Until now, Japanese iPhoners who wanted to add those graphic emoticons known as emoji had to employ various jailbreaking/pwnage techniques — like this one we reported on earlier in the month.
Turns out there's an even easier way to stuff your iPhone full of emojis. Much like the curseword-enabling workaround, this technique revolves around the contact list:
- Download this vcard.vcf file.
- Import it to your address book program.
- Go into ‚ÄúSettings‚Äù > ‚ÄúGeneral‚Äù > ‚ÄúKeyboard‚Äù > ‚ÄúJapanese Keyboard‚Äù. Enable the QWERTY keyboard.
- In Notes (or any other program you want), typing ‚Äúemojia‚Äù, ‚Äúemojii‚Äù or ‚Äúemojiu‚Äù will select emoji icons.
Note: this process adds 27 new contacts into your address book, so it might behoove you to put them all in their own group.
[Via iPod Touch Lab — and yes, it's in Japanese]