iOS 17: How to Add the Emoji Keyboard to Your iPhone

Are you ready to add some flair to your messages and posts on your iPhone? Let’s talk about the emoji keyboard on iOS 17. It’s super easy to set up, and once you do, you’ll have a whole world of cute, funny, and expressive emojis at your fingertips. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Emoji Keyboard Tutorial for iOS 17

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re about to do. Adding the emoji keyboard to your iOS device will allow you to use emojis in your texts, emails, and social media posts. It’s a fun way to express yourself and can often say more than words can. Let’s get those emojis rolling!

Step 1: Open Settings

Go to the Settings app on your iOS device.

When you open Settings, you’ll see a list of options. Don’t feel overwhelmed—we’re only focusing on one thing today: emojis!

Step 2: Tap on ‘General’

Select the ‘General’ option from the Settings menu.

‘General’ is where you’ll find a lot of the basic options for your device, like software updates, device information, and keyboard settings.

Step 3: Scroll and Tap on ‘Keyboard’

Scroll down until you see ‘Keyboard’ and tap on it.

‘Keyboard’ is where the magic happens. This is where you can customize your typing experience, add new keyboards, and yes, enable those emojis.

Step 4: Tap on ‘Keyboards’

Open the ‘Keyboards’ menu at the top of the screen.

In the ‘Keyboards’ menu, you’ll see a list of all the keyboards you currently have enabled on your device.

Step 5: Tap on ‘Add New Keyboard…’

Select ‘Add New Keyboard…’ to see a list of available keyboard options.

You’ll find a variety of keyboard options here, from different languages to special characters, and of course, emojis.

Step 6: Select ‘Emoji’

Choose ‘Emoji’ from the list to add it to your keyboards.

Once you tap ‘Emoji,’ it’ll be added to your list of keyboards. Now you can start using emojis in all your messages!

After you complete these steps, you’ll have the emoji keyboard added to your iOS device. Now, when you’re typing a message or post, you can easily switch to the emoji keyboard and find the perfect emoji to match your mood or message. Just tap the globe icon on your keyboard to switch between different keyboards.

Tips for Using the Emoji Keyboard on iOS 17

  • Experiment with different emojis to find your favorites.
  • Remember that emojis can look different on different devices, so choose wisely.
  • Use emojis to add emotion or humor to a message.
  • Combine emojis to create fun stories or scenarios.
  • Keep your emoji usage appropriate for the context and the person you’re messaging.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I switch to the emoji keyboard while typing?

Tap the globe icon on your keyboard to switch between different keyboards, including the emoji keyboard.

When you tap the globe icon, you’ll cycle through the keyboards you have enabled. Just stop when you get to the emoji keyboard.

Can I use the emoji keyboard in any app?

Yes, you can use the emoji keyboard in any app that allows for text input.

Whether you’re texting, emailing, or posting on social media, your emoji keyboard will be ready to go.

How do I know if I have the emoji keyboard already added?

Check the ‘Keyboards’ menu in your Settings under ‘General’ to see if ‘Emoji’ is listed.

If ‘Emoji’ is in your list of keyboards, you’re all set. If not, just follow the steps above to add it.

What if I don’t see the ‘Emoji’ option in the list of keyboards?

Make sure your device is updated to iOS 17, as the emoji keyboard comes pre-installed with the update.

If you’re not on iOS 17, you might not see the emoji keyboard option. Update your device to get access to it.

Can I remove the emoji keyboard if I don’t want it anymore?

Yes, you can remove the emoji keyboard by going to the ‘Keyboards’ menu in your Settings and tapping ‘Edit.’

From there, you can delete any keyboard you don’t want, including the emoji keyboard.


  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on ‘General’
  3. Scroll and tap on ‘Keyboard’
  4. Tap on ‘Keyboards’
  5. Tap on ‘Add New Keyboard…’
  6. Select ‘Emoji’


Adding the emoji keyboard to your iOS 17 device is a breeze, and it opens up a whole new way to communicate and express yourself. Whether you’re sending a quick text or crafting the perfect Instagram caption, emojis can add that extra touch of personality and fun. With the simple steps outlined above, you can have the emoji keyboard at your fingertips in no time. So go ahead, give it a try, and let your conversations come alive with a burst of emoji magic! And remember, if you ever have any questions, just refer back to this guide. Happy emoji-ing!