How to Make Your Own Memoji on the iPhone

Thanks to iOS 13, you can now create your own Memoji even if you have an older iPhone as long as it has an A9 chip. Whether animated or pasted from a sticker sheet, Memojis are a great way to personalize messages. You can create an animated Memoji and a Sticker-Sheet Memoji by selecting the plus icon in either menu to add a customizable avatar. Memojis are similar to Animojis, as they can follow your head and facial movements, but different in that they are nearly infinitely customizable. Let's get started learning how to make Memojis on your iPhone so you can join in the fun! 

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Related: How to Use Animojis on iPhone X (They're More Fun Than You Think!)

How to Make Your Own Memoji on the iPhone

We've already gone over how to use emoji shortcutshow to make Animoji, and how to use the emoji keyboard. For more tutorials about how to use emoji, check out our free Tip of the Day

To begin, start a new message or open an already existing thread in the Messages app.

  1. If you don't see your App menu at the bottom of your messages, tap the App Store icon.

    select the app store icon
  2. Tap the Animoji symbol; it's the monkey face.
  3. If you don't see the monkey face, select the Sticker sheet icon instead.

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  4. Scroll to the right to reveal a ellipses icon and tap it.
  5. Select New Memoji.

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Now you'll be guided through the process of creating your Memoji piece by piece. You'll start with a blank, yellow face and choose your Memoji's skin tone and freckles. When finished with the first selections:

  1. On the horizontal menu bar, select the next set of choices, like Hairstyles, to the right.
  2. Choose your hair color and style, then tap the next set of choices once again. 
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  3. Choose your eye shape and brows.
  4. Choose your nose and lip shape and lip color.

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  5. You can even choose glasses, hats, and earrings.
  6. When you're finished, tap Done.
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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 new Memoji, scroll to your Memoji on the Animojis list.
  2. Tap the red button to begin recording your message.

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  3. Tap the button again to stop recording and listen to your message before sending.
  4. Tap the blue arrow annd your animated Memoji will be sent to your contact, along with the audio.

If you have an iPhone with an A9 chip or later, 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.
  2.  Select the sticker you'd like to include. 

    select a Memoji sticker from the Sticker Sheet
  3. Compose your message and hit send.
  4. You can also use your Memoji sticker to react to text messages; just drag and drop the sticker on to the message you're reacting to.

    drag and drop a Memoji sticker on to a message

Now you know how to create and use your Memoji and Memoji Stickers to personalize your text messages.

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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.