Using Facebook Emojis and Smileys

Adding Emojis to Status Updates and Comments

Picture of a keyboard with emoticons
Smileys and Emoticons for Facebook. Dimitri Otis/Getty Images

Facebook smileys and emojis have grown easier to use over the years as the social network has added more clickable menus that make it very easy for users to insert fun little faces, symbols, and objects without having to know any special code.

In the early days, Facebook emoticons were mostly used, but now there's a huge menu full of emojis you can pick from when making status updates, posting comments, and chatting in private messages.

How to Add Facebook Emojis to a Status Update

Screenshots showing how to add Facebook smileys to a new post

Facebook has a drop-down menu for emojis in the status publishing box.

  1. Start by composing a new status update. Click inside the "Make Post" textbox and enter whatever you'd like to include in your update, or leave it blank if you just want emojis.
  2. Click the small happy face icon on the bottom right-hand side of the textbox area to open a new menu.
  3. Select any and all emojis you want to include in your Facebook status. You can click through each category at the bottom of that menu to quickly jump to other kinds of emojis, or feel free to scroll through the huge list and take your time picking your favorites.
  4. When you're done adding emojis to the textbox, click the little happy face icon again to close the menu.
  5. Continue updating your post if you need to, adding text behind or in front of any emoji if need to reorganize the status update.
  6. If you're all done, use the Post button to post the emojis and rest of your status update for all your Facebook friends to see.

Note: The Facebook app does not support emojis like you see in the desktop version. However, most phones have built-in support for emojis. Use the smiley key to the left of the spacebar to open the menu and insert an emoji from your mobile device.

How to Use Emojis in Facebook Comments and Private Messages

Emojis are also accessible from the comments section on Facebook as well as in private messages on Facebook and Messenger:

Screenshots showing how to post Facebook comments with emojis
  1. Click inside the comment box wherever you want to post the emoji.
  2. Use the small smiley face icon to the right of the comment box to open the emoji menu.
  3. Select one or more emojis and they'll instantly be inserted into the textbox.
  4. Click the icon again to close the menu and finish writing the comment. You can add text anywhere you like, be it before or after the emojis, or skip using text altogether.
  5. Post the comment normally using the Enter key.

If you're using Messenger on your computer or have a message open in Facebook, the emoji menu is just below the textbox.

Using the Messenger app on your phone or tablet? You can get to the emoji menu in nearly the same way:

Screenshots showing how to use Facebook emojis in the Messenger app
  1. Tap to open the conversation you want to use an emoji in, or start a brand new one.
  2. Choose the small smiley face icon to the right of the textbox.
  3. In the new menu that shows below the textbox, go into the Emoji tab.
  4. Select an emoji or choose multiple ones by continuing to tap them without leaving the menu.
  5. Tap the smiley face again to close the menu and continue editing your message.
  6. Hit the send button to send the message with emojis.

Other Image Sharing Options

When you're posting a status update on Facebook, there's a rather large menus of items just below the textbox and emoji menu that you might be interested in, too.

Most of these options have nothing to do with emojis and let you do things like tag friends in the post, start a poll, check in to a nearby location, and more.

However, if you want to post a picture instead of a small emoticon-like icon, use the Photo/Video button to do that. Similarly, the GIF and Sticker options are helpful if you want to add those to your status update instead of an emoji, or even in addition to an emoji.

As you read above, the Facebook app does not offer an emoji menu like the desktop version of the website does. If you're using the Facebook mobile app, find the Feeling/Activity/Sticker option below the status textbox, or the smiley icon next to the comment textbox, to insert those kinds of icons and images if your device doesn't support the emojis you're after.