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Messages in iOS 10: How to Use Emoji Replacement and Prediction

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In iOS 10, Apple is making it even easier to use emojis with an all-new replacement and predictive system that replaces key words and phrases with relevant emoji characters. Although still short of a full-featured search functionality -- which many have asked for -- the new emoji replacement ability turns text messages into emoji-filled communications that are fun alternatives to basic blocks of text.


Using Emoji Replacement

To insert a few emojis into texts for yourself, follow these steps:


  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap on the person you want to chat with.
  3. Type a message as normal, but don't hit the send arrow yet.
  4. Long-tap on the Globe icon to bring up your list of installed keyboards, and choose "Emoji."
  5. Tap any orange-highlighted word directly in your text message to turn it into an emoji. If no highlighted words appear, Apple didn't find any potential emoji replacement opportunities in your message.
  6. Tap the send arrow when you're finished.
Some emojis have multiple potential keywords, and for these you'll be presented with a pop-up box where you choose the emoji you want to use. The word "confused," for example, is associated with both the "confused" and "neutral" faces.


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DTphonehome

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Doesn't seem to work for me unless I switch over to the Emoji keyboard after typing out my message. Would be more convenient if it could identify matches on the fly and highlight them and yellow so I could just select and replace them without having to go to the Emoji keyboard.
 
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citi

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GBoard still does it better. It "magically" replaces them like spellcheck but you have the option to keep typing and ignore the recommendations
 
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AtheistP3ace

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Haha. Although simple and a bit obvious once you know it took me a little to figure out how to get the words highlighted for replacement.
 
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Bawstun

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I get the sarcasm. But really, sometimes emoji can be better than words. You can't interpret the 'lol' a million different (condescending) ways if the user chooses to turn it into a laughing emoji . The usefulness varies, but I kind of like the idea for lightening up the feel of some chats.
 
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sclawis300

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Just what I need. Something to make it easier for my 68 year old mother to add even more emojis to her text messages.
 
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AllStarCelica

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interestingly, the Emoji replacement won't work if you use dictation to type a text. You have to manually type it in order to be offered emoji replacement suggestions. predictive emoji still works though with dictation.
 
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jonnysods

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Haha watching this makes me feel like I'm truly an old man now.

WHY DON'T PEOPLE JUST USE WORDS! Its seriously slower for me to read emoji! I'm like is that a guy praying? Or holding his hands out? What does that even mean?

Old I tell you.
 
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_Refurbished_

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Haha watching this makes me feel like I'm truly an old man now.

WHY DON'T PEOPLE JUST USE WORDS! Its seriously slower for me to read emoji! I'm like is that a guy praying? Or holding his hands out? What does that even mean?

Old I tell you.
Get off my damn lawn!
 
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Keane16

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Fun addition.

If you don't like it there's a good chance the people you converse with don't like or use it either. I don't expect to use this with my parents. But will probably send/receive silly things to/from my nieces and nephews.
 
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CrystalQuest76

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I am one of those old people. When my spouse and I are being cutsy with each other, we use sprinkle emojies into our messages to each other. I also have a couple of grade school age relatives and they like adding emojies in with texts they send to me, and I will respond in kind. Otherwise, its all text, which are clear and not ambiguous.
 
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