First seen in July of this year, Facebook's latest emoji update is now available for a majority of users across the globe. The update includes over 200 brand new emojis, such as the Face with Spiral Eyes and 2021's Most Popular New Emoji, the Heart on Fire.
Above: all the latest emojis recently added to Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Image: Facebook designs / Emojipedia composite.
All of the new emojis found within this 2021 emoji update are drawn from late 2020's Emoji 13.1 recommendations.
Above: a selection of emoji designs from 2020's Facebook emoji update.
You can see all the new emojis that were introduced in Facebook's 2020 emoji update here.
This earlier update also revised hundreds of previously supported emoji designs, giving them new non-gender-specifying appearances.
Above: a selection of the revised gender-oriented emoji designs from last year's Facebook emoji update.
You can see all the changed emojis in Facebook's 2020 emoji update here.
If you remember a face with spiral eyes within Facebook's emoji prior to this, you're not imagining things.
The change to displaying X eyes on 😵 Dizzy Face brought Facebook's design in line with most other vendors and allowed for the creation of the dedicated 😵💫 Face with Spiral Eyes released in this update.
This update also includes two new heart emojis: the [❤️🩹 Mending Heart](❤️🩹 Mending Heart.) and ❤️🔥 Heart on Fire.
In this update, Facebook also introduced the 🧔♀️ Woman: Beard emoji. Due to the way these emojis are implemented, this means that there is a new gender-specific 🧔♂️ Man: Beard emoji, which looks the same as the (now-renamed and redesigned) 🧔 Person: Beard emoji.
Above: Facebook's 💑 Couple with Heart variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.
Above: Facebook's 💏 Kiss variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.
Below are highlights of emoji design changes across both Facebook's 2020 and 2021 emoji updates, excluding the various gender neutral design changes discussed earlier.
🧔 Person: Beard now has a gender-inclusive appearance, in keeping with changes to other emojis which don't specify a gender.
🐉 Dragon has more details scales and antlers, as well as a more vibrant snout, whiskers, and mane.
⛸️ Ice Skate is now viewed from an isometric angle, with black heel and white laces instead of an orange heel and laces.
🎽 Running Shirt now has as yellow sash, like most other vendors.
🛍️ Shopping Bags are now plain white and brown instead of colorful and decorative.
🏛️ Classical Building no longer has a dark grey background.
Facebook's support of Emoji 13.1 began its rollout in July 2021 and is now available for a majority of global users.
Users of Facebook and Messenger see these designs on the social network and messaging app across Android and Windows platforms.
iOS users will see Apple's native emoji designs within the Facebook and Messenger mobile apps, but will see Facebook's design set if accessing Facebook.com or Messenger.com via MacOS.
Despite being support both on the website and within chat messages, the emoji pickers on both Facebook.com and Messenger.com have yet to be updated to include these latest additions. The emoji picker also currently lacks support for last year's Emoji 13.0, though it does include the new gender variations from Emoji 12.1 and the new gender-neutral changes for previously gendered designs.
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Facebook's 2020 update did not, however, include the 🧑🤝🧑 People Holding Hands or 🧑🦲 Person: Bald variations recommended in Emoji 12.1. As of Facebook's 2021 update, these emojis are still yet to be supported by the platform's emoji design set. ↩︎
While only recommended for general interchange (RGI) in late 2020's Emoji 13.1, Facebook has supported single skin tone modifier versions of each gendered combination of the 💑 Couple with Heart and 💏 Kiss emojis since their 2019 update. ↩︎