I have been messing with the new IOS shortcuts app--it looks like it might be a reasonable replacement to ITTT with better apple support, but I can't seem to do one thing that should be pretty basic...

I noticed I can create a one-time event that reminds me of something when I leave a location.

I also noticed that I can activate a shortcut to send my wife the ETA when I will arrive home.

But can I have it send my ETA to my wife whenever I leave the area of my office automatically?

I don't see a way to "Trigger" off of map events, am I missing something?

Also, does someone with more karma than me want to add a "shortcuts" tag, seems like something that will have a lot of questions in the future.


I have the same question. Unfortunately, from what I can find, as of "right now, Shortcuts can only be triggered manually or by voice".

Possible workarounds:

Apple tends to release things first with basic functionality and then update and add features as time goes on. We can hope...

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    This answer does NOT answer the question - the question asks for an AUTOMATED method. Yes, both of these suggestions allow you to run a location-aware shortcut, but NEITHER allow you to run it without some form of manual intervention part-way through: (IFTTT needs you to manually click an iOS notification; this LCP link - the 'gallery shortcut' mentioned - relies upon you manually starting the iOS shortcut at the outset) – Steve Sep 23 '18 at 15:01
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    @Steve, agreed. My answer is not an automated solution but as of right now I do not believe that there is an automated solution to this question. These were the best workarounds that I could find. – Matt P. Sep 23 '18 at 19:52
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    @Steve I thought it answered the question with a no. It was specifically can the shortcuts app be triggered by other things, not looking for an app that can. – Bill K Sep 24 '18 at 16:09

I've been researching the same thing - so far with no luck, but close:

Yes, you can use IFTTT to do this:

  • "IF" (any trigger, such as location, or by time - from Google Calendar, for example)
  • "THAT" running a 'Rich Notification' that includes Apple's shortcut URL notation (shortcuts://open-shortcut?name=[name]), as said above

...however, the Rich Notification just pops up on your iOS device - yes, once you click it it DOES launch the relevant shortcut called [name] ...but - it still relies on you clicking the notificaiton

i.e. still not a fully automated trigger

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