How to Use Emoticons and Stickers in Facebook Comments

These fun images are available anywhere you can comment

Smileys, emoticons, emojis, and stickers are terms most people use interchangeably to refer to the tiny, expressive graphics seen everywhere online, particularly on Facebook. These graphics are a quick and easy way to convey emotions or state of mind.

It's easy to add emoticons to your Facebook comments. In addition to the standard emoticon options available when you post a status update, the comments field offers access to a variety of stickers to add even more personality to your thoughts. 

These instructions will indicate whether they're for Facebook's mobile app or desktop site.

How to Use Emoticons in Facebook Comments (Desktop)

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To add emoticons to a Facebook comment using the desktop site:

  1. Go to the text box to enter a comment.

  2. Compose your comment normally, entering any text you want. (Skip this step if you want to comment only with emoticons.)

  3. Select the Smiley Face icon next to the comments text box.

  4. A vast array of emoticons pops up. Locate and select one or more emoticons to add to your comment.

  5. Select the Smiley Face icon again to close the pop-up box.

  6. Hit Enter to send the comment.

Use Facebook Stickers in a Comment (Desktop)

Facebook stickers are a little different than emoticons because they send instantly, so you can't add text along with a sticker. This is true on both the desktop Facebook site and the mobile app.

To send a sticker as a Facebook comment using Facebook on the desktop, select the Sticker icon, which is on the far right side of the comments box. Select a sticker category, and then select the sticker you want to send. The sticker is entered as your comment immediately.

Use Emoticons and Stickers in Comments (Mobile App)

To add an emoticon to a comment while using the Facebook mobile app, use your phone's keyboard emoticons.

To send a sticker in your comments on the mobile app, tap Comment, followed by the Smiley Face icon. Select a sticker category, and then choose your sticker. Tap a sticker to instantly send it as a Facebook comment.

Adding Additional Stickers With the Sticker Store

If you can't find a sticker that expresses exactly what you want to say, head to the Sticker Store. To access the sticker store, select the Plus Sign from the sticker pop-up window. (In the mobile app, the Plus Sign is in the bottom right corner. On the desktop site, it's on the top right.)

The Sticker Store offers hundreds of categories of stickers on topics as diverse as Snoopy's Moods, Manchester United, Ghostbusters, Candy Crush, Cutie Pets, and Hair Bandits.

Select Preview (for desktop users) or tap the category name (for mobile users) to see the stickers in each package. When you find a package you like, select Free (on the desktop site) or Download (on the mobile app). This places the sticker package icon in the sticker menu for easy access when you're adding Facebook stickers to comments.