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This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone

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Sure, the CryLaugh emoji is pretty utilitarian. The TongueWink can save the dullest of exchanges. But you know you've found yourself in a position where the usual assortment of smiles, flags and aubergines has failed to communicate your emotions to the fullest degree.

Enter stage left, hero of the hour: the Japanese Kana keyboard.

Rather than using the universal Unicode Emoji, the little-known Kana keyboard has a preselection of emotive faces that use conventional keyboard symbols and Japanese characters. 

By activating this on your iPhone keyboard, you'll be able to employ expressive symbols such as ¯_(ツ)_/¯ , (ಥ﹏ಥ) and even ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ.

Here's how.

[H/T: Mashable]

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone

    First

    Head to settings, and scroll down to General.

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone 1

    Then

    You'll want to head to Keyboard.

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone 2

    Next

    Rather than hitting Emoji, you'll want to head to Add New Keyboard...

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone 3

    Select Japanese...

    By selecting the Japanese keyboard, you're given two options. You'll want to pick the Kana keyboard.

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone 4

    Then

    Open a new message and press that little Globe symbol to bring up your selected keyboard entry. Switch it to the Japanese Kana keyboard.

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone 5

    You'll want to click the face

    See that little face? Click it. You'll be presented with a small roll of possible faces. If you press that arrow next to them...

  • This is how to access a ton of secret emoji on your iPhone 6

    Bingo

    You now have several hundred new emotions to express yourself with - and they'll work no matter what phone version you're sending them to.

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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