Make Your Own Emojis with This Free Emoji App for Your iPhone (Updated for iOS 13)

iPhone emojis are a fun addition to iMessages, but if you have an older phone that can't create emoji, or you're looking for more variety, you might want to try a third-party app. Sure, you can add stickers to your messages, but wouldn't it be nice to make your own emojis to send your friends and family? There are several apps in the App Store that will let you create personalized emojis; I've been sampling a few to find my favorite and have picked one emoji creator that stands out as the easiest and most fun method to make custom emojis. If you've been searching for an emoji app that will let you make your own emojis, too, I recommend you try Emoji Me Face Maker. Emoji Me is a free app that allows users custom design their own emoji faces, which they can then send in sticker or GIF form in iMessages, or use in social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Related: New for iOS 13: Turn Yourself into an Animoji with Apple’s Memoji for iPhone

Which iPhones Can Make Apple Emojis (Memoji & Animoji)?

Apple rolled out iOS 13 with a feature many have been waiting for, the ability for those of us with older iPhones to create and send Memoji stickers. Now, any iPhone that can upgrade to iOS 13, meaning the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, 7, 7s, 8, X, XR, XS, and XS Max, and of course, the new iPhone 11 series, can make and send Memoji stickers. However, only the iPhone X and later can create animated Memoji and Animoji. If you have an older iPhone, or would just like to add more variety to your emoji and GIF repertoire, read on.

Fun & Free: Make Your Own Emoji with Emoji Me

Step 1: Download the Emoji App on Your iPhone

  1. Open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad and enter Emoji Me Face Maker in the Search bar.
  2. Tap Get, and then Open once the app has downloaded.

    download the emoji app from the app store

Now the fun can really begin!

Step 2: Create Your Own Custom Emoji Faces

Now you'll go through the process of creating your own personalized emoji; it can look like you, or any character you can dream up.

  1. Choose your starting face.
  2. Then take a picture of yourself or grant access to the photos on your iPhone and choose one to upload.

    choose your emoji templateupload your picture to the emoji app
  3. Now you get to go about adjusting the face shape, skin tone, hair color and highlights, and features of your emoji; there are tons of choices! It's really interesting to watch your emoji take shape as you make decisions, and slowly resemble you more and more.
  4. Tap the right arrow after you've made each selection to move on to your next set of features to choose from.
  5. You can even add wrinkles to make the emoji look your age! There are also individual extra purchases, like makeup, that you can add on, or a bundle of every extra for $18.99. Even if you don't buy any extras, though, the free app has tons of cool options to enjoy.

    choose your emoji featuresadd wrinkles to your emoji
  6. Once you've finished your emoji, tap Save in the upper right corner, and you can begin to share it with friends.

Step 3: Use Your Personalized Emoji in Messages

  1. Now you can add your emoji to the text messages you send from your iPhone; there are lots of stickers and GIFs to choose from. All you have to do to access your new emojis is scroll to the Emoji Me icon in the app drawer and tap it.
  2. Tap on the emoji sticker or GIF to choose the option you'd like to send, then tap the send arrow as usual.

    tap the emoji maker iconchoose your sticker or gif

I'm going to explore more uses for this app over the next couple of days, then add them to my communication repertoire. Try the app out and share an avatar in the comments!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and 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.