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This article was published on January 11, 2015

Emoji support is finally coming to Google Chrome for OS X

Emoji support is finally coming to Google Chrome for OS X
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Ever noticed that emoji either show as a square or not at all on Chrome for OS X? The browser has had a bug for many years that meant that it didn’t support for Apple’s emoji. That’s going to be fixed very soon.

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What Emoji looked like before it was fixed in Chrome

Emoji support has landed in the latest developer builds of Chrome for OS X, meaning that emoji can be seen on websites and be entered into text fields for the first time without issues.

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Users on Safari on OS X could already see emoji on the Web without issue, since Apple built that in. The bug in Chrome was fixed on December 11, which went into testing on Chrome’s Canary track recently. From there, we can expect it to move to the consumer version of Chrome in coming weeks.

If you can’t wait to get emoji in your browser, you can switch to the slightly less stable development version right here, otherwise, you’ll have to wait for a few weeks until it graduates from dev to beta, then into stable.

In the meantime, you can test what emoji your browser supports here, or download a Chrome extension to fix it on older versions.

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