A Discord server can be greatly customized to meet the needs of its members. One way to do this is by adding custom emoji. You can do this on the Discord website or in the desktop or mobile app.
A standard Discord server has a limited number of custom emoji locations. If you want to add more, you need Discord Nitro subscribers to increase your server and add additional locations (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 from your Discord server settings menu on the Discord Web site or the Windows or Mac desktop app. The steps below come on both platforms.
To get started, open your Discord server and click the down arrow next to the server name in the channel list on the left. Click “Server Settings”; in the drop-down menu.
On the “Emoji” tab of the Discord server settings menu, you can add custom emoji. A list of custom emoji requirements is at the top, including a 256 KB file size limit, and at least 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 need Discord Nitro subscribers to “increase” your server.
To add a custom emoji (standard or animated), click “Upload emoji.”
You must 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, which by default uses the file name 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 can be used immediately on your Discord server.
If you want to delete the latter, just hold the mouse pointer over it in the “Emoji” list and then click on the red “X” at the top right to delete it.
Emoji will be removed from your server immediately.
Add or remove Discord Custom Emoji on Android, iPhone and iPad
Like the Windows and Mac Discord apps, server owners using Discord on Android, iPhone, or iPad devices can upload custom emoji from the same menu. Because the Discord interface is the same on all platforms, these steps should work on both Apple and Android devices.
To get started, open the Discord app on your phone or tablet to access your server. Tap the hamburger menu at the top left of an open channel.
This opens the Discord channel and server list. Tap the three-point menu next to the server name in the channel list to continue.
In the Discord Server pop-up menu, tap “Settings” to access your server settings.
Touch “Emoji” in the “Server Settings” menu to access your custom emoji settings.
As with PC and Mac apps, a list of emoji requirements will appear in the “Emoji” menu.
To start uploading a standard or animated emoji that matches these requirements, tap “Upload emoji”.
Select the custom emoji file you want to upload. Press “Crop” to crop the image or “Upload” if you do not.
Once the emoji file is uploaded, tap it to replace its alias tag. This will take you to the setting range of that emoji.
Enter a new name in the “Alias” box. This will be the tag used to add emoji to messages (for example, “: howtogeek:” for a How-To Geek emoji).
Tap the Save icon at the bottom right to save your new tag.
Changes to a custom emoji alias are applied immediately. To delete emoji, tap the three-point menu at the top right of the custom emoji settings.
In the drop-down menu, tap “Delete Emoji.”
This custom emoji is then removed from your server emoji list.
Using Custom Emoji on Discord
Once you have 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 popup emoji menu, your server’s custom emoji will be listed under its own category. Click or tap any of the custom emoji lists there to add it to your message.
A similar popup will appear when you tap the emoji icon in the notification area of the Discord mobile app. Your available emoji appears under the server’s custom emoji category.
Alternatively, you can write the alias tag of your custom emoji in your message to send it. If the alias tag matches an emoji you can use, it appears above the message bar as you type. Then you can just tap it to automatically fill in the tag and display the emoji.
A similar popup will appear if you type a custom emojis alias tag in the Discord mobile app. Click or tap the autocomplete alias tag above your message to insert emoji into your message.
These emoji can only be used on your own Discord server if you are not 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 on the Discord server.