Emojis revolutionized texting, allowing users to send fun smiley faces and cartoon creatures in their conversations. Then came Bitmoji, another revolutionary step, which allows you to create your own personal emoji of sorts and send him or her in a variety of unique pictures to your friends. But what do you do when your Bitmoji refuses to cooperate? In this article, we'll go over not only how to turn your Bitmoji keyboard on, but also how to troubleshoot and fix any problems that might occur with your Bitmoji.
Activating the Bitmoji Keyboard
If Bitmoji is your first unique Messages keyboard, you probably won't know how to turn the new feature on. The process is fairly simple, requiring just a little exploration into the Settings app. Simply tap General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard. You'll find Bitmoji listed as a Third Party Keyboard. Simply tap Bitmoji, and it will be added to your list of keyboards. Then tap it again under your list of keyboards and flip the switch beside Allow Full Access. The switch will turn green once you tap it, indicating Bitmoji now has full access. This will cause an alert message to appear, asking you if you would like to allow full access for Bitmoji. Tap allow, and when you return to the Messages app you should see the Bitmoji keyboard there.
Where is the Bitmoji Keyboard?
You've now successfully turned on your Bitmoji keyboard. The keyboard, however, can still prove a tad elusive, particularly if you've never used another third party keyboard. The Bitmoji is found using a button on the keyboard that resembles a globe, found next to the keyboard. Tapping this button will cause the emoji keyboard to appear, if you have that enabled. At the bottom of this keyboard will appear a new button reading ABC. Tapping this icon will bring up your very own Bitmoji keyboard. To send a one of these fun emojis, simply tap the Bitmoji you want to send, copying it to your clipboard, and tap the text field and then tap Paste. Your Bitmoji will then appear in the text field, ready to be sent to whomever you choose.
How to Fix Bitmoji on iPhone:
You've turned on you keyboard as instructed, but for some reason your Bitmojis are still nowhere to be found. There are a few different things you can try to solve this problem and get your Bitmojis ready to be sent.
Reboot Your iPhone
This is essentially the go-to fix-all for most simple technological problems. Simply turn your phone off and then back on again. Doing so gives your various apps and programs a chance to restart and get going again properly. This should patch any small problem that might be preventing you from accessing your Bitmojis.
This is a pretty simple step. In order to turn you iPhone off, while the phone is unlocked press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, which you may know as the lock button or even the power button. This will cause a slider to appear with a red power button on it and reading "Slide to power off." Simply pull the power button across the slider and your iPhone will shut down.
After you give your iPhone a minute or so to turn off fully and properly, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again. Eventually the Apple logo will appear on your screen and your iPhone will reboot shortly afterwards.
Should rebooting your iPhone not work, the next place to check is the app itself. It's possible that there is a glitch of some sort in the app preventing your Bitmoji keyboard from showing up. This can most likely be fixed rather easily with a simple patch, which are put out often by the developers to keep the app running smoothly. Outdated apps often experience a variety of clunky issues.
If you are in need of an update, this patch can be found in the App Store. In the app, simply tap the Updates tab, which can be found in the lower right-hand corner of the App Store. This will open a list of app updates that are available for the apps you having on your iPhone. Should Bitmoji appear on this list, it is in need of an update. Install the update by tapping the blue Update button next to the app name.
Your Software Needs an Update
You've rebooted your iPhone, you're running the most up-to-date version of the Bitmoji app available, and yet, you still cannot track down your Bitmoji keyboard. The final big option is checking to see if your iPhone is in need of an iOS update. This is your iPhones operating system, so it is common for your apps to experience some problems with an outdated iOS version. For example, Bitmoji troubles were extremely common for users following the release of iOS 10.
Your potential iOS update will be found in the Settings app. Once there, tap General -> Software Update. Any available iOS update will appear on this screen, and to install it simply tap the Download and Install bar found below the update name and specifications.
Your iOS update will immediately start downloading. Once it is finished, tap Install, as some iPhones are set to not update automatically. You'll ideally want to plug your iPhone in for this, or at least make sure you have at least 50% battery life, as your iPhone will not allow you to update without the necessary amount of battery it needs. At the completion of the installation, your iPhone will automatically reboot.
Your Bit-problems now solved, you'll find a fully functioning Bitmoji keyboard in any app that utilizes the keyboard.
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