Here’s the Easiest Way to Get Discord Emojis

If you’re living in the 21st century, you probably see emojis every day. They’re in text messages, social media, and even your emails — and on Discord, they’re becoming more advanced than ever. Whilst it’s relatively easy to self assign roles on Discord, many newbies don’t know how to use emojis.

While nearly all websites and instant messengers offer emojis, Discord’s emoji feature is pretty unique — if you own a Discord server, you can create your own emojis from scratch. And if you join a server with custom emojis, you’ll have free rein of those as well! 

Wondering how to use Discord’s emoji feature? Here’s a thorough explanation. Making custom Discord emojis is completely free, but to get the most of it, we recommend getting a Nitro subscription. 

How to Get Discord Emojis 

There are two kinds of Discord emojis — default and custom. 

Anyone can use default emojis, regardless of whether you have a Nitro subscription. There are plenty of default emojis to choose from, from simple smiley faces to cute animals. 

Custom emojis are emojis that you can create for a specific server. If you have a standard Discord account, you will only be able to use these in their designated server — and if they’re a GIF, you won’t be able to use them at all. 

If you have a Nitro subscription, however, you can use a server’s emojis anywhere you want. 

There are two ways to use Discord emojis: scroll through the emoji list, or type in the emoji’s code. 

To browse emojis, locate the icon on the far right side of your message bar. It looks like a smiley face, and will change its expression when you hover your mouse over it. 

Once you click on the icon, it will open up a box. Scroll through and select the emoji you’d like to use, and it will pop up in your message box. 

Discord organizes their default emojis by category (people, animals, food) and the custom emojis by their servers, so finding the right one should be easy. 

Typing in the code is much quicker than browsing the emoji list, though — so once you’ve memorized the names of your favorites, you’ll want to use this method instead. 

The code for emojis is simply the emoji’s name between two colons. If you’d like to use the heart emoji, for instance, you will need to type “:heart:” in your message. 

Emojis with long or complex names may be hard to remember, though. To make things easier, you can type in the first few characters of the code — from there, a suggestion box will pop up and fill in the rest for you. 

Make Your Own Emojis 

Want some personalized emojis for your Discord server? Here’s how you can do it. 

  1. Save or create the image you’d like to use as an emoji. It can be a still image or a GIF, but make sure it’s under 256kb. 
  2. Go to your server and click on the name. Then, go to “Server Settings.” 
  3. Go to “Emojis”, and then click “Upload Emoji.” 
  4. Upload the image you’d like to use as an emoji. You can also give it a custom code if you’d like. 

After that, you’re all set to use your new emoji! You can have up to 50 emojis per server. 

Emoji Servers 

Do you want even more emojis that you can use anywhere on Discord? You’ll want to join some emoji-sharing servers. 

Once you join one of these servers, you’ll be able to use all of their emojis anywhere you want on Discord — as long as you have Nitro, that is. 

To find these servers, you can browse the emoji tag on Disboard. 

Emoji Reactions 

One unique emoji use that’s become popular in recent years is “emoji reactions.” Facebook and Slack also have this feature, so even if you’re new to Discord, you may have seen emoji reactions at some point. 

To use an emoji reaction, hover your mouse over the message you’d like to react to. Four icons should show up in the top right corner. Choose the one on the far left — it will look like a smiley face with a plus sign over it. 

Once you click the icon, you can either type in the name of an emoji, or scroll through the options until you find the right one. 


Overall, it’s pretty easy to get the hang of Discord emojis. Once you know how they work, you can use them to customize your messages, display name, and Discord status. 

Even if you don’t have Nitro, you use their default emojis anywhere. Or, you can use non-GIF emojis in their respective servers. 

And if you’d like to expand your options even further, you can get Nitro and create your own emojis or even join emoji sharing servers. 

The options for Discord emojis are endless, so be sure to make the most of them! 

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