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How to turn off auto emoji on Discord?

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Discord is a rather popular VOIP program initially designed for gamers but has changed its focus to become a lot more inclusive since then. Anyone looking to hang out with their friends virtually can use it now.

In this article, we’re talking about how you can disable auto emojis in Discord.

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Disabling auto emoji on PC

Disabling the auto emoji feature on a PC is rather easy. Just follow these steps.

Step 1: Open Discord and click the Settings gear icon next to your username in the bottom left.

How to turn off auto emoji on Discord?

Step 2: Head over to the Text & Images section, and under Emoji, disable the Automatically convert emoticons in your messages to emoji slider.

How to turn off auto emoji on Discord?

And that’s all you need to do to disable auto emoji on Discord on PC. Alternatively, you can type your emojis with a backslash (\) in front to show them as emoticons instead of emojis.

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Disabling auto emoji on the Discord app

If you’re using Discord via the mobile app, there’s no explicit setting to turn auto-emoji off. However, once you’ve changed the setting on PC, it’ll automatically apply to the phone app as well.

If you don’t have access to a PC to make these changes, you must log into Discord using your phone’s web browser and make the changes from there. Remember that you’ll have to open Discord in your browser as the desktop site before proceeding. Once you’ve logged in, the steps to disable auto emojis are the same as described above. 

Also, the backslash (\) method applies to the phone app, so you can send emoticons without changing any settings by prefixing a backslash to them. For example, \:) will show up as 🙂 when the message is sent.

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How to turn off the auto emoji on a mobile browser?

If you want to turn off the auto emoji feature on mobile, then follow the steps below:

How to turn off auto emoji on Discord?
  • Open the mobile browser and open the page
  • Tap on the Settings icon.
  • n the settings menu, tap on the Text and images option.
  • On the next page, tap on the Toggle button to turn off the auto emoji feature and then tap on Esc (cross) button.

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Can you turn off the auto emoji on the Discord mobile app?

No, you cannot turn off the auto emoji feature of Discord from your Discord mobile app. But there is an alternative that will let you use character emoticons, and the auto emoji feature Discord will not convert them.

How to use character emojis without turning off the auto emoji feature?

The alternative is to use a backslash ‘/’ before the character emoji you want to send. See the example below.

How to turn off auto emoji on Discord?
  • We used the normal character emoticon and the auto emoji feature of discord and converted it to emoji.
  • But when we used a backslash, the auto emoji feature did not convert the character emoticon.
How to turn off auto emoji on Discord?

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If I turn off the auto emoji on my desktop, will the setting also be applied to my mobile app?

Yes, if you turn off the auto emoji feature of Discord from your desktop app, those settings will also be applied to your Discord mobile app.

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Tips for using emoticons on Discord

Here are some tips to guide you on how to use emoticons on Discord:

  • To use animated emojis or stickers, use the Nitro subscription.
  • Take the help of any third-party website to create custom stickers and emojis.
  • Double-tap on the smiley icon next to the message box and browse through various emoji categories.

Thus, you can easily turn off auto emojis on Discord by following the two steps we provided above. However, you can’t do this on the Discord app. On the mobile, too, you will have to access Discord on a browser to do this.

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With inputs from Hemant

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: