How to Find and Use Skype Emoji

Add a bit of fun to your Skype conversations

There's a veritable treasure trove of animated emoji available for Skype users. They can add a little spice to your conversations or help clarify the emotion behind your message, whether you're a regular user or using Skype for business. Here's how to find and use Skype Emojis, including some hidden ones you may not know about!

Skype emoji are available in the standard version of Skype and in Skype for Business, but not all of the same emoji exist on both platforms. Since Skype for Business is a distinct piece of software, it may not always offer the same emojis as the consumer version. You should still be able to find a wide variety in both versions of the software though, and many standard Skype emoji are available in both, even if the appearance differs between software.

How to Find Skype Emoji

Whether you're using Skype on a computer or the Skype app on a smartphone or tablet, it's easy to find and use emoji. When you select a contact and open the conversation window, look for a small, circular smiley face icon in the box where you type a message. Select the smiley face and Skype pops up a small window displaying the available emoji.

A screenshot of Skype with the Emoji button highlighted

If you're on a computer, you can scroll through the Skype emoji window to find the one you want to use. On mobile devices, you can swipe sideways to scroll through the options. You can also select the category icons to jump to specific sets, such as animals or national flags. If you still can't find what you're looking for, you can search for specific emoji by selecting the search box and typing a keyword.

How to Use Skype Emoji

There are a few ways you can use Skype emoji. The first is simple: select the emoji you want to use with the method you learned about in the previous section. This inserts it into your text box, where you can then add more emoji or text.

A second way you can use Skype emoji is to type them into the text box. Skype allows you to type many of the most common emoji, like the smiley face or winking face, by typing the emoticon version like ":)" or ";)". Emoticons differ from emoji in that emoticons are made entirely with keyboard characters and symbols to display emotions.

Each Skype emoji also has a code representing it, and you can enter these codes to use them as well. For example, there is an emoji with an apparent hangover. To use it, you can type (morningafter) in the text field. When you send your message, the code is converted into the emoji.

A screenshot of Skype showing an Emoji shortcut

There isn't an easy way to find emoji codes on mobile devices, but you can hover your mouse pointer over a Skype emoji on a computer, and a preview at the top of the window shows you a large view of the emoji along with its description and code in parentheses.

The emoji you see and the emoji the recipient of your message sees may differ depending on the version of Skype each of you is using. Some emoji may not even appear.

How to Use the Hidden Emoji

Skype doesn't show off all of the emoji it actually has available. Many may not appear in the emoji window you scroll through. However, you can use the search function on your mobile device to find them. On a computer, you have to know the emoji's code and type it into the text box, as explained in the previous section.

You can find the full list of Skype emoji, including the hidden ones, in the support section of its website.