How to Use Memoji on iPhone or iPad

Introduction

This guide will show you how to use your own custom avatar, called Memoji, on your iPhone or iPad. An Emoji is a tiny picture representing a facial expression that can be used in text messages to convey emotions, while an Animoji is a 3D Emoji that is animated with the help of facial motion capture. In other words, the Animoji mimics your facial movement and expression captured by the camera on your iPhone or iPad. It can also lip sync with recorded voice messages. A Memoji is an Animoji that you can customize to look like you.
Memojis are available on the iPhone X or later running iOS 12 or later, iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation). Earlier iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices running iOS 12 can show Memojis but cannot create them.
Before You Begin:

Upgrade Your iOS Device to the Latest Version

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1 Create a Memoji in the Messages App

  1. Open the Messages app.
    Messages App.
  2. Start a new conversation or open an existing one.
  3. Tap the Animoji icon above the on-screen keyboard.
    Animoji icon.
  4. Scroll all the way to the left.
    Green arrow showing direction to scroll in the Animoji menu on iOS.
  5. Tap the plus sign to create a New Memoji.
    New Memoji icon highlighted in Animoji menu on iOS.
  6. Customize each head part's shape, style or color the way you like, and add your favorite accessories.
    Memoji customization screen on iOS.
  7. Tap Done when you're finished.
    Done option highlighted on Memoji customization screen on iOS.

2 Use a Memoji in Messages

  1. Open the Messages app.
    Messages App.
  2. Start a new conversation or open an existing one.
  3. Tap the Animoji icon above the on-screen keyboard.
    Animoji icon.
  4. Scroll through the Animoji and Memoji you have and pick the one you want to use.
  5. Tap Record to record your voice and facial expressions for up to 30 seconds.
    Memoji record button.
  6. Tap Stop to stop recording before the 30 seconds are up.
    Memoji record button.
  7. Tap Send to send your Memoji.
    Memoji send button.
  8. To send a Memoji sticker instead, tap and hold your chosen Memoji and drag it into the conversation.
    Memoji dragging and dropping motion highlighted in iOS Messages.

3 Use a Memoji in FaceTime

  1. Open the FaceTime app initiate a call.
    FaceTime App.
  2. Tap the Camera Effects icon.
    Camera Effects icon in FaceTime app on iOS.
  3. Then tap the Animoji icon.
    Animoji icon.
  4. And choose the Memoji you want to use during the call.
    Memoji selection screen in FaceTime on iOS.

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This guide will show you how to use your own custom avatar, called Memoji, on your iPhone or iPad. An Emoji is a tiny picture representing a facial expression that can be used in text messages to convey emotions, while an Animoji is a 3D Emoji that is animated with the help of facial motion capture. In other words, the Animoji mimics your facial movement and expression captured by the camera on your iPhone or iPad. It can also lip sync with recorded voice messages. A Memoji is an Animoji that you can customize to look like you.
Memojis are available on the iPhone X or later running iOS 12 or later, iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation). Earlier iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices running iOS 12 can show Memojis but cannot create them.
Before You Begin:

Upgrade Your iOS Device to the Latest Version

iOS Logo.
  1. Open the Messages app.
    Messages App.
  2. Start a new conversation or open an existing one.
  3. Tap the Animoji icon above the on-screen keyboard.
    Animoji icon.
  4. Scroll all the way to the left.
    Green arrow showing direction to scroll in the Animoji menu on iOS.
  5. Tap the plus sign to create a New Memoji.
    New Memoji icon highlighted in Animoji menu on iOS.
  6. Customize each head part's shape, style or color the way you like, and add your favorite accessories.
    Memoji customization screen on iOS.
  7. Tap Done when you're finished.
    Done option highlighted on Memoji customization screen on iOS.
  1. Open the Messages app.
    Messages App.
  2. Start a new conversation or open an existing one.
  3. Tap the Animoji icon above the on-screen keyboard.
    Animoji icon.
  4. Scroll through the Animoji and Memoji you have and pick the one you want to use.
  5. Tap Record to record your voice and facial expressions for up to 30 seconds.
    Memoji record button.
  6. Tap Stop to stop recording before the 30 seconds are up.
    Memoji record button.
  7. Tap Send to send your Memoji.
    Memoji send button.
  8. To send a Memoji sticker instead, tap and hold your chosen Memoji and drag it into the conversation.
    Memoji dragging and dropping motion highlighted in iOS Messages.
  1. Open the FaceTime app initiate a call.
    FaceTime App.
  2. Tap the Camera Effects icon.
    Camera Effects icon in FaceTime app on iOS.
  3. Then tap the Animoji icon.
    Animoji icon.
  4. And choose the Memoji you want to use during the call.
    Memoji selection screen in FaceTime on iOS.
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