    “The headline feature of iOS 9.1 was without a doubt the 150 new emoji characters available to emoji keyboard users.”

    Really? You think THAT was the headline feature? Smdh over here… I hope I’m just reading that wrong and you meant that it was only a headline feature to those heavy emoji users

    • Jake Platt

      If I am to trust the tests done by Redmond Pie and user reviews on Reddit, the headline feature should have been the improved battery life. Some seriously impressive results are being produced with regard to a significant improvement in battery life on 9.1. That is far more significant than a bunch of new emoji characters.

    • therealjjohnson

      ask any person that doesn’t read iPhone blog sites what the update did and they will all tell you “middle finger emoji”. We (readers of tech blog sites) are the minority. Face it, emojis was the big feature.

      • Great point!

      • techfreak23

        Smdh that Apple now mostly caters to the people who barely know how to use their expensive devices. I work at an independent Apple dealer and it saddens me to see how many “technologically illiterate” people, as a lot of my customers like to say, don’t even know 20% of what their devices are truly capable of. No wonder there are Apple haters out there because a lot of people are basically spending $600+ on phones and $1500+ on computers to basically be Facebook machines.

    • pnh

      Agree. 150 more emojis? Useful only to those still living in their parent’s basement. If I weren’t jailbroken the only useful feature to me would be the live photo fix.

    • In the context, it is headline. What feature new to iOS 9.1 eclipses emojis?

  • Brett Griffin

    Jeff. Your video says Emoji 9.1 but your how to lists Emoji 9. I followed your method however it didn’t work on my 6+

  • askep3

    When I scroll through my emojis it lags for a few seconds and is smooth after that, I hope that gets fixed too!(iPhone 6s) Otherwise, great tweak!

  • Erik Aukerman

    I wish apple would stop focusing on crap like new emoji’s and figure out how to make the OS better and more functional.

    • The design team handles the emojis. The development team handles functionality. They’re not focusing on emojis 😛

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    • I wish Apple would stop focusing on closing jailbreak exploits, but then they wouldn’t really be doing their job…

  • VWH

    I followed the instructions and my iPhone messages app keeps crashing when I select the emoji icon. I uninstalled and it still happens. Wtf?

    • VWH

      Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Michael Reyes

    When u text someone u cant see!!????? Why

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      At least you can send the middle finger to someone!

      • I think what they are showing that if you and another person has the tweak the new emoji’s don’t show up. Maybe only works sending/recieving to an iOS 9.1 device.

  • Juliet

    If this method involves installing Emoji83+, shouldn’t this work on iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 too?

  • nonchalont

    Let us know when it’s fully operational Jeff. I would like this tweak, however I don’t want it if it’s buggy. If you don’t mind, please let us know. Thank you!

    • skepticatbest

      here, here

  • lukemul69

    I followed the steps and I can see the emoji in my keyboard but when selecting one it just appears as a ? And even when my friend sends me one it comes through as a ?….

  • Focus3d

    On Cydia, It now says Emoji iOS 9.1 Backup (D) for anyone feaking out about which one to choose.

  • wongnog

    You’re missing a step between 7 and 8 in BytaFont. You have to click the Swap icon at the bottom before selecting Emoji.

  • VWH

    I dont know that I would install this. I have this crashing and contacted the dev by Twitter. He said he had not seen this issue and seems uninclined to help. I asked for his email address and crickets. Very dissatisfied.

    • Sean Koppie

      your not alone man crashs on my 6s plus to

      • VWH

        When I tried uninstalling I still get crashing when tapping the emoji icon.

  • jack

    ilyyyyy guys, i needed this so bad, i’m so sick of only seeing the ? boxes.

  • Sean Koppie

    freezes my phone good start though glad someone is working on it.

  • Nick Kaminski

    Did not work for me. I Downloaded everything and followed the steps, but bytafont has not been working at all for me.

    • Austin

      byta font 2

      • Nick Kaminski

        What about it?

  • Sergio

    Missing Musical note emoji

  • V1C70R

    so now i can see the new emojis on my keyboard but when somebody sends them to me it is just a questionmark?

  • Vinicius Rodrigues

    Can anyone help me please? Bytafont 2 and Emoji for iOS9 doesn’t show on cydia, i have a iphone 6plus with ios 9.0.2. I read that I need to add modmyi repo but its offline.. Doesnt work.

  • Mert Özgürel

    Didn’t work for me. I can see the new emojis only in my keybord. When I try to use them it writes question mark, also I can’t see the emojis that my friends send. iPhone 6 – iOS 9.0.2

    • Mert Özgürel

      Sorry you already mention that tweak has some problems, I just read that part 🙂

      • Josh Cacho

        dont let it happen again… 🙂

  • Josh Cacho

    this 100% working yet?

    • Dave

      No

  • Nick Kaminski

    Did not work for me. I Downloaded everything and followed the steps, but bytafont has not been working at all for me. Not for emoji or for fonts.

  • Johnny Bravo

    How do I get my ios 9 emoji’s back. This sucks.

  • iFunatic

    Can’t install Emoji83+ on iPad mini 2. 🙁
    Is there a workaround?

  • H3XD3V

    After installed this, iPhone stopped showing my Device in Devices Tab, Windows recognizes it and in DFU Mode it do as well. If I shutdown the iPhone its getting recognized for a couple of seconds before turned off

  • sheila hernandez

    I cant find the Emoji83. Is it still up?

  • Feivl

    Battery drains like crazy with Bytafond 3 installed!!!