Facebook Emoji 13.1 Changelog

Facebook Emoji 13.1 Changelog

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.

This update began rolling out roughly a year after Facebook's last major emoji update, which included new emojis from late 2019's Emoji 12.1 and early 2020's Emoji 13.0.

Emojis introduced last year include ๐Ÿฅฒ Smiling Face with Tear, ๐ŸคŒ Pinched Fingers, ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿผ Person Feeding Baby, and a variety of additional gender-neutral emojis depicting professions and hairstyles.[1]


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.

๐Ÿ†• New

There are three new smiley emojis within Facebook's 2021 emoji update: ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ Face Exhaling, ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes, and ๐Ÿ˜ถโ€๐ŸŒซ๏ธ Face in Clouds.


If you remember a face with spiral eyes within Facebook's emoji prior to this, you're not imagining things.

Prior to their 2019 update, Facebook's ๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face emoji displayed with the spiral eyes now worn by ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes.


Above: as of early 2021 ๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face is now universally shown with X eyes, making way for ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes.

The change to displaying X eyes on ๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face brought Facebook's design in line with most other vendors and allowed for the creation of the dedicated ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes released in this update.

This update also includes two new heart emojis: the [โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Mending Heart](โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Mending Heart.) and โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Heart on Fire.


As mentioned previously, the โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Heart on Fire was found to be the most popular new emoji recommended in 2020 as part of the 2021 World Emoji Awards.

In this update, Facebook also introduced the ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman: Beard emoji. Due to the way these emojis are implemented, this means that there is a new gender-specific ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man: Beard emoji, which looks the same as the (now-renamed and redesigned) ๐Ÿง” Person: Beard emoji.


Above: Facebook now has gender-specific designs for ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman: Beard and ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man: Beard.

The remaining brand new emojis in this update[2] consist of skin tone variations of the ๐Ÿ’‘ Couple with Heart and ๐Ÿ’ Kiss emojis.


Above: Facebook's ๐Ÿ’‘ Couple with Heart variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.


Above: Facebook's ๐Ÿ’ Kiss variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.

๐Ÿ†™ Changed

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.

๐Ÿง” Person: Beard now has a gender-inclusive appearance, in keeping with changes to other emojis which don't specify a gender.


๐Ÿ‰ Dragon has more details scales and antlers, as well as a more vibrant snout, whiskers, and mane.


๐Ÿงด Lotion Bottle now displays as a pump dispenser bottle, akin to other major vendors. It also has the ๐ŸŒฟ Herb design as its crest.


โ›ธ๏ธ Ice Skate is now viewed from an isometric angle, with black heel and white laces instead of an orange heel and laces.


๐ŸŽฝ Running Shirt now has as yellow sash, like most other vendors.


๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ Rolled-Up Newspaper now has a "Daily Feed" masthead, matching Facebook's ๐Ÿ“ฐ Newspaper emoji design.


๐Ÿ›๏ธ Shopping Bags are now plain white and brown instead of colorful and decorative.


๐Ÿ›๏ธ Classical Building no longer has a dark grey background.


๐Ÿ“ถ Release

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.

If users wish to insert designs from either Emoji 13.0 or Emoji 13.1 they will have to do so either via their mobile device's native emoji keyboard or by copying and pasting them on the web.

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  1. Facebook's 2020 update did not, however, include the ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ People Holding Hands or ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿฆฒย 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. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  2. 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 ๐Ÿ’‘ Couple with Heart and ๐Ÿ’ Kiss emojis since their 2019 update. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ