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 is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.