With an iPhone X or later, or 3rd generation iPad Pro, users can create their very own Animoji characters that use voice and real-life facial expressions to create a truly unique 3D emoji experience to share with friends in Messages and on FaceTime.
Here’s how to make an Animoji on an iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR or Face ID-equipped iPad Pro:
- Open the Messages app on your compatible iPhone or iPad and create a new message or resume an existing conversation
- Tap the Animoji app from the application dock (the icon with the monkey emoji)
- Swipe through the list of Animoji from left to right, or swipe your finger upwards to reveal a full list of available characters
- Look into your iPhone or iPad and begin performing the desired facial expression of your Animoji
- Tap your Animoji to send as a still sticker, or press the red circle in the bottom right of your screen to record your character in action
Apple introduced Animoji alongside the iPhone X in 2017. Launched initially with 12 different characters: Monkey, Robot, Cat, Dog, Alien, Fox, Poop, Pig, Panda, Rabbit, Chicken, and Unicorn, with each significant iOS upgrade Apple has added new Animoji to the line-up, with a total of 24 Animoji now available for users of the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and Face ID-equipped iPad Pro models.
Animoji works by analyzing more than 50 muscle movements in different areas of a users face with the help of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on compatible devices, detecting movement of the eyebrows, cheeks, chin, eyes, jaw, lips, eyes, tongue, and mouth.
Facial movements made by a user are translated to the Animoji characters, making them reflect your expression and emotion. Users can choose to send a still sticker image of their character or record a video to be shared in the Messages app. Animoji can also be overlapped and used instead of a users own face when making a FaceTime call.