How To Type Shrug Emoji on iPhone, Android, Mac & PC


The shrug emoji has been ruling the internet for quite some time now. Because once you started using this guy, there’s no stopping. He is addictive.


I’m sure you have been copy-pasting most of your shrug emojis from elsewhere, either from an earlier post, text-pad or from

But if you’re anything like me, merely copy-pasting isn’t going to be enough. You use it on your Mac, you use it on your phone, you use it in your everyday conversations. And you’re sick of having to copy and paste it every time.

We shall not get into the history and significance of the shrug emoticon. These have been detailed in our sister site: Everything you need to know about the Shrug Emoji.

In this tutorial, we shall get into the technical side of shruggie. We’ll take a look at how you can use the emoji in your everyday life — on your computer and on your phone.

It is impossible to type out the shrug emoji using the normal QWERTY keyboard/keypad because the emoji is actually a kaomoji, a japanese emoji. Some of the components of shruggie are derived from the Japaneses katakana script. In fact, even people who use the Kana keyboard app on their phones find it hard to type out the emoji.

But using simple tricks and hacks, it is possible to easily type out the emoji on your phones and computers. Let’s take a look.

How To Use Shrug Emoji on iPhones

The principle behind using the shrug emoticon in your devices is text replacement. You copy the emoji and use a keyword to represent it, so that every time you type out the keyword, it gets replaced by the emoji.

Here’s how to type Shrug emoji:

  1. Copy the emoji: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  2. Go to your iPhone’s Keyboard Shortcut settings.
    Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts
  3. Tap on + icon on the top right corner of the screen to add a new Shortcut.
  4. On the Shortcut screen, enter the following:
    Phrase: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (paste the shrug emoticon)
    Shortcut: Enter a trigger keyword/shortcut. (example, $shrug)

    Make sure that the trigger keyword is a unique combination of letters. Using normal words, like ‘shrug’ for instance, as a keyword would mean that every time you use that word, it’s going to get replaced by the emoji. So you need to use a keyword that you would otherwise not use in normal conversations.

  5. Save the shortcut.

Every time you type out the trigger keyword, your iPhone will autocorrect the keyword to the shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

How to Use Shrug Emoji on Android Phones

The principle is the same for Android Phones as in iPhones. On Android Phones, we create a shortcut using the Personal Dictionary settings.

  1. Copy the shrug emoticon: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  2. Go to Personal Dictionary settings on your phone.
    Settings > Language & input (under Personal) > Personal Dictionary.
  3. If you see language choices, select ‘For all languages’.
  4. Tap on the + icon to add a new shortcut.
  5. In the shortcut screen that appears, enter the following:
    Where it says ‘Type a word’, page the emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    In the ‘Shortcut’ field, enter a trigger keyword, example $shrug, that will trigger the emoji every time you type it out.

    how to use shrug emoji

    Make sure the trigger keyword is unique and not a term that you use everyday.

Unlike iPhones, shortcuts do not get replaced automatically in Android Phones. You have an option to either use the term you just typed out or the phrase/term/emoji of which you created the shortcut.

How to Use Shrug Emoji on Mac (OS X)

In OS X (Macbooks and iMacs), you can use the shrug emoji as a text replacement. For this, you need to set your text replacement such that every time you type out the trigger keyword, it autocorrects to the shrugging emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. In fact, this is what I’m currently using as I write this article.

  1. Copy the shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  2. Go to System Preferences
  3. Go to Keyboard.
  4. You will see 4 tabs, click on the ‘Text’ tab.
  5. Click on + on the bottom to add a new shortcut.
  6. Enter your trigger keyword on the left side and paste the shrug emoji on the right column.

shrug emoji

That’s it. Every time you type out the trigger keyword, it gets replaced by the emoji.