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How to Type the Shrug Emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in 2 Seconds Flat

You've got friends. You've got family. You've got work and life in general. You're busy as hell, so you don't always have time to get your thoughts down in text form. Sometimes it's easier just to throw up your hands and shrug ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ than it is to explain exactly how you feel about something or someone (or everything). But here's the thing: if everyone else is already typing out words, sentences, or even full paragraphs, why should you do any more work than them? It's time for a shortcut! In fact, we can simplify this whole process by cutting out all that nonsense from our lives entirely. Here's how:

On Mac

On Mac

On Mac, hold down the Option key (or Alt on Windows) and type "~" then press space. You can also use Control + ~ instead of Shift + Escape. Release Option or Alt, then press return to make the shrug pop up.

If you are on a PC and want to type the shrug emoticon, hold down Control + Alt, then press 0 (zero) on the numeric keypad. Release Control + Alt, then press return to make the shrug pop up.

On Windows

On Windows

For Windows users, the process is more involved. You'll first need to press and hold down your Alt key. Next, type 0 on your number pad (not the number keys above your letters), then release the Alt key. Next, press and hold Shift while tapping 3 on your number pad (again, not those numbers above A-Z). Release Shift and press Up Arrow once: that should do it! The shrug emoji should automatically appear in place of whatever text you were typing.

on iPhone

on iPhone
  • On iPhone:

  • Hold the letter 'T' on your keyboard, then touch and hold the arrow key until it turns into a shrug emoji.

on Android

To type the Shrug Emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in Android, follow these simple steps:

  • Open your keyboard. Even if you have an iPhone or other phone with a unique emoji key, this is still a good place to start. It's also easy to use and can be accessed from anywhere at any time by swiping down on your home screen or pressing the search bar on your phone's home screen.

  • Type ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ into the keyboard (no space). The shrug emoji should appear as one of the suggestions listed under "GIF." If it doesn't show up there, try typing out each letter separately—this sometimes helps when trying to spell out words in an unusual way (like "shrug"). Note that some keyboards may display this symbol instead: \_(ツ)_/\. This is called an emoticon and can also be used interchangeably with ¯\_(ツ)_/. Both emoticons are the correct ways to represent ¯\_(ツ)_.

In two seconds flat, you can type the shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

The shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ is easy to type and free, but there's a catch. You need to be a bit nerdy in order to use this method.

You type the shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ on your computer by installing a Linux distribution called Ubuntu on your laptop or desktop. If you have an older computer (anything pre-2013), chances are that it can't run Ubuntu. In that case, this method isn't for you!

Once you have installed Ubuntu on top of Windows or MacOS, all the above commands will work just fine!


Once you know how to type the shrug emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, it will be a breeze to use. You can send this emoji to your friends, family members, or coworkers to convey that you are feeling indifferent about something. Make sure not to overuse it, though, as it can get annoying fast! We hope this article helped you learn how


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