It happens all the time. We write a post on social media, comment on someone else’s post, or reply to someone else’s comment, and we use emojis within our text. We also use emojis when we’re texting and sending emails. The meanings of some of these emojis are self-explanatory, but some of them have meanings you may not know.

Have you ever noticed how many different colors of heart emojis there are? Perhaps you use them interchangeably. Perhaps you use whichever heart is your favorite color. Be careful when picking which color heart to use because each color actually does have a different meaning.

Not sure what each heart color means? No worries. We have you covered. Consider this your heart emoji meaning tutorial.

Let’s start with the most generic heart color – red. It’s simple. It’s traditional. It could mean romance. It could have deep meaning if someone you’re dating sends it to you for the first time; otherwise, it’s a pretty generic heart to use. If you’re not sure which color to pick, red is a safe bet (once again, unless perhaps it’s someone you just started dating). 

Working our way through the rainbow, the next color is orange. This heart is pretty much only used by someone who is too chicken to send a red heart to someone they’re dating. Generally men use it. 

Next is the yellow heart. This heart expresses more friendly love instead of romantic love. It’s a great color for family and friends but not someone you are in a romantic relationship with or someone you would like to be in a romantic relationship with. 

The green heart doesn’t have anything to do with being “green” or helping the environment, but it is often used by people who spend a lot of time volunteering. 

The blue heart is often used for more acquaintance type friendships that are shallow rather than deep. Blue hearts are not usually sent to your true BFFs that know everything about you. You would send them to friends where the relationship is more surface-level.

The purple heart has 2 completely different yet valid meanings. One represents a purple heart a solider would receive. The other references a booty call. Use this heart with caution.

The white heart is fairly new, and it could be used to express sympathy after the loss of a loved one, but it should never be used to talk about white privilege or Black Lives Matters issues. 

The black heart represents love that is even stronger than the red heart would represent. We’re talking soul mate type love. Never use this heart with a new crush.

The brown heart should only be used by people whose skin tone is black or brown. White people should never ever use this heart. It would be better to send a red heart to show support.

Do you meanings of any of these heart colors surprise you? If so, which one(s)?