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πŸ™‹ FAQ

πŸ™‹ How many emoji characters are there?

πŸ‘‰ There are as many as of 1,601 emoji characters supported on current platforms, up to and including Unicode 8.0. This figure includes skin-tone modified variations of each emoji, and ZWJ emoji sequences used to create some family and couple combinations.

πŸ™‹ Emoji or emojis? What is the correct plural of emoji?

πŸ‘‰ In Japanese, the plural version of emoji is emoji.

In written English, emoji or emojis is considered an acceptable pluralization of the word emoji. While words are not given plural forms in Japanese, this may or may not be observed when borrowing a Japanese word such as emoji, to use in English.

An article about emoji pluralization in The New York Observer states that the Associated Press Stylebook “took a firm stand and opted for emojis" in March of 2013.

Mark Allen, a board member of the American Copy Editors Society, stated that “emojis is the better English plural” for emoji:

“When words enter English, we usually make them play by our rules, so I think ’emojis’ has the edge,” Mr. Allen said in an email. “A corollary might be the Japanese word ‘tsunami.’ We’re more likely to speak of ‘a series of tsunamis’ rather than ‘a series of tsunami.’ ”

Emojipedia uses emojis as the plural of emoji for clarity.

πŸ™‹ Emoticon, smiley, emoji, what’s the difference?

πŸ‘‰ Emoticons and smileys are often used to describe small face-like icons available in instant message services and messaging apps.

Apps that includes emoticons and smileys are not always compatible with each, as the options and meanings available may not be the same on each platform.

Emoji is a standardised set of characters that is available on iOS, Android, Windows and OS X. While the artwork for each emoji character varies by platform, the meaning of each symbol remains the same.

πŸ™‹ Can I make my own emoji?

πŸ‘‰ This is not possible. If you create a character on your phone or computer that looks like an emoji symbol, you can send this is an image to others, but not as an emoji which is treated like text.

πŸ™‹ How do I get new emoji characters?

πŸ‘‰ The Unicode Standard is updated on an ongoing basis. The next emoji update is Unicode 9 which is currently in the candidate stage.

πŸ™‹ Why don’t emoji characters look the same on all platforms?

πŸ‘‰ The appearance of each emoji character varies by platform, as the artwork is specific to which fonts are included on the system.

πŸ™‹ Does my operating system support emoji?

πŸ‘‰ All modern operating systems support emoji characters. View compatibility.

πŸ™‹ How did the emojis get their names?

πŸ‘‰ The initial proposal to standardise emoji characters into Unicode was a joint submission by Apple and Google. The names chosen in this document were revised by the Unicode Consortium for the release of Unicode 6.0.