How to unlock your phone's secret Japanese emoji keyboard (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Wednesday 09 March 2016 14:00
Science and Tech

We're over emoji, guys.

Laughing face with tears of joy is in the dictionary.

Even your grandparents use emoji in their text messages now.

Like all good fads, though, old-school Japanese 'kaomoji' - created by using existing punctuation and extra-textual characters - are coming back into fashion.

You've probably seen this one before:

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

And this one.

¯\(ツ)

But they're pretty good for conveying a lot of things, like excitement:

o(≧∇≦o)

Confusion.

ヾ(。ꏿ﹏ꏿ)ノ゙

Fighting talk.

(ง ͡ʘ ͜ʖ ͡ʘ)ง

Do you like bears? There are loads of bears.

It turns out that your iPhone actually comes with a kaomoji starter kit of more than 100 emoticons.

To unlock it, all you need to do is go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Japanese > Kana.

When you're writing your next message, tap the globe icon in the bottom left hand corner to switch keyboards to Kana, and look for the emoticon face ^_^:

Et voila! There are your ready-to-use kaomoji.

Those nice people over at Mashable have even made a how-to video in case that wasn't clear:

Now, go forth and explore a whole new world of visual communication! (∩˃o˂∩)♡

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