How to Use Emojis, Stickers, and GIFs in Facebook Messenger

Bring your instant messages to life

Messenger is a Facebook-owned instant-messaging service that lets you chat with your Facebook friends via an iOS or Android app or from within Facebook in a web browser. It's easy to liven up your Messenger messages with emojis, stickers, and GIFs. Here's a look at what's available and how it works.

This article looks at adding emojis to Messenger chats via the Messenger app for iOS and Android, as well as through Facebook and Messenger on the desktop.

Facebook Messenger's Emojis

Emojis in Messenger

The emojis you have available will differ depending on whether you're using Messenger for an iOS device, Android device, or in a web browser.

Emojis in Messenger for iOS

Messenger for iOS uses native iOS emojis, so you're able to access and use the same emojis you use for texting in the iOS Messages app. Here's how it works:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your iOS device and select the New Message icon from the top right.

  2. Browse your contacts or search for a name. When you've selected your message recipient, select Done.

  3. In the text box at the bottom of the screen, begin typing your message.

    Messenger in iOS, starting a new message, selecting a recipient, and typing a message
  4. On the bottom left of the keyboard, select the emoji icon (looks like a globe).

  5. Your emoji set will open up, just as if you were texting in Messages for iOS. Select your emojis as you normally would, and then hit Send.

  6. Your emoji-filled Messenger message is sent.

    Messenger in iOS with emoji icon highlighted, emoji palette and sent message with emojis

Emojis in Messenger for Android

The Messenger app for Android uses the Facebook emoji set, which is a little different from other emoji palettes. Here's how it works.

  1. Open the Messenger app on your Android device and select the New Message icon from the top right.

  2. Search for the contact you want to message or tap their name. A message window will open.

  3. Start typing your message. When you're ready to add an emoji, tap the smiley face in the message window.

    Compose a message with Android Messenger and select Smiley Face to add emojis
  4. Tap the Emoji tab. The Facebook emoji set will appear.

  5. Browse the available emojis by category or swipe to find the ones you want. Tap to add them to your message, and then hit Send.

  6. Your emoji-filled Messenger message is sent.

    Select Emojis in Android Messenger to add emojis to a message

Emojis in Messenger via Facebook in a Browser

In a web browser, it's easy to access Messenger by going to Facebook. Like Android devices, Messenger in a browser uses the Facebook emoji set.

  1. Navigate to Facebook.com in a web browser and select the Messenger icon from the top right.

    Navigate to Facebook.com in a web browser and select the Messenger icon from the top right.
  2. Select See All in Messenger.

    Select See All in Messenger.
  3. You're now in Messenger. Select the New Message icon.

    Select the New Message icon in desktop Messenger
  4. Start typing the name of the person you want to message, and then select them to open up a chat window.

    Start typing the name of the person you want to message, and then select them to open up a chat window.
  5. In the message box at the bottom of the screen, start typing your message and then select the smiley face.

    start typing your message and then select the smiley face.
  6. The Facebook emoji set will appear.

    The Facebook emoji set will appear.
  7. Browse emojis and select them to add them to your message. When you're finished, select Send.

    When you're finished, select Send.

    Or hit Enter or Return on your keyboard.

  8. Your emoji-filled Messenger message is sent.

    Your emoji-filled Messenger message is sent.

Stickers in Messenger

Stickers are another way to add some fun and emotion to your Messenger messages, with whimsical animated characters or illustrations. The process of adding stickers to your messages differs a bit depending on whether you're using Messenger on iOS or Android, or via Facebook in a web browser.

Stickers in Messenger for iOS

To add stickers in iOS:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your iOS device and select the New Message icon from the top right.

  2. Browse your contacts or search for a name. When you've selected your message recipient, select Done.

  3. In the text box at the bottom of the screen, begin typing your message.

    Messenger in iOS, starting a new message, selecting a recipient, and typing a message
  4. Tap the smiley face in the text box.

  5. Tap the Stickers icon.

  6. Browse through the available stickers by category or search for a sticker using a keyword.

    Add stickers to a Messenger message in iOS
  7. Tap the sticker or stickers you want to use to add them to your message.

  8. When you're finished with your message, select Send.

  9. Your message has been sent along with your fun stickers.

    Send your stickers in an iOS Messenger message

Stickers in Messenger for Android

To add stickers in the Messenger Android app:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your Android device and select the New Message icon from the top right.

  2. Search for the contact you want to message or tap their name. A message window will open.

  3. Start typing your message. When you're ready to add a sticker, tap the smiley face in the message window.

    Compose a message with Android Messenger and select Smiley Face to add emojis
  4. Tap the Stickers tab.

  5. Browse through the available stickers by category or search for a sticker using a keyword.

  6. Tap the sticker or stickers you want to use to add them to your message, and then tap Send. Your message and sticker have been sent.

    Add a sticker to an Android Messenger message

Stickers in Messenger via Facebook in a Browser

To add stickers in Messenger from Facebook in a web browser:

  1. Navigate to Facebook.com in a web browser and select the Messenger icon from the top right.

    Navigate to Facebook.com in a web browser and select the Messenger icon from the top right.
  2. Select See All in Messenger.

    Select See All in Messenger.
  3. You're now in Messenger. Select the New Message icon.

    Select the New Message icon in desktop Messenger
  4. In the message box at the bottom of the screen, start typing your message and then select the Stickers icon.

    In the message box at the bottom of the screen, start typing your message and then select the Stickers icon.
  5. The sticker options box will appear.

    The Sticker options box will appear.

    Select the plus sign from the top right to open the Sticker Store, with additional free and for-purchase sticker themes.

  6. Browse stickers and select one or more to add to your message. When you're finished, select Send.

    Add stickers to your message and select Send
  7. Your message and sticker have been sent.

    Messenger desktop message sent with sticker.

GIFs in Messenger

GIFs are animated images or video snippets that add a dose of humor to your messages. GIFs sometimes feature celebrities and others in meme-worthy moments that express a range of emotions. As with the other fun Messenger add-ons, the process of adding a GIF will differ depending on what Messenger version you're using.

GIFs in Messenger for iOS

To add GIFs in the Messenger iOS app:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your iOS device and select the New Message icon from the top right.

  2. Browse your contacts or search for a name. When you've selected your message recipient, select Done.

  3. In the text box at the bottom of the screen, begin typing your message.

    Messenger in iOS, starting a new message, selecting a recipient, and typing a message
  4. Tap the smiley face in the text box.

  5. Tap the GIFs tab.

  6. Browse through the available GIFs by category or search for a GIF using a keyword.

    Add a GIF to a message in iOS Messenger
  7. Tap the GIF you want to add it to your message.

  8. Tap Send.

  9. Your message with its GIF has been sent.

    Add a GIF to an iOS Messenger message

GIFs in Messenger for Android

To add GIFs in the Messenger Android app:

  1. Open the Messenger app on your Android device and select the New Message icon from the top right.

  2. Search for the contact you want to message or tap their name. A message window will open.

  3. Start typing your message. When you're ready to add a GIF, tap the smiley face in the message window.

    Compose a message with Android Messenger and select Smiley Face to add GIFs
  4. Tap the GIFs tab.

  5. Browse through the available GIFs by category or search for a GIF using a keyword.

  6. Tap the GIF or GIFs you want to use to add them to your message, and then tap Send. Your message and GIFs have been sent.

    Add a GIF to Messenger in the Android app

GIFs in Messenger via Facebook in a Browser

To add GIFS in Messenger from Facebook in a web browser:

  1. Navigate to Facebook.com in a web browser and select the Messenger icon from the top right.

    Navigate to Facebook.com in a web browser and select the Messenger icon from the top right.
  2. Select See All in Messenger.

    Select See All in Messenger.
  3. You're now in Messenger. Select the New Message icon.

    Select the New Message icon in desktop Messenger
  4. In the message box at the bottom of the screen, start typing your message and then select GIF.

    Select GIF in Messenger desktop
  5. Browse through the available GIFs by category or search for a GIF using a keyword.

    Browse through the available GIFs by category or search for a GIF using a keyword.
  6. Select a GIF to add it to your message, and then select Send. Your message and GIF have been sent.

    Send a GIF through Messenger desktop.