How to Add Emoji and Emoticons in Slack

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Can you remember a technological life without Emoji? We can’t either. Emojis are useful for many reasons, especially on Slack. Their very existence can change the way a message is delivered.

Slack also allows you to download and use your own emojis. Whether they’re yours or your favourite emojis, they give your workspace that extra something.

Custom emojis are also very easy to use. You don’t have to be a computer genius to know how to download, use or even delete them.

How to Add a Custom Emoji to Slack

  • To add an emoji, you first need an emoji accessible on your computer. The ideal size is 128 x 128 pixels. If you offer another format, Slack will compress it to 128 x 128.

Note: Remember to make sure that the emoji you download is licensed for commercial use if you use Slack for your business.

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  • Once you have an emoji, click on the arrow next to your workspace name at the top of the left sidebar.
  • Click on “Customize Slack” in the menu that appears.
  • This opens the Customize Workspace page with several tabs. We’re interested in the Emoji tab, where you need to click “Add Custom Emoji”.
  • Click on “Upload Image” and select your computer’s emoji.
  • Choose the name you want to give to your emoji. Enter this name to search for it in the emoji selector or to add it directly to a message with a : (colon).
  • Click “Save” and you’re done.
  • Your emoji will appear in the list of custom emoji. Everyone in your workspace can now use it in a message or as a reply.
  • You can delete an emoji you’ve added (or any custom emoji if you’re an administrator) by clicking the “x” to the right of the emoji.

Add Emoji to Slack Name

If you are new to Slack or have recently joined a workplace that uses it, you may have noticed that some of your team members have an emoji next to their name. Do you want to do the same thing? Well, you can do it with the help of Slack Status.

Here are the steps:

Slack for Desktop

  • On your computer, click on your name in the upper left corner. Select Edit Status from the menu.
  • Tap the emoji in the pop-up window and select the emoji of your choice. The selected emoji will appear next to your name.

Slack Mobile App

  • Open the slack application on your phone and tap the three-dot symbol in the upper right-hand corner. Select Edit Status from the menu.
  • Tap the emoji to the right of the status and select your favourite emoji.

That’s it. The much faster, cleaner and more concise 3-step guide to adding and removing custom emojis.

All bets are disabled if your administrator has disabled custom emojis. You should just find a less repressive work environment.

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