How to make your iPhone automatically type a ¯_(ツ)_/¯ whenever you want

March 5, 2015

You think fast. A fairly complex emoticon, the shruggie is nigh-impossible to type naturally, so you search the web, find a page that has it in the text, tap the link, scroll past some ads, mark the shruggie, copy it, switch back to what you were doing… only to realize the moment has passed.It’s happened to all of us: You’re on your iPhone, searching for the perfect emoji reaction to a text or Slack update, when you realize what you’re looking for is really ¯_(ツ)_/¯, a.k.a. the shruggie. But how to type it fast?

It doesn’t have to be this way — not for the shruggie, and not for any complex, long phrase that you want to be able to type fast. The iPhone’s keyboard has a built-in way to automatically replace a piece of text with a different piece of text, and it’s super easy to use.

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