New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard. This page notes which emojis have been approved for release on major platforms.
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New Emojis for 2021
Unicode has announced a six month delay to Unicode 14.0 due to COVID-19.
Unicode 14.0 is now scheduled for September 2021, with the approved updates unlikely to arrive on major platforms now until 2022. The emojis coming in this release have not yet been decided.
A possible minor Emoji 13.1 release may be approved in time for some new emoji updates to come to devices in 2021. More about the new emoji timeline.
New Emojis for 2020
Unicode 13.0, the version of the Unicode Standard required for Emoji 13.0, was released on 2020-03-10.
New Emojis for 2019
Emoji 12.0 is the new emoji list for 2019. Approved on February 5, 2019 with 230 new emojis, these are rolling out to major platforms throughout 2019. More about this update. Emoji 12.0 support is now available on most major platforms.
Emoji 12.1 is a minor update to Emoji 12.0, approved in October 2019. This added additional gender and skin tone sequences. This is supported in iOS 3.2, with other vendor support expected in early 2020.