Fill your Mac desktop with emoji instead of regular folder icons

You can change the folder icons on your Mac desktop to emoji.

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The folders on your Mac’s desktop help hide your clutter, but as you keep adding new folders, your screen can suddenly be filled with an ocean of blue. It’s a bit boring, but luckily you can personalize these folders (and any other files on your desktop) by replacing them with emoji.


Yes, emoji may seem frivolous, but they have become an important way to express yourself, whether through conversation or on social media. Since Apple computers offer limited customization (you can choose a wallpaper), it’s hard to fully capture your essence, but it gives you a fun and easy way to share who you are.

Here’s how to change your Mac desktop folder icons to emoji

  1. Create a folder by right-clicking anywhere on your desktop and selecting New case (or skip this step if you already have folders and other files you want to personalize on your desktop).
  2. Next, do a Google Image search for the emoji you want (for example, “heart emoji” or “star emoji”).
  3. Look for a PNG, which will have a grid background.
  4. Drag the desired image onto your desktop to save it.
  5. Double-click on the image to open it in Preview.
  6. Click on Edit > Copy.
  7. Go back to the original folder you created on your desktop and right click on it.
  8. Click on Obtain informations.
  9. In the screen that appears, click on the blue folder icon at the top left and press Command + V.
  10. You should see your emoji appear.

You can also delete the text under the folder and replace it with a blank space to show only emoji on your desktop, without any labels.

To learn more, check out 10 Mac Apps Everyone Should Use.

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