Animoji on the Apple iPhone X: How to make, save, and share these with your friends

So, in two days or less, some lucky ones among you are going to get their hands on Apple's newest pride and glory, the mold-breaking and notch-inducing iPhone X.

Much has been said and much more can be said about this handset, not only due to the fact that its changing up the four-year old design formula and will be rather hard to get, but also due to the fact that it introduces so much novel things to the well-established iOS experience that even seasoned Apple enthusiasts will need some time to get used to all the novelties. But forget about the new large display, pay no attention to Face ID, ignore the snappy hardware, the number one feature of the iPhone X is... well, Animoji, of course!

We jest, but that statement doesn't really stem too far from reality - after all, Craig Federighi spend a good few minutes demoing the motion-capturing feature on stage, meaning that Apple itself is heavily betting on it to become a highlight of the iPhone X. We are pretty sure that animoji will be one on the first new features that iPhone X users will fire up and play with as soon as they get their device. Don't be so quick to dismiss it, it could end up being just the thing that you and your pals would love.

But how to create animoji and share them with your friends? It's quite easy, actually. Here's how to do it.

Step #1

Open your Messages app and go into an iMessage thread.

Step #2

On the bottom navigation bar, hit the Animoji button. By default, it should be the third from left to right, after the sticker store. 

Step #3

Select an animoji. Panda, unicorn, robot, puppy, pig, chicken, or even poop - be our guest! Make sure you're into a well-lit room and bring your face into view of the Face ID camera. If you do neither of those, you will be prompted to do that.

Step #4

Record your message. It takes just a tap to record and send it. Of course, you can do that in fullscreen so that you have a better view at what you're doing. After you're done, drag and drop it as you would do with a regular sticker into the thread.

Step #5


How to save other people's animoji to your iOS device

Fortunately, you don't need an iPhone X to view, save, or share incoming animoji to your device. Granted, you need one to take them. 

So, imagine your mom has really gotten into character while recording a unicorn animoji for your family's group chat - you shouldn't let such a gem go to waste! Of course, you'd want to save it on your device and possibly share with your besties in order to prove how cool your parent figure can be.

Step #1

Head to Messages and open the iMessage thread where the animoji is saved.

Step #2

Tap on it to open and play it. Alternatively you can 3D Touch the animoji.

Step #3

Hit the share button that can be found on the bottom left corner. 

Step #4

Tap the Save video button in order to get the animoji video in the Camera Roll of your Photos app. Done!

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

The application is silly but the tech is impressive.

3. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

that is what project management is all about. how do you make software relevant to a mass consumer audience? make it stupid

4. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's actually a pretty decent explanation... unfortunately.

20. Binhex

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

Will have to disagree completely. Why is it that some people believe that good software has to be complicated? This is a fun little toy for people to play with. No one is forcing anyone to use it if they don't want to so I'm confused even the most minor of complaints here.

6. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It's been done in video games for years!

12. RevolutionA

Posts: 496; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

It's a great feature actually...

18. tedkord

Posts: 17471; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If it were on a Samsung phone, it would be called a gimmick.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"But forget about the new large display, pay no attention to Face ID, ignore the snappy hardware, the number one feature of the iPhone X is... well, animoji, of course!" Me hoping for some sarcasm reveal for people who take things literally...and then: "We jest, but that statement doesn't rally stem too far from reality. "... Okay

5. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You can only share with friends with an iPhone. Stuff like this, if it can't be shared with everyone, its to be is a bad concept. Samsung release a feature on the Note 8 where you can share animated text/drawings. It saves them as a native GIF file and it can be shared with ANY phone, PC, social media site or any platform that can use GIF, which is an industry standard. It would be great if Apple did things that were standard and can be shared with everyone. Especially when what you have is stolen from someone else.

7. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

how stupid/useless is this feature, if you put price tag on device which is 1k, meaning audience is not going to be 12 years old.. same goes to face ID, cant imagine myself raising phone just so i can unlock it, people driving, people in meetings what they are going to do? very stupid move from apple.

8. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Face ID isn't an issue per se. What is an issue is how it was implemented. Here is the issue. Most phones will be locked, because during the new phoen setup, even though you can skip, you usually have to at least make a passcode/password. If you use an unlocked method like face recognition, FPS, Iris, pattened or whatever, you must make a password/code as backup for just in case. So like you said, a person driving, in a meeting who uses face ID, when it fails, which it will quite often, will then have to type a password all the time when it fails. If the device still had a fingerprint sensor, then in times where using Face ID is no convenient, you can just unlock with your finger. Fans never think of such, because they are hypnotized by ignorance and stupidity, to see why these features is not full thought out. Samsung kept the FPS even though they could not implement the new one. Apple said screw it because their fans are too stupid to even care about poor implementation, because the fans will never find anything wrong with it. I use Face ID on my Surface and phone on occasion. For me its to slow vs just using my passcode. The FPS is the fastest unlock method. The only thing faster is not locking it at all. That is a fact. Soon there will be tons of complaints on how Face ID even though it works, is not reliable and most people will turn it off and there only option to unlock with be going back to pass-codes. Stupid move Apple. The headphone jack removal was bad. This is way worse though.

19. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

this face ID is mistake. FPS in apple logo, faster unlock no need to look like idiot to unlock phone. but its great database for people(sheep) faces :d

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I worked for Verizon, some parents buy their 7 year old brand new iphones. Recently when I stopped in to Verizon there was a father with 2 daughters who were 10 to 14 in age(I'm guessing) and he was asking if he should wait for the X or get them both the 8. Personally even if I had a 6 figure income I wouldn't give a kid that expensive of a phone, but that's me.

10. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

People driving shouldn't be using a device, it should be set to navigation and set in phone mount. Not to be messed with by driver until destination arrival.

11. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I'm really surprised something like this even got a mention at the keynote. I'm sure they could have found a more impressive way to show off the True Depth Camera System.

13. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I just find it such a childish little thing that should have been mentioned as a fun little afterthought, not a big feature. Seeing these grown men using it makes me embarrassed for them.

15. Tipus

Posts: 906; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

When there isn't many features to talk about, they had to come up with something, or there won't be checks from apple :))). And yes, it's very embarrassing

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You don't even need this advanced equipment to capture facial expressions in real time. Any camera will do, it just depends on how smart the software is. And 30.000 points is, even more, overkill, around 40 points is more than enough.

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