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Easily send kaomoji (ಠ_ಠ) with these Android Messages shortcuts

If you want to send the classic kaomoji shrug in Android Messages ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) you can easily do so using a built-in shortcut.

Published onJune 28, 2018

An image of the "table flip" kaomoji.
  • You can easily send kaomoji using shortcuts built into Android Messages.
  • Kaomoji are the silly ASCII emojis like the shruggie ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) and the table flip, pictured above.
  • The shortcut feature is a slow rollout, so you might not have it yet.

It can be a real pain to send the shruggie kaomoji ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). If you don’t have an app or shortcut set up, you have to find the ASCII design in use somewhere else, and then copy-and-paste. Well, Google is going to save you some time as it is adding shortcuts in Android Messages that will make your kaomoji dreams come true.

To send a shruggie, you would simply type /shrug or /shruggie in Android Messages. Doing so converts the text into the shruggie. However, it only works at the beginning of the text message, and is therefore ideal to send on its own rather than trying to combine it with other text. Check out the GIF below, as posted by The Verge.

Android P DP3 features preview of the controversial new Emojis for 2018
An image depicting the Emoji at the center of the Emoji controversy within Android P.

If this doesn’t seem that novel to you, that’s because similar functionality is in Google Hangouts. However, the idea of being able to use kaomoji in your standard texting app is pretty cool, especially since these will also work in the new Android Messages for web application.

The list of known kaomoji shortcuts is below. There are likely more, so don’t take the list as definitive, but it’s certainly enough to get started.

And if you’re not a fan of these shortcuts, don’t have a…

( •_•)

( •_•)>⌐■-■


…kaomoji, man.

  • /shrug or /shruggie — ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • /sunglasses or /dealwithit — ( •_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)
  • /tableflip — (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • /tableback — ┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ
  • /that — (☞゚ヮ゚)☞
  • /this — ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)
  • /wizard — (∩ ` -´)⊃━━☆゚.*・。゚
  • /yuno — ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)
  • /success — (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑
  • /happy — ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
  • /facepalm— (-‸ლ)
  • /disapprove — ಠ_ಠ
  • /algebraic — | ( •◡•)| (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
  • /praisethesun — \`[-|-]/

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