As of yesterday, as in today is Thursday and yesterday was Wednesday, Apple rolled out an iOS update that included a ton of new emojis. You may have seen a few of these pop up here and there already. A while back, there was a Vulcan salute that you could copy and paste into messages if you had access to it from somewhere else. If you already have the emoji keyboard installed on your device, all you have to do is make sure you update to iOS 9.1 and voila! They should magically appear.
If you haven't installed the emoji keyboard yet, we wrote a post a while back that gave instructions. We'll link to it at the bottom, but for your convenience, let's just add the instructions here again.
- Open "Settings" on your iPhone.
- Go to "General".
- Go to "Keyboard".
- Go to "International Keyboards".
- Go to "Add New Keyboard...".
- Scroll down until you find "Emoji" and select it. It should appear in your list of keyboards above "Add New Keyboard..." now.
We added the Emoji keyboard to our phone, now how do we actually use it? Let's send a text!
- Start a new text message.
- At the bottom of your keyboard, to the left of the "space" key, you should see a wireframe globe. Press on the globe button. This should swap your keyboard to the Emoji version!
- When you want to get back to the regular keyboard, just press on the globe button again! Easy as that!
Keep in mind that only devices that support Unicode 7 and Unicode 8 emojis will see these. If you are looking for the full list, check out Emojipedia.
See also: Emoticons On Your iPhone, Emoji Style