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Emoji Support

Emoji support in MSB will be discontinued: Fonts supporting Emoji are now included or available for recent Mac (AppleColorEmoji) and Windows (Segoe UI Symbol) systems.

If you encounter a symbol in MobileSyncBrowser, it is very likely an Emoji character. Emoji are pictograms used primarily on cell phones in Japan but have become popular with users in other countries once it became supported in iPhone 2.2.

MSB (starting with version 3.1.2) include optional support for Emoji. Earlier versions of MSB will simply display a 'blank box' (☐) or other symbol to denote an unrecognized character. The actual symbol may vary by system.

By default, MSB (3.1.2 or higher) will display the � character as shown and add a link to this page.

Enhanced support  is available if you first create a directory with the appropriate Emoji images. The instructions are listed below.

Adding Emoji Images

Locate MSB's preferences folder. See the Preferences section of this manual to locate this folder on your system.

Create a folder named Xtras within this folder.

MSB will look for a folder named Emoji within Xtras. Images in the Emoji folder should be in PNG format and named emoji-nnnn.png (where nnnn is a number, as shown below).
Sample Emoji Folder

The easiest way to acquire and prepare the images is to download the following emoticon pack made for Adium messaging software:

Once you have downloaded and extracted this package, place it in the Xtras folder and rename it to Emoji. The files contained within already conform to the specification.

Power users are free to create and modify their own emoji as described above. The numbering in the file names must be UTF-16 hexadecimal, starting at E001 (00 00 E0 01).