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I want to use Google/Android emoji (noto font) instead of the standard apple emoji set. Can I do that on mac?

sudo cp Downloads/NotoColorEmoji-unhinted/NotoColorEmoji.ttf /library/fonts/Apple\ Color\ Emoji.ttf doesn't change anything and SIP prevents changes to /System/Library/Fonts/Apple Color Emoji.ttf

I'm running 10.11.6 on a 5k iMac if it makes a difference

  • Be aware that whatever font you use locally will not affect what recipients of your emails or messages will see -- that is determined by the font which they have installed locally. – Tom Gewecke Aug 2 '16 at 10:05
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    That's fine I just don't want to look at Apple's font anymore – Benny Powers Aug 2 '16 at 10:24
  • Try installing the Google font and deactivating Apple Color Emoji and see if it works. – Tom Gewecke Aug 2 '16 at 12:05
  • running sudo cp Downloads/NotoColorEmoji-unhinted/NotoColorEmoji.ttf /library/fonts/Apple\ Color\ Emoji.ttf doesn't change anything for some reason. – Benny Powers Aug 2 '16 at 21:00
  • Here's one variant ready to use: mediafire.com/file/2dmcc3hacccjnz7/Android_N+Emoji+TTC.zip – Crissov Apr 22 '17 at 3:22
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Yes and no. You can change the default emoji font used by Mac OS X, but I don't think you can change it to Google's Noto fonts, although that may depend on your version of OS X.

Basically if you have a font file in .ttf format that contains emoji, you can replace Apple's emoji font with that font using the following steps:

  1. Ignore the default location for Apple's emoji located in system/library/fonts. In other words, leave this alone.
  2. Obtain another emoji font file. HINT: The emojione font is similar to Google's.
  3. Rename your other emoji ttf font file to Apple Color Emoji.ttf
  4. Move the newly renamed font file to the /library/fonts folder.

I know the above process works for El Capitan, but your situation may be different.

  • I tried this out with emojione, which is cool. That works, but there's an issue with character rendering on macs using emojione's font. go figure! – Benny Powers Aug 5 '16 at 9:43
  • Thanks, I just wanted to confirm whether my answer worked for you, so others with the same question know how to do this also. I'm glad it did work. As for the issue people have with the emojione font, that's an interesting read. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully that's not an for other emoji fonts users may decide to use on their Macs. – Monomeeth Aug 5 '16 at 10:29
  • Apple still only supports its custom sbix table for color/emoji fonts. It's PNG-based like Google's CBDT+CBLC Opentype variant. Transtype claims to be able to convert such fonts in a user-friendly way. Also see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/228144/… – Crissov Apr 21 '17 at 8:41
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No, you can't.

Apple uses different type of ColorEmoji font, SBIX if I'm not mistaken, Google uses another different CBDT/CBLC format, so they are incompatible for each other.

If you want to use Google's NotoColorEmoji, you need to decompile ttf file, and recompile it as Apple compatible version.

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    You could also build it directly from the source, without the need for decompiling, which you can do with Emoji Tools. – Crissov Apr 21 '17 at 8:33

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