How to Use Animoji on iPhone X (They're More Fun Than You Think!)

Animoji is a new feature that currently is only available on the iPhone X. The technology required for Animoji is really incredible and the potential applications are far-reaching. For now, you can animate various characters in ten-second videos and send them to friends. You can be a unicorn, the poop emoji, a panda, a chicken, and more. When you move your face, the Animoji automatically moves with you. With Animoji, you are essentially animating your own character, as though you were in a cartoon but from the comfort of your iPhone. Here’s how to use Animoji on your iPhone X.

Related: Opinion: Animojis Are the Most Exciting New Feature of the iPhone X

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How to Use Animoji on iPhone X

  • Open the Messages app and open an existing message.
  • At the very bottom, you’ll see small ovals presenting different options and apps for within Messages. Locate the oval with a little hollering monkey and tap on it.
  • If you don’t see the options at the bottom of your screen, tap on the App Store “A” icon, then select the oval icon that’s a hollering monkey.

  • You should now be on the Animoji screen within Messages.
  • One the very left, you can scroll through the different characters. Select one.
  • Hold your iPhone up to your face. As you move your face, the character’s face will automatically move as well.
  • To record, tap the large red button next to the Animoji character.
  • While recording, you can speak, sing, and generally move with regular expressions and watch as the Animoji character does the same. After ten seconds, it will automatically stop recording.
  • Once it stops recording, you can tap the trash can to delete it, the arrow in a circle to replay it, or the arrow to send it.

  • Once you’ve sent the Animoji, you can tap and hold the Animoji video you’ve sent and tap Save to save it to your Photos. From there, you can share it with social media and other people from there.
  • Alternatively, you could 3D Touch the Animoji video you’ve sent, then tap the Share icon in the lower left-hand corner and do what you want with it from there, whether you want to send it via text or other format.

Luckily, Animoji recordings save as a regular video file. Which means you can share them with friends or post them on social media, even if they have an old iPhone or don’t have an iPhone at all.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.