How To: Enable Emoji Keyboard On iOS 4.0/4.0.1


One of the earlier keyboard hacks that was released for the iPhone was the ability to use Emoji, or ’emoticons’, when typing.

Emoji allowed iPhone owners to send each other little smiley faces and other unique characters in emails, SMS, notes, and more.

The stock iOS 4.0/4.0.1 firmware once again continues to disable Emoji. So, do the following steps to enable Emoji on your iOS 4.0/4.0.1 device:

1.) Install Emoji Free from the App Store [link].

2.) Run the app on your iOS 4.0/4.0.1 device. Tap on “Let’s do this” and exit the app when prompted.

3.) On your device, go to Settings > General > International > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard and search for “Emoji

4.) Tap on the “Emoji” selection and power cycle your device (turn the device off and then on again).


  • I'm glad Apple hasn't bothered to prevent these little hacks… it's not just the Japanese who want emoji!

  • beavisaur

    does the receiver have to have the emoji keyboard in order to see the emoticons?

  • Mike

    I will point out that this is useless for texting someone without an iPhone. The symbols just show up as gibberish on many dumbphones. The Japanese Romaji keyboard has a better emoticon button, that has lots of built-in symbols that are just combinations of standard ASCII symbols (like <(^_^)<, etc).

  • Judy

    Well slap my ass and call me Judy!

  • Ex

    No. They just need an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

  • Peter

    ROFL @judy

  • Guestyyubn

    Isn't it simplest to go to languages, Japanese and add the emoji keyboard. You don't even need to add the Japanese keyboard options.

    Any of you who frequently send japanese text messages etc might know this is already?

  • Restock

    Can we get a post on iPhone 4 restocking???

  • Jstroins

    Sending these from a Rogers/Fido iPhone to a Telus iPhone doesnt work btw

  • Wicked trick. I have been wanting to do this for a while and didn't know how!! Thanks iPhoneinCanada – you guys rock!

  • Will

    Can we get a post on iPhone 4 restocking???

  • Stacyluv

    can i buy more iphone tomorrow if i already bought two?

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  • Christina

    Really???? Cause I can see my Telus user’s emoticons, but I CANT see my firends emoticons that use Rogers!?!?!