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When using emojis on Windows you might have seen that none of the flag emojis show up properly. Instead of showing the color emoji these show a two letter code like BR for Brazil or US for the United States. This doesn’t happen on other systems like iOS, macOS or Android. The flag section on Emojilist.co is a long list of two-letter codes. The only flags that show properly on Windows are those that don’t belong to countries, like the 🏴☠️ Pirate Flag or 🏳️🌈 Rainbow Flag.
If you need to send a flag emoji from Windows, these codes still work when you copy and paste them. Copy and paste the code for BR and send it to someone on a Mac or phone and at their end they will see the right flag emoji. This also works on Twitter, where the two letter code is replaced with a Twemoji image for the right flag.
If you don’t know all the two letter country codes, you can perform a search by country name, click the flag emoji that you want to use, and then on the next page click the Copy to Clipboard button, so paste that code into any message or tweet and it will show as a flag at the other end.
Why doesn’t Windows support flag emojis?
It’s not mandatory for any system to support all emojis. Maybe with the difficulties seen on other platforms when flags are used, Microsoft decided it wasn’t worth their while.
Apps like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Slack all use their own emoji implementations on Windows, and copying and pasting these codes into those apps will also show the right emoji 😉