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What does the upside-down emoji mean?

Unlike most emoji, there are several possible interpretations.

Published onMay 26, 2024

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Damien Wilde / Android Authority

If you ever find yourself confused by trends in online messaging, don’t beat yourself up about it — internet trends move so quickly that even people who are constantly connected can find themselves out of the loop. One potentially baffling thing in chat these days is the upside-down smile emoji, which can have several different meanings based on context.


The upside-down smile emoji is a light-hearted, humorous icon that can add more fun to a conversation or take the edge off more difficult conversations. It is mainly used to ensure the receiver is sure the message is either a joke, sarcasm, ironic, or not as serious as it may otherwise read.

Let's go over some more details and examples in this guide.


What does the upside-down emoji mean?

The upside-down emoji


This is one of the most common uses since it’s relatively easy to decipher from context. Adding the upside-down smile emoji may even be important if your message could be mistaken for a serious opinion.

  • Example: “That corporate team-building meeting sounds like a blast🙃”


Even with non-ironic messages, people sometimes want to clarify that they’re just joking around or having fun.

  • Example: “Hell yeah, that was soooo funny 🙃”


Here, usage takes the edge off of an uncomfortable topic, or something a person said or did by accident. As you’d expect, a frequent example is apologizing for texting the wrong person.

  • Example: “Oops, sorry. 🙃 That was meant for John.”


Playing off the humor and embarrassment angles, people might sometimes use the emoji to keep dating and sex talk light — possibly too light if you’re talking about topics like falling in love or going exclusive.

  • Example: “Let’s hang out at my place this weekend 🙃”
  • Example: “I like you, but let’s save the relationship talk for a little later 🙃”


When complaining, the upside-down emoji can sometimes be preferable to angry characters if you don’t want to come across as furious. However, depending on the circumstances, a message could be interpreted as a joke, passive-aggressive, or not taking things seriously enough.

  • Example: “I guess Facebook is down again! 🙃”


Many apps don’t have the upside-down smile emoji. If you can’t find it on, say, Messenger, find your keyboard’s emoji section instead. It should be there.

Yes. Android supports the upside-down smile emoji.

You can use the upside-down smile emoji on both Android and iOS. That said, it will look slightly different depending on which platform you’re viewing it on.

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