How to insert an emoji using Siri or Dictation on iPhone in iOS 16

iOS 16 has supercharged your iPhone with over 125 new features, and one of them is the ability to insert emojis into your text via voice using Dictation or Siri. We show you how to do that.

Insert emoji with voice on iPhone

Enter emojis using voice on iPhone and iPad

Using dictation

Here’s how to insert emojis using dictation on iPhone:

  1. Open Messages, Notes, Twitter, WhatsApp, or any app where you can use the keyboard.
  2. Tap the dictation button from the bottom right of the keyboard. You can also tap the dictation button in the Messages app typing box.
  3. Say the emoji name like Smiling emoji, and your iPhone will automatically insert it. It will replace “smiling emoji” with the actual emoji, that is “😊.”
Using dictation to type emoji on iPhone

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Using Siri

With Siri, you can reply to and send new messages, take notes, etc. The basics of inserting emojis via Siri are the same as dictation.

When replying to a message, sending a new one, or dictating a note, simply say the emoji name. For example,

When you say:

"I am doing very well. Smiling emoji"

Siri automatically turns it to:

"I am doing very well. 😊"
Insert emoji using Siri on iPhone

This is how you can use your voice to insert emojis. If you haven’t enabled Dictation or Siri, you can do that by following these steps:

  • Turn on Dictation on iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Enable Dictation.
  • Turn on Siri on iPhone: Go to Settings > Siri & Search and enable Press Side Button (or Home) for Siri. You may also turn on Hey Siri and allow Siri when your iPhone is Locked.

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