How to Create and Use Memoji in iOS 12

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    In iOS 11, Apple introduced animated emoji characters called Animoji, which are designed to mimic your facial expressions. In iOS 12, Animoji have grown to encompass Memoji, which are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you.

    Memoji can do all of the same things that Animoji can, mimicking your facial expressions to allow for cute videos, photos, and interactions with friends and family. In iOS 12, you can also use Memoji and Animoji in photos through the Messages camera and in live FaceTime chats.


    Making a Memoji

    Animoji live in the Messages app, so creating a Memoji is also done in Messages.
    1. Open up the Messages app.
    2. Choose a conversation.
    3. Tap on Animoji Messages app from the Messages app bar, which looks like a little monkey.
    4. Scroll all the way to the right until you see the "+" button and tap it.
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    Customizing Your Memoji

    Memoji start out as a blank face, and it's up to you to customize it to look like you. The Memoji interface will open up to a display that lets you choose skin tone to begin with. Tapping buttons and sliders will let you customize features and choose options like freckles or no freckles.

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    To move on from skin tone to other features, tap the labels at the top, cycling through Hairstyle, Head Shape, Eyes, Brows, Nose & Lips, Ears, Facial Hair, Eyewear, and Headwear.

    During this entire process, your Memoji is active so you can see what all of the features look like when animated. Sometimes it will pause when changing a feature, but you can resume the animation by tapping on the Memoji.

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    There are dozens of facial feature options and accessories to choose from when creating a Memoji, allowing for many different looks.

    When your Memoji is all finished, just tap "Done" in the upper right hand corner.

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    You can save as many Memoji as you want, so you can make Memoji for yourself, your friends, family, celebrities, characters, and more.

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    Editing and Deleting Memoji

    You can edit an already-created Memoji or delete a Memoji at any time.
    1. Open up the Messages app.
    2. Choose a conversation.
    3. Tap on the little monkey icon in the Messages app drawer to open up the Animoji Messages app.
    4. With a Memoji in frame, tap on the three little dots in the left hand corner.
    5. Choose "Edit" to make changes to your Memoji, choose "Delete" to remove it, or choose "Duplicate" to use it as a base for a new Memoji.
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    New Animoji Features in iOS 12

    In iOS 12, new facial recognition capabilities have been added that let your Animoji and Memoji mimic both your tongue sticking out and winks. All Animoji and Memoji have tongues, with some special touches like a glitter tongue for the unicorn, a green tongue for the alien, and an articulated tongue for the robot.

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    Recording a Memoji or Animoji Video in the Messages App

    Recording a message, song, or facial expression in a video that can be sent to family and friends is done in the same way that it was done in iOS 11.

    With the Animoji app open in Messages and an Animoji or Memoji selected, tap on the red record button to start recording a message. When finished, tap the red stop button, and then tap the blue up arrow to send.

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    Tapping on the arrow sends the Animoji or Memoji recording automatically to the person you're conversing with.

    Using a Memoji or Animoji as a Sticker

    Your Memoji and Animoji can also be used as stickers if you just want to send a quick photo reaction but not a full video. To do this, make the desired face and then tap on the Animoji itself rather than the record button to create a quick little screenshot that can be sent using the blue up arrow.

    If you want to use the Animoji or Memoji as a sticker to react to another message or to decorate a photo, press a finger on the Animoji and then drag it upwards into the iMessage conversation.

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    While the sticker is attached to your finger, you can use gestures to rotate it and resize it to get the perfect position.

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    Animoji in the Messages Camera and in FaceTime

    iOS 12 includes a new Effects camera in both Messages and FaceTime, which includes support for Animoji and Memoji. You can use Animoji and Memoji to create photos in Messages and to entertain friends and family while in FaceTime conversations.

    Animoji in the Messages Camera
    1. Open the Messages app.
    2. Choose a conversation.
    3. Tap on the Camera icon that's next to the iMessage chat bar.
    4. Tap on the star-shaped icon in the bottom left corner.
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    5. Select the Animoji icon, which looks like a little monkey.
    6. Choose an Animoji or Memoji and it will pop up over your face.
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    7. After applying an Animoji, tap the small "X" in above the Animoji menu to exit out of the Animoji interface. Your Animoji will still be displayed, but you will also be able to add other camera effects.
    8. When all of your desired effects are applied, tap the photo button to snap a photo that can then be edited, marked up further, or shared.
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    With the Messages camera, you can add Animoji, filters, text, shapes, and stickers to your images.

    Animoji in FaceTime
    1. Initiate a FaceTime call.
    2. After the call has started, tap on the star-shaped Effects icon.
    3. Choose an Animoji or Memoji, tap it, and it will be displayed over your face.
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    4. As in the Messages Effects camera, tap on the "X" above the Animoji menu and you can also apply other effects while in the FaceTime call.
    The person on the other end of the FaceTime call will see the Animoji and any other effects that you have applied, such as filters. You can complement your Animoji FaceTime calls with the aforementioned filters, stickers, text, and all of the other Effects camera options.

    Animoji and Memoji only work with the front-facing camera in both Messages and FaceTime, because the TrueDepth camera system is required.

    Memoji and Animoji Compatibility

    You need a device with a TrueDepth camera system to create Memoji and Animoji, which includes the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Later, that will also encompass the iPhone XR and upcoming iPad Pro models that are expected to adopt TrueDepth camera systems.

    While it's just the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max that can be used to create and display Animoji, others can still see them in FaceTime calls (including Group FaceTime calls) and in photos created with the Messages camera.

    Article Link: How to Create and Use Memoji in iOS 12
     
  2. EdT macrumors 65816

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    It really doesn’t upset me that much but even the original emojis, the ascii character ones before the graphic picture versions I thought were a waste of time. Is there a way to refuse delivery of these?
     
  3. now i see it macrumors 68020

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    Memoji:
    A technique upon which a person can hide behind a computer generated 3D caricature of themselves to communicate with others in a very creepy manner.

    Wiki post 14748
     
  4. Kaibelf macrumors 68020

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    Since this would almost certainly be used between/among friends who are casually chatting on Facetime, how exactly is it "creepy?" I don't know anyone who does direct video calling to strangers from their personal cell device.
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    Yes. You have to tell people in your contact list to not text you anymore, as they won't stop using them just because one guy in their rolodex doesn't like the thing that everyone else uses casually. Think of it as being the guy who says "Hey, I am going to Google+, so if you want to stay my social network friend, you all need to go there to find me as I'm not liking your Facebook and refuse to stay in touch there."
     
  5. macduke macrumors G3

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    Remember kids: always remember to practice safe sexting and use a Memoji.
     
  6. EdT macrumors 65816

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    When Animoji’s first came out I was bombarded by friends and mostly family for about a week. Then the extra time it took to create one kicked into the equation and I’d only get 1 or 2 a month. That rate doesn’t bother me. It’s the “every text I send will use this feature that annoys me. It is the equivalent of a lot of people you know sending you Rick-Roll texts. A few every once in a while can be funny. An endless stream isn’t. I want to:
    • Get to the couple every once in a while stage.
    • Not offend family.
    • Have a filter that can be applied to the next massively overused feature that will replace this one.
    I don’t need to outright ban any and all forever, I just don’t want my phone ringing with these messages when my boss is near because once one person sends one everyone who can sends one back. I want to be able to leave my phone on when I’m at work.
     
  7. michaelant macrumors regular

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    I wish they'd add an option for animated gif from Animoji in Messages. I'm never going to send a movie of me talking, and a gif is much more expressive than a still-shot for comedic effect.

    You can kinda do it by sending just a short movie with no sound, but it doesn't loop, and it also morphs back to neutral face at the end, which is not what I want.
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    Also where is the new mac mini.
     
  8. MDF314159265 macrumors regular

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    Major technological advancements for humankind in 2018?
    We are able to track all the features and expressions of a humans face to mimic these features and expressions in a semi-lifelike characature that has some resemblance to the subject face for the purpose of enhanced "social communication."
    Totally irrelevant to the advancement of anything. At all. But we did it. Because investors. And Keynotes.
     
  9. Kaibelf macrumors 68020

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    Entertainment isn’t always about creating some grand cultural touchstone. Example/Apple's rebuttal:

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  10. harriska2 macrumors 6502

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    When are they going to make something like this available for us poor folks with an SE?
     
  11. bluecoast macrumors 6502a

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    They are kind of lame, however Apple gets to ship a feature that has advanced real time object tracking tech.

    That’s useful for something like real time object identification and mapping for AR glasses - or a car.
     
  12. Regbial macrumors 6502

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    The worst and most useless gimmick I’ve ever layed my eyes upon.

    I cringed when I saw them from Samsung in an S9 ad in the movie theater. I felt nauseous, and embarassed for Apple, when they showed it on the Keynote stage, devoted so much time to this infantile feature.

    But I guess the masses are just that in the end, infantile and oh-so bored with their day to day lives they need crap like this.

    I wonder how Steve would feel about gimmicks like this littering his keynote stage, and taking up so much time. (o yea I went durr)
     
  13. nick42983 macrumors 6502

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    With such advanced cameras in the iPhone X, why the heck do we have to customize every detail of our own face? The camera can see us and choose the most appropriate features! Let people tweak it if need be but I quit even trying once met with a screen of women’s hairstyles, at least offer me intelligent suggestions.
     
  14. MrGuder macrumors 68030

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    I think Apple should have been more transparent that Memoji’s don’t work on older phones.
     
  15. jonnysods macrumors 603

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    Hey, thanks guys! Just made mine. Time to hammer people's message boxes!
     
  16. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    I’m looking forward to more karaoke with these things for a couple of weeks. That’s about it.
     
  17. macduke macrumors G3

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    I created one for myself and my two kids (for them to play around with) in just a few minutes. It's really not that difficult or time consuming to use, especially if you're used to playing any game made by Bethesda, lol.
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    I just tried liking this comment. Then I realized I wrote it months ago and this story is recycled. Good job me, that was a funny comment!
     
  18. MacAlien macrumors 6502

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    I want to say they may have but even reading the description above didn’t seem to mention only available on iPhone X and newer unless I’m blindly overlooking that. (I’m tired so wouldn’t surprise me). Either way, not a big deal.
     
  19. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

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    Memoji doesn’t represent light beards well.
     
  20. B4U macrumors 68000

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    I can’t help but wanting to make one that looks like your avatar. (I know what that is.)
     
  21. MDF314159265 macrumors regular

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    I thought the iDevice was supposed to auto generate a template based on your actual appearance - not create entirely from scratch. Maybe I just hoped for that only to be disappointed. Or maybe they really did say it would do this and marketing changed last second and  utilized their Mandela Machine to alter previous marketing.o_O
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    Thick beards neither.
    C’mon ! Where’s the “inclusivity?” Bearded people are people too...
     
  22. CMDXtreme macrumors newbie

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    I will admit to sending a few Animoji’s when I first purchased my X. However, I have since just sent a text message with the standard emojis. It’s cool tech, but not something my friends or I use when we chat with each other.
     
  23. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    What I don't understand is why this can't be accessed directly through the Camera app as well. It's kinda annoying you need to go through messages and then the camera to get all the special features.
     
  24. kasodd macrumors newbie

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    My girlfriend and I just got ours iPhone xs max, and when recording a memoji/Animoji in Messages it’s making a noise in the video that is recorded, anyone else with that problem?
     
  25. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

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    I have that on my iPhone X. It sounds like sound recording sensitivity is too high. Try moving the phone further away from your face while recording.
     

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