iOS 10 has a new emoji prediction feature that can detect which words in typed text can be replaced with an emoji. If this catches on, people will need to learn to read and speak emoji. The demo that Apple gave at WWDC 2016 didn’t show if there was a translate feature for translating text from emoji to your default language. If the feature excites you and you can’t wait to get your hands on it, give Emojifi Keyboard a shot. It’s a third-party keyboard that can predict an emoji to insert in text in place of a word you’ve typed. It’s free but has a premium feature that lets you copy and paste text and individually choose emoji’s to replace in the text.
Install Emojifi Keyboard, add the keyboard, and allow it full access. Next, open any text input app of your choice like Messages. Switch to Emojifi Keyboard and start typing. When the app detects one or several emojis that can replace a word, it suggests them in the text prediction bar. Tap an emoji and it will replace the word it was shown for.
If you type ahead without selecting an emoji, your word will remain unchanged. In order to insert an emoji, for example, to replace the word ‘Pizza’ in the screenshot below, you will have to tap the emoji character before you type anything after the word Pizza. The emoji replaces the last word so if you’ve typed ahead and tap the emoji character a bit too late it might end up replacing the wrong word.
Emojifi Keyboard has a premium feature that lets you type out your message and then choose which words to replace with the emoji. The free app offers this feature on a 15 day trial. To use it, copy the message you’ve typed to your clipboard and tap the Transformer button next to the space bar. The highlighted words are the ones you can replace with an emoji.
Emojifi Keyboard is slightly slow to predict an emoji but it otherwise works great. The premium feature costs $0.99. The app also lets you add your own ‘tags’ to an emoji. The tags tell the app what emoji should replace a certain word and basically lets you build your own emoji-dictionary.