I would like to export the list of Favorites in Character Viewer (which can be launched by selecting "Show Emoji & Symbols" in the menu bar icon for the input source) and import it into a different Mac. Where is this list of Favorites stored?

I am using macOS Mojave 10.14.2.

Favorites in Character Viewer


Favorites are stored in a plist specific to your user. The file can be found at:


My current favorites are and 😘, and the file looks like this when opened in Xcode:

image of my com.apple.CharacterPicker.plist

You may have to restart to see it change.

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