Do more with your apps
Shortcuts delivers a quick way to get things done with your apps with just a tap, or by asking Siri. The Shortcuts app enables you to create personal shortcuts with multiple steps from your favorite apps. Start from hundreds of examples in the Gallery or drag and drop to create your own.
Shortcuts includes over 300 built-in actions and works with many of your favorite apps including Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Notes, Photos, Reminders, Safari, Health, and any app that supports App Intents.
Use the Shortcuts app to:
• Get directions home, send your ETA and start listening to the news, just by asking Siri
• Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one
• Make animated GIFs
• Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet
• Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap
• Tweet the song you're listening to
• Get all of the images from a web page
• Send a message including the last screenshot you took
• And so much more...
Shortcuts can be launched from a Home Screen widget, from Search, or by asking Siri. You can even add an app icon to your home screen for your favorite shortcuts.
On Apple Watch you can access and run existing shortcuts with just a tap, as well as add shortcuts to your watch face as complications.
Shortcuts opens up incredible possibilities to automate things you do regularly on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Ratings and Reviews
Good but could be better
I have noticed a bunch of limitations to the shortcuts and automations. For instance, some automations require you to click a notification to run which defeats the purpose. I cannot simply have my device play music whenever it connects to my bluetooth headphones. Also, with the automations that do not require a button press, there will be a notification that the automation ran and while that’s annoying on its own, it also lingers for a good few seconds, blocking some buttons that reside on the top of the screen. Same for the shortcuts, although the shortcut notification doesn’t stay as long, it’s much bigger. I’ve made a shortcut which selects random pictures in any designated album and displays them. However, after I press the ‘done’ button, it doesn’t allow me to do anything for a second before the ‘shortcut has been completed’ notification has disappeared. In the app itself, I believe that adding a folder or tab which the function blocks could go under but still be activated, the point of this would be to help organization and decrease the amount of scrolling one would need to get to wherever they need. It would really help, especially in the longer shortcuts/automations. Overall, I’d like more functions and freedoms with the way the shortcuts and automations are configured and
Great Potential, But Please Stop The Banners
I love the potential of this app. Customization and organization are very important to me. But the constant notification banners that pop down every time you open an app are absolutely maddening (a common complaint, from what I've seen.) I scoured forums and found a way to disable them for when I open a single app (although I really think there needs to be a simple, permanent option that doesn't require screen time and running an automation) but I still get a banner every time I select an app option from a menu. (Especially frustrating considering I'd like to pair multiple camera apps in a menu together under one icon, but the banner freezes the camera screen for a full few seconds making it impossible to snap a quick photo.) Also, it would be great if we could choose custom photos for shortcuts added to widgets like we can for shortcuts added to the home screen. Lastly, if possible, it would be lovely to have notification badges display on the shortcut icons like they do on the originals, so I can customize my mail and messages apps and still be able to see the number of new emails and texts. Thank you for taking the time to read this and (hopefully) take this into consideration for future updates!
Pretty cool, but has limitations
I really like using this app and you can make it do some pretty neat stuff. It has an ask before running in most cases, but I noticed for receiving an iMessage message you have to tap the notification which makes this automation practically useless. Why would I make an “automation” if it’s not actually automatic when I have to tap twice to get it to do what I want to do.
I frequently lose my phone around and wanted it to turn the volume up and play a song when my wife would send me a certain message. It would be easier than having her log into my account or me log into a computer to make it beep on Find my iPhone. So maybe let us be able to choose if we want it to run automatically and integrate Find My iPhone in Shortcuts. If the “ask to run” isn’t there because of “security”, enough with all this “security” stuff and let us choose how we want to run our phone and how secure it is.
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