How to Drag & Drop Emojis in iMessage

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Did you know that you can drag and drop emojis in your iMessage app the same way you can drag stickers and memojis? We didn't either! It's super fun, easy to do, and a great way to communicate with your friends. Here's how to drag an emoji into your messages!

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Add emojis to your texts like stickers.
  • Drag and drop emojis anywhere in your Messages app.

How to Drag Emojis in iMessage

System Requirements

This tip was performed on an iPhone 12 running iOS 17.4 or later. Learn how to update to the latest iOS.

Unlike stickers or memojis, you don't have to create your own to drag and drop emojis in your messages. If you like learning about using your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. On your iPhone, open Messages.

    how to drag emojis in imessage
  2. In a text to another iPhone, open the emoji keyboard.

    imessage emoji
  3. Find the emoji you'd like to use like a sticker, then tap and hold it. You will see it move slightly as if you are peeling it off the sticker sheet.

    emojis in messages
  4. Drag the emoji anywhere in the messages window. Release it to place it like a sticker. 

    how to use stickers on imessage
  5. If you want to move it later, press and hold it again until it comes unstuck, and then move it where you like!

    how do i use stickers in imessage


If you try this with an Android user, the emoji will simply appear as a normal text with that single emoji. It will not stay wherever you place it in the text window because this feature only works with iMessage.

And that's how you drag emojis into your texts with friends! Have fun! Next, learn how to create an emoji from a photo on your iPhone.

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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.