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Google Meet and Google Hangouts are part of the G Suite offered by Google. They are a fantastic free solution for collaborations and can be installed as an extension into a web browser that allows for text chat, voice chat, video chat and screen sharing. What many people don’t know is how to access emoji shortcuts on both of these platforms.

WHY USE EMOJIS ON GOOGLE MEET AND GOOGLE HANGOUTS?

In a digital era where most of our communication is now done online, it becomes inevitable to have unnecessary miscommunication and misunderstanding. This is because speech only makes up 7% while body language makes up 55% and tone of voice accounts for 38%. 

Using emojis on Google Meet chat and Google Hangouts chat can help reduce the chances of miscommunication or any perceived tensions that may occur. Adding a smiley 😊 can instantly add a touch of lightheartedness to the message and bring back some of the non-verbal cues that are often missing when communicating online. 

Fun fact: Thousands of years ago hieroglyphics or small icons were used for communication in ancient societies. Not unlike the emojis we use today!

Egyptian hieroglyphics

HOW TO USE GOOGLE MEET AND GOOGLE HANGOUTS EMOJI SHORTCUTS

Whether you are using a Windows based laptop or an Apple, there are various different ways that you can access emojis in both Google Meets and Google Hangouts.

GOOGLE HANGOUT EMOJIS FOR BOTH WINDOWS AND APPLE

In using Google Hangouts you can simply click the grey smiling face at the left of the chat box. Then you will be able to see and pick which emoji you want to use. 

GOOGLE HANGOUT EMOJI SHORTCUT FOR WINDOWS

Google Hangouts also allows you to use shortcuts to place emojis in your text. Simply using the base emoticon structure will send the emoji through for you. For example, typing O:)  will result in an 😇 to appear. This shortcut is quicker if you are able to remember certain designs for the emoji you want to use. Faces are easy to remember but for more complex icons such as a building or a basketball you can simply click on the grey smiley face to find them. 

GOOGLE MEET EMOJI FOR APPLE

When using Google Meet it is similar to Google Hangouts but changes in relation to the type of laptop you are using. 

For any laptop type, if you want to add an emoji in the Google Meet chat you can right click or double click to bring up your menu. There should be an option at the very top that says emojis. Clicking this will bring up all the options for emojis.

Screen shot of right click menu with Emoji shortcut

GOOGLE MEET EMOJI FOR WINDOWS

For Window computers another way is to use keyboard shortcuts to bring up the menu. You can simply press the window key and the full stop at the same time. 

Emoji keyboard menu choices

GOOGLE MEET EMOJI FOR APPLE

To bring up the emoji menu on Apple computers press Command-Control-Space to get the same result.

Other Tricks for Emojis for Google Meet and Hangouts 

  • If you wanted a wide variety of emojis you can see the complete v13 list, click here. To use this you can simple copy and paste the emoji you wanted into the chat space. 
  • Also we have produced a list of the emoji keyboard shortcuts below if you wanted to learn the basic designs that bring up the emoji.

How to use Google Hangouts emojis:

To use Google Hangouts emoji shortcuts

  • Type the characters you see in the left column into Google Hangouts.
  • For example type <3
  • Press enter to send the message.
  • ❤️ This email will appear in Google Hangouts after the message is sent.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, COPY AND PASTE THE EMOJI KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS BELOW

Right-click the Emoji of choice and copy the image. Then paste it into Meet or Hangouts.

Shortcut Emoji Description
:C ☹️ frowning/sad face
:) or :-) ☺️ smiley
<3 ❤️ heart
-<@% 🐝 honeybee
:(|) 🐵 monkey face
:(:) 🐷 pig face
(Y) or (y) 👍 thumb up
(N) or (n) 👎 thumb down
(]:{ 👳‍♂️ man with turban
</3 or <\\3 💔 broken heart
~@~ 💩 pile of poo
:D or :-D 😀 grinning face
^_^ 😁 grinning face with closed eyes
:”D 😂 laughing face with tears
=D 😄 laughing face open mouth with happy eyes
^_^;; 😄 laughing face open mouth with tear
O:) or O=) O:-) 😇 angel face (smiley with halo)
}:) or }=) or }:-) 😈 devil face
;) or ;-) 😉 winking face
=) 😏 blushing smile
B-) 😎 smiley with sunglasses
:, or :-, 😏 smirking face
:| or =| or :-| 😐 neutral face
-_- 😑 expressionless face
o_o; 😓 downcast with sweat
u_u 😓 pensive face
:/ or =/ or =\\ or :\\ or :-/ or :-\\ 😕 confused face
:s or :S or :-s or :-S 😖 confounded face
:* or :-* 😗 kissing face
;* or ;-* 😘 face blowing a kiss
=* 😞 blushing kissing face
:p or :P or =p or =P or :-p or :-P 😛 face with tongue
;p or ;P or ;-p or ;-P 😜 winking face with tongue
:( or :-( or =( 😞 disappointed face
>:( or >=( or >:-( 😡 pouting / angry face
:'( or ='( or T_T or ;_; 😢 crying face
>.< or >_< 😣 persevering face
D: 😦 frowning with open mouth / worried
:”( 😭 loudly crying face
:o or :O or =o or =O or :-o or :-O or o.o 😮 face with open mouth / shocked
O.O 😲 astonished face / gasping with shock
X( or X-( or X-o or X-O or x_x 😵 dizzy face
:3 or :X) or =^_^= or (=^..^=) or (=^.^=) 😸 grinning cat with smiling eyes
!:) or !:-) 🙃 upside-down face
>:(X 🙅🏻‍♂️ person gesturing no / crossed arms
\o or o/ 🙋🏿 person raising hand
:)X or :-)X or >:D< 🤗 hugging face / open hands
\m/ 🤘 hand horn sign / ‘rock-on’
V.v.V 🦀 crab