How to Find Out What Those Emojis Are Called

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Emoji symbols add a touch of whimsy to text messages, notes, and emails. But did you know that they have names besides "the pink flower," "the other pink flower," "dead dudes one and two," and "the not-quite-full moon—is it waxing or waning? I can never remember"? The easiest and most hilarious way to find out what the Emojis' official names are is to have your iPhone read them out loud to you.

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Related: How to Quickly Find the Right Emoji on Your iPhone

How to Find Out What Those Emojis Are Called

  1. First go to Settings and tap Accessibility.

  2. Tap Spoken content and toggle on Speak Selection.

  3. Next open Notes and type in the Emojis whose names you want to know.

  4. Tap and hold anywhere in the Emoji text to bring up the options menu.
  5. Tap Select All and then tap Speak.

  6. Your iPhone will now read you the names of the Emojis.

You can, of course, also use Speak Selection to read any selectable text on your iPhone in Notes, Mail, Safari, and other apps.

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Sarah Kingsbury

As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.