A Discord server can be highly customized to the needs of its members. One way to do this is to add custom emoji. You can do this on the Discord website or on the desktop or mobile app.
A standard Discord server has a limited number of custom emoji slots. If you want to add more you will need Discord Nitro subscribers to upgrade your server and add additional slots (up to 250).
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Add or remove Discord Custom Emoji on Windows or Mac
To add custom Discord emoji, you must be a server administrator or owner. You can add them through the Discord server settings menu on the Discord website or in the desktop app for Windows or Mac. The following steps are performed on both platforms.
First, open your Discord server and click the down arrow next to the server name in the channel list on the left. Click on “Server Settings”
You can add custom emoji under the Emoji tab in the Discord server’s settings menu. A list of requirements for custom emoji is above, including a file size limit of 256 KB and a minimum of two characters for emoji names.
Standard Discord servers can add 50 standard emoji as well as another 50 animated emoji GIFs. To add more, you’ll need Discord Nitro subscribers to “boost” your server.
Click Upload Emoji to add a custom emoji (standard or animated).
You will need to upload the file from your computer’s local storage. If the file meets Discord’s requirements, it will be added to your Emoji or Animated Emoji lists.
Each custom emoji has an alias tag that defaults to using the filename of the uploaded emoji image. This is the tag you use to add an emoji to a message.
You can replace the default alias by clicking the Alias box next to a custom emoji and then typing a new name.
Once uploaded, a custom emoji is ready to use on your Discord server immediately.
If you want to remove it later, hover over it in the Emoji list, then click the red “X” in the top right to delete it.
The emoji will be removed from your server immediately.
Add or remove Discord Custom Emoji on Android, iPhone, and iPad
As with the Windows and Mac Discord apps, server owners using Discord on Android, iPhone, or iPad devices can upload custom emoji from the same menu. Since the user interface for Discord is similar on all platforms, these steps should work on both Apple and Android devices.
First, open the Discord app on your phone or tablet to access your server. In an open channel, tap the hamburger menu in the top left.
This will open the channel and server list for Discord. In the channel list, tap the three-dot menu next to the server name to continue.
From the Discord Server pop-up menu, tap Settings to access your server settings.
On the Server Settings menu, tap Emoji to access your custom emoji settings.
As with the PC and Mac apps, a list of requirements for emoji appears in the Emoji menu.
Tap Upload Emoji to upload a standard or animated emoji that meets these requirements.
Select the custom emoji file that you want to upload. Tap “Crop” if you want to crop the picture, or “Upload” if you don’t.
After uploading the emoji file, tap it to replace the alias tag. This will take you to the settings area for this emoji.
Enter a new name in the “Alias” field. This is the tag used to add the emoji to messages (for example, “: howtogeek:” for a how-to geek emoji).
In the lower right, tap the Save icon to save your new day.
Changes to the alias of a custom emoji are applied immediately. If you want to delete the emoji, tap the three dot menu in the top right corner of the custom emoji settings.
From the drop-down menu, tap Delete Emoji.
That custom emoji will then be removed from your server emoji list.
Using Custom Emoji in Discord
Once you’ve added a custom emoji to your Discord server, it will appear in the emoji pop-up list when you click the emoji icon in the chat message bar.
In the pop-up emoji menu, your server’s custom emoji will be listed under its own category. Click or tap any of the custom emoji listed there to add it to your message.
A similar popup will appear when you tap the emoji icon in the message bar in the Discord Mobile app. Your available emoji will appear under the server’s custom emoji category.
Alternatively, you can include the alias tag for your custom emoji in your message to send. If the alias tag matches an emoji that you can use, it will appear above the message bar as you type. Then you can just tap on it to auto-fill in the tag and show the emoji.
A similar popup will appear when you enter the alias tag of a custom emoji into the Discord mobile app. Click or tap the auto-completed alias tag above your message to insert the emoji into your message.
These emoji can only be used on your own Discord server unless you are a Discord Nitro subscriber. If so, you can use custom server emoji on any other Discord server as long as the “Use external emoji” setting is enabled in that Discord server’s channel permissions.