Emoji Statistics

Number of Emojis

In total, there are 3,664 emojis in the Unicode Standard as of September 2022. This includes sequences for gender or skin tone, flags, and the components that are used to create keycap, flag, and other sequences.

The latest emoji release is Emoji 15.0. The next expected release is Emoji 15.1, currently scheduled for September 2023.

World Emoji Awards

Each year on July 17, Emojipedia hosts the World Emoji Awards. The 2022 awards were as follows:

  • 🆕 Most Popular New Emoji. Any emoji approved in 2021 was eligible, determined by which is most used on Twitter. Awarded to 🥹 Face Holding Back Tears
  • 👀 Most Anticipated Emoji. The emoji is provisionally expected to be coming to platforms throughout 2022. Awarded to 🩷 Pink Heart
  • 🗓 Most 2022 Emoji: User-voted bracket to determine which emoji best represents 2022. Awarded to 🫠 Melting Face.
  • 🏅 Lifetime Achievement. Awarded to a member of the most beloved of all emojis, old or new. Awarded to ❤️ Red Heart

Recent Emoji Trends

Regarding emoji trends, recent analyses from Emojipedia have found that:

An Emojipedia analysis on emoji usage in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic found the following:

  • ☺️📉 The relative use of positive smiley face emojis was on the decline (down 5.63%)
  • 📊📈 The top ten emojis used on Twitter are relatively stable
  • 🔝😂 Face with Tears of Joy was the most used emoji on Twitter
  • 💕🆙 Emoji use as a whole continued to rise, with nearly one in five tweets containing at least one emoji
  • 🤔🦠 The increase in emoji use was potentially slowed by our new normal, but its too soon to say this with certainty
  • 😃👍 Smileys & People still dominated in terms popular emoji categories, while 🔣 Symbols are on the decline
  • ✈️⤵️ Emojis in the Travel & Places category saw larger than usual decreases recently, possibly due to travel restrictions

See also: Coronavirus-related emoji trends.

Emoji Popularity: Twitter

According to an Emojipedia analysis, the top 10 emojis used on Twitter across 2021 were:

  1. 😭 Loudly Crying Face
  2. 😂 Face with Tears of Joy
  3. 🥺 Pleading Face
  4. 🤣 Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  5. ❤️ Red Heart
  6. ✨ Sparkles
  7. 🙏 Folded Hands
  8. 😍 Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
  9. 🥰 Smiling Face with Hearts
  10. 😊 Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes

Emoji Popularity: Unicode

Unicode has worked with vendors to rank the most popular emojis in current use. As of December 2021, these were:

  1. 😂 Face with Tears of Joy
  2. ❤️ Red Heart
  3. 🤣 Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  4. 👍 Thumbs Up
  5. 😭 Loudly Crying Face
  6. 🙏 Folded Hands
  7. 😘 Face Blowing a Kiss
  8. 🥰 Smiling Face with Hearts
  9. 😍 Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
  10. 😊 Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes

In October 2019 these were:

Emojipedia pages include Google Trends intregation which show the relative popularity of emojis in search terms over time. Other emoji statistics resources include:

Emoji Usage


  • 📍 Founded: 2013
  • 👀 Average monthly page views: 50 million
  • 📥 Emoji Wrap email subscribers: > 18,000

During 2021, Emojipedia visitors were from, in order: