How To Enable The Chrome Emoji Panel [Guide]

Emoji are everywhere and all major operating systems, both mobile and desktop, support them. For desktop operating systems, emojis were late to arrive but smartphones have had them for ages. The look of a set of emoji varies from device to device, and operating system to operating system but they all have the basic set. Chrome has a native emoji panel that you can use if you don’t find your desktop’s emoji support sufficient, or if it’s inconvenient to use. It’s not enabled by default though. Here’s how you can enable the Chrome emoji panel.

Chrome Emoji Panel

Make sure you’re running the latest version of Chrome. This is a relatively new feature so it matters whether or not your browser is up to date.

Open a new tab and type the following in the URL bar.


Tap Enter. This will open the Chrome flags page. Chrome flags are experimental features that users can enable. They’re not in beta. The features work as they should but in light of how users generally interact with the browser, and how Google thinks the browser ought to work, these features aren’t enabled by default.

On the Chrome flags page, search for a flag called Emoji Context Menu. Open the dropdown next to it and select the ‘Enabled’ option. After you change the state of a flag, you have to restart the browser. Click the Relaunch button at the bottom of the Chrome flags page to restart Chrome.

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The Chrome emoji panel will be enabled after the restart. To use it, navigate to any website that allows you to input text. This could Facebook, Twitter, or the Google search page. Right-click inside the field and you will see an ‘Emoji’ option at the very top of the context menu. Click it and a small panel featuring emoji will open.

Click the emoji you want to use. The panel is divided into the usual categories and it has a search feature.

Using the panel, you can insert emoji in any text field that allows you to input text in it however, there’s no guarantee that the website will be able to display it. Websites like Facebook and Twitter have support for emoji but you can guess that it might not be a priority for all websites. You might find that certain forums do not support it, or some websites simply do not allow you insert it even if the panel pops up.

The emoji might look different on a website once it has been entered.

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