How to turn off colored emojis in Debian 10 (Buster)

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To keep up with the latest Android colored emojis that you see in your messengers and web browsers, Debian 10 has replaced the older black and white emojis with the new colored ones. You can use these new emojis in your Debian’s messenger applications, web browsers and even text editors. Why you see them is because of the new font called Noto Color Emoji that Debian introduced with its latest versions.

If you are one of those people who don’t like those colored emojis and want to switch to the older black and white emojis, this tutorial is for you.

How can I view the emojis in a text editor?

Open a graphical text editor like gedit, right-click, then choose the Insert Emoji option. Alternatively, you can use the link “Ctrl +.“To open an emoji dialog like this:

Uninstalling the colored emoji font

To turn off the colored emojis in your applications, do the following:

1. Open the terminal with the search for the application launcher, which you can access via the Super / Windows key.

2. Enter the following command as the root user:

$ sudo apt remove fonts-noto-color-emoji

3. Enter y when prompted with the y / n option during installation.

The Noto Color Emoji font will be removed from your system and you will get the following black and white emoji dialog in your text editors and other Debian applications:

Emoji dialogue

Reinstalling the colored emoji font

Uninstalling the colored emoji font is reversible, you can reinstall the font by entering the following command as sudo in your terminal:

$ sudo apt install fonts-noto-color-emoji

You can now use the colored emojis on your Debian system again.

With the simple commands mentioned in this article, you can uninstall / install the colored emoji font to disable / enable emojis on your system.

How to turn off colored emojis in Debian 10 (Buster)