Your Own Personal Stickers. How to Make Your Memoji in iOS 13

Probably you have seen somebody send you an emoji resembling themselves to an incredible degree. Probably they used an iPhone with a new feature called Memoji (though it could be an iPad as well). Do you want your digitized alter ego expressing various emotions to send them out? Here we go.

Memoji is the new way of creating customized emoji (or rather stickers) based on your own real appearance. Not that the feature is new: it was introduced in 2017 under the name of Animoju, and renamed into Memoji in 2018. It makes your conversations more personal than using plain emoji from default sets.

Now it’s even richer. Along with generating avatars automatically, you can adjust skin color, select makeup style, add accessories (including piercing), hairstyle, headwear, and even customize your teeth by adding a gap or a prosthetic one. Accessories include glasses, hats, earrings, AirPods (of course!) and other things you can wear on your head. 

What It Takes to Create a Memoji

If you are a happy owner of iPhone 11 (in any version), you already have it all. They come with iOS 13 preinstalled, so the app is already up to date. But if you’re still on an older model, that’s alright too: on iPhone 6 or newer, Memoji is your best friend. As well it goes to iPads of the fifth generation or newer.

To enable the latest version of Memoji, you should check whether you have updated your device to iOS 13. If you haven’t, do it now and then continue. On the other hand, if you are on iOS 13, you can ignore minor updates and still have this feature.

How to Get Started

To create your Memoji set from scratch, do the following:

  1. Open Messages app.
  2. Tap the button to compose a new message.
  3. Tap the icon with three faces under the text field to start.
  4. Tap “+” button.
  5. Make a selfie as a template for the future Memoji set.
  6. Customize your skin color, hairstyle, brows, eyes, nose, mouth, and so on, till you’re satisfied.
  7. Return to any category to adjust it by finding it in tabs.
  8. Save the result.

If you have changed your appearance later (say, now you have a face piercing or a different hair color), you can edit your emoji without reprocessing your selfie. Still, there’s nothing to it if you do want to repeat the entire procedure.

Is Memoji Only for Apple Apps?

Though original support of Memoji is better in native apps by Apple (like FaceTime, iMessage, Notes, Mail, and others), you can also use them in third-party apps. Sending Memoji works perfectly in WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and most analogs.

You must acknowledge, though, that the avatar expressing your emotion is sent out as a regular image, so it can require a bit more data to transfer. The receiver can handle it as any other image file – say, create memes with your recognizable face. But you can never exclude this possibility with any image.

How Do I Access Memoji?

It doesn’t take a special menu or app. Just start composing a message in any app you use for that. When your virtual keyboard is active, select emoji mode in the left lower corner (where you switch languages). Your Memoji are on the left. Tap the three-dot button to see the entire list of them.

Any Alternatives?

Alas, Android or Windows Phone devices don’t have Memoji features (though some offer their own analogs, their quality isn’t half as good). There are third-party apps (like Bitmoji by Snapchat), and they are much better, but they still don’t catch up. But if you know anything better, feel free to drop a comment with the name. And if you want to share some tricks to make your Memoji better, do so.