iPhone Shortcut and Automation on Apple Devices

iPhone Shortcut | Automation on Apple Devices

iPhone Shortcut | Automation on Apple Devices
iPhone Shortcut

What’s a iPhone shortcut?

A shortcut is a quick way to accomplish one or more tasks using your applications. The Shortcuts app allows you to create your personal shortcuts in a couple of steps. For example, create a "Surf Time" shortcut that grabs a surf report, gives an ETA to the beach, and launches your Surf Music playlist.

The Shortcuts app

In addition to turning on the simple shortcuts suggested by Siri, you can use the Shortcuts app to add ready-made or custom shortcuts to your devices. The application allows you to combine multiple steps across multiple applications to create powerful task automation processes.

What’s an action?

The action-the building block of constructional software for short - is one step in a task. Mix and match actions to create shortcuts that interact with applications and content on your Apple devices, as well as with content and services on the internet. Each shortcut includes one or extra actions.

How shortcuts work on iPhone and iPad?

When you launch a shortcut, each action in the list of actions is launched in order from top to bottom. Each action plays a role in the task you want to accomplish, just like the individual steps on a factory assembly line.

Some actions bring information, either from your device or from the internet. Some actions transform information, resize an image. Other actions share information with shared photo albums, contacts using messaging applications, mail or other social media services.

Navigate the action list in Shortcuts on iPhone or iPad

Actions are the building blocks of a shortcut. While adding actions to the modified shortcut, you can view information about each action, sort the list of available actions by category, and create favorite actions for future use. Since many actions use other applications on your apple device, you can also view the actions sorted according to the application you are using.

During the creation of a shortcut, the "Shortcuts" application predicts what actions you may want to use next. For example, if the last action was to make contacts, the application suggests actions such as Call or FaceTime. In a shortcut that ends with the procedure for obtaining the current song, the menu suggests actions such as adding to the playlist or obtaining music details.

Where are shortcuts stored?

In the Shortcuts app, shortcuts are organized into groups in the shortcuts screen (iOS) and the shortcuts sidebar (iPadOS):

  • All shortcuts: contains all the shortcuts and shortcuts available in the apps.
  • My shortcuts: contains all the shortcuts.
  • Share sheet: contains shortcuts available in the share sheet of another application.
  • Apple Watch: contains shortcuts available on Apple Watch.
  • Application shortcuts: contains all the shortcuts available in the applications.

When you click on a group name, all the shortcuts in this group are displayed in a grid array. Each shortcut is represented by a round rectangle with a title, icon and color. Press a shortcut once to launch it.

What is automation?

Autorun is a kind of shortcut that is activated by an event, and not manually. You can use the Shortcuts app to set up personal or home automation and then turn on the automatic shortcut when you arrive or leave, when you change a setting on your iPhone, and at the time of day.

Create a new personal automation

In the Shortcuts app on your iOS or iPad OS device, do one of the following:

If this is your first automation: Tap Automation.
If you’ve previously created an automation: Tap Automation, then tap (+) in the upper-right corner.

  1. Tap Create Personal Automation.
  2. Choose a trigger.
  3. See Event triggers, or Setting triggers.
  4. Select the options for the trigger, then tap Next.
  5. An empty automation appears in the automation editor.
  6. Tap Add Action, then browse available actions in the Categories or Apps list, or search for a specific action by tapping  and entering a search term.
  7. To add an action, touch and hold an action in the list, and drag it to the position where you want it in the automation editor.

You can also tap an action to add it to the bottom of the list in the automation editor.
Add as many actions as you need.

  • Tap  at the top of the actions browser to return to the Categories or Apps list.
  • Tap Next.
  • A summary of your automation appears.
  • Tap Done.

The new automation is introduced to the Automation screen.

Where do I find shortcuts?

The gallery functions a curated series of creative and beneficial shortcuts. Explore the gallery to check out the possibilities of shortcuts and find out how to create them. When you find a gallery shortcut you like, add it to the collection of shortcuts with a simple click and customize it to suit your needs

Discover shortcuts in the Gallery on iPhone or iPad

If you are looking for new shortcuts to add to your collection, or if you want to know what is possible and how to create certain shortcuts, check out the gallery in the Shortcuts app.

Search in the Gallery

You can look for extra shortcuts now no longer proven withinside the Gallery.
In the Shortcuts app Gallery on your iOS or iPadOS device, tap search at the top of the screen.
Enter a search word in the search field.
Shortcuts that match the search term appear below the field.

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