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How to use emoji and tapbacks in messages on iPhone and iPad



How to use emoji and tapbacks in messages on iPhone and iPad


If you like to send emoji in your texts and iMessages, Apple makes it incredibly easy. Between Tapbacks to react directly to a message and using machine learning to figure out which emoji to recommend, Apple has learned that these little pictograms are among the iPhone’s best communication tools.

If you’re looking to spice up your messages to friends and family, you can sprinkle them with as many emojis as you like! That is how!

Table of Contents:

How do I get emoji recommendations in Messages?

Apple’s QuickType predictive keyboard can suggest emoji and, you know, regular words. Predictive keyboard must be enabled in settings and cannot be hidden. Check out our QuickType keyboard guide first if you need help setting it up.

  • Start typing in the Messages text field.
  • Tap the emoji predictions displayed in the prediction bar. If multiple predictions are displayed, tap the one you prefer.
  • Press the Submit button. (It looks like an up arrow.)

    Source: HowHow

  • Emoji predictions will appear every time you type something with a matching emoji. For example, “I’m happy” will predict “(smiling face)”. Similarly, “My car” will suggest the “(car)” emoji.

    Pro Tip: If you don’t want the emoji to replace the word, but rather appear next to it, leave a space between the word before tapping on the desired emoji.

    How do you replace words with emoji in Messages?

    This “emojification” process works similarly to emoji recommendations and will work in iMessages as well as standard text messages.

  • Write an iMessage in the text field.
  • Press the Emoji button on the keyboard.
  • Tap a word highlighted in orange to replace it with its corresponding emoji.

    Source: HowHow

  • Keep tapping the highlighted words until you’ve ’emojimed’ everything you want.
  • Tap the Submit button (it looks like an up arrow).

    Source: HowHow

  • With emojiification, you can convert as many (or as few) words to emoji as you like.

    How do you react to a Tapback in an iMessage?

    Emoji aren’t just for replying; they are also to react. Apple calls them Tapbacks. They’re similar to Slack or Facebook emoji reactions and fall right into any iMessage bubble sent to you.

  • Touch and hold (long press) or double-tap an iMessage that has been sent to you.
  • Tap the Tapback you want to send: Heart, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Haha!! Where ?.

    Source: HowHow

  • There is no need to press send; the Tapback reaction is executed immediately.

    What do the different Tapback reactions mean?

    Theoretically, these tapback reactions can mean whatever you want. However, context is king, and a nudge from your mom can mean something different than from your best friend. Here’s a basic guide to all the Tapback Reactions available and what they could mean.

    How to change the Tapback reaction in an iMessage?

    If you respond with the wrong Tapback or later decide you want a different Tapback, you can easily make the switch.

  • Tap and hold (long press) or double tap an iMessage with the Tapback you want to edit.
  • Tap the Tapback you want to change to Heart, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Haha! Where ?.

    Source: HowHow

  • The new Tapback will replace the old one.

    How do I remove a Tapback reaction from an iMessage?

    You can also remove it if you accidentally send a Tapback or have reconsidered sending one.

  • Tap on a Tapback you want to delete.
  • Tap the Tapback you want to remove (for example, if you want to remove Heart, tap Heart).

    Source: HowHow

  • The Tapback will disappear for you and the recipient.

    Leave away

    Using emoji has never been easier, and Tapbacks has made it even easier. Use them on your best iPhone, whatever you want. This is to have dynamic and fun conversations with just a few clicks.

    Updated May 2022: Updated to the latest version of iOS 15.

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