iOS includes an animated emoji feature known as Animoji. This responds to facial expressions via the iPhone X camera, to animate various 3D animated emojis that can be sent as a video file with sound.
Animoji does not replace any existing emoji support in iOS, and works exclusively as an iMessage app. In iOS 12, Animoji is also available in FaceTime, and joined by a 3D avatar feature called Memoji.
Existing emojis remain static on the emoji keyboard, and when used within text. The following characters are available for animation using Animoji in iOS 11 and above:
- 👽 Alien
- 🐱 Cat Face
- 🐔 Chicken
- 🐶 Dog Face
- 🦊 Fox Face
- 🐵 Monkey Face
- 🐼 Panda Face
- 🐷 Pig Face
- 💩 Pile of Poo
- 🐰 Rabbit Face
- 🤖 Robot Face
- 🦄 Unicorn Face
The following emojis had an Animoji option added in iOS 11.3:
The following emojis are getting an Animoji option added in iOS 12:
Each animoji has a range of expressions which respond to the face being recorded. The Animoji mouth also animates to match the words being spoken, or sung in the case of "Animoji Karaoke".
Samples of various Animoji animations are displayed below.
Learn more about Animoji in iOS 11.