20 Emojis Guys Use When They Like You

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What emojis do guys use when they like you? What kind of emojis will they send? Looking for the key giveaways within their texts? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s the top 20 emojis guys use when they like you – how to tell if he likes you, based on the emojis he sends.

Will a Guy Use Certain Emojis When He Likes You?

So before we get into it, let’s first explore the power of emojis, and whether guys really do use certain emojis when they like you.

I mean, how insightful are emojis for indicating how someone feels? Well, to establish this, we have to first know how widely they are used… But this one’s pretty easy!

I mean, studies show that on social media alone – nearly half of all text messages on Instagram contain emojis (Dimson, 2015), and 5 billion of them are being used daily on Facebook. Unsurprisingly – there are similar habits within text messages too.

Why are they used? Well to express emotions a little easier.

After all, when you send a text message, it can be read and interpreted in different ways, but by using emojis – it removes more of that ambiguity and makes messages clearer…

For this reason, if a guy uses emojis to communicate (just generally), he will certainly also use emojis to show he likes you. So in essence – yes, they are pretty powerful things!

It then simply comes to knowing the meaning that different emojis have. So that’s what we’re going to break down for you now…

What Emojis Do Guys Send When They Like You?

So when it comes to what emojis guys send when they like you, just remember that you can better interpret all of this when you compare against the general signs he likes you and how to tell if a guy likes you over text.

After all, all of this works hand-in-hand. The more signs there are that he likes you (aside from the emojis he uses), the more likely it is that the meanings we are sharing with you – really are the case with this guy.

So it’s all about swatting up a little and “knowing your stuff” to more confidently evaluate the meaning behind the emojis this man sends.

20 Emojis Guys Use When They Like You

So what are the emojis guys use when they like you? Which key ones do you want to look out for? And WHY? Well, in no particular order…

1) 😍 Smiling Face With Heart Eyes Emoji

First up, we’ve got the Smiling Face With Heart Eyes Emoji. What does 😍 mean from a guy?

Well in most cases, it’s that he finds you attractive. This could be both physically, but also intellectually or personally – depending on what level you’re connecting on.

For example, perhaps you say something that he finds beautiful or endearing – he may send the smiling face with heart eyes emoji to signify that he likes or respects that… And he likes that certain thing about you.

So you have to analyse the context in which it’s said, but this emoji is almost always a complement. (And complements are always a good sign, for sure!)

2) 🔥 Fire Emoji

Another popular emoji guys use when they like you, is the FIRE emoji! What does it mean when a guy sends a 🔥 emoji? Well in most cases – he finds you attractive.

Unlike the 😍 emoji, the 🔥 emoji is almost always relating to your physical appearance. He thinks you’re HOT, HOT, HOT and is telling you it! This is why it’s also one of the emojis guys use to flirt.

However – think about it – why would he be flirting if he didn’t like you? He wouldn’t!

So a guy sends the fire emoji to highlight a complement further, show his attraction to you and show that he doesn’t see you as just a friend.

3) 🥰 Smiling Face With 3 Hearts Emoji

Next up, next up, we’ve got the smiling face with 3 hearts emoji. What does 🥰 mean from a guy? Well, it’s used to express happy, affectionate feelings.

If a guy likes you, he may send it just generally. Perhaps he’s “feeling the love” (or at least the very early stages of this if it’s early days anyway!) and he wants to get this across.

Or – more commonly – he may also send it in response to something you say…

After all, it won’t just be him paying you complements (especially if his feelings are returned and you’re starting to like him too!) So a 🥰 emoji back is usually saying, “Thank you, that makes me feel good!”

The fact that what you say makes a difference to how he feels, shows that he values and cares about you… Which again, wouldn’t be the case if he didn’t really like you. Instead, he’d just shake it off with a simple, “thanks!”

You see? So that extra emoji makes all the difference!

Is he trying to tell me he likes me?

4) 😘 Kissing Face Emoji

Another emoji that can be used in a similar way to 🥰, expressing appreciation with warmness, is the kissing face emoji. What does 😘 mean from a guy?

Well it could be that:

  1. Again, he’s saying “thanks” to something nice that you said to him, and he’s showing that he really liked that. It meant something to him.
  2. He may also send it to show he cares about you. For example, if you’ve had a bad day or are feeling poorly – he’ll throw a kissing face emoji over to you to say he wishes he could be there for you, to make it all better. (Cute, I know!)
  3. A 😘 from a guy could also signify exactly that… That he wishes he could give you a kiss!

So it’s one that is often fairly widely used, and can be added easily with many different comments and responses.

5) 🤗 Hugging Face Emoji

Now we can’t list the kissing face emoji, without following it into the hug. After all, these are two very similar emojis guys use when they like you.

What does 🤗 mean from a guy? Well, that he wishes he could give you a hug right now!

So again, you’ll get it in the same situations as a 😘 would be sent, but this one is a little bit safer as a 🤗 emoji could be sent by a friend.

A hug emoji will therefore be used if a guy likes you but is hiding it, or if it’s your friend who has feelings for you and he’s not quite sure how you feel!

The hug emoji simply shows care and affection – just not quite at the kissing level!

6) ☺️ Smiling Blushing Emoji

The smiling blushing emoji comes in two forms – ☺️ (which indicates more love and contentment), or the broader 😊 (this is more about genuine happiness and warm, positive feelings.)

What do these emojis mean? Well, it could be anything, really! However, it’s the slight blush which is the key giveaway that he likes you…

After all, that’s what we do when we like someone right? We blush. In fact, according to Psychology Today, we blush when we’re attracted to someone as it’s an emotional response. Your body releases adrenaline, and that causes your veins to dilate.

Compare it to the normal smiley face: 🙂. There’s the positive emotion of smiling there, but no real feeling, right? And he knows that.

So if a guys sending blushing emojis, he’s trying to get that warmness (and slight embarrassment about it!) across! Talking of embarrassment…

7) 🤭 Face With Hand Over Mouth Emoji

If a guy sends you a 🤭 emoji, it’s usually because he’s said something a little cheeky or risky and he doesn’t know how you’ll take it!

This is also one of the emojis guys send when they like you… and they want you to know that they like you.

They’re purposely giving away the fact that romantic feelings are there by using this facial expression, as it’s kind of like, “Oops, did I just say that?! Yes I did!”

A lighter, more playful version of this emoji is…

8) 🙈 Monkey With Hands Over Eyes Emoji

You guessed it! It’s the monkey with hands over its eyes emoji – otherwise known as the “See-No-Evil Monkey Emoji.” See No Evil sounds rather frightful, I know, but it’s not really.

If anything, the guy may be a little “frightened” at your reaction(!) But he will usually be sending it if he makes a flirty jokes, asks a flirty question, or maybe even just pays you a complement.

Again, he doesn’t know how you’ll react to it, or may be pushing things a little too far, so he uses the monkey as opposed to the normal emoji, as he wants it to come across as a little cuter and more innocent.

This emoji is almost always matched with humour however, so if a guy likes you but is afraid of rejection – it’s a good way for him to laugh off the comment with it!

What emojis do guys use when they like you?

9) 😛 Face With Stuck Out Tongue Emoji

Next up, it’s the classic tongue out, and this comes in multiple different forms.

You’ve got: 😛, 😋,😝, 😜, 🤪 – A whole bunch of different variants, huh?! Each get a little more manic as they go along, with varying messages and degrees of excitement.

What does a tongue out emoji mean from a guy, as a whole? Well usually that, again, he’s being a little cute, cheeky or in most cases, just funny.

He’s trying to make you laugh. After all, laughter is the way to a woman’s heart, as they say!

10) 😉 Wink Emoji

Likewise with the tongue out emoji, a wink emoji is another emoji guys often send if they like you.

It shows he’s being jokey, playful and fun. He wants to keep the tone right and is trying to make you warm to him too! The question is… ARE YOU?!

Emojis Guys Use When They like You

11) 😇 Angel Emoji

We’re flying through these emojis guys use when they like you now! So what else have we got? Well a sweet little angel face of course.

Now you might think – but does that really match well with a man? But yes, yes it does. Because when he likes you – you bring out his softer side.

If a guy uses a 😇 emoji, it’s therefore usually because he’s saying nice things and wants to make it more casual. Or, he could be saying flirty things and wants to come across as innocent.

Either way, the fact he’s going to the effort to come across in a certain way – it’s a very good sign!

12) 👀 Eyes Emoji

Have you noticed the eyes coming out?! Has he been sending eyes emojis? And what does 👀 mean from a guy?

Well, it all goes back to the cheeky / risky comments, “testing the waters!”

Just remember – the fact that he’s aware of your reaction and cares about your reaction, shows there’s definitely some feelings there.

A guy may also send you this if he’s asking lots of questions and trying to get to know you better too. He’s being inquisitive and doesn’t want to come across as intrusive.

But, the more questions the better at this early stage, I say! In fact, here’s some key qualifying questions you should ask him too!

13) 😌 Relieved Face Emoji

What comes closely after the eyes emoji if a guy likes you? Well often the relieved face, of course! If a guy sends you a 😌 emoji, it’s basically saying, “PHEW!”, or “I’m happy with that!”

So maybe he broached the topic of becoming exclusive, or asked you out on another date to which you said yes. He’s glad. It’s made him happy.

Likewise, if you text him first or pay him a complement, he may send back this face within the text to show his contentment and appreciation that the effort is both ways!

14) 😃 Extremely Happy Face Emoji

Talking of happiness, what does 😃 mean from a guy? Well, that actually, you’re just making him insanely happy and he just can’t contain his joy and excitement. Cute or what?

You make him feel like that inside, so he’s sharing that outside.

As time goes on and he starts falling for you, he’s likely to send more of the loving emojis but for now – the extremely happy face sums it up the best at this stage. (Without him coming on too strong!)

He just wants to show enthusiasm, and that he is into you and enjoying your conversations… And this emoji shows that far better than just the standard, simple, smiley face. (🙂 – You see?)

15) 😅 Grinning Face With Sweat Emoji

Next up, we’ve got the grinning face with sweat emoji. (NICE!) But what does 😅 mean from a guy? Well, it’s another excitable, happy one – but this emoji mixes it in with a little nervous laughter.

So, maybe he’s told a joke (that he hopes you’ll like) or he’s still in the stage of trying to win you over.

This emoji better gets across the emotion that he’s most likely feeling inside – whilst adding more lightness and comedy to the conversation.

Emojis boys use when they like you

16) 🤓 Nerd Face Emoji

Another emoji guys may use to show they like you (which you probably won’t expect!), is the nerd emoji.

It’s a more subtle emoji, that won’t be used by everyone, but it is a facial expression that exhibits cuteness, innocence… and is pretty darn loveable!

Now we all know that women like “bad boys”, but when they’re looking for a relationship? They’re likely to steer WELL CLEAR. After all a bad boy usually isn’t ready for something serious, so pursuing that ends up being a waste of time.

To avoid the “bad boy” label, the nerd face emoji can therefore be used – and it works pretty well!

A guy may also send a 🤓 emoji when they’re letting you “wear the pants in the relationship” and are trying to keep you happy, or gain your approval, even if that means going out of their way to do things that YOU like, but they wouldn’t probably usually do!

Now this doesn’t mean that they’re putting on an act necessarily. It just means that they like you and are willing to do what it takes to make you happy, and make you want them too!

17) 😎 Smiling Face With Sunglasses Emoji

On the flip side then, we’ve got the smiling face with sunglasses emoji, otherwise known as the cool face emoji! What does it mean if a guy sends a 😎 to you? Well that he’s trying to play it cool.

For example, it could be that:

  • He pays you a complement but wants it to be a casual one, so he adds the cool face emoji in.
  • He may also use it when trying to say things that he think may impress you!
  • On the other hand, he may have to use it to try to say “yeah that’s cool, no stress”, even in the situations where he doesn’t really think that, or is worried about what’s happening. (EG if you cancel a date or seem to be pulling away from him.)
  • He could also be trying to play it cool in the sense of hiding his insecurities. Or if you ask a question and he holds back a little, because he’s still got his guard up.

So there can be lots of different uses of this emoji, but all of them link back to the fact that he – most probably – has a few feelings for you!

18) 🤔 Thinking Face Emoji

Now, falling in love isn’t always simple or plain sailing. (Sigh! Perhaps you know that too well?!)

So if he’s confused, trying to work out what to say, trying to better assess a situation with the two of you, or trying to work out how to best say how he feels – then this thinking face can come in pretty handy!

Now of course, you will have to take the context in which the thinking face emoji is used to evaluate if it’s really an emoji sign he likes you…

I mean, if he’s just weighing up what to eat – that probably doesn’t mean anything! (Ha!)

But if the conversation is about you / the two of you, the 🤔 emoji can certainly indicate that he’s thinking things through, and any depth of thought for a person doesn’t happen for no reason!

19) 💯 Hundred Symbol Emoji

Another different emoji guys use when they like you, is the 💯 emoji – commonly used as a way to say “100%.”

What does it mean if a guy sends a 💯 to you? Well in many cases, that he agrees with you… but in a pretty big way!

He’s using this emoji more than words, to really get across the agreement and highlight the fact that he feels you – you’re on the same wave-length. He’s relating to what you say.

The 100 emoji can also show that the guy is keeping it real with you too.

And although this is a popular emoji sent amongst friends – it is also a great way to communicate respect for someone you have developed a good rapport with.

So combined with the other emojis and signs that he likes you, you can start to piece it altogether!

20) ❤️ Heart Emoji

Last but not least then, we have the heart emoji, and of course this has GOT to be one of the emojis guys use when they like you, because – well – you wouldn’t send it to someone you didn’t get on with, would you?!

Now, in the earlier days, maybe he’ll send a different coloured heart, or only throw this emoji in very lightly on the end of a text, in replacement of the kisses he’d usually put on.

But as time goes on, and feelings develop, you’re likely to see this more and more!

That’s All For This One

So there we have it – 20 emojis guys use when they like you, with a breakdown of what each of these emojis mean and how you can better interpret it based on your situation.

I hope this has helped to make things a little clearer.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a guy is flirting with you, but go off the “vibe.” Are you bouncing off each other? Are you noticing more effort from him? Does he say things that you wouldn’t expect “just a friend” to say?

Remember, if you like him – you can tell him too! Just be brave, time it right, and be willing to put yourself out there a little bit… There really is nothing to lose!

So, good luck. Take care!

Love,
Ell_xx

Emojis Guys Use When They Like You