Ask The Techspert: Memojis!

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Building upon two of our most popular Techspert articles: 30 Emoticons: How to Make Faces, Things, and Animals using Your Keyboard and Ask The Techspert: Emoticons and Emojis, I will cover another way of communicating without using letters in typed conversations: Memoji (Me + Emoji).

Apple introduced Memoji in 2017 with the release of the then-new iPhone operating system, iOS12. It is feature on the iPhone that allows you to create an avatar that looks like yourself and is capable of tracking your facial movements and voice to be shared with others in text conversions. Memojis are a fun way to personalize your text messages further and a massive upgrade from emojis.

Memoji vs Emoji - Senior Planet Techspert
Memojis vs. Emojis

Besides Apple’s Memoji, there are many other avatar maker applications on both the App Store and Google Play, with the most popular being BitmojiSamsung avatar, and Facebook avatar

How to create your Memoji?

How to create a Memoji

  1. In the Messages app, start a conversation and tap the Memoji Stickers button, then tap the New Memoji button.
  2. Tap each feature and choose the options you want. As you add features to your avatar, your character comes to life.
  3. Tap Done to add the Memoji to your collection.

See the picture on the right for more context.

For Android users, when using most avatar maker applications like Bitmoji, the building flow process is similar.

Editing or deleting your avatar

Want to change a Memoji that you already created? You can edit the features (Clothes, look, hairstyle, etc.), duplicate an existing Memoji with new features, add an entirely new one or delete it.

  1. Open Messages and tap the Compose button Compose button to start a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap the Memoji button Memoji button or Memoji Stickers button Memoji Stickers, then select the avatar that you want.
  3. Tap the More button more icon. Then choose Edit, Duplicate, or Delete.

Is Memoji on my smartphone?

Apple made Memoji available on all iPhone models. However, only iPhones with FaceID can use animated Memojis thanks to their True Depth front camera. Other users can still create their avatars and use them as stickers. Check out the Apple Support video below for an overview of animated Memoji:

Unfortunately, the Memoji feature is only available on Apple devices. Android users can always find and use many avatar maker applications available on the Google Play store.

Next time rather than sending an emoji, make it a bit more fun, personal and dramatic by using a Memoji or any other avatar stickers.

Leave a comment below with any questions or input that you might have.

Jonathan-Techspert-techTechspert Jonathan is Senior Planet’s Sr. Digital Community Relations and Product Specialist and a former Senior Planet San Antonio technology trainer. He is also an iOS developer with a background in Information Systems and Cyber Security.

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