Install iOS 14.4 for New Emoji
If you skipped iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, and iOS 14.2 and you use emoji when chatting with friends and family, you'll want to install iOS 14.4 because it will bring new emoji characters.
iOS 14.2 brought over 100 new emoji characters to the iPhone's keyboard. The list includes ninja, smiling face with tear, disguised face, lungs, beaver, dodo, and a whole lot more.
Unfortunately, the only way you'll be able to use, and see, these characters in messages is if you're running iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, or iOS 14.2.
If you don't have iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, or iOS 14.2 installed, the characters will show up as a weird symbol when your friends send them to you in a conversation.
If you're still running iOS 13, you'll also get Emoji Search with your upgrade to iOS 14.4.
If you're unfamiliar with Emoji Search, it provides you with a search field for the emoji keyboard lets you search for the perfect emoji.
So for instance you can type in a common word or phrase like "heart" or "smiley face" and you will be presented with the correct emoji.
It's a feature many iOS users have been asking for and it's extremely useful given how vast the emoji library is these days.
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