Apple’s doubling down on AR features in iOS 12 and iOS 13. The iPhone’s augmented reality framework got a major overhaul with ARKit 2 and ARKit 3. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. While the updated API tools will help developers make better interactive apps. There’s another new AR feature that regular users will enjoy: Animoji in FaceTime. In this article, we will tell you about How to Use Animoji and Memoji in FaceTime. Let’s begin!
First introduced with the iPhone X in iOS 11, Animoji has grown to be a big part of the Apple experience. With iOS 12, four new Animoji have been introduced, and a new feature called Memoji will let you create a custom Animoji in your likeness — a lot like a Bitmoji with Snapchat filter-style face tracking. Even better, you can use the new Animoji, Memoji, and more in live video chats through FaceTime.
Animoji and Memoji in FaceTime
Animoji is an animated emoji character designed to mimic your facial expressions. However, Memoji is customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you.
In iOS 12 and iOS 13, you can entertain friends and family by “wearing” your favorite Memoji and Animoji during live FaceTime chats using the Effects camera. The following steps show you how.
Note that to use an animated Animoji and Memoji in FaceTime. You need an iPhone or iPad Pro with a TrueDepth camera (if your device has Face ID, then you are good). While others on the call with you will see them regardless of the device they have.
- Open the FaceTime app on your iPhone or iPad and make a call.
- When the call has connected, tap the star-shaped Effects icon (if you do not see it, tap the screen).
- Tap the Animoji button (the monkey icon).
- Scroll horizontally and tap the Memoji or Animoji that you want to use, and it will be displayed over your face.
- Continue your call with your Memoji or Animoji active. Or tap the big None (X) button to deactivate it and then return to the FaceTime menu.
Tap the smaller “X” above the Animoji menu and you can also apply other camera effects while on the call. That includes filters, text, shapes, and also stickers.
You can even combine stickers with your Animoji face overlay. In other words, you could slap a sticker in the background of the frame somewhere. And your iPhone’s AR features would make sure it stays in place as you move around. All the while, your face will be replaced by an Animoji. Everyone in the FaceTime call can use Animoji just the same!
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