How to Get The Star Trek-Themed Vulcan Salute Emoji on iOS 8.3


In the iOS 8.3 update, Apple added a new selection of emojis including the Canadian flag. In addition to all the new icons and characters, Business Insider has discovered that iOS now supports the Star Trek-themed Vulcan salute emoji.


If you want to get the emoji on your iOS device and be able to tell your friends to “live long and prosper,” follow the simple steps below:

1. Open this tweet using Safari on your iOS device.

2. Copy the Vulcan salute emoji.

3. Open the Settings app, go to General tab and then the Keyboard.

4. In the Shortcuts tab, select the “+” icon in the upper right corner.

5. Select “Phrase” and paste the Vulcan salute emoji that you copied earlier.

6. Create a shortcut name that is easy to remember (for example, “llap”).

Now any time you write “llap” using the iOS keyboard, Apple’s built-in word prediction will suggest the Vulcan emoji.


  • Andre

    You don’t need to do this on an IOS device, you can also do it on your Mac in System Preferences (Keyboard, Text).

  • Dave Bissoon

    How about a hockey stick & puck?! Or even a cricket at & ball.

  • Maybe in our dreams. Lacrosse stick? Polar Bear?

  • Asmodath

    What exactly are we ‘Copying’ from here to do this?

  • The vulcan salute emoji from the Cult of Mac tweet.

  • Curious

    Downloaded as suggested and it’s there on my iPhone. However, when I send the ???? in a text message to someone else using an iPhone all they see is a square box !?

  • They need iOS 8.3