you may have You may have seen the Apple Shortcuts app installed on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but you may not immediately know what it is or how to use it. With this app, you can streamline your routine and save precious seconds on repetitive tasks. A shortcut is an easy way to do something in an app with a single tap or by speaking to Siri. For example, you can create a simple shortcut to browse the day’s top news stories, or create a series of actions to smartly close his blinds, play sleep sounds, or turn off the lights at bedtime. .
The Shortcuts app debuted in iOS 12 in 2018. The app evolved from an automation tool for his iPhone called Workflow, which Apple acquired the year before. It should make your day-to-day work a little easier, but figuring out how to get the most out of it can be tricky. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide on how to use the Shortcuts app.
what you need
Shortcuts require an iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 or later (some features are only available on iOS 13 or later). There is also a Shortcuts app for Mac that works with macOS Monterey (12.0.1) and later. Also, many shortcuts work on Apple Watch running WatchOS 7 or later.
If you’re signed into the same account on all your Apple devices, shortcuts created in the app on one device will appear in the Shortcuts app on other devices. The Shortcuts app may already be installed on your device, but if not, you can download it from the App Store.
All shortcuts are in the Shortcuts app. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll see some examples to try.Any shortcuts added or created later shortcut tab. We’ll cover how to create shortcuts later, but the easiest way to get started with shortcuts is gallery The tab has a categorized list of shortcuts for all kinds of tasks.
See shortcuts. gallery Click a tab and tap a shortcut that interests you to see what it does, where you can find it, and how to activate it with Siri voice commands.If you want to try it, please tap Add shortcut Alternatively, tap the plus icon in the top right corner of each shortcut. gallery tab.
before creating the shortcut. shortcut select the tab ellipsis Click the (three dots) in the upper right corner of the shortcut to see what it does. Until you get the hang of the various options, reverse engineering the shortcuts is your best bet.
How to create a shortcut
After trying out some of the ready-made shortcuts and understanding how they work, you may want to create your own. Here’s how: