How to Make a Memoji on iPhone & iPad (2023)

Learn how to make a Memoji and edit it when needed, plus what's new in iOS 15!

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If you've ever wanted to create your own emoji, then you're going to have a lot of fun playing with Memojis, a feature introduced with iOS 12 and improved in iOS 15 to add new customization options. We'll walk you through how to create and edit an emoji version of yourself, complete with features as unique as you are.

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Why You'll Love This Feature

  • More ways to tailor your Memoji's features to reflect the real you, including options for cochlear implants, oxygen tube, soft helmet, and heterochromatic eyes.
  • New ways to customize clothing and accessories make creating a Memoji even more fun.

How to Make a Memoji on iPhone & iPad

What are Memojis? Think of them as an emoji version of yourself. Thanks to iOS 15, they're now more customizable than ever! 

Animated Memoji can be used in messages and on FaceTime with any iPhone or iPad Pro model that supports FaceID, as these devices include TruDepth cameras and the necessary facial recognition sensors for mimicking your movement. Don't have a device with FaceID? That's okay! You'll be able to create a Memoji and send your custom avatar as a Memoji sticker from the emoji menu, but you won't have the ability to send an animated Memoji of yourself. Be sure to also check out our article to get the scoop on all the new emojis that dropped in 2022. And, for more tutorials about how to use the many customizable features on your iPhone, check out our free Tip of the Day.

Here's how to create a Memoji on iPhone:

  1. Open the Messages app.

  2. Open an existing conversation or start a new one.

  3. Tap on the Memoji icon.

  4. Tap on the plus icon to the left of the Animoji choices. 

  5. When creating a Memoji, you'll start with a blank slate like the image below. Choose skin tone and scroll down to add freckles, blush, and beauty marks.

    Base Memoji 
  6. Next, go to Hairstyle, where you'll get to pick a style and color for your Memoji's hair.

  7. Then tap on Brows for eyebrows, forehead markings, and eyebrow piercings, each available as you scroll down the page.

  8. Eyes are next on the list, with eye color and shape, lashes, eyeliner, and shadow to customize. Scroll down to see each option.

  9. Next, tap Head to choose your Memoji's age and head shape.

  10. Under Nose, choose nose size and shape, any piercings, and add an oxygen tube if you'd like.

    oxygen tube
  11. Move on to the Mouth menu, and choose mouth shape and color, teeth options, and piercings.

  12. Next, select Ears to customize ear shape and earrings. You can also add AirPods, hearing aids, or cochlear implants to your Memoji!

    cochlear implants
  13. Tap Facial Hair and pick any facial hair you'd like. You can even give your beard highlights!

    Facial hair
  14. Move on to Eyewear and, if you wear glasses, choose the shape and color for your frames and lenses. At the bottom you'll find options for eye patches.

    Eyewear and eye patch
  15. Tap Headwear to select a hat and/or a face covering. You can select up to three colors for some hat styles. If you wear a soft helmet, you'll find this new headwear option listed here as well!

    Soft helmet
  16. Next, tap Clothing to pick your outfit in up to three colors.

  17. When you're finished creating your Memoji avatar, simply tap Done in the upper-right corner.


Now you'll be able to use your Memoji in Messages and FaceTime, even adding extra stickers and effects!

How to Edit Your Memoji on iPhone & iPad

Once you've made a Memoji, you may want to edit it later on, for example if you've gotten a haircut and want your Memoji to reflect this. To edit a Memoji:

  1. Tap the Memoji button in a text message.

  2. Select the Memoji you want to edit.

  3. Tap the more icon to the bottom-left of your Memoji.

  4. Tap Edit.

  5. Once you choose edit, you will go through the same steps as creating a Memoji, but your original choices will be set as the default. You can also opt to duplicate or delete a Memoji instead of editing it.
  6. Tap Done to save your edited Memoji.

    Tap Done

Now that you have an emoji version of yourself saved to your iPhone, you can use it to personalize your messages or jazz up your FaceTime calls! Next, learn how to make a meme.

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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.