This Is What Each Heart Emoji Means

No need to read between the hearts. This guide to all the heart emoji meanings will tell you everything you need to know.

With Valentine’s Day on the way, you’re probably gearing up to send out those annual Valentine’s Day texts to your partner, friends, and family, or whoever else in your contact list you think deserves a little love. But there are so many emojis out there, and it can get a little confusing—especially when it comes to the hearts. With the wide variety of colors to choose from, how are you supposed to know which one to send? We broke down the heart emoji meanings for you by color to help make your decision a little easier. And before you start sending those messages, make sure you brush up on these texting abbreviations and group text etiquette.

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Red heart emoji meaning

According to Emojipedia.org, the red heart is the most popular heart emoji, based on data analyzed from Twitter. It’s your best bet if you’re looking to show affection, appreciation, or love to your partner, closest friends, and family. If you send this heart to someone you don’t know as well, it may come across as too intense. The red heart also pairs great with the rose emoji or kiss emoji if you’re going for more of a romantic and flirty text.

Blue heart emoji meaning

The blue heart tends to be used by corporate brands, signifying a call-to-action. You’ll likely see this one paired with discounts, sales, or promotions. You may also see the blue heart in a patriotic context such as the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. Use it as you see fit.

Black heart emoji meaning

The black heart is kind of the odd one out, as we don’t normally associate hearts with the color black. You could use this one alongside some dark jokes or to accompany a message of sorrow or grief. A black heart is also sometimes paired with a photo as a purely aesthetic choice over writing out an Instagram caption.

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Purple heart emoji meaning

The purple heart is perfect to pair with “happy birthday” or “thank you.” It could also work as an indication of love that isn’t necessarily romantic, although it’s probably best to reserve for friends and family. Keep in mind, older generations and veteran families know the purple heart as it associates to the military. Purple hearts are a military decoration given to those who were wounded or killed in combat. On the other hand, rapper Ty Dolla Sign released a single called “Purple Emoji” that signifies a casual hookup. Younger generations may associate the heart with the song, so use it at your discretion.

White heart emoji meaning

The white heart symbolizes peace. And similar to the black one, the white heart emoji is also sometimes used simply for aesthetic purposes (in fact, they are somtimes paired). Regardless of what color heart you choose, make sure you aren’t using too many emojis or doing another one of these annoying texting habits.

Yellow heart emoji meaning

The yellow heart emoji is used in a message to brighten up someone’s day, and is commonly paired with the sunflower emoji—which itself adds a little color and gives off a warm friendship vibe. The yellow heart is great to use if you want to make someone you care about smile without coming on too strong.

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Green heart emoji meaning

The green heart symbolizes gratitude. It’s also commonly associated with anything related to the environment—plant lovers, this one is for you! You may want to reserve this heart for acquaintances, or tack it onto a “Hey, how are you?” text.

Pink heart emoji meaning

There are a handful of pink heart emojis to choose from, including double pink hearts, orbiting pink hearts, a sparkling pink heart, and the pink heart growing in size, among others. Each one is open to interpretation, but all are generally indicative of love in some capacity, and great to use in your Valentine’s Day messages.

Orange heart emoji meaning

The orange heart is a newer addition to the emoji keyboard. Initially, this emoji was most often used to complete a rainbow of hearts, according to emojipedia.org Twitter data. Similar to the yellow heart, this is one is a great option to use for friends. Now that you have some more knowledge about emojis, see if you can decipher these challenging emoji riddles.

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Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is an assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who focuses on digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pick-up lines, and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists, and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.