If you have an iPhone X or newer, there’s a neat feature called Animoji (short for animated emoji) that can take your emoji game up a notch. Here’s how to use it.

Animoji uses the phone’s front-facing camera to track your facial expressions and then translates those into various characters on the screen to make them come alive. You can pick between different creatures like a cat, dog, chicken, dinosaur, or unicorn, or create your own “Memoji” that looks just like you. Here’s how to get started.

How to Access Animoji

Animoji is essentially an iMessage app, so you’ll access it within the Messages app. Start by opening up a conversation in Messages and then tapping on the button at the bottom that has a monkey face.

This brings up Animoji so you can begin using it.

How to Use Animoji

The first Animoji that pops up will be the monkey character, but you can scroll to the right and pick between a bunch of different characters. Your iPhone will continuously track your facial expressions and show them in real time on the character you’ve chosen. To begin recording a short video, tap the red record button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

You can record videos up to 30 seconds long. To stop recording, just hit the record button again.

To send that recording to your friend, tap the arrow button that has now replaced the record button. This sends as an animated GIF of sorts. If you’re sending it to someone that uses Android, it will show up as a standard video.

If you want to send a still image of an Animoji, rather than a video, tap your Animoji at any time. This snaps an image that you can send off.

How to Create a Memoji

To create your own “Memoji” that looks just like you, swipe over to the left and tap the “+” button.

This begins the creation process, and you can get surprisingly detailed, thanks to all of the different options that Apple has provided.

Where it says “Skin,” you can scroll to the right to move onto the next section of the creation process.

When you’re finished creating your Memoji, hit “Done” up in the top-right corner.

Your new Memoji is ready to go!

You can delete a Memoji at any time by tapping the ellipses button and then hitting “Delete” on the next screen.

 

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