Send your favorite emojis and Memojis from your wrist with Apple Watch

It’s easy to send an emoji using your Apple Watch. Here’s how you do it!

Emoji allow us to express ourselves with a simple icon on the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac. But did you know that you can even send emoji straight from the Apple Watch too? Yep, whether you have an older model or the latest and greatest with the Apple Watch Series 6, sending emoji can be done in a few taps on your wrist. Plus, with Apple, you get access to all of the standard emoji, as well as your own unique Memoji stickers too. Here’s how to send emoji on your Apple Watch.

How to send an emoji on your Apple Watch

  1. Open Messages from the Home screen of your Apple Watch.
  2. Select the conversation in which you wish to send a message.
  3. You can also tap New Message at the top, above your current conversations to start from scratch.
  4. If you selected New Message, tap Add Contact to choose a contact, then tap the message area.

  5. Tap the emoji button (looks like a smiling face).
  6. Scroll up or down to find the emoji you want using either your finger or the Digital Crown.
  7. Tap on the emoji character and it will be sent immediately. If you started a new message, hit Send.

How to send Memoji stickers on Apple Watch

In addition to the standard emoji, you can send Memoji stickers too.

  1. Open Messages from the Home screen of your Apple Watch.
  2. Select the conversation in which you wish to send a message.
  3. You can also tap New Message at the top, above your current conversations to start from scratch.
  4. Tap the Memoji button (looks like a person with heart-shaped eyes).

  5. Scroll through your recent Memoji stickers using either your finger or the Digital Crown.
  6. Tap the Memoji sticker you want to use and it will bring up different facial expressions for each one.
  7. Tap the facial expression for the Memoji sticker you want to use and it will be sent immediately. If composing a new message, don’t forget to tap Send.

How to jump to emoji categories on your Apple Watch

There are dozens of emoji, and more get added on a regular basis. So how are you supposed to find the perfect emoji to respond with if it doesn’t show up in your most frequently used emoji? Fret not, the Apple Watch lets you browse each category of emoji, too.

  1. Open Messages from the Home screen of your Apple Watch.
  2. Select the conversation in which you wish to send a message, or start a New Message from scratch if you want.
  3. Tap the emoji button (looks like a smiling face).

  4. Scroll past your Frequently Used Emoji and tap a category. You can select from Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Food & Drink, Activity, Travel & Places, Objects, Symbols, and Flags.
  5. Tap the emoji you want to send it immediately. If composing a new message, make sure to tap Send.

How to use Scribble to send an emoji on Apple Watch

You can also use the Scribble feature on Apple Watch to send an emoji. You don’t get to draw a picture of a smiley face (or poop), but you can use the emoji picker right from the Scribble interface. Here’s how.

  1. Open Messages on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap a conversation or tap New Message to compose one from scratch.
  3. Tap Scribble (it looks like an “A” with a finger drawing it).

  4. Write out your message with your finger.
  5. Tap on a word that could relate to an emoji. For example, “lol,” “angry,” or the good old fashioned “poop.”
  6. Rotate the Digital Crown to bring up word predictions.
  7. Select the emoji you want to use instead of the word.
  8. Tap Send.

Questions about emoji on Apple Watch?

As you can see, it’s very easy to send your favorite emojis to friends and family through Apple Watch. After all, why spend time writing out messages when one emoji can suffice? If you have questions about how to send emoji on Apple Watch, drop them in the comments.

Updated April 2021: Updated for watchOS 7.

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