Emoji Icons are a rather extensive set of icons (Emoji being the Japanese word for what we call emoticons or smilies) that are common in Japanese text messaging and web sites and are essentially have been standardized in Japan. They are available on the iPhone and are very fun to use, but it takes a bit of trickery to get them unlocked. Here’s a step-by-step on how to unlock them. Once unlocked, you can sent them in text messages, emails, or whatever else you can type on the phone and they will be viewable by anyone who has a phone or computer that supports them. Even other iPhone users, even if they haven’t done these unlocking steps themselves. So, without further ado, here’s how to unlock them:
- Install the “Spell Number” app at the iTunes App Store. Don’t worry, it’s completely free.
- Once installed, launch the app.
- In the box, type this exactly: 91929394.59
- As soon as you have that typed in, without doing anything else, press your ‘Home’ button.
- From your home screen, go to Settings -> General -> Keyboards.
- Choose International Keyboards, then scroll down to Japanese, click it, and turn on Emoji.
- That’s it! You’re done! Thought it might be harder? Too bad. You can delete the app now, unless you feel you need it for other purposes. Whenever you’re typing, there will now be a little icon on the bottom left to switch back and forth between Emoji and English (or whatever other languages you use).
Here’s a small selection of the 461 emoji icons now available to you: