December 15th, 2015

iOS 14 allows you to search for emojis by name or category on your iPhone's keyboard, so that you don't have to scroll through the whole list — here's how to do it

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If you like adding emojis to messages, you've probably been frustrated by the way your iPhone traditionally handles those small images. When typing certain words, the iPhone would sometimes suggest related emojis – but you couldn't simply search for them, until iOS 14. Here's how. 

How to search for emojis on iPhone

1. Start an app that opens the keyboard, like Messages or Mail, so the keyboard is displayed on-screen.

2. Tap the emoji icon at the lower left corner to switch to the emoji keyboard. If you have additional keyboards installed, the icon might look like a globe, and may bypass the emoji keyboard. To ensure you get to the emoji keyboard, tap and hold the icon, then tap "Emoji" in the pop-up menu. 

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3. Tap the field called "Search Emoji" above the emojis. 

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4. Type a search term. You can search for any common term to find a suitable emoji – you can search for cat, dog, heart, girl, flag, or countless other terms. 

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5. If you see the emoji you want to use, tap it to insert it into the message as you normally would. 

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