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How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a quicker way to complete a specific task on your iPhone, the answer might just be yes.

Apple’s Shortcuts app allows you to create “shortcuts” that reduce multiple actions into one convenient tap (or voice command with the help of Siri).

That means you can get directions from a calendar event, forward messages across apps, create GIFs, personalise your home screen with custom app icons and more. Once you’re done setting them up, all of these tasks will be quicker and easier to complete using your handy shortcut.

Keep reading to learn all the basics you need to know when opening the Shortcuts app for the first time.

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What you’ll need: 

  • An iPhone or iPad
  • The Shortcuts app 

The Short Version 

  1. Open the Shortcuts app 
  2. Tap the Plus icon
  3. Tap Add Action 
  4. Decide what you want your shortcut to do 
  5. Name your shortcut and choose an icon
  6. Tap Done

How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  1. Step

    Open the Shortcuts app 

    The app should come pre-installed on your iPhone or iPad, but if you don’t have it you can find it in the App Store. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  2. Step

    Tap the Plus icon

    You can find this icon in the top right corner of the screen. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  3. Step

    Tap Add Action 

    This is the big blue button in the middle of the screen. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  4. Step

    Choose what you want your shortcut to do 

    You can search for a specific action or use the suggestions to come up with ideas. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  5. Step

    Tap on your shortcut’s name to give it a new name

    You can also change the icon at this stage. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  6. Step

    Tap Rename

    Or Choose Icon to pick a new icon.
    How to use Shortcuts on iPhone 6

  7. Step

    Type a new name for your shortcut

    This name is also what Siri will use to refer to your shortcut. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone

  8. Step

    Tap Done

    That’s it – you’ve made a shortcut. How to use Shortcuts on iPhone


How to delete a shortcut on iPhone

To delete a shortcut, simply tap Edit at the top of the Shortcuts app, select any shortcuts you want to remove and tap Delete.

How to make an automation in the Shortcuts app

An automation is a type of shortcut that is triggered by an event (such as the clock hitting a certain time or when you receive a message from a specific person) rather than manually.

To create an automation, just enter the automation tab at the bottom of the Shortcuts app and tap the plus icon to get started.

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