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Question: Symbols sent in medsages

Symbols appearing in message bar of iPhone 7 and iPad that I haven’t typed. I first thought may my phone was unlocked and sent by mistake but highly unlikely. Then I typed messaged yesterday had reply went to type message and message box was full of emojis

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Mar 5, 2018 1:10 PM in response to debs234 In response to debs234

Hello and welcome to Apple Support Communities debs234,

If I'm understanding your post right, symbols/emojis are appearing in your messages even though you didn't type them. I know how disruptive it would be to experience complications with your messages, so I'm glad I have the opportunity to help you with this.

Have you fully restarted your devices lately? If you haven't, try restarting them to see if it clears up the problem. Restarting is a very simply step that can solve a lot of various issues. If your iPhone and iPad aren't running the most current version of iOS (11.2.6), another good step would be to update them. Even though this is not guaranteed to be a resolution for what you've been experiencing, it's always a good idea to be running current software to ensure your devices run as smoothly as possible. Before updating, I recommend backing them up first. You can find the steps on how to update, and how to back up, in these two support articles:

How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If the issue persists, reply back with your answers to the following questions:
  1. Is this happening in the stock Messages app that comes with your iOS? Do you experience any issues with your keyboard and/or typed text in any other apps?
  2. Are the symbols/emojis already typed in the text field when you open a thread? Or do the symbols/emojis appear in your sent messages only?
  3. Do you have any third-party keyboards downloaded to your devices?
Thanks for using Apple Support Communities.


Mar 5, 2018 1:10 PM

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Mar 11, 2018 12:54 AM in response to Joseph_S. In response to Joseph_S.

Keyboard can sometimes be slow, no other problems with other text.

emojis appear in message field and have been sent as text....when phone is on desk..... the other night I clicked something on iPad and my phone started dialling out!

No 3rd party keyboards

thanks for help

Mar 11, 2018 12:54 AM

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