How to use emoji in Mail for Mac in macOS Mojave

These days, it seems like the most efficient way to get your point across is to send an emoji. Using hand claps, hearts, and cry faces are harder to do on a Mac because you don't have quick access to your list of emoji (unless you've got a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, of course). Sure, you could drop the Emoji picker into your Menu bar or simply use the keyboard shortcut Control+Command+Space Bar, but in macOS Mojave, you'll be able to just grab your favorite symbol right in the message creation of the Mail app.

When you respond to an email or create a new one, you can turn your communiqué into a millennial's shorthand simply by clicking on the emoji picker right in the create email window.

It's in the upper right corner of the message window, right between font options and photo insert.

Just start typing your message and when you want to add a little visual enhancement to your email, insert an emoji to really express your feelings.

What do you think of emoji in Mojave?

Do you think adding emoji to the Mail app on Mac in Mojave is 👍 or 🤮? Express yourself in the comments section. Extra points for anyone that uses emoji!

Lory Gil

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

  • Hopefully this will encourage more people to use emoji in email. Also if someone puts a comment here saying "emoji is stupid/for kids", you will just make yourself look like a grumpy old man.
  • Lol really? This is the best Apple could come up with? Am I the only one on the planet that has noticed that no love has been shown to apple mail since 2012? Look at all that other mail apps do now. Reminders, send later, AI integration. It’s so cool how on iOS you can tell Siri to remind you about an email when you get home and yes there it is in your reminder app on Mac and iOS. But to do that from your Mac where it syncs between both? Fo get about it!! Why no share sheet extension in mail like every other Mac app? Is this some sort of omage to Steve Jobs? Instead I have to use ugly 3rd party apps that do everything. Pardon my rant but some of us use mail for business not for 4th grade.
  • Email is a medium which is slowly fading out, so it's not surprising that Apple hasn't really added any features. Not to mention email is pretty incompatible with the new privacy rules under GDPR. Forwarding/responding to mail often means you're copying in people's private details that they've added to their signature (which is for some reason classed as part of the email body), and more often that not it's unencrypted. Encrypted email requires a compatible client, and can be complicated to set up. You can't see if an email has been read (unless you use the weird picture hack) and emails can often be sent to the wrong recipient if a slight typo occurs (my dad has done this several times). Spam email is determined by the message content, so there have been various occasions where genuine email has been marked as spam, or spam email has been marked as genuine. Instead of just having an "away" status, email requires you to send a message to the person and then receive an automated response back, which again isn't a feature of email but one of many workarounds for its limitations. HTML in email is often broken and depends on the email client… do I need to go on? Email is really outdated, it's aged very badly and is full of wrinkles. It needs to go. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple got rid of their mail client in a future version of macOS/iOS
  • I could not think of a more useless, worthless addition to any program in the history of ever.