It’s hard to remember a time when pink love hearts, aubergines and barfing emoji faces didn’t litter our personal messages. We can barely send a text to our mates ahead of a Friday night out without decorating our words with salsa dancers and wine glasses, which are somehow able to convey our exact intentions without having to saying a word. In short, emojis = tiny little miracles.
However, it looks like some cultures prefer their emojis old school, and the brilliant people over at Mashable have uncovered a secret stash of emoticons that – get this – your phone already has!
The hush-hush symbols are actually stored under the Japanese keyboard and, to unlock them, all you need to do is change your settings – no data guzzling downloads required. To get them, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Japanese, and finally, Kana. Once you’ve added it, go back to your messages and hit the little globe. Right next to the microphone, you’ll find a small emoticon face. Click on it and there you have it – HOARDS of old school emojis.
Making use of all the symbols you never use, these emojis are a massive throwback to the texts you used to send on your Nokia 3310. We’ll be honest, we don’t have a clue what they mean, but they’re blowing our minds.