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How to Access the Emoji Picker Using iPad with Keyboard

Emoji Picker Using iPad
Written by Hassan Abbas

Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover and Smart Keyboard Folio rock a Globe key for instantly accessing the Emoji picker. But good luck finding it on hardware keyboards made by other manufacturers. Heck, even Apple’s latest Magic Keyboard for the new iPad Pro lacks a dedicated Globe key. So, how do you access the Emoji picker while using a hardware keyboard with your iPad? Well, in this article, we are going to talk about How to Access the Emoji Picker Using iPad with Keyboard. Let’s Begin!

Where did the Globe key go?

I am a heavy iPad user and my setup includes the previous-generation iPad Pro (the 2018 model) and Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio. So far, it is great and my only complaint deals with the lack of a backlight, that renders the pricey keyboard attachment useless in the dark.

Although the Smart Keyboard Folio from Apple already features a dedicated Emoji key that you can press to get to the Emoji picker quickly. The company’s Magic Keyboard and most other external iPad keyboards from other manufacturers are not nearly as modified.

Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to bring up the Emoji picker from anywhere where emojis are supported while using a physical keyboard with your iPad.

How can we access the Emoji picker on external iPad keyboards

This is going to be the shortest tutorial ever.

To type emoji on an external iPad keyboard, make sure that the cursor is in a text field and press the following combination on keys on the keyboard to bring up an on-screen keyboard switcher:

Control (⌃) + Space

Now you can use the Up and Down arrows on the keyboard in order to select the Emoji keyboard. From the list or press the Space bar to cycle through the languages.

Thanks to proper mouse, trackpad, and pointer support in the iPadOS 13.4 software. You can navigate the emoji picker and select the emoticon you want without having to use the touchscreen at all. And with Full Keyboard Access, you can even take advantage of your external keyboard to control your iPad. And then navigate the entirety of the iPad user interface.

Access the emoji picker in macOS

Well, on your Mac, you get a dedicated keyboard shortcut that you can hit anytime you want to access up the Emoji picker. From almost anywhere a text field could be accessed in macOS.

The following macOS keyboard shortcut brings up the Emoji & Symbol picker:

Control (⌃) + Command (⌘) + Space

If you press this keyboard combination then it brings up the Emoji picker.

The Emoji picker makes it easy to browse through the available Emoji categories. See your recently-used Emojis, as well as the favorite, and also search for Emojis using a dedicated search bar.


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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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