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The Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard

Share your Philly love and pride with emojis, GIFs and videos

Fans of Philadelphia now have a fun, free way to share their Philly love and pride with the people they message — the Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard.

With more than 60 emojis, GIFs and videos that come in the form of a winking Liberty Bell (emoji), a flashing Yo! graphic (GIF) and a bird’s eye view of the William Penn Statue atop City Hall (video), the keyboard gives travelers and locals a new, creative way to talk about Philly in their private, day-to-day messages.

What The Keyboard Is & How To Use It

The new keyboard illustrates the attractions and icons of the City of Brotherly Love through more than 60 iconic Philadelphia emojis, GIFs and videos.

The image-based emojis work in text and email messages, along with apps that support pasting of images, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Tango and others.

The specialty keyboard does not work on some devices and platforms such as Twitter, Instagram or Google Voice.

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The Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard includes more than 60 Philadelphia emojis, GIFs and videos.

How To Download The Keyboard

Fans of Philadelphia can download the “PhillyEmoji” keyboard app for free from the Google Play store on Android devices and from the App Store for iOS devices.

iPhone Instructions

  1. Search the Apple Store for the “Philadelphia Keyboard
  2. From Settings>General>Keyboard>Keyboards>Add New Keyboard
  3. Add “Philadelphia Keyboard” from third-party keyboards
  4. Select “Philadelphia Keyboard” and turn on “Allow Full Access”
  5. From iMessage, select the Globe icon to switch to the “Philadelphia Keyboard”

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Android Instructions

  1. Search the Google Play Store for the “Philadelphia Keyboard
  2. Launch the keyboard, and select #1 to install the keyboard
  3. Add “Philadelphia Keyboard” from third-party keyboards
  4. Select #2 to set keyboard as default
  5. Select “Philadelphia Keyboard” from list; from Messaging app, use the “Philadelphia Keyboard”

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The Emojis

The Philly emojis give users a fun, new way to express themselves when they’re feeling pumped like Rocky, wise like Benjamin Franklin or hungry for a cheesesteak.

In addition to Ben Franklin (everyone’s favorite Founding Father), the Philadelphia Keyboard features imagery representing such Philadelphia icons as the William Penn statue atop Philadelphia City Hall, the LOVE sculpture at Love Park and VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s own “XOXO” from the beloved With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign.


Can I use the emojis on Instagram and Twitter?

No. The keyboards work on all social-messaging platforms in which you can copy and paste. That means you can reach your audience on Mail, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Kik, WhatsApp, Tango and most third-party text messaging apps — a network that has more than two billion monthly active users. However, the Philadelphia Keyboard doesn’t work on broadcasting apps like Instagram and Twitter because those platforms don’t allow the functionality.

Why don’t these images work exactly like the emojis in my standard emoji keyboard?

The Philadelphia Keyboard’s “emojis” are technically graphics and not coded text like conventional emojis; however, most people will refer to them as emojis. The word emoji is shorthand for a picture that people use in text messaging. The Philadelphia Keyboard works on all messaging platforms in which users can copy and paste.

Does the keyboard work on all cell phones?

The Philadelphia Keyboard works on iOS and Android phones in messaging apps that support copying and pasting. Unfortunately, some older Android devices do not support third party keyboards in their native messaging apps.

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Philly emojis give users a fun, new way to express themselves when they’re feeling pumped like Rocky, wise like Benjamin Franklin or hungry for a cheesesteak.

Why did VISIT PHILADELPHIA® pick the icons it did for the debut of the Philadelphia Keyboard?

The Philadelphia emojis include classics like the Liberty Bell, Boathouse Row and a soft pretzel, as well as emojis from partners such as Victory Brewing Company and Dietz & Watson. We will upload more emojis over time. If you see something that’s missing, let us know.

Did partners have to buy into the program?

Yes, 16 Philadelphia institutions bought into the program. For more information on how we partner with local brands, or if your brand is interested in collaborating with VISIT PHILADELPHIA® on an emoji, head to

What partners signed up to be a part of the Philadelphia Keyboard?

Visit Philadelphia's partners for the Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard are:

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Dietz & Watson
  • Drexel University
  • Insomnia Cookies
  • Loews Philadelphia Hotel
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Philly Pretzel Factory
  • Rita’s
  • Saxbys Coffee
  • Tastykake
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Wawa

Where’s the LaSalle or sports team emojis?

Some schools, brands and companies are iconic to Philadelphia, and you’re right, it would be awesome to have them as an emoji. But we need their permission. Let them know you’d love to message with their emoji in this Philadelphia Keyboard.

Can new partners buy into the program?

Yes, we will continue to accept and add more partners as the program develops.




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