Apple released iOS 9.1 earlier this week with 150+ new emojis for the stock iOS keyboard. But since iOS 9.1 patches the latest Pangu 9 jailbreak for iOS 9-9.0.2, not everyone wants to jump to the latest Apple firmware.
Now thanks to a new jailbreak tweak, it’s somewhat possible to get a taste of new emojis from iOS 9.1 on your jailbroken iOS 9.0.2 device right now. It’s important to note that the tweak in its current state is only partially working, and it doesn’t include all of the 150+ emojis in all the possible skin tones from iOS 9.1. Most important ones like the one for middle finger, taco and burrito are all included.
The main issue right now is that it doesn’t work very well in some of the first and third-party apps, where you will just see a question mark [?] symbol. This is a known bug, and will likely be fixed in an upcoming update. If you still want to give it a shot, you can do so by following the instructions below. Since this is a beta release with known issues, proceed at your own risk only.
Step 1: Launch Cydia on your jailbroken device running iOS 9.0.2.
Step 2: From the ModMyi repo in Cydia, install BytaFont 2.
Step 3: Once BytaFont 2 is installed, download and install “Emoji iOS 9.1 Backup (D)” from ModMyi repo.
Step 4: Now add http://poomsmart.github.io/repo repo in Cydia. Install Emoji83+ from this repo. Make sure you install “Emoji83+” and not “Emoji83 [BETA]”.
Step 5: Now launch BytaFont 2 on your iPhone and then tap on Swap Mode.
Step 6: Now select Emoji -> EmOji_iOS 9.1. You will now get a prompt saying “Are you sure you want to proceed? If you proceed, your device will respring.” Tap on Yes.
That’s it. If you followed the above instructions to a tee, you should now have some of the new iOS 9.1 emojis in the stock keyboard on iOS 9.0.2. But as mentioned above, they won’t necessarily work in every app. In some apps, like the stock Messages app, you will still see question mark symbol when typing in the new emojis. This is a known bug and the developer behind this tweak is aware of it. Hopefully he’ll have a fix out in an update for Emoji83+ soon.