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How To Emote In GTA Online In 2023

In this guide, we go over how you can use emotes to express yourself on Grand Theft Auto Online.
How To Emote In GTA Online In 2023

If seeing the news about Grand Theft Auto 6 has gotten you excited to play more GTA, GTA Online is still being updated and is available for you to play. GTA Online has one of the most bustling online communities out there as the game is always being updated since it was released in 2013.

But if you are new to GTA Online, you might be wondering how you can express yourself online. This guide is here to help you show off the emotes the game has provided for you to use.

How To Use Emotes In GTA Online

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GTA Online is constantly being updated so it is worth checking out before the release of GTA6. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

First things first, emotes are actually not called emotes in GTA Online. In this game, they are called character actions.

Knowing that is pretty important because that will help you set up your actions for GTA Online. The first thing you need to do is set up your actions so you can use them.

First off, you need to go to the interaction menu or go to options in the pause menu. Once you are there, you hit the style menu. Once you do that, go to select action. From there, you can check out the various actions in GTA Online and set one up.

Once you have chosen your action, close out of the menu. Then when you are ready, you can now use your new action. For console/controller players, you push both thumbsticks to do the action. On PC, it is your caps key.

List Of Character Actions In GTA Online

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Despite the game's age, GTA Online is one of the most expressive games available to play. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

Here is a list of character actions that the players can currently use in GTA Online:

Original Release:

  • The Bird (middle finger)
  • Rock
  • Salute
  • Jerk (jerk off)
  • Dance
  • Smoke
  • Drink eCola
  • Drink Pisswasser
  • Eat Snack
  • Crew Action (Bro Love, The Bird, Jerk, Up Yours)
  • None

Valentine's Day Massacre Special:

  • Blow Kiss

The Business Update:

  • Air Thrusting
  • Dock
  • Knuckle Crunch
  • Slow Clap

The High Life Update:

  • Facepalm
  • Thumbs Up
  • Jazz Hands
  • Nose Pick

I'm Not A Hipster Update:

  • Air Guitar
  • Wave
  • Surrender
  • Shush
  • Photography
  • DJ
  • Air Synth


  • No Way (finger wave)
  • Chicken  Taunt
  • Chin Brush

Halloween Surprise:

  • Freakout
  • Thumbs In Ears

Lowriders Custom Classics:

  • Finger Kiss
  • Peace
  • You Loco

After Hours:

  • Banging Tunes Left
  • Banging Tunes
  • Banging Tunes Right
  • Oh Snap
  • Cats Cradle
  • Raise The Roof
  • Find The Fish
  • Salsa Roll
  • Heart Pumping
  • Uncle Disco

Arena War:

  • Make it Rain (uses $1,000)
  • Drink Champagne

The Diamond Casino & Resort:

  • Cry Baby
  • Cut Throat
  • Karate Chop
  • Shadow Boxing
  • The Woogie
  • Stinker

The Diamond Casino Heist:

  • Air Drums
  • Call Me
  • Coin Roll And Toss
  • Bang Bang
  • Respect
  • Mind Blown

The Cayo Perico Heist:

  • Crowd Invitation
  • Driver
  • Runner
  • Shooting
  • Suck It
  • Take Selfie

The Criminal Enterprises:

  • Drink Sprunk

Paid Actions:

  • Backslap
  • Fist Bump
  • Manly Handshake

As you can see, Rockstar adds some new actions with their GTA Online updates. So be sure to check back if an update hits to find out what the latest actions are.

For more GTA Online news be sure to check out our dedicated section, or some of our Guides & Tutorials on the drop downs below:


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