How to Get the New Emojis iPhone (iOS 16.4)

What to Know:

  • Apple releases new iPhone emojis annually, and 31 new emojis were rolled out with the iOS 16.4 update.
  • Anyone can submit an emoji idea as long as they follow the strict Unicode guidelines, the most popular, relevant, and valuable ones are selected every year.
  • If you send or are sent a new emoji that isn’t supported on an older iOS, it will show up as a question mark in a box.

Recently Apple released iOS 16.4 to all compatible iPhones. An exciting part about the software launch is that Apple introduced 31 new emojis, including two hand emojis, new color heart emojis, donkey emojis, moose emoji, Wi-Fi emoji, and many more! We will show you how to get the new emojis on your iPhone.

How to Update Emojis on iPhone

All that is required to get the newest iPhone emojis, is that you are running the latest version of iOS. Before we show you how to add new emojis to your iPhone, make sure that your iPhone is plugged into power and connected to Wi-Fi. After you've updated your emojis, explore the new Apple emojis here! For more emoji tips, such as how to quickly find the right emoji for iMessages, don't forget to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter! Here's how to get the new emojis:

  1. Go to Settings.

    Go to Settings.
  2. Go to General.

    Go to General.
  3. Go to Software Update.

    Go to Software Update.
  4. Tap Download and Install.

    Tap Download and Install.

Pro Tip:

If you want to get the new iPhone emojis earlier than everyone else, you can sign up for Apple Beta Program. However, this can make your iPhone a lot more glitchy to use.

Once you have iOS 16.4 installed on your iPhone, the new emojis will be available for you to use. Next, check out how to turn off automatic emojis in Messages.

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Kenya Smith

Kenya Smith is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. She has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication and has written articles for two newspapers in her home state of Virginia. She also won first place in non-daily column writing for the 2019 and 2020 Virginia Press Association Awards.