Facebook has confirmed its major emoji update for 2018 is now available for the majority of Facebook users. The release, of which some elements began to be surface in June, features 157 new emojis as well as a glossy design overhaul.

With the rollout now in its final weeks, here's what's new and changed.

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Above: New smileys available as part of Facebook's latest emoji update.

As we noted earlier this year, this update marks the second major redesign of Facebook's core emoji set in just under two years. The last major redesign was completed in February of 2017, with a similarly prolonged preview / roll-out period.

All six new smiley emojis from Emoji 11.0 are present: ๐Ÿฅฐ Smiling Face With 3 Hearts, ๐Ÿฅด Woozy Face, ๐Ÿฅต Hot Face, ๐Ÿฅถ Cold Face, ๐Ÿฅบ Pleading Face and ๐Ÿฅณ Partying Face.

Shown below is a selection of emojis which have seen significant changes in this release. These designs are now glossy with stronger gradients, and an almost 3D-like design. This is a change in aesthetic from earlier designs, and one that echoes that trends seen in the Apple and WhatsApp[1] design sets in recent years.

Many emojis have also been given additional details compared to the relatively simple designs in place before.

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Above: A comparison of select emoji designs between the Facebook 2.2.1 emoji update and the Facebook 3.0 emoji update.

This redesign is also the first to occur following the announced discontinuation of Facebook Messenger's unique emoji design set in October 2017.

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Above: The journey of ๐Ÿ’ฉ Pile of Poo on Android devices across Facebook and Facebook Messenger over the last number of years.

๐Ÿ†• New

Every new emoji from Emoji 11.0 is supported in this update, with these including bald people, redheads, a receipt, mango, and more.

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Above: A selection of new Emoji 11.0 emoji premiering on Facebook with this update.

Four new hair style emojis for men and women, including the long-requested ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฐ Red Haired Man and ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฐ Red Haired Woman are part of this release.

Note that these hair styles appear as their own individual emoji designs based on ๐Ÿ‘จ Man and ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman[2]. There are not (presently) other RGI hair colour sequences for any other person emoji, which is consistent with the Emoji 11.0 standard released earlier this year.

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Above: Facebook's designs for the four new hair style emoji. Each support the five Fitzpatrick Scale skin tone modifiers.

In the food and drink category, six new emojis have been added, including one of the more controversial newcomers, the ๐Ÿฅฏ Bagel. Facebook's designers may have heeded the outcry of Apple users, depicting a fresh-looking bagel with a cream cheese filling in this release.

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Above: New entries in the food and drink category in the Facebook 3.0 emoji update.

Facebook 3.0 features the ten new animal emojis from Emoji 11.0, including ๐Ÿฆ˜ Kangaroo and ๐Ÿฆš Peacock. ๐Ÿฆก Badger and ๐Ÿฆ› Hippopotamus display the full creature and not just the head: now the prevalent design choice, despite Google choosing to display just the animals' heads.

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Above: Ten new animal emojis now available on Facebook.

๐Ÿฆธ Superhero and ๐Ÿฆน Supervillain are also new to Facebook in this update.

When a gender is not specified, ๐Ÿฆธ Superhero and ๐Ÿฆน Supervillain both appear as ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Superhero and ๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Supervillain respectively - something that varies by platform.[3] All support skin tone modifiers.

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Above: Woman and Man variants of ๐Ÿฆธ Superhero and ๐Ÿฆน Supervillain.

Additional new Emoji 11.0 emojis include multiple new objects relating to science, sport and household items. All new emojis added to Facebook 3.0 can be viewed here.

๐Ÿ†™ Changed

This update features a comprehensive redesign of the entire Facebook emoji set: almost all emojis have experienced at least some form of modification.

There are several instances where designs have been changed to more closely match the designs of other vendors. A handful of lesser-used emojis feature new designs which deviate from the emergent norms.

In an email to Emojipedia about the redesign, a Facebook spokesperson noted that the push behind the new set was to fit in with the variety of platforms Facebook now displays emoji:

โ€œWe realized the need to push on the form, color and vibrancy to feel more at home in a variety of surfaces such as camera, Stories, video, etc. The end result are emoji that are not only more expressive and fun, but have greater depth and dimensionality.โ€

๐Ÿคฃ Rolling on the Floor Laughing now shows two tears of laughter.

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๐Ÿคฅ Lying Face now has its nose made of wood, further echoing the wooden puppet Pinocchio.

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๐Ÿคฎ Face Vomiting now has an intense glare instead of closed eyes.

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๐Ÿ˜ˆ Smiling Face With Horns and ๐Ÿ‘ฟ Angry Face With Horns now appear purple, as is the case across other major vendors.

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๐Ÿ‘ธ Princess now wears earrings and has more detail in the tiara, dress and overall shading.

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Almost all of the people and the profession emoji have had their facial features and other details augmented. See ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Shrugging, ๐Ÿคฐ Pregnant Woman, ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Police Officer and ๐Ÿคพโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Playing Handball as examples below.

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๐Ÿ‘ฏ People With Bunny Ears now shows two people instead of a single person wearing bunny ears. This is in-keeping with other how other vendors display this emoji.[4]

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๐Ÿคน Person Juggling now shows a person juggling instead of juggling hands.

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๐Ÿ’€ Skull has been given a jaw.

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๐Ÿง› Vampire now bares teeth and has a default-yellow skin tone instead of gray.

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Both head and body versions of ๐Ÿˆ Cat and ๐Ÿ• Dog have been re-designed.

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๐Ÿฆ” Hedgehog is now standing on all-fours as opposed to lying on its back.

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๐Ÿฆ• Sauropod and ๐Ÿฆ– T-Rex are now displayed as full-bodied creatures.

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๐Ÿฅช Sandwich now includes ham and has been cut in half.

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๐Ÿฅ— Green Salad is now a vegan green salad as the egg has been removed.[5]

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๐Ÿš€ Rocket is now more detailed and no longer includes an alien creature inside.

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๐ŸŽฆ Cinema now shows as a film projector symbol as opposed to an actual theatre screen, as per other major vendors.

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๐Ÿ“‘ Bookmark Tabs now displays text, specifically that of a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

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๐Ÿšฑ Non-Potable Water, in what appears to be a mix-up, has had its tap and glass replaced with a ban on placing litter in the trash.[6]

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Flags have had their style changed and now feature a more realistic glossy waving flag instead of the flat style used previously.

Shown below are ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Flag, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Flag of the United States and ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Flag for Ireland as examples.

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๐Ÿงš Fairy kept the same outline as the previous release, but with great detail and shading added.

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This type of change (same outline, new details) has been a common theme for a number of emojis in this redesign.

โธ Unchanged

Just about every emoji has been redesigned in this release but there is an exception when it comes to the ๐Ÿ‘ช Family variations.

While the default ("non-human" yellow skin) versions of these family emojis have been updated with new detailed designs, the versions which permit skin tones did not see the same overhaul. See ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Family of Man, Woman, Girl, Boy as an example below.

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Facebook is one of the few vendors to support skin tones for emojis that include multiple people, and the use of the Fitzpatrick scale skin tone sequences with family emojis have not been given RGI status by the Unicode Consortium, the organisation which selects and creates new emoji.

As such, these more diverse family emojis aren't often found in common use, and likely won't be until or unless more platforms also adopt these sequences.[7] When these emojis are viewed on platforms which don't support the sequences, the composite people within the emoji sequence display instead.

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โ๏ธ Removed

A number of non-standard emoji additions were removed in this release. Similarly to the families, emojis with two or more people aren't given RGI sequences for skin tone support in Emoji 11.0. As such, the following emojis no longer support skin tones in Facebook 3.0:

These emojis are drafted to include some level of skin tone support in 2019. Given this, it's possible they may return in a future update.

๐Ÿ“ถ Release

This update has been rolling out to users in various testing phases since June 2018. Facebook has confirmed that rollout has been ongoing, and now all users should have this update, or receive it in the coming weeks.

On iOS, Facebook chooses to use native (Apple) emoji support, so iOS users will not have experienced any further change since updating to iOS 12.1 in October.


  1. WhatsApp has also began testing Emoji 11.0 support in a recent beta release which is likely to be finalized in early 2019. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  2. These hair styles are created by combining ๐Ÿ‘จ Man and ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman with one of four new emoji components: ๐Ÿฆฐ Emoji Component Red Hair, ๐Ÿฆฑ Emoji Component Curly Hair, ๐Ÿฆฒ Emoji Component Bald and ๐Ÿฆณ Emoji Component White Hair. These emoji components are given graphical representation within Facebook 3.0 - a choice which has been made by all major vendors bar Twitter. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  3. At present, only Samsung includes a gender-inclusive design for Superhero and Supervillain to display if a gender is not specified. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  4. Facebook wasn't alone in showing one person in the bunny ears emojis, as this was one of two common designs for this emoji in Japan (ostensibly different emojis, but merged as one in the Unicode Standard). Despite a number of major vendors previously using one person, this is less common now. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  5. Google made a similar change earlier in 2018. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  6. This new design echoes the recently replaced version of ๐Ÿšฏ No Littering on Microsoft devices, which similarly appeared to prohibit putting litter in a trash can. Expect this one to be fixed in a minor update. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  7. Presently, only Facebook and Windows provide support for skin tone usage on the various family emojis. Microsoft introduced skin tone modifications to family emoji (including the ability to represent multi-racial families) in August 2016, while Facebook introduced family skin tone modifications in August 2017. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ