Using Mac emoji outside of Messages is tricky, but all you need to know is a keyboard shortcut to use emoji on your Mac in any app or web page.

We'll show you how to use Mac emoji anywhere you can type on your Mac. You can use all the same emoji as on your iPhone, iPad or Android.

This guide will focus on macOS Sierra, which is a free upgrade, for most Apple computers. This includes the latest Emoji options that match what you have on your iPhone and iPad.

It's easy to use emoji on your Mac, but most people don't know the correct keys to press to bring up the Mac emoji keyboard.

How to Use Mac Emoji

Here's everything you need to know to use Mac emoji to spice up your messages. It only takes a second to learn and it's actually quite easy to remember.

  1. Click on the text field where you want to put Emoji. It can be in an app or on a web page.
  2. On your keyboard, press Command and Control simultaneously, then press the spacebar while holding them.
    Click on the Mac emoji you want to use.

    Click on the Mac emoji you want to use.

  3. Emoji picker will open just below and you can double click to add and emoji.
  4. You can scroll up or down to find emoji, click on the categories at the bottom, and search using the box at the top.
  5. After choosing a Mac emoji, the picker will disappear. If you need to hide it, you can click anywhere else on your screen.

Do you want to use a lot of emoji in your message? You will need to repeat this process. If you want the same emoji, you can copy and paste the emoji you have already entered.

A bigger Mac emoji picker with more options.

A bigger Mac emoji picker with more options.

Click the small window icon on the top right if you want a bigger emoji picker on Mac. This will let you see the emoji in a larger, slightly larger window. You will need to click on the X at the top left to close this window.

You can send Mac emoji to others on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad or Android and post on social networks like Facebook and Twitter or post an Instagram comment.