How to Use Emoticons and Stickers in Facebook Comments

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Facebook makes adding emoticons to your comments easy. In addition to the stock emoticons that are available to you when you post your status, the comments field gives you access to stickers on a huge range of topics that work just like emoticons. 

Smileys, emoticons, emoji, and stickers are terms most people use interchangeably to refer to the tiny graphics that are ubiquitous on the internet. These tiny faces or stickers indicate your emotional state or activity and are an easy way to quickly describe how you feel in a comment.

While there were once allowed only in Facebook's chat and Messages apps, the usage of emoticons on Facebook has proliferated to status posts, comments, and other places, too. Even the familiar Like button offers a limited set of alternate emoticons.

Commenting With Emoticons and Stickers

Adding emoticons to a Facebook comment is as easy as browsing through the list of emoticons.

Here's how to do it from a computer:

  1. Click the text box where comments are entered.
  2. Compose your comment normally, entering any text you want before the emoticon.
    1. You can skip this step if you want to comment with just an emoticon and no text.
  3. Click the smiley face next to the comments text box.
  4. Locate and select one or more emoticons to add to the comment.
  5. Click the smiley face icon again to close the pop-up box.
  6. Hit Enter to send the comment.

Facebook stickers are a little different than emoticons because they send instantly, so you can't add text along with the sticker. This is true no matter where you access the sticker, be it on the Facebook desktop website, the mobile app, or the mobile-optimized website.

You can send stickers as a Facebook comment from the desktop website by accessing the sticker button, which is on the far right side of the comments box. Select which sticker you want to send and it will be entered as your comment immediately.

If you use Facebook's mobile site or mobile app, follow these steps to use emoticons and stickers in your comments:

  1. Tap Comment.
  2. Tap the smiley face icon.
    1. If you're using the mobile Facebook website (not the app), you might have to scroll down to find the comments section.
  3. Tap an emoticon to instantly send it as a Facebook comment.

Note: Most phones and tablets include emoticons as part of the keyboard, so if you have that option, you can insert emoticons without using Facebook's menus. However, it's possible that some of the emoticons on your phone will not display correctly on Facebook's website.

Adding Additional Stickers With the Sticker Store

If you don't find the emoticon you need in the stock categories, click or tap the plus sign or basket icon from the sticker pop-up window to open the Sticker Store.

There, you'll find hundreds of categories of stickers on topics as diverse as Snoopy's Moods, Manchester United, Hacker Boy (or Girl), The Ghostbusters, Despicable Me 2, Candy Crush, Cutie Pets, Pride, Sloth Party, and Hair Bandits.

Click Preview, or for mobile users tap the category name, to see the stickers in each package. When you find a package you like, click Free or tap the down arrow. This places the sticker package icon in the sticker menu for easy access when you're adding Facebook stickers to comments.

When you want to use any of the emoticons in the package, select them right from the comment sticker window. If you decide later you don't want that package to be so readily available, click the plus sign or basket icon to return to the Sticker Store, where you can delete the stickers with Remove or by tapping the X.

Using Emoticon Code in Facebook Comments

Once upon a time, if you wanted to use an emoticon on Facebook, you had to know the text code for each smiley or emoticon you wanted to use. You would type a specific series of characters and symbols in the comments box to make a particular graphical icon show up in your comment or reply.

Because of the graphical menus available on Facebook, that's no longer necessary. However, you can still utilize that method if you want, so that when you type familiar code like :-) in the comments box, you'll see a graphical smiley face when you post the comment. 

Facebook supports emoticon code for many of the most popular emoticons in use on the internet:

  • Smile — :-) :) :] =)
  • Wink — ;-) ;)
  • Grin — :-D :D =D
  • Kiss — :-* :*
  • Grumpy — >:( >:-(
  • Glasses — 8-) 8) B-) B)
  • Sunglasses — 8-| 8| B-| B|
  • Upset — >:O >:-O >:o >:-o
  • Confused — o.O O.o
  • Pacman — :v
  • Unsure — :/ :-/ :\ :-\
  • Frown — :-( :( :[ =(
  • Cry — :'(
  • Angel — O:) O:-)