Viewing and typing emojis on a computer

  1. Emojis are no longer just for phones
  2. How to use emojis in Messages for the web
  3. Look for the emoji button
  4. Install the emoji extension in your web browser

Emojis are no longer just for phones

The popularity of emoticons is growing. Some desktop messaging services include an emoji gallery where you can select emoji to add to your message. But not all services have a list of emojis and not all sites display emojis correctly. If the service you’re using doesn’t provide a list of emojis, or if emojis don’t appear on web pages, there are third-party services you can use to send emojis in a message and turn empty fields on websites into emojis.

How to use emojis in Messages for the web

If you have an Android phone, enable Web Text Messages for your computer. In addition to regular text messages, the web interface includes an emoji gallery that you can use to send emoji from your computer to any phone.

Messages for the web also displays emojis sent to you and replaces empty fields with the correct emoji.

Look for the emoji button

Many web messengers and desktop texting platforms support emoji. Twitter is an example of this. In the past, inserting emoji into a tweet required a service like iEmoji. Twitter now includes an emoji gallery. To insert an emoji in a Tweet, select the face icon in the Tweet to open the emoji gallery.

Facebook and Messenger have emoji galleries that make sending emoji through Facebook really easy. You don’t need to use these emoji galleries. You can use a third-party service to copy and paste the emoji into a Facebook or Messenger message.

Other online texting platforms like WhatsApp Web and Skype for Web also support emoji, so you can send emoji from your computer and view the emoji sent to you.

Use all Skype emojis, even the secret ones

Your email provider may provide emoji support. For example, to access the emoji gallery in Gmail, create a new message and then select the face icon in the bottom toolbar.

Install the emoji extension in your web browser

If the website or messaging services do not support emoji, you will see a blank frame instead of emoji on the web page and you will not find the emoji gallery in the messaging service.

Use a web browser extension to get emoticons on your computer. Some extensions display emoji as they appear on mobile devices, while others offer an emoji gallery.

Chromoji for Google Chrome detects empty fields on web pages and replaces those fields with an emoji icon. Chromoji also comes with a toolbar button that can be used to enter emoji characters. Emojify is a similar extension.

In the Firefox browser, use the Emoji library to insert emoji into text fields. The Emoji Library works with emails, messages, and other types of text fields. Install Emoji Everywhere to replace Unicode emojis with their normal images in Firefox.

In Safari on Mac, use Emoji Free to see and type emoji on social networking sites, emails, folders, contacts, calendar, and other Mac products.

To learn more about emojis, visit Emojipedia to find emoji categories, their meanings, and different interpretations of images depending on the platform (e.g. Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC, Twitter, or Messenger).

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