After several months of quiet rollout, Facebook have confirmed that their latest emoji release is now accessible to the majority Facebook users.
This update includes support for Emoji 12.0, as well as a number of design changes to family, gesture and facial expression emojis.
Above: New emojis added to the latest version of Facebook's emoji set.
Facebook 4.0 includes all 230 new emojis approved in 2019, including 🥱 Yawning Face and 🦩 Flamingo as well as selection of emojis representing accessibility (e.g. 🦻 Ear With Hearing Aid), new color options for shapes (e.g. 🤎 Brown Heart), and various different combinations of people holding hands (e.g. 👩🏾🤝👩🏻 Women Holding Hands: Medium-Dark Skin Tone, Light Skin Tone).
Additionally, 474 emojis have updated designs as part of this release. All hand gestures have been given a glossier appearance, a notable number of facial expressions have been tweaked and all of the non-RGI family ZWJ sequences have been given an update to match the new family design released last year.
The first major set of additions amongst the 230 new emojis are 71 new emojis featuring people holding hands.
In the past, Facebook has already permitted shared skin tones for any of these hand-holders, but this is the first time mixed skin tones are included.
Above: A selection of the new people holding hands emojis in Facebook 4.0.
Accessibility and representation of differently-abled people is the second of the major themes evident in Emoji 12.0. Additions in this category include objects such as 🦽 Manual Wheelchair and people emojis such as 👩🦯 Woman With Probing Cane and 🧏♀️ Deaf Woman.
Above: A selection of the new accessibility emojis in Facebook 4.0.
Above: A selection of the new shape options as they appear in Facebook 4.0.
Unlike most other vendors, Facebook's oyster emoji does not include a pearl.
Above: Eight new animal emojis in Facebook 4.0.
Above: New food and drink options in Facebook 4.0.
Browse all new emojis in Facebook 4.0.
Above: A selection of other Emoji 12.0 designs as they appear in Facebook 4.0.
😀 Grinning Face has lost its clenched-teeth grin for an open-mouth smile, as per the design of other major emoji vendors.
😵 Dizzy Face now features 'X'-shaped eyes instead of spiral-shaped eyes. This emoji continues to be fragmented between the two design styles (X or spiral eyes) across major platforms.
😠 Angry Face and 😡 Pouting Face now both display the same design - one in-keeping with other vendors' 😠 Angry Face design. However, in losing its red gradient 😡 Pouting Face is now notably inconsistent with the design of other vendors.
All hand and gesture emojis have been revised in Facebook 4.0. These have been given a glossier appearance more similar to the vendor's other human designs (👩 Woman, 🤹♂️ Man Juggling and 🤷 Person Shrugging, for example).
🤞 Crossed Fingers has been revised with a more glossy apperance and slightly modified finger placement.
These designs remained unchanged in previous updates but in version 4.0 these have been updated to feature greater detail in their clothes, hair and facial features. This family with a dark skin tone applied 👨🏿👩🏿👧🏿👧🏿 is shown here as an example.
Facebook 4.0 was released on August 14, 2019 and continues to roll out for users across the globe.
In the past year, Facebook expanded the reach of its emoji designs by also displaying these in the native iOS Facebook app. Previously, Facebook's own emoji designs only showed on Facebook for web and Android.
While these new emojis are now supported by Facebook, input is a different matter. Android users will require Android 10.0 or above to see the new choices on the emoji keyboard.
The Facebook website emoji picker hasn't yet been updated to include these new additions so desktop users will need an Emoji 12.0-compatible OS such as Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update or the forthcoming macOS Catalia update expected from Apple later this year.
Above: Facebook supports the new 2019 emojis, but these aren't yet available in the website emoji picker interface.
An alternative for accessing these new emojis is to copy and paste from a browser, eg 🤍 White Heart.
Last month's update from Facebook now shows for a majority of users, with rollout continuing for all remaining users in the coming weeks and months.
- Browse every Facebook Emoji
- Facebook 4.0 New Emojis
- Facebook 4.0 Changed Emojis
- Facebook 3.0 Changelog from December 2018
The 🦪 Oyster emoji has been featured amongst the animal emojis in all previous Emoji 12.0-orientated changelog articles as all other vendors display the creature with a pearl on top of its fleshy interior, indicating that the 🦪 Oyster is of the non-edible Pinctada genus and therefore "not true oysters". However, as Facebook's design lacks of pearl, it could be considered an edible Ostreidae oyster and therefore be featured amongst the food and drink emojis instead of the animals. For consistency with other changelogs, however, it has been featured with the animals. ↩︎
While these designs were not recommended for general interchange (RGI) by the Unicode Consortium, they were constructed via valid ZWG sequences. Single skin tone modifiers were enabled across all existing family combination emojis (e.g. 👩👩👧 Family: Woman, Woman, Girl and 👨👩👧 Family: Man, Woman, Girl), thus allowing for families of different skin tones to exist on their platform (e.g. 👩🏻👩🏻👧🏻 Family - Woman: Light Skin Tone, Woman: Light Skin Tone, Girl: Light Skin Tone and 👨🏿👩🏿👧🏿 Family - Man: Dark Skin Tone, Woman: Dark Skin Tone, Girl: Dark Skin Tone). ↩︎