How to Type Emojis

Find emoji shortcuts on every platform

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Virtually all modern machines support emoji characters, meaning that you can type emojis almost anywhere and they will almost certainly be viewable. Figuring out where those emoji shortcuts are hiding, however, can be a bit tricky—especially if you're new to using a particular operating system or emojis in general.

Not sure if your machine or device currently supports emojis? You can check on CanIEmoji.com by looking at the supporting OS versions and apps.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to type emojis from your Windows PC, Mac, web browser, iPhone/iPad or Android device.

How to Type Emojis on a PC

These instructions apply to PCs running on Windows 10.

  1. Open a file (such as Word, PowerPoint, or Notepad) or a web page where you'd like to add emojis. Then click to position the cursor in the text field where you want the emoji to appear.

  2. Press the Windows button and the period button (.) on your keyboard at the same time. A small emoji keyboard will appear in the bottom right of your screen.

    A screenshot of the emoji keyboard on a Windows PC.
  3. Use your cursor to select an emoji to add to your document file or text field.

    Use the menu at the bottom to browse through the categories of emojis or click the magnifying glass icon to search for one by keyword.

  4. The emoji will automatically insert into your document file or text field.

How to Type Emojis on a Mac

The following instructions are for Macs running on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later.

  1. Open a file (such as Pages, Keynote or Notes) or web page where you'd like to add emojis. Click to position the cursor in the text field where you want the emoji to appear.

  2. Press Cmd + Ctrl + Space on your keyboard at the same time. An emoji keyboard will appear where you've placed your cursor.

    A screenshot of the emoji keyboard on a Mac.
  3. Select an emoji using your cursor to add to your document file or text field.

    Use the menu at the bottom to quickly browse through the emoji categories.

  4. The emoji will automatically insert.

How to Type Emojis on the Web

If you have an older machine, a Chromebook, or run Linux, you can copy and paste emojis from the web as a simple alternative solution. You can also do this in a mobile browser.

  1. Navigate to GetEmoji.com in a web browser.

  2. Scroll through the list of emojis or use the search field at the top to type in a keyword and find one fast.

    A screenshot of GetEmoji.com.
  3. Click to the left of the emoji you want to use and highlight it by holding down your cursor and dragging it to the right. On a PC, hit Ctrl + C or on a Mac, Cmd + C to copy it.

  4. Navigate to the program, app, or web page where you want to paste the emoji and click/tap the text field where you want the emoji to appear. On a PC, select Ctrl + V or on a Mac, select Cmd + V to paste it.

How to Type Emojis on an Android Device

These instructions apply to devices running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later.

  1. Open the app on your Android device where you'd like to type an emoji and tap the text field to activate the keyboard.

  2. Tap the smiley face icon that appears beside, above or below the text field (depending on which Android OS version you're using). The built-in emoji keyboard will pop up.

    A screenshot of the emoji keyboard on an Android device.

    Don't see this? If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, you might need to enable the emoji keyboard.

  3. Tap the emoji you want to use.

    Swipe left or right to scroll through the emoji categories or tap the icons in the menu at the bottom.

  4. The emoji will automatically insert.

How to Type Emojis on an iPhone or iPad

These instructions apply to devices running on iOS 5 or later.

  1. Open the app on your iPhone or iPad where you'd like to type an emoji and tap the text field to activate the keyboard.

  2. Tap the smiley face icon in the bottom left of the keyboard to pull up the built-in emoji keyboard.

    Two screenshots of the emoji keyboard on an iPhone.
  3. Tap the emoji you want to use.

    Swipe left or right to quickly scroll through the emoji categories or tap the icons in the menu at the bottom.

  4. The emoji will automatically insert.

Typing Emojis on iPhone or Android With Third-Party Apps

There are several third-party keyboard emoji apps out there that you can download for Android and iOS devices. These apps integrate with your device's existing keyboard, enhancing it with new emojis and emoji features.

Here are three of the best that we suggest you try for both Android and iOS devices.

SwiftKey

SwiftKey is a smart keyboard from Microsoft. It includes all the default emojis plus additional ones. The app learns which emojis you like to use the most so it can suggest the right emojis for you to use at the right time.

Like the default iOS and Android keyboards, SwiftKey has a smiley face icon to select to type emojis. Over time as you use it, you will see smart suggestions for emojis based on your habits.

SwiftKey is free for both iOS and Android.

GBoard

GBoard is Google's smart keyboard. It's known for its powerful emoji search function, which makes finding and selecting the perfect emoji faster and easier than ever.

All you have to do is tap the smiley face icon to see the list of emojis or use the Google search bar at the top to start searching for one.

GBoard is free for both iOS and Android.

Fleksy

Another top keyboard is Fleksy, which offers over 800 different emojis. Just tap the smiley face icon to view and select them.

Fleksy is free for both iOS and Android.