How to Record & Send an Animated Memoji (2023)

Respond to messages with Memoji videos or send a Memoji Sticker to your friends and family.

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If you're like me, you spend a good chunk of your day texting. But did you know you can break up the routine by recording a message using animated Memojis, also called Animojis? Your friends will receive a video of your voice coming out of your animated likeness! This tip may not change your life, but it will bring a bit of fun to your texting routine. We'll show you how.

Related: How to Create a Memoji on iPhone & iPad

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Make a quick voice message fun by recording it with your Memoji.
  • If you're tired of the same old emojis, you can spice up your texts with emojis that look like you!

How to Send an Animated Memoji with the Messages App

Before you begin, make sure you've created your Memoji. It's fun and easy to do! If you have a TrueDepth front-facing camera (iPhone X and later), you'll be able to use your Memoji in animated messages up to 30 seconds long in the Messages app, or as a filter in FaceTime calls.

  1. To use your Memoji to send an animated message, open the Messages app.

    Open Messages app
  2. Select the conversation you'd like to send an animated Memoji in.

    Open conversation
  3. Tap the Memoji icon.

    Tap Animojis
  4. Scroll to your Memoji, then tap the red record button next to it.

    Tap record
  5. Record your message, and be sure to have fun with facial expressions to take full advantage of your Animoji's capabilities!
  6. Tap the record button again to stop recording and listen to your message before sending.

    Tap to stop recording
  7. Tap the send icon and your animated Memoji will be sent to your contact, along with the audio.

    Send animated Memoji

Send Your Memoji as a Sticker

If your iPhone or iPad isn't compatible with Animoji, you can send still images of your Memoji using the Sticker Sheet.

  1. To send a Memoji sticker, tap the Sticker Sheet icon from an open message.

    Tap Sticker Sheet icon
  2.  Select the sticker you'd like to include. 

    Find Sticker you want
  3. Compose your message and tap the send icon.

    Compose and send
  4. You can also use your Memoji Sticker to react to text messages; just drag and drop the sticker onto the message you're reacting to.

    Drag and drop Sticker

Now you know how to use your Animoji and Memoji Stickers to personalize your text messages. Did you know you can also add all kinds of customization options to your Memoji? Check it out for even more ways to feel represented by your Memoji!

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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.