How to Add Custom Emojis to Slack

Slack’s native emojis can be tedious and confusing. By adding custom emojis, you’ll be able to spice up your conversations with colleagues and make yourself the star of the Slack channel!

Things to keep in mind

  1. Any workspace member can add custom emojis.
  2. You can only add a custom emoji on Slack’s web and desktop version. However, after adding them, you can then use them on mobile.
  3. Team members can add images associated with their company or users’ headshots as custom emojis. Headshots allow team members to claim tasks by reacting using their personalized emojis.
  4. Members can use the custom emoji in the conversation or set it as a status.

Add a custom emoji to Slack

  1. Go to Slack and launch your workspace.

    Launch Slack workspace.
    Select the workspace you would like to use.
  2. Select any channel, and in the messaging field, click on the smiley face icon to view the emoji menu.
  3. Select Add Emoji.

    Open emoji in the messaging section
    Open emojis in the messaging section.
  4. Click Upload Image and choose the file you want to add as an emoji.

    Upload emoji from your device
    Upload emoji from your device.
  5. Type the emoji description under “Give it a name”, then click Save.

    Give the new emoji a name
    Give the new emoji a name.

How to use custom emojis in Slack

  1. To send the custom emoji as a message, click on the smiley face icon to view the emoji menu in the messaging section.
  2. Pick the custom emoji and click on the paper plane icon.

    Search for the new custom emoji in the emoji search bar
    Search for the new custom emoji in the emoji search bar.
  3. The custom emoji is visible to the channel users.

    Use the custom emoji in conversation
    Use the custom emoji in conversation.
  4. Top react to a message using the custom emoji; hover over the message in the conversation section and click on the smiley face icon.

    Add a new reaction to a message
    Add a new reaction to a message.
  5. In the emoji search bar, look for the custom emoji and click on it.

    Search for the custom emoji
    Search for the custom emoji.
  6. The new reaction is available under the message.
    Custom emoji as a reaction
    Custom emoji as a reaction.

    Note: Follow this guide if you want to use the custom emoji as a status.

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