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How to create and use Memoji and Animoji on an iPhone

How to create and use Memoji and Animoji on an iPhone

When you think of fun camera filters, Snapchat is probably the first app that comes to mind. But did you know that you can create your own interactive avatars using your iPhone or iPad?

You can use Memoji and Animoji to send funny stickers to your friends or get dressed during a FaceTime call. thanks to iOS 13, Memoji is now available on all iPhones and iPads running the latest software, even if they don’t have a Face ID camera. That’s how it works.

What are Memoji and Animoji?

The term Memoji is an acronym for the words «I» and «emoji» which takes the form of an avatar that you can use to personalize messages on Apple mobile hardware. Any device with iOS 13 or iPadOS can create and use a Memoji. If you have an iPhone X or later, you can animate your Memoji using Face ID sensors on the front of your device. This also works with iPads, assuming you have an 11-inch iPad Pro or a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third-generation model or newer).

Similarly, Animoji is a fusion of the words «animated» and «emoji» that work on devices running iOS 11 or later with Face ID sensor. There is a small selection of Animoji from which you can choose based on the static emoji included in iOS. Thanks to the sensors on the front of the device, you can manipulate Animoji by changing your expression, winking, sticking out your tongue, or turning your head.

Animoji and Memoji can be used on iOS in messages like stickers or videos, during FaceTime calls to liven up a boring conversation, and even in third-party messaging apps and services.

How to create a custom Memoji

Custom Memoji avatars should be created through the Messages app, which is where you are most likely to take advantage of them:

  1. Open Messages and select a conversation, or tap the New message button at the top of the screen.
  2. Touch the «Stickers» button in the symbol row above the keyboard (if you can’t see a symbol row, tap the «A» App Store button next to the camera icon).
  3. Touch the «…» ellipse icon on the left, then choose «New Memoji» from the list of options.

On Face ID devices (including iPhone X or later), your Memoji will animate and respond to head and face movements. On Touch ID devices, your Memoji will be static for now, but you can use expressive stickers later.

Creating a Memoji in iOS 13

Now, create your Memoji from scratch using the included commands. First, customize your skin tone and facial features, then slide your finger to the left to adjust your hairstyle, eyebrows, eyes, head, nose, mouth, ears, facial hair, glasses and spectacles. None of the styles or characteristics are specific to sex; you will not even be asked to select a genre.

When you’re done, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen, and your avatar will be added to the available Memoji list (and, on supported devices, Animoji).

How to edit an existing Memoji

To edit an avatar you’ve already created:

  1. Open Messages and select a conversation, or tap the New message button at the top of the screen.
  2. Touch the «Stickers» button in the symbol row above the keyboard (if you can’t see a symbol row, tap the «A» App Store button next to the camera icon).
  3. Find the Memoji you want to edit by scrolling through the list horizontally, then tap to select it.
  4. Touch the “…” ellipse icon to display a list of options, then choose Edit.
  5. Make the desired changes by scrolling through the different categories, then tap Done to save the changes.

Edit, copy or delete the existing Memoji

You can also use this menu to delete or duplicate an existing Memoji. You may want to copy an emoji if you want to make serious changes to its appearance without starting from scratch or destroying your previous creation.

Using Memoji (or Animoji) in iMessage

If you have a modern device with Face ID, you can use Memoji to create expressive stickers that reflect your own expression. On iPhone X or later or iPad Pro with Face ID:

  1. Open Messages and select a conversation, or tap the New message button at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap the «Animoji» button in the row of symbols above the keyboard (if you can’t see a row of symbols, tap the «A» App Store button next to the camera icon).
  3. Swipe left and right until you see the Memoji or Animoji you want to use.
  4. Have fun now! Change your expression, move and make a face to get an idea of ​​your new avatar.

At this stage, you have three options:

  • Touch the «Record» button in the lower right corner to record a short message of 30 seconds or less. When you release, your animation and message will repeat. Then you can tap the up arrow in the lower right corner to send the video.
  • Make a facial expression and then tap Memoji to make a still image. This image will be added to the message field and you can enter a message or press the up arrow to send it.
  • Make a facial expression and then tap and hold Memoji to grab a sticker. Pull the sticker over the image or message you want to cover. You can also pinch to enlarge or rotate the sticker.

Use Face ID Memoji in iMessage

If you don’t have an iPhone or iPad with Face ID, you can use Memoji as stickers. On iPhone 8 or earlier or iPad Pro without Face ID:

  1. Open Messages and select a conversation, or tap the New message button at the top of the screen.
  2. Touch the «Stickers» button in the symbol row above the keyboard (if you can’t see a symbol row, tap the «A» App Store button next to the camera icon).
  3. Select the Memoji you want to use from the list.

You now have two options available:

  • Find the expression you want to use, then tap it to send it as an image. You can write a message before sending it, and then press the up arrow to send the message.
  • Hold down the sticker and then drag it into the conversation. Release your finger on what you want to place with the sticker: a message, a video, an image, etc. You can also pinch to enlarge or rotate the sticker with a second finger.

Use Memoji on a device that does not have a Face ID

Using Memoji (and Animoji) in FaceTime

Once you’ve created a Memoji, you can use it during FaceTime calls as a Snapchat filter as long as you have an iPhone X or later, 11-inch iPad Pro or 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation). In other words, if your device supports Face ID, you can use this feature.

To use Memoji or Animoji during a FaceTime call:

  1. Make a video call with FaceTime, either with FaceTime or Contacts.
  2. Once the call has begun, tap the Star icon labeled «Effects» in the lower left corner.
  3. Select the Memoji or Animoji you want to use.
  4. Touch the «X» button to turn off the effects.

Use Memoji in other applications

You can also use Memoji stickers in other applications, thanks to the Emoji keyboard. This includes applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Slack. In this way:

  1. Launch the app you want to use and start a message or conversation so that the iOS keyboard appears on the screen.
  2. Touch the Emoji button in the lower left corner (if you have multiple keyboards installed, you’ll need to scroll through them until you find the Emoji keyboard).
  3. Swipe right to see the Memoji stickers you use most often.
  4. Choose a decal from this list or tap the ellipsis icon (“…”) to display the complete decal set. Touch a sticker to add to your message, where it will be sent as an image attachment.

Use Memoji in other iOS apps

Does Memoji work with Android?

If you send a Memoji or Animoji sticker to a friend via messenger, such as WhatsApp, they will see your sticker as an image attachment, regardless of the device you are viewing. This means that you can still use Memoji stickers with Android users if you want, but you will lose Face ID features or the ability to place the sticker anywhere in the chat as you do with iMessage.

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