If you like to use Emoji in messaging but don’t like to switch the virtual keyboards repeatedly, try this trick to type Emoji with alphabets shortcuts.
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut…
- Insert a frequently used Emoji in Phrase.
- Insert a text in Shortcut which will be used to convert to Emoji.