iOS 12’s most fun feature is hiding in your iPhone keyboard — here’s how to create your own ‘Memoji’

Your author, in Memoji form.

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Your author, in Memoji form.
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The most whimsical new feature in the new version of iOS is called “Memoji.”

Since last year, Apple’s high-end phones have allowed you to transform your face into a cartoon character and control it with your eyes and mouth. Now, in iOS 12, you can even customize a version for your face, kind of like Snap’s Bitmoji on steroids.

It’s not a productivity feature, but it’s a lot of fun.

However, it can be tricky to find. It’s not an app – it’s basically hidden inside the iPhone’s messaging features. If you’ve ever used Animoji, the feature that lets your face control an emoji character, it’s pretty similar.

Here’s how to use Memoji:


You’ll need an iPhone X or one of the forthcoming iPhone XS or XR phones. That’s because Memoji uses Apple’s 3D front-facing camera.

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In addition to making sure you have the right equipment, you’ll also need to update your iPhone to iOS 12.

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If you need help updating, here are instructions.


To find Memoji, fire up Messages. The Animoji and Memoji app is inside the app strip at the top of the keyboard.

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If you’re not seeing the app strip, tap the gray App Store icon.

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You’ll be presented with a list of Apple-designed emoji you can control with your face. But if you’re looking to make a custom Memoji, you’ll need to scroll all the way to the left and tap the “new Memoji” button.

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Welcome to Animoji!

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Now comes the fun: customizing your Memoji to look like you or anyone you’d like. Don’t forget to fully customize your Memoji — there are a series of other appearance options under your sample Memoji, including head shape, eyes, brows, nose and lips, ears, and facial hair.

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Some of the categories might actually have too many choices. For example, here’s an incomplete sample of the hairstyles available for your Memoji.

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OK, I’m done making my Memoji. I think it looks good!

Your author, in Memoji form.

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Now it’s time to share your Memoji. You create it by tapping on the same icon above the keyboard, then picking the face you just made. You’ll need to keep your head fairly close to your phone.

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And if you tap the button with three dots in the lower left corner, you can share your Memoji outside of iMessage, or even delete it if you want to start over. Have fun!