Everyday we use emoji in WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Messenger and in many other mobile and desktop applications. Do you ever wonder, how many emoji symbols are available in total? There are totally 3664 emoji symbols are available as per Unicode version 15.0.
Emoji Blocks with Count
All the available emoji characters are categorized under 10 Unicode blocks as listed in the below table.
|Smileys & Emoticons||166|
|People & Body||2148|
|Animal & Nature||152|
|Food & Drink||133|
|Travel & Places||218|
Unicode consortium is a non-profit organization that maintains specification for emoji and characters. They releases new emoji each year after going through submission and approval process. The above table is the latest available emoji as per Unicode version 15.0. The count will increase to 3664 in 2022 with the additions of new emoji symbols. Below is the history of emoji growth as per Statista.
Though all emoji are categorized into 10 major groups, Unicode further groups emoji based on the format. Below is the complete list of emoji based on the format from official Unicode website.
|Format||Smileys & Emotion||People & Body||Component||Animals & Nature||Food & Drink||Travel & Places||Activities||Objects||Symbols||Flags||Total|
|Ⓒ ‧ 🏿||655||655|
|Ⓩ ‧ 🦰||12||12|
|Ⓩ ‧ 🦰 ‧ 🏿||60||60|
|Ⓩ ‧ ♀||102||102|
|Ⓩ ‧ ♀ ‧ 🏿||470||470|
|Ⓩ ‧ 👩||60||60|
|Ⓩ ‧ 👩 ‧ 🏿||300||300|
|Ⓩ ‧ 👪||32||32|
|Ⓩ ‧ 👪 ‧ 🏿||235||235|
|Ⓩ ‧ 🏿||65||65|
|Ⓩ ‧ Ⓒ||6||1||4||3||14|
Emoji are grouped based on the below classification.
- Ⓒ – singletone emoji symbols
- 🏿 – contains skintone modifier
- Ⓩ – contains zero width joiner
- 🦰– contains hair component
- ♀- gender component
- 👩🎓– indicating role
- 👪 – group emoji
- #️⃣ – keycap
- 🏁 – flags
- 🏴 -subdivision of flag
- 🔗 – isolated components
Typing Emoji Symbols
The purpose of Unicode emoji symbols are simple – you can type those emoji like any other text characters. Though, you will not find default keys on physical keyboard for typing emoji symbols, you can use emoji keyboards to type these emoji.
- On Windows 10 PC, press “Win Logo + Dot” keys to open emoji keyboard.
- On Mac, press “Control + Command + Space” to open Character Viewer that contains all emoji and other symbols.
- All smartphones have dedicated emoji keyboard, you can use to type.
In addition to emoji keyboards, you can also you alt code shortcuts in Windows and option code shortcuts in Mac to type emoji symbols.
Other Emoji Symbols
However, many applications use custom emoji symbols that you can only use on that application. Best example is the animated emoji symbols available on the popular instant messaging applications Skype. You can use shortcuts or select the emoji from from the emoji panel. Though, it works like a text in Skype you can’t copy and paste it on other applications like Microsoft Word.
I am trying to find out what percentage of tweets are comprised SOLELY of emoticons. No luck thus far…
The link in this article says v13, however, goes to another which talks about the v12 list.
The complete v13 list is here https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html