A Detailed Guide (that actually works) on how to Type the Shrug Emoji

What better way to enrich your content and give it visual aids than with emojis. Over the past couple of years, emojis have become an inseparable part of our communication. We use them so much that very often a whole message is conveyed just with emojis. For some we all agree on their meaning, for others like the side eye 😏, there are various interpretations. I could go on and on about emojis but there is something else that I love more than them and it’s emoticons.

Call it nostalgia or “everything new is well forgotten old” but there is something about emoticons that really capture my attention and not just mine! In the world where emojis are EVERYWHERE from family chats to email promotions, emoticons can be new and refreshing.

There is one particular emoji that is used the most and it’s because of its universality – the shrug emoticon ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Whether you find something confusing or you think it’s nonsense, the shrug emoji comes to communicate the right message. Unlike its peers the “happy face” and the “sad face,” the shrugging emoji is hard to type but it’s no reason to give up on them!

If you are as old-fashioned as I am and you love typed emoticons, especially the shrug emoji then you will find this guide very helpful. Follow the steps on how to type the shrug emoticon on iPhone, Android, Windows, and Mac. No more searching and copy pasting! The shrug emoji will be right at your hands. 

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How to type the Shrug Emoji on iPhone ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shrug emoticons are easily the best and the most used from the list. Whether you are angry, confused or simply neutral, the shrugging emoji will come to help you convey your emotions.

Shrug Emoji

Shrug emoji is an emoticons that represents a person which doesn’t know or isn’t sure about something, or not sure what to do at the moment.

Instead of visiting a website to copy paste the shrug emoticon every single time, you can add it to your iPhone manually once and then use it as many times as your heart wishes!

Here is how to save the Shrug Emoji on your iPhone in 2 minutes.  

  1. Go to Settings  → General → Keyboard
  2.  Tap “Shortcuts” near the bottom of the screen to make sure it is enabled (green means enabled) then go to “Text Replacement”
  3. To add a new one, tap the plus sign (+) in the top corner of the screen
  4. In the “Phrase” field, paste the shrug emoji¯\_(ツ)_/¯. In the “Shortcut” field type a the shortcut word that’ll trigger the shrug emoji, try a short string of letters as “shrug” that won’t be easily confused with a common word. And click “Save” so you can use the shortcut whenever you want
shrugg emoji iphone

Now whenever you type shrug, the keyboard will suggest you to replace that word with the emoticon. 

shrug emoji iphone

That is it, very simple and fast, now you can send shrugging emoji whenever you want without additional hassle. 

How to type the Shrug Emoji on Android ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Adding the shrug emoji to your Android is fairly easy. 

Time needed: 10 minutes.

In the “Shortcut” field, type “shrug emoji,” “shrug” or any other shortcut word or string of letters that you want.

  1. Settings

    Go to Settings → Language → Input and select “Personal dictionary” 

  2. Languages

    Select “For all languages”

  3. Select the + button

    In the Type a Word field, paste ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    In the “Shortcut” field, type “shrug emoji,” “shrug” or any other shortcut word or string of letters that you want.

And voila, the shrug emote is saved in your android device and you can access it anytime by typing the optional shortcut you chose like “shrug emoji” or “shrug.”

How to type the Shrug Emoji on Mac ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You can enjoy these shortcuts not only on your mobile devices but also your laptops. To have the shrugging emoji available on your Macbook, follow these steps. 

1. Click on the Apple icon on the top left corner and go to “System preferences” 

shrug emoji on mac

2. Click on “Keyboard” 

Shrug Emoji - Mac Step 3

3. Press the “Text” button.

Shrug Emoji - Mac Step 4

4. Type “shrug” in the “Replace” box.

Shrug Emoji - Mac Step 5

5. Paste ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in the “With” box.

Shrug Emoji - Mac Step 6

And you’re done. By the way, if your iPhone and Macbook are synced then your saved shortcut for the shrug emoji on your iPhone will appear and be accessible on your Macbook as well.

How to type the Shrug Emoji on Windows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Adding the shrug emoticon to Windows operating system is a bit more complex than the other ones but it’s still possible. Here is how. 

1. Install PhraseExpress


2. Click “Special functions” 

Shrug Emoji Step 2 - Windows

 3. Type “shrug” (or another key word) in the “Auto Text” box and paste the shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in “Special functions” box

Shrug Emoji Step 3 - Windows

The only complication in case of Windows is the additional installation but other than that, it’s a simple process that will save you a lot of time on copy pasting. 

Shrug emoji smartphone clip arts 

Besides shrugging emoticons, you can also use a variety of smartphone clip arts. Here are some that you can feel free to use as needed. 

Shrug emoji smartphone clip arts 1
Shru Emoji -dude
Shrug emoji smartphone exmaple
Shrug emoji smartphone clips

If emojis and emoticons are not “real” enough to express your feelings then I present you a set of real photographs of people shrugging.

Shrug emoji - Real People
Shrug emoji
Shrug emoji - Real dude

Other great emoticons

Shrug emoticons are not the only one that you can make use of, there are many other great emoticons that will add some spice to your online communication and help you stand out in the realm of emojis. 

Here is a list of some of the most popular text emoticons.  


  • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • ಠ_ಠ

The Table Flipping Text Emoticons

  • (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • ┻━┻ ︵ ヽ(°□°ヽ)
  • ┻━┻ ︵ \( °□° )/ ︵ ┻━
  • ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)
  • (ノಥ益ಥ)ノ ┻━┻
  • ┬──┬ ¯\_(ツ)
  • ┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻
  • ┻━┻ ︵ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ︵ ┻━┻
  • (╯°Д°)╯︵ /(.□ . \)
  • ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻

Angry Text Emoticons

  • ಠ_ಠ
  • ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
  • ლ(ಠ益ಠ)ლ
  • (ง’̀-‘́)ง
  • (ಠ_ಠ)
  • ╭∩╮(︶︿︶)╭∩╮

Animal Text Emoticons

  • (ᵔᴥᵔ)
  • (=^ェ^=)
  • ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
  • (・⊝・)
  • =^● ⋏ ●^=

Happy Text Emoticons

  • ( 。・_・。)人(。・_・。 )
  • └(^o^ )X( ^o^)┘
  • (✿◠‿◠)
  • (。◕‿◕。)
  • ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ
  • (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ
  • ~(˘▾˘~)
  • ヘ( ^o^)ノ\(^_^ )
  • (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.)
  • 。^‿^。
  • ( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ )

WTF Text Emoticons

  • ☉_☉
  • ¯\(°_o)/¯
  • (゜-゜)
  • (・_・ヾ
  • o_O
  • (¬_¬)
  • ( ͡° ʖ̯ ͡°)
  • ╮ (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.) ╭

Deal With It Text Emoticons

  • (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)
  • (▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿)

Whether you are a content manager, a social media marketing specialist or simply an old spirit, emoticons can be a great addition to your texts. While emoticons might never come back in full force, it’s still fun to keep them (especially the shrug emoji) around. I hope this guide was helpful and now you can shrug at anyone instantly even on the run without having to copy paste it! 

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