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Josh Gare (born 20 September 1992)[1] is an English computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. He is best known for facilitating the Emoji keyboard outside of Japan on iOS, which is a keyboard that can be used to send messages with emoticons.[2][3][4] He studied Economics at the University of Bristol.[5] During his time in Bristol he was named as "Bristol's best budding entrepreneur" by Epigram (newspaper).[6]

Josh Gare
Born Joshua Gare
(1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 25)
Ascot, Berkshire United Kingdom
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Bristol
Occupation Computer Programmer, Internet Entrepreneur
Known for Emoji


Personal lifeEdit

Gare was born in Ascot, Berkshire, England in 1992 to Anthony Gare and Wendy Gare.

He was a student at the family's local Academy (English school), Ranelagh School in Bracknell, where he completed his A-levels in Summer 2011. Having completed his A level exams, he went on to study Economics at the University of Bristol whilst continuing his entrepreneurial activities.[7][8]


Gare created the Emoji application for iOS in February 2010, which altered the Settings app to allow access to the emoji keyboard.[9] Before the existence of Gare's Emoji app, Apple had intended for the emoji keyboard to only be available in Japan in iOS version 2.2.[10] The only way to access the emoji keyboard in iOS was to use Gare's Emoji app, up until Apple made the keyboard available to those outside of Japan in iOS version 5.0.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Joshua James GARE - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Companies House. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Young App Creators Earning Thousands A Day". Sky News. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  3. ^ "The man who brought us the Emoji". O2. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Digital Heroes: Josh". Make Things Do Stuff. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  5. ^ "The University of Bristol Magazine" (PDF). University of Bristol. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Bristol's best budding entrepreneur". Epigram. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  7. ^ "What's Life Without Risks? Our Interview with Snaps - Prospress". Prospress. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  8. ^ "What's Life Without Risks? Our Interview with Snaps". Small Woorld. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  9. ^ "App Shopper: Emoji". App Shopper. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Apple releases iPhone Software v2.2". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Standard Emoji keyboard arrives to iOS 5, here's how to enable it". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 

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