If you have an iPhone X or newer, there’s a neat feature called Animoji (short for animated emoji) that can take your emoji game up a notch. Here’s how to use it.

Animoji uses the phone’s front-facing camera to track your facial expressions and then translates those into various characters on the screen to make them come alive. You can pick between different creatures like a cat, dog, chicken, dinosaur, or unicorn, or create your own “Memoji” that looks just like you. Here’s how to get started.

How to Access Animoji

Animoji is essentially an iMessage app, so you’ll access it within the Messages app. Start by opening up a conversation in Messages and then tapping on the button at the bottom that has a monkey face.

This brings up Animoji so you can begin using it.

How to Use Animoji

The first Animoji that pops up will be the monkey character, but you can scroll to the right and pick between a bunch of different characters. Your iPhone will continuously track your facial expressions and show them in real time on the character you’ve chosen. To begin recording a short video, tap the red record button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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