How do I use emojis on a Chromebook?

Here’s how to insert emojis on a Chromebook into any free-form text field. Be warned, it’s not exactly an elegant solution, but it gets the job done and doesn’t require you to install any third-party software.

Ready? Here we go

With the Chrome browser open, click on:

  • Menu (three vertical dots in the top right, under the ‘x’ close)
  • Settings

…and then in the ‘search settings’ field, type ‘show input options in the shelf’

You will now see:

Emojis on a Chromebook

Expand ‘Input Method’ by clicking on the expand down arrow/caret. You will now see:

Emojis on a Chromebook

As per the above picture, now slide ‘show input options in the shelf’ to the ‘on’ position.

In the bottom right system tray where the clock is, you will now see a new icon. For me (being in the United Kingdom), that’s ‘GB’. 

Emojis on a Chromebook

Click on this new icon and you will now see something similar to this:

Emojis on a Chromebook

We’re getting close…

 

Now click on the emoji icon. You will now see:

Emojis on a Chromebook

However, I suggest you change the view to a compact keyboard by clicking on the top middle ‘box in a box’ icon to activate the compact keyboard.

Your view should now be something like this:

Emojis on a Chromebook

 

The last piece of the puzzle is to click on the smiley emoji icon on the keyboard. When you’ve done this, you’ll see:


Emojis on a Chromebook

Job done

And there they all are! 😀

What you’ve just done is a ‘one time only’ thing and will remain when you restart your Chromebook. But should you ever want to get rid of this setting, just follow the instructions in reverse.

From here on in, every time you want to insert an actual emoji 😄 rather than an old fashioned emoticon :‑) you now know how to do it! Don’t forget to experiment, have fun but don’t over-do using emojis on a Chromebook 😉