How to unlock iOS 8.3’s secret Spock emoji

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iOS 8.3 emoji now include the Vulcan salute. Photo: Star Trek
iOS 8.3 emoji now include the Vulcan salute. Photo: Star Trek

iOS 8.3 includes some huge advancements to emoji with the inclusion of more racially diverse characters, but Star Trek fans might be more interested in a new emoji that makes it easier to tell your friends to “live long and prosper.”

Today, Apple added support for the Vulcan salute emoji, which was approved as a new Unicode symbol last year. The new emoji is now visible to users on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3; however, you can’t actually pick the salute out of the emoji character sheet just yet.

There’s no word on when Apple will officially add the Spock emoji to the keyboard, but you can start using it right now by following these quick steps.

1 – Open this Tweet on your iPhone
2 – Copy the Vulcan salute emoji
3 – Go to Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Shortcuts >> +
4 – Paste the Vulcan salute emoji into the Phrase section
5 – Create a shortcut, the tap Save

Now you can just quickly type in your shortcut phrase instead of scrolling through your emoji characters. Remember, only your friends who have already updated to iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 will be able to see your Vulcan salutes.