How to unlock Spock's secret emoticon in Emoji. Vulcan Salute in iOS 8.3

iOS 8.3 includes several huge changes to Emoji, namely the choice of skin color emoticons. And fans

Star Trek expects a surprise. Apple added support for the Vulcan Salute emoticon, which was approved as the new Unicode character last year. The new Emoji is now visible to users of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3. However, you cannot just select “Vulcan Salute” from the list of emoticons.

How to unlock Spock's Secret Smiley

There is no word yet about when Apple will officially add the Spock emoticon to the Emoji keyboard, but you can start using it right away by following these quick steps.

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  1. Open this tweet on iPhone
  2. Copy Vulcan Salute Emoji
  3. Go to the section Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Abbreviations >>
  4. Insert Vulcan Salute emoticon in the Phrase section
  5. Think of a shortcut (e.g. vls), click Save

Also, this Vulcan greeting emoticon is available in other skin tones (visible only from iOS devices):

🖖🏻 white skin color

🖖🏼 creamy white skin color

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🖖🏽 brown skin color

🖖🏾 dark brown skin color

🖖🏿 black skin color

Now you can enter your abbreviation and get a secret Spock emoticon in Emoji. Remember that only those who have already upgraded to iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 will see the Vulcan Salute emoticon.