To keep up with the latest Android colored emojis 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 named Noto Color Emoji that Debian has introduced with its latest versions.

If you are one of those people who do not like these colored emojis and want to switch to the older black and white ones, this tutorial is for you.

How do I see the emojis in a text editor?

Open a graphical text editor, like gedit, right-click and then select the Insert Emoji option. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Ctrl+.” to open an emoji dialog as follows:

Emojis in Gedit

Uninstalling the Colored Emoji font

In order to disable the colored emojis in your applications, follow these steps:

1. Open the Terminal using the Application launcher search accessible through the Super/Windows key.

2. Enter the following command as a root user:

$ sudo apt remove fonts-noto-color-emoji

Remove emoji font

3. Enter y when you are prompted with a 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 Dialog

Re-installing the Colored Emoji font

Uninstalling the colored Emoji Font is reversible, you can install the font again by entering the following command as sudo in your Terminal:

$ sudo apt install fonts-noto-color-emoji

Now you will be able to use the colored emojis on your Debian system again.

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

How to disable Colored Emojis in Debian 10 (Buster)
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About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.