Emoji and emoticons

Emoji are a spin on common emoticons, which you can use to enhance your Slack messages.


Add emoji to your Slack messages

There are two ways you can use emoji in your messages:

  • Type the emoji code
  • Select from the emoji menu


Type the emoji code

Slack uses the standard emoji codes found at Emoji Cheat Sheet. You can quickly add emoji to your messages by typing in the code.

If you’re not sure of the emoji code, just type : followed by the first few letters, and an autocomplete menu will appear. Click the emoji you want to use, or on desktop, press Tab to cycle through the list.


Select from the emoji menu

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Click the  smiley face icon in the message box to open the emoji menu.
  2. Tab through the icons at the top to browse groups of emoji, or start typing a word to search the emoji codes.
  3. Click your chosen emoji. It'll be added to your message.

You can use the iOS emoji menu to add emoji to your message.

  1. Tap the message input to open the iOS keyboard.
  2. Tap the emoji button on the keyboard.
  3. Simply select the emoji you'd like to use to add them to your message.

Note: This only gives you access to iOS emoji. For the full range of Slack emoji, you'll need to type the emoji code. (See Type the emoji code above!)

  1. Tap the  smiley face icon in the message box to open the emoji menu.
  2. Tab through the icons at the top to browse groups of emoji, or scroll through the emoji to browse that group.
  3. Tap an emoji to add it to your message.
  4. When you're done, tap the keyboard icon to continue typing your message, or   the paper plane icon to send it.

You can use the Windows Phone emoji menu to add emoji to your message.

  1. Tap the message input to open the keyboard.
  2. Tap the emoji button on the keyboard.
  3. Then, just select an emoji to add it to your message!

Note: This only gives you access to Windows emoji. For the full range of Slack emoji, you'll need to type the emoji code. (Check out Type the emoji code above. ☝️)

Tip: You can add your own easy-to-remember codes for emoji in Slack. Simply:

  1. Go to the Customize page.
  2. Select Set alias for an existing emoji.
  3. Choose an emoji from the drop-down menu.
  4. Under Choose a name, enter the new code you'd like to use.
  5. Select Save New Emoji and you're done!


Choose your default skin tone

On desktop, you can set your emoji skin tone preference by clicking the ✋ hand icon in the bottom right corner of the emoji menu. Pick a default skin tone, or switch it up on the fly.


Jumbomoji

By default, if your message or comment contains only emoji, they'll appear larger on both mobile and desktop. In the case of desktop, this is provided you're using the Clean message theme.

You can turn off jumbomoji in your Preferences:

  1. Click your team name to open the Team Menu.
  2. Choose Preferences.
  3. Select the Messages & Media tab.
  4. Under Emoji Style, uncheck the box next to Show JUMBOMOJI.

Note: Slack won't display jumbomoji if your message has more than 23 emoji in a row.


Emoticons

Slack will automatically change common emoticons such as :) to an equivalent emoji:

If you prefer to simply use emoticons, you can turn this feature off in your desktop Preferences:

  1. Click your team name to open the Team Menu.
  2. Choose Preferences.
  3. Select the Messages & Media tab.
  4. Under Convert Emoticons, uncheck the box next to Convert my typed emoticons to emoji so :D becomes 😄

That’s it! You’re done :)


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