How Do I Remove The Emoji Icon From The iPhone Keyboard?
The Emoji keyboard icon is prominently displayed in both the iPhone and iPad keyboard. This is a common source of problems for many iOS users who accidentally tap the icon to bring up the Emoji keyboard. Fortunately, it can be removed.
Open the Settings app in iOS and navigate to General > Keyboard. Tap on Keyboards to see a list of the Keyboards activated on your device. The Emoji keyboard should be listed. Swipe to the left on the Emoji keyboard to remove it. The Emoji icon will no longer be present in your iPhone or iPad keyboard.
If you ever want to restore the Emoji keyboard, go back to Settings > General > Keyboard. Tap on Keyboards > Add New Keyboard and select Emoji.