Enable Windows 11 Emojis on Linux

Enable Windows 11 Emojis on Linux

Microsoft recently announced a huge upgrade to the existing emoji with Windows 11. You can read the official announcement of the emojis by the Microsoft Design team. I was totally in love with that 3D emojis. But later, they replaced it with a flat version of the emoji, which still looked great.

So I thought of replacing my current Noto Emoji Font in Linux with the new windows 11 emoji font. And I successfully replaced it. In this article, I will show you how exactly I did it.

Follow these steps

  1. First download Segoe UI Emoji font
  2. Copy that font and paste it in ~/.fonts directory
  3. If you have previously installed Noto Emoji Font, uninstall it by running sudo apt remove fonts-noto-color-emoji
  4. Go to ~/.config folder and create a new folder and name it fontconfig
  5. Then create another folder inside that and name it conf.d
  6. Open the folder Right click > New> Empty file and name it 01-emoji.conf
  7. Open the file in Code and paste this
     <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
     <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
     <fontconfig>
     <alias>
         <family>serif</family>
         <prefer>
             <family>Segoe UI Emoji</family>
         </prefer>
     </alias>
     <alias>
         <family>sans-serif</family>
         <prefer>
             <family>Segoe UI Emoji</family>
         </prefer>
     </alias>
     <alias>
         <family>monospace</family>
         <prefer>
             <family>Segoe UI Emoji</family>
         </prefer>
     </alias>
     </fontconfig>
    
  8. To clear font cache run fc-cache -f -v
  9. Restart the programs

I hope it’s working for you. If it isn’t, you can DM me on Twitter or mail me by clicking the feedback link at the bottom of this page.

I have been using it for a week. It’s looking great, and I haven’t found any missing emojis or other issues. If you need to go back to the default emojis, follow these steps.

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