Messages in iOS 10: How to use Emoji Replacement and Prediction

Apple is making it even easier to use emojis in iOS 10 with an all-new replacement and predictive system that replaces key words and phrases with relevant emoji characters. The emoji replacement ability in iPhone 7 turns text messages into emoji-filled communications that are fun alternatives to basic block of text, although the emoji in iOS 10 still short of a full-featured search functionality. When you send a text message with emoji, your message can be more expressive. If you are wondering about this emoji, let’s continue with the following information.

Using Emoji Replacement

Emojis makes the custom text messages to be more expressive. Below are steps to insert a few emojis into texts for yourself:


  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap on the person you want to chat with.
  3. Type a message as normal, after you finish typing a message, don’t het the send arrow yet.
  4. Tap and hold on the Globe icon to bring up your list of installed keyboards, and choose “Emoji”.
  5. Tap any orange-highlighted word directly in your text message to turn it into an emoji. If the highlighted words don’t appear, it means Apple didn’t find any potential emoji replacement opportunities in your message.
  6. Tap the send arrow when you are ready to send the message.

It is possible for a word to have multiple potential keywords. If this happens, you will be presented with a pop-up box where you choose the emoji you want to use. For example, when there is a word “confused,” there are two potential keywords for potential emoji replacement: “confused” and “neutral” faces. You can choose the replacement emoji by selecting one of the available option.


Using Emoji Prediction

It is so much fun to have to use emoji prediction in your messages that is very easy and simple. The emoji prediction begins as you type your message out, and you can see the predictive text box in the iOS keyboard to see the emoji prediction to choose. If you want to start with emoji prediction, you need to ensure that the setting is enabled so that you can start sending out emojis faster than ever. Here are the steps you need to do:

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Refer to the image above for Steps 6-8

  1. Open Settings and go to “General.” Then scroll down to “keyboard” and tap on it.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of keyboard settings to find “predictive,” and toggle it on if it is not already on.
  3. Open Messages and navigate to the person you want to chat with.
  4. Type a word connected to an emoji, like “happy,” “Beach,” or “Sheep” to see its related emoji pop up in one of three predictive text boxes.
  5. Tap the emoji to replace the typed word with a character available in the predictive text box.
  6. Keep typing out your message, and send the message after you finish typing it.

Using this predictive feature has the potential for a use as a search function for simply-titled emojis especially emotional ones such as “sad,” “happy,” or anything else related to the weather. While for a use for complex characters are still tough to propagate. There are some words in the ballpark like “smiling Imp” and “information Desk Woman” never successfully call up the relevant emojis. This predictive feature is still useful and fun feature addition in iOS 10’s new Messages app as long as you are searching for basic characters’ emoji prediction. At least, this feature turns the basic block text into more fun messages that is more expressive and interesting.

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