How to Find Out What Those Emojis Are Called

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.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

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

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  • First go to Settings and tap General.

  • Tap Accessibility and then tap Speech.

  • Toggle Speak Selection to ON. 

 

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

 

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

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

You can, of course, also use the Speak Selection to read any selectable text on your iPhone in Notes, Mail, Safari, and other apps, but it will not be nearly as much fun.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.