How to Get iOS 9 Emojis on iOS 10

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

If you've been eager to try out the new emojis included with iOS 9 and haven't updated your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the latest version of the mobile operating system, you may be disappointed to learn that these new smileys aren't available until you do. But there's a workaround to this that doesn't require you to update your device in order to use these emojis.

The iOS 9.1 release included over 150 new emojis including the burrito, middle finger, unicorn and other new options. But in order to get these emojis you'll need to have the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 9.1. Luckily jailbreak developer Poomsmart has released the EmojiPort jailbreak tweak that ports over the additional emojis so that they are available to any jailbroken device with the iOS 10-10.2 firmware.

Once you've installed the tweak you can install the emoji font for iOS 9.1 in your Cydia repository by navigating to the Settings app and selecting "General" and then "Emoji." Tap on the "Edit" button and then select the "CoreAddition" option. Make sure that the file you choose has the correct name and extension or else you will experience issues displaying emojis on your device.

One thing to note with this is that the emojis will only appear if you have the predictive Apple keyboard turned on in Messages. This will work on any messaging app but will only show the emoji suggestions when typing certain phrases. In any other app you'll need to type the phrase and then select a different icon to finish it off.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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