How to Record & Send an Animated Memoji

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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

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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. You can even make a sticker out of a photo!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.