How To Add Emojis to Discord

Discord is more than just a VoIP for gamers in the midst of an epic raid or battle royale. It’s a service that allows server owners to keep track of all their members and provide those members with a place to verbally and textually mingle.

How To Add Emojis to Discord

No communications platform would be complete without the emoji. Text-based conversations can be tricky without context or inflection. That’s where these small icons come into play. With the emoji you can add emotions to your messages. But, they’re also fun.

In this article we’ll teach you all about Discord emojis!

Using Emojis On Discord

To start, we’ll show you how to add an emoji to your messages. Discord does offer a standard list of emojis like most other platforms.

Open Discord and navigate to the text channel or message you’d like to use. Then, just hover your mouse over the grayed-out emoji to the right-side of your text bar:

It’ll turn from gray to full color while hovering. Click on the emoji icon to pull up a list of available emojis right there at your fingertips. If you find yourself wanting to drop more than one, you can just hold down the Shift key while clicking away.

You can use the dropdown at the top to quickly toggle between different genres. From nature, to food, gaming, and even custom emojis, you will find all of them here.

The Wumboji

A Wumboji is an emoji that has been given a little bit too much room to grow. By foregoing any text and instead of dropping a single solitary emoji as a message, that emoji will blow up in size for all to see.

You are limited to up to 27 Wumboji in a single message before overcrowding becomes a concern and the size is reduced back down to its original state.

While in Compact mode, emojis cannot become Wumbojis. This makes a bit of sense seeing as a compacted Wumboji is already what an emoji is.

Custom Server Emoji

In addition to the basic, out-of-the-box stable of emojis you’re automatically gifted with, you can also easily add custom emojis to your server. You can also sync up with a few of your favorite streamers in order to use their emojis as well.

If you happen to be subscribed to any partnered Twitch streamers who’ve got their own stable of customized emojis enabled for their channel, you can use them on your server. All you need to do is sync up your Twitch account with Discord. This will allow you to use their custom emojis on any server you decide to join. Awesome huh?

Of course, you can always upload your own custom emojis explicitly tailored to your server to use as well. In order to do this you’ll need to:

  1. Head to the “Server Settings” tab. You do this by clicking on the server name and selecting the tab from the drop-down options provided.

  2. Once there, you’ll find the Emoji tab. Click it to open up the Server Emoji dialog.

    It’s here where you’ll be greeted with the “Don’t let your memes be dreams” text. So long as you’re the server owner or have been granted the necessary Manage Emoji permission, you’ll have full access to the Emoji tab.
  3. From here, click the upload button off to the right and you can upload your own personalized emoji stash to the server.

You’re limited to 50 emoji uploads per server and those particular emojis will only work for the server of which they’ve been uploaded. If you try to use an emoji that was uploaded to a different server, you’ll be greeted with a message from Clyde:

Emojis can only be used on the server they were created for. Unless, of course, you’re paying for Discord Nitro.

In the above screenshots, the former is for when you attempt to type in the emoji by name, and the latter message is received if chosen from the picker list. You may notice that some servers will show both the grayed-out emojis as well as the universal ones. Just keep in mind that manually uploaded emojis are server-specific but those that are integrated are not. This includes any emojis you sync through Twitch.

Emojis are resized to 32×32 pixels and the upload should not exceed 128×128 pixels in order to obtain optimal resolution. The emoji list is auto-sorted for custom emojis by the server so you should not have any trouble finding the emoji you’re looking for.

Reacting to Messages With Emojis

Sometimes less is more when it comes to a message response. It’s often possible that you can create a better emotional show of support by opting for a reaction as opposed to words or a manually placed emoji. Discord provides you the option for a quick response via the “Add Reactions” button.

To use a reaction, click on the +smiley to the right of the message. It will be located next to the menu icon.

Just click it and you’ll be provided with your full stable of emotes to choose from in order to quickly get your response across.

If one reaction isn’t enough, you can add more as the “Add Reactions” button will now be located off to the right of your current reaction emotes.

Similar to the rapid-fire treatment above, you can hold down the Shift key while selecting emotes to keep the window open.

You also have the option of removing a reaction if you so choose. Just click on the box of the sent reaction and it will simply vanish. Your most commonly used emojis are also saved for quick reaction purposes. Right-click the message you’re looking to react to and all of your favorites are right there for ease of use.

If you want to find out what other members think of your emoji right-click the message, in the dialog box there is the “Reactions” tab. Click on it and it will open a menu detailing who gave which reaction emote.

Adding Emojis to Channel’s Description & Nicknames

Maybe you’d like to add a few emojis to some of your channels or even your nickname. The process is a rather easy one and there are two ways I know how to go about it. The more technical way is to type in the full ID name of the emoji (:emojiname:) directly.

An example would be typing in :flame: to produce the ? emoji.

This is a language known as Unicode. There are likely quite a few sites online to choose from that can help you find all the emojis you’ll ever need. A lot of users choose to use the site You can also learn you a little bit of Unicode by using if you’d prefer.

From the site, all you’ll need to do is locate the emoji you want to use, highlight it, right-click and choose copy. Then paste it into Discord where ever you need it. If you’re using the Unicode site, when choosing the emoji to use, make sure you copy it from the Browser column.

It’s as simple as that.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get permission to upload emojis?

Unfortunately, only the server owner can add emojis. Assuming this isn’t an option for you, you can always create the emoji and send the information to the server owner to have it added.

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