How to Send a Smiley on an iPhone

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Send a Smiley on an iPhone
Insert a smiley face in multiple iPhone applications. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The iPhone sends text messages and e-mail, just like a computer or laptop. To connote emotion and make your texts and e-mails fun to read, add picture icons, also called emoticons, to the messages. The iChat app that your iPhone includes automatically creates smiley faces when you use the correct keystrokes, or if you select the face from a list. In addition, Siri, the iPhone's digital assistant, responds to commands to insert common emoticons.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Use the colon, dash and end parenthesis mark ":-)" in a text chat message and iChat automatically inserts a smiley face. Include a more specific emoticon by tapping the smiley icon in iChat when writing your message. Select from the options that appear in the pop-up window.

  2. 2

    Select a keyboard to enable multiple smiley face options in iMessage. Select "Settings," "General," and then "Keyboard." From the options, select "International Keyboards," and then select "Emoji keyboard." When typing the message, click the globelike button next to the 123 or ABC button to review the pages of emoticon options.

  3. 3

    Use the words "smiley face," "winky face" or "frowny face" when dictating to Siri. You can also drop the term "face" and Siri will create the common emoticon associated with the term.

Tips and warnings

  • The smiley icons look their best when the text message or email is sent to another iPhone user.
  • There are some app store programs that want you to pay just to be able to unlock the smiley icons. Be careful about any fees, hidden or otherwise.

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