If you haven’t spent a lot of time exploring Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone, you’re not alone. But maybe I’ll be able to change your mind. Apple’s Shortcuts app automates common and routine tasks that you probably do on a regular basis. For example, you can create a Shortcut routine that starts playing music, disables Do Not Disturb, reads your messages and then tells you a joke — all of which can be triggered just by saying something like, “Hey, Siri, good morning.”
In addition to those types of personalized shortcuts, which are valuable, there are also more generalized shortcuts that all of us can use to save time. From checking on the price history of an Amazon listing to, the potential of the Shortcuts app is limitless. We periodically update this post with new shortcuts and information.
The first step is to install Shortcuts from the App Store for iOS 12 or later on your phone or iPad (it should be built in to iOS 13 and later devices), and then make sure to add it to the Today View Widget by swiping to the right on your iPhone’s home screen and tapping Add Widget at the bottom of the screen. Finally, tap on the green plus button next to Shortcuts.
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A quick word about ‘untrusted’ shortcuts
As you begin to use the Shortcuts app and look for shortcuts created by other users, you’ll run into difficulty adding third-party creations to your app. By default, yourblocks “untrusted Shortcuts” — that is, shortcuts that are shared outside of Apple’s own Gallery app. The reason is that shortcuts can get rather complex, connecting to various services and requesting access to your personal information. You should be cautious when adding shortcuts created by other users, going through each action and ensuring that it does only what’s advertised. I’ve personally installed and tested hundreds of shortcuts and have yet to come across anything that tried to do something malicious — but it’s always a good idea to check. Before adding any unvetted shortcut, you’ll need to go to Settings > Shortcuts and turn on the option labeled Allow Untrusted Shortcuts. With that enabled, you won’t be blocked from viewing any shortcuts, but you’ll be reminded before adding one to your app that it’s from a third party thanks to a giant red button that reads Add Untrusted Shortcut. If you see that button, remember to take a few minutes and inspect exactly what the app is doing. Not only will that help keep your information safer, but it will give you ideas on creating your own shortcuts. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at 10 shortcuts you’re sure to find useful.
1. Siri, I’m getting pulled over
This shortcut has been around for over a year now, but it’s one that has resurfaced during the last few weeks during the. After setting up the shortcut, you can tell Siri, “I’m being pulled over” and your iPhone will send your current location to a designated friend or family member, and automatically begin recording from the front-facing camera on your phone.Read more about the before adding it to your Shortcuts app.
2. A spellchecker for anything
Autocorrect is nice, but it doesn’t catch and change every tpying mistake we make. See? You can copy or share any block of text from another app to the Check Spelling Shortcut, which will check it for spelling errors and present you with a corrected block of text, and then activate the share screen so you can copy the new text or share it with another app. Add Check Spelling to your Shortcuts app.
3. View Amazon Price History to get the best deal
CamelCamelCamel is a convenient website thatof items listed and sold on Amazon. Using this shortcut, you can speed up the process of looking up an item page on the tracking website, and even get alerts when the price drops to your specified price. When viewing an item on the Amazon site or in the Amazon app, tap the Share button and then pick CmlCmlCml from the list of available shortcuts. Add CmlCmlCml to your Shortcuts app.
4. Set a Do Not Disturb timer for a break
Silence your iPhone for a set period of time by using a Do Not Disturb timer. Without Shortcuts, you have to dive into DNDs’ settings and make adjustments. With Shortcuts, however, you can enter how long you need and it’ll take care of the rest for you. Adding to its usefulness, you can run this shortcut just by telling Siri, “Do Not Disturb timer.” You can also rename it something like “Set a Do Not Disturb timer” if you find that more natural…Read more>>