Last year, Apple introduced Animoji with iOS 11 that mimics your facial expressions. The feature was exclusive to the iPhone X because it required the TrueDepth camera system. The recently unveiled iOS 12 brings a more personalized Memoji that not only mimics your facial expressions but also could be customized to look just like you. People who have installed the iOS 12 public beta might be wondering how to create Memoji. If you are interested in installing the public beta, here’s the step-by-step guide to do it.
When the final build of iOS 12 is released to the public in September, Memoji will be available to iPhone X owners as well as customers who buy the 2018 iPhones. All the three iPhones coming out later this year are said to feature the TrueDepth camera system that supports Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji features.
Memoji does pretty much everything that Animoji can, such as mimicking your expressions to create and share cute photos, videos, and interactions with your friends. The iOS 12 has new facial recognition capabilities, which means the Animoji and Memoji can mimic your winks and your tongue sticking out as well. There are a variety of tongues such as ones for a robot, unicorn, and alien.
How to create Memoji and personalize it
You can find Memoji within the Messages app. Launch the Messages app, tap on a conversation or start a new one, and then tap on the Animoji icon that looks like a little monkey in the app tray. From there, swipe to the left until you see the “+” button and tap on it. Now you can start creating your avatar.
In the beginning, you’ll see a blank face that you have to customize to make it look like your face. The Memoji interface is pretty self-explanatory. You can choose your skin tone, eye color, head shape, hair color, freckles or no freckles, eyebrow shape, and facial hair style. All you have to do to personalize these aspects is to tap the labels at the top and move through Hair Style, Head shape, Eyes, Brows, Nose & Lips, Ears, Facial hair, etc.
Users can also choose between a limited selection of glasses and headwear such as headscarves and cowboy hats. Play around with the color with a slider to ensure that it is to your liking. You can see all the changes you are making to the Memoji in real time. When it’s finished, tap “Done” in the top right corner to save and share your Memoji.
Edit and delete Memoji
You can create Memoji for as many people as you want. There could be one for yourself, one for your spouse, one for your child, one for your friend, and more. The saved Memoji appear right next to the regular Animoji. You could go back to them anytime you want to edit or delete them.
To make any changes, launch the Messages app, tap on a conversation, tap on the Animoji (little monkey) icon in the app tray to see your personalized 3D emoji. Now tap on the three dots in the bottom left corner to edit, delete or duplicate it. If you choose ‘Duplicate,’ you’ll be able to use the existing Memoji as a base for a new one.
How to record and share a Memoji video
Now that you have created and saved your Memoji, you can record a song, message, or facial expression in a video to share with your friends and family. In the Animoji app within Messages, select the Memoji and tap the red record button. The 3D emoji will mirror your facial expressions. You can record a 30 seconds long message, and then tap the red stop button when you are done. Now you can review it if you want.
Once you are satisfied with the content you just recorded, tap the blue arrow button to send it to the person you are conversing with. You will need an iPhone X to create Memoji, but you can share it with anyone including your Android friends. Android users will receive a video file. After sending, you’ll also be able to save it to your device to share it later on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social networks.
Your saved Memoji will also appear in FaceTime, allowing you to chat with your friends using your Memoji face. Start a FaceTime call and then tap on the star-shaped Effects icon. Now choose your 3D emoji and tap on it to apply it over your face. The other person will see your Memoji and any effects you have applied on it.