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Unless you’re a character from The Simpsons, Slack’s default yellow skin tone for emojis probably doesn’t represent you. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to change the default emoji skin tone from yellow to something more appropriate for you.

The method is the same for the desktop client and the web app, but slightly different for the Android, iPhone, and iPad apps. We’ll show you how to do both.

Change Slack’s Default Emoji Skin Tone in the Desktop Client or Web App

In any Slack channel, click on the smiley face icon in the text box to bring up the emoji panel. From there, click the “Skin Tone” button.

The emoji panel with the "Skin Tone" option highlighted

Next, click on the skin tone that you want to use as the default from now on.

The emoji panel with the choice of skin tones highlighted

The previously yellow “Skin Tone” hand will change to the skin tone you selected, as will any hand emojis you regularly use.

The emoji panel showing the new default skin tone

All other “body” emojis (hands, feet, ears, etc.) and people emojis will also now display in the skin tone you’ve selected by default.

The emoji panel showng the People emojis

The standard face emojis like “grin,” “joy,” “heart_eyes,” and so on (known as “Smileys and emotions” in the official Unicode standard) will remain yellow.

Change Slack’s Default Emoji Skin Tone in the Mobile App

In the mobile app for Android, iPhone, or iPad, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the app.

The three dots in the mobile app

Next, select the “Settings” option.

The mobile app menu with "Settings" highlighted.

Scroll down the settings menu and then tap on the “Advanced” button.

The Settings menu with the Advanced option highlighted

At the top of the Advanced options, select the “Emoji Deluxe” button.

The "Emoji Deluxe" option

In the “Default Skin Tone” window that appears, tap the skin tone that you want to use as your default.

The "Default skin tone" panel

The previously yellow “Emoji Deluxe” hand will change to the skin tone you selected, as will any hand emojis you regularly use.

The "Emoji Deluxe" option showing the new skin tone

As with the desktop client and web apps, all “body” emojis (hands, feet, ears, etc.) and people emojis will now display in the skin tone you’ve selected by default. The standard face emojis like “grin,” “joy,” “heart_eyes,” and so on (known as “Smileys and emotions” in the official Unicode standard) will remain yellow.

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