How to Get Emojis on a Chromebook

Smile, you can use the emoji you want on your Chrome OS laptop

Everyone loves emojis. They help express feelings and add context to text conversations. Chromebooks feature built-in support for typing emoticons. Here's how to get emojis on a Chromebook using the emoji keyboard for Chrome OS.

Information in this article applies to all Chrome OS devices regardless of the manufacturer (Acer, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, etc.).

How to Use Emojis on Chromebook

To use the emoji keyboard on Chromebook, you must first enable input options on the Chrome OS shelf:

  1. Select the time in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    Time in lower right of screen

    If you don't see the Chrome OS shelf, tap or click in the bottom-right corner of the screen to bring it up.

  2. Select the Settings gear in the pop-up window to open your Chromebook Settings.

    Chromebook Settings gear
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and select Advanced.

    Advanced in Settings menu
  4. Scroll down the page again and select Languages and Input.

    Languages & Input
  5. Again, scroll down the page and select the toggle switch next to Show input options on the shelf to enable it.

    Show input options on the shelf
  6. Close the settings and select US in the shelf to bring up the input options.

    US in shelf

    If your keyboard layout is set to a language other than U.S. English, the input options icon will show different letters.

  7. Select the smiley icon to bring up the emoji keyboard.

    Smiley icon in US menu
  8. You can now choose from hundreds of built-in emoticons. Tap or click the symbols in the bottom row to browse the different categories, then select the keyboard icon in the bottom-right corner to minimize the emoji keyboard when you're done.

    select the keyboard icon in the bottom-right corner to minimize the emoji keyboard when you're done.

Leave the emoji keyboard open when using chat applications like WhatsApp so that you have easy access to emoticons.

How to Use the On-Screen Chromebook Keyboard

You can also use the on-screen keyboard to access emojis on Chromebook:

  1. Select the time in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    Time in lower right of screen
  2. Select the Settings gear in the pop-up window to open your Chromebook settings.

    Chromebook Settings gear
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and select Advanced.

    Advanced in Settings menu
  4. Scroll down and select Manage accessibility features under Accessibility.

    Manage accessibility features
  5. Scroll down to the Keyboard and text input section and select the toggle switch next to Enable on-screen keyboard.

    Enable on-screen keyboard
  6. Close the settings and select the keyboard icon in the shelf to bring up the keyboard.

    Keyboard icon in shelf
  7. Select the smiley icon in the bottom row to switch to the emoji keyboard.

    Smiley icon in keyboard

You can also download the Chrome emoji keyboard as a Chrome extension. The web-based version includes even more emoticons and a search feature that makes it easier to find the right one for the emotion you want to convey.