The emoji list for 2020 is now complete, with 117 emojis making the final cut for release this year.

Additions include Bubble Tea, Smiling Face With Tear, bottle-feeding parents and the Transgender Flag.[1] Emojipedia is today releasing sample images for each of the new emojis approved as part of this list.

Above: New emojis approved for release in 2020. Video: Emojipedia.

Welcome additions include an emoji showing People Hugging which shows a greater sense of empathy than the previous excited-looking πŸ€— Hugging Face, a pinched finger gesture which is commonly referred to simply as "Italian Hand Gesture".

Variations of existing emojis now approved for 2020 include a woman or gender-inclusive person in a tuxedo, as well as a gender-neutral person or a man in a veil (both were changes proposed by Google). These, along with other approved emojis, will be coming to phones later this year.[2]

Also included in this update is a gender-inclusive alternative to πŸŽ… Santa Claus and 🀢 Mrs. Claus, named Mx. Claus. This addition is part of an ongoing effort to make more consistent set of gender options across the board, and expands upon the 138 new gender-neutral emojis added in late 2019 as part of Emoji 12.1.[3]

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Above: New emoji options available in 2020: Woman in Tuxedo, Mx Claus, Man with Veil.

Announced today by the Unicode Consortium, the 117 new emojis form part of Emoji 13.0 and will come to most platforms in the second half of 2020.[4] As part of today's announcement, Unicode has posted data files and charts for Emoji 13.0, with the sample images shown in the charts for vendor guidance.

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Above: Original images from Emojipedia showing how the new emojis may look.

As with all new emoji releases, the appearance of each emoji varies by platform. Images shown on this page (and tweet thread) are original designs created by Emojipedia in a glossy style to show one potential way these may look when implemented on major platforms such as iOS, Android, WhatsApp, or Twitter.

πŸ“‹ 2020 Emoji List

Listed below are are each of the new emojis approved in Emoji 13.0, minus any skin tone variations.

Image Emoji
Smiling Face with Tear
Disguised Face
Pinched Fingers

With Skin Tones
Anatomical Heart
Lungs
Ninja

With Skin Tones
Person in Tuxedo

With Skin Tones
Woman in Tuxedo

With Skin Tones
Person with Veil

With Skin Tones
Man with Veil

With Skin Tones
Woman Feeding Baby

With Skin Tones
Person Feeding Baby

With Skin Tones
Man Feeding Baby

With Skin Tones
Mx Claus

With Skin Tones
People Hugging
Black Cat
Bison
Mammoth
Beaver
Polar Bear
Dodo
Feather
Seal
Beetle
Cockroach
Fly
Worm
Potted Plant
Blueberries
Olive
Bell Pepper
Flatbread
Tamale
Fondue
Teapot
Bubble Tea
Rock
Wood
Hut
Pickup Truck
Roller Skate
Magic Wand
PiΓ±ata
Nesting Dolls
Sewing Needle
Knot
Thong Sandal
Military Helmet
Accordion
Long Drum
Coin
Boomerang
Carpentry Saw
Screwdriver
Hook
Ladder
Elevator
Mirror
Window
Plunger
Mouse Trap
Bucket
Toothbrush
Headstone
Placard
Transgender Symbol
Transgender Flag

For the purposes of this list, Person in Tuxedo and Person with Veil are shown as new, even though these are existing code points. Not listed: new sequences for Man in Tuxedo and Woman with Veil which are expected to have the same appearance as the current implementations.

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Above: Key additions in the emoji set each year. Images: Apple 2014–2018; Emojipedia 2019–2020.

Vendor Preview

For most users, these new emojis will come to devices in software updates throughout 2020.

A number of designs from Google are shown below which are subject to change prior to final release, but give a reasonable indication of how these might look on Android. In past years, Apple has waited until the second half of the year to preview new emojis, often doing this on World Emoji Day in July.

Prior to today's announcement, Twitter already supported Woman in Tuxedo, Transgender Flag and Transgender Symbol emojis, and these are also shown below.

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Above: Emojis coming to Android and Twitter in 2020. Images: Google (via Unicode chart / Twitter (via Twemoji).

Release

Unicode announced the publishing of Emoji 13.0 data files on 2020-01-29 (California / US Pacific Time), with the announcement being made ahead of the rest of the Unicode 13.0 release to give vendors appropriate time to work on their emoji release for the year.

Expect to see these new emojis on major operating systems in the second half of 2020.

These tend to come to Android in beta around August, and to iOS and macOS in October or November.

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Above: New in 2020: Ninja, Bubble Tea, Pinched Fingers, Accordion, Coin, Person Feeding Baby, Smiling Face With Tear, Teapot, People Hugging. Images: Emojipedia Sample Image Collection.


  1. Transgender Flag was drafted as a 2020 emoji candidate in 2019, and some vendors including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter added this ahead of approval by Unicode. The result has been a flag that works on some platforms, but not others. β†©οΈŽ

  2. This has been achieved by reclassifying the previous emojis for Man in Tuxedo and Bride with Veil as gender-neutral. Future software updates will show these with an ambiguous gender, and rename them to Person in Tuxedo and Person with Veil respectively. New sequences in Emoji 13.0 permit a choice of a woman or man for either the tuxedo or veil-wearing emojis. During this transition, current platforms will continue to show the older, gendered appearance for these emojis, until the new gendered sequences are implemented on iOS, Android, and other apps later in 2020. β†©οΈŽ

  3. First pushed by Google in early 2019, having three choices for human emojis (person - with no gender specified, or options for a woman or man) avoids issues where some emojis have a woman, man, or an ambiguous gender. Many of these decisions are a relic of much earlier emoji releases, such as the gender pair of a bride being a man in tuxedo, which previously prevented there from being the option of a woman wearing the same clothing. β†©οΈŽ

  4. Unicode lists this update as 62 emoji additions, with 55 gender or skin tone variations. This is technically correct per the Unicode emoji specifications, however it does mean that Mx Claus is counted in the 'new' section, while Man with Veil is counted as merely a gender variation. Of the 117 emojis, one is considered an emoji component, meaning it is used as part of a sequence, but will not necessarily be shown on emoji keyboards. β†©οΈŽ