Cre­ate a Me­moji

iOS 12 brings the abil­ity to cre­ate a cus­tom An­i­moji of a face, called a Me­moji, on your iPhone X. David Price shows how

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As we’ve al­ready seen ( page 4), Ap­ple un­veiled sig­nif­i­cant up­dates to all four of its op­er­at­ing sys­tem plat­forms at its WWDC 2018 key­note pre­sen­ta­tion, but by far the most time was spent on iOS 12 for the iPad and iPhone.

The new iOS 12 up­date – which at the mo­ment is avail­able in beta – brings a speed boost (par­tic­u­larly on older de­vices), Face­Time con­ver­sa­tions for up to 32 par­tic­i­pants, new aug­mented re­al­ity fea­tures, smart shar­ing in Pho­tos and tools for mon­i­tor­ing and lim­it­ing

your own (and your chil­dren’s) app us­age. But we’re most ex­cited about the new abil­ity to cre­ate your own cus­tom An­i­moji.

The new fea­ture, called Me­moji, lets you cre­ate an emoji of your own face – or the face of any­one you’d like to im­per­son­ate – and then an­i­mate this with you own fa­cial move­ments, picked up by the Face ID front scan­ners on the iPhone X. Here we show how to cre­ate and use Me­moji.

Cre­at­ing a Me­moji

1. Open the Mes­sages app, and ei­ther join an ex­ist­ing thread or start a new one.

2. When you’re in a mes­sage or thread, you’ll see a row of icons at the bot­tom of the screen. If a mon­key icon is vis­i­ble, tap this to open the An­i­moji app. Oth­er­wise, tap the A be­side the text in­put bar to show a fuller list of Mes­sages apps, then the mon­key icon when it ap­pears.

3. We don’t to use the mon­key An­i­moji: in­stead, scroll through the se­lec­tion of an­i­mals, robots, ghosts, and so on, un­til, on the far right-hand side, you’ll see a plus sign in­stead, la­belled New Me­moji. Tap this.

4. Now we’re in the Me­moji cre­ation tool. It’s a lot like the char­ac­ter cre­ation screen in a video game: there are tabs for Skin, Hair­style, Head Shape, Eyes, Brows, Nose and Lips, Ears, Fa­cial Hair, Eyewear, Head­wear and so on. Work through each in turn, ad­just­ing the op­tions to suit. Through­out this process an avatar will be vis­i­ble at the top, show­ing your choices so far.

5. When you’re happy with your Me­moji, tap Done. You’ll be re­turned to the mes­sage or thread you were in be­fore, with the new Me­moji an­i­mat­ing in real time at the bot­tom of the screen. Now we’re ready to record a mes­sage.

(Don’t worry, you won’t have to go through that process each time you want to send a mes­sage. The Me­moji is now saved in the drawer for later use. You can cre­ate mul­ti­ple cus­tom Me­moji, too.)

Record­ing and send­ing a Me­moji mes­sage

We rec­om­mend play­ing around with your Me­moji be­fore start­ing to record – ex­per­i­ment with fa­cial move­ments (in­clude the new tongue de­tec­tion added in iOS 12) to see how it all looks. Tap the red

but­ton when you’re ready and your iPhone X will start record­ing your per­for­mance. (This records au­dio too, note, even though it plays with the au­dio turned off by de­fault.)

You can record for up to 10 sec­onds: there’s a count­down so you can see how long you’ve got left. It’ll stop au­to­mat­i­cally at this point, but you can press the red square to stop record­ing be­fore then if you’ve said and done ev­ery­thing you want to.

You can play the record­ing to see how it went (press the curved ar­row to watch again) be­fore ei­ther delet­ing by tap­ping the bin icon or send­ing it to the des­ig­nated re­cip­i­ent with the blue up­ward ar­row.

Once you’ve fin­ished you’ll be re­turned to the mes­sage or thread you were in be­fore

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