Manage emoji preferences

In Slack, emoji are both fun and helpful for getting work done. To get the most out of emoji, you can adjust your default skin tone, display preferences, and one-click emoji reactions.

Choose your default skin tone




    1. Click the  smiley face icon in the message field to open the menu.
    2. Click the ✋ hand icon in the bottom right corner.

      Emoji menu showing skin tone selection option

    3. Choose a default skin tone.

Tip: You can click on certain emoji when they appear in the message field to quickly cycle through available skin tones. 

  1. Tap the message field to open your keyboard.
  2. Tap the   emoji button or the   globe button on the keyboard.
  3. Tap and hold the emoji you’d like to use.
  4. Choose your preferred skin tone from the menu.

Note: When you type the code for a Slack emoji that’s also available on iOS, it will default to the skin tone you've already selected from your iOS keyboard.

  1. Tap the   You tab at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Preferences.
  3. Tap Default Emoji Skin Tone, then choose your preferred skin tone.

Set your emoji display preferences

There are a few preferences for managing how emoji display in Slack:

  • Display emoji as Unicode or plain text
  • Choose to make emoji larger in messages without text
  • Convert typed emoticons to emoji
  1. From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Select Messages & media.
  4. Under Emoji, check or uncheck the boxes to set your preferences.

Note: Slack displays emoji in Apple's style on Mac and iOS devices, and Google's style on Windows, Linux, and Android devices.

Set your preference for one-click emoji reactions

One-click emoji reactions let you respond to messages in Slack almost instantly — simply hover over a message and choose from three emoji options. Owners and admins can choose default one-click reactions you see, but you can customize them using the steps below.

  1. From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Select Messages & media.
  4. Under Emoji, check or uncheck the box next to Show one-click reactions on messages. If checked, click the boxes to select three emoji.

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