New Emoji reactions in Google Docs on web

Quick summary 

Giving and receiving feedback is a key collaborative workflow in Google Docs. The new emoji reactions feature provides a less formal alternative to comments to express your opinions about document content.

We are making the following experiences available in Docs 

  • Emoji set is updated to the latest version (Emoji 14.0), reflecting the latest emoji set with options to accurately reflect your identity 
  • Gender-neutral options for gender-modifiable emojis 
  • Emoji skin tone and gender preferences are saved per individual emoji Getting started Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 

Getting Started

  • Admins:There is no Admin control for this feature
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can not be disabled by the user. To access reactions in Docs, hover over any message or an existing anchor and click on the “Add reaction” icon. Additionally, emoji preferences are shared with Google Chat, so any preferences set in one app will be reflected in the other. Both apps can be used to update emoji preferences via the picker. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using emoji reactions in Google Docs

Rollout pace 


  • Available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus
  • Not available to Enterprise Essentials,, Education Fundamentals,Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers