How to Access & Use Different Emoji Skin Tones on Mac
Now that many of our Emoji characters have various skin tones in iOS and OS X, you may want to access and use the new diverse emoji icon set on the Mac. This is quite simple, but do note that not all Emoji have the diverse skin and hair color options.
Generally speaking, it’s the solitary Emoji people emoticons which allow for adjusting the skin tone away from the cartoon yellow default. For the emoji that support skin tone modification, there are six different diverse options for shading; the default deep rich yellow, a light skin tone, a medium light skin tone, a medium skin tone, a medium dark skin tone, and a dark skin tone option. In case you were wondering, those skin shade descriptions are how Apple describes them if you define or speak the Emoji in either Mac OS X or iOS. So, let’s quickly learn how to use the new Emoji!
Click and hold on an Emoji person icon to access the skin tone modifier for that Emoji
Once you’re in the standard OS X Emoji character screen, simply clicking and holding the click for a moment will make the Emoji skin tone options appear in OS X. Select the emoji skin shade you want to use and it will become the new default skin tone for that particular emoji character.
For Mac users with Force Touch trackpads, a secondary harder tap also makes the skin tone modifier appear. If you double-click it will place the Emoji character into the active text field as usual.
It’s worth remembering that not all emoji people icons have adjustable skin tones, at the moment anyway. For example, all of the family and group people emojis are currently stuck in the deep yellow shade. It’s quite possible that future versions of the Emoji character set will allow the group and family characters to be adjustable as well.
This Mac click-and-hold trick is basically the same as using the tap-and-hold to access diverse Emoji in iOS on an iPhone or iPad, so once you’re familiar with it on the mobile or desktop side you should find no issue remembering on the other operating system as well.
For Mac users you’ll need OS X 10.10.3 (or newer) to access the character set, and iPhone users will require iOS 8.3 or newer.