Every character in Unicode can be displayed with many different glyphs, and so is emoji.

The Emoji Variation Sequences are a standardized mechanism for requesting different appearance, it contains 'U+FE0F' for emoji-style (with color) or 'U+FE0E' for text style (monochrome).

So, which emojis belong to emoji variation sequences

Add a variation selector after a Basic Style Emoji to form an emoji variant sequence of Emoji Style and Text Style. However, not all the emojis have these 3 styles, there are only 354 emojis have variation sequences so far.

To help you get a better understanding of Emoji Variation Sequences, let's see the picture below:

  • Base Style: Base character has the shortest Unicode character code. It is usually colorized, it is the best choice for normal users and it is the most common style in social media.
  • Emoji Style: It Unicode character code is: base + FE0F. Emoji-style is also colorized, and in some exacting situation (like some software, platform programe or code is not perfect enough to support emojis), it can also show that emoji quite completely, so it has the best compatibility.
  • Text Style: It Unicode character code is: base + FE0E. Text-style is usually demonstrated in black and white. However, if software or platform program(or code) to optimize the display of emoji, or transcoding it, in this case, emojis can be colored.