How to Use Memoji & Animoji Stickers on Your iPhone & iPad

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One of the new features of Apple's latest operating systems, iOS 13 and iPadOS, are Memoji sticker packs for older iPhones right in the Messages app. It's been possible to send Animoji and Memoji stickers in texts before, but now it's easier than ever for a larger number of iPhones and iPads to send Memoji stickers, even if they can't create and send the animated emoji videos. Let's get started learning about Memoji and Animoji stickers, how to create them, and which devices can send and receive them.

Related: How to Make Your Own Memoji on the iPhone

How Do You Get Animoji & Memoji Stickers?

Update Your Operating System

The first thing you'll need to do to get the new Animoji and Memoji sticker packs is to update your iPhone to iOS 13, and your iPad to iPadOS. If you're not sure whether or not your iPhone and iPad are able to be updated to these operating systems, we have the answers you're looking for.   

If you've already created Memoji, your personalized emoji will be automatically included as a sticker pack in Apple's Messages and Mail apps, as well as several third-party apps like Facebook Messenger. If you haven't yet made Memoji or Animoji, refer to our tutorials to get started with this fun, creative process. 

Who Can Create & Send Memoji & Animoji Stickers?

You can create Memoji and Animoji stickers on any device that can run iOS 13 or iPad OS. This means that devices that aren't able to create Memoji or Animoji videos can at least create the sticker versions! 

How To Use Memoji & Animoji Stickers

Once you've updated your operating systems and created Memoji, Animoji, or both, you'll be ready to access and use your sticker packs. 

  1. Open the keyboard in an app that supports the stickers; for this example, I'm using Messages.
  2. Tap the Memoji stickers icon (three cartoon faces) at the top of the keyboard.  
  3. Scroll to find the sticker pack you'd like to use.

    tap the memoji icon to open sticker packsscroll to find the animoji or memoji sticker pack you want
  4. Tap on your preferred pack, or tap the three dots in the circle to create a new Memoji, edit an existing Memoji, or delete a Memoji. 
  5. If you see an Anomoji or Memoji sticker pack you'd like to use, tap it. Apple has already created a sticker pack for every available Animoji, so you don't need to start from scratch to access these.

    create new memoji
  6. Scroll up within the sticker pack you've chosen to see all your options, then tap the sticker you want to send.
  7. Add a comment, or not, and tap the Send icon.

    scroll up to see memoji sticker optionssend your memoji sticker

​Enjoy sending and receiving these cute Animoji and Memoji stickers!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.