Back in AppleScript or Apple Automator it is possible to convert workflows to a compiled read-only application.

Is it possible to hide, compile or convert my iOS Shortcuts workflow to a self-running service, too? So far I don't see any way to lock or prevent changes to my workflow.

  • I think this is a no (especially on iOS 12 and lower). Have you experimented with sharing a Shortcut iCloud link and then seeing if that link can be archived - recorded so you can go back to it if you delete the original or modify the original?
    – bmike
    Jul 12, 2019 at 17:32
  • @bmike: I don't want to share or archive the workfow. Instead I would like to prevent any changes.
    – user136834
    Jul 14, 2019 at 15:52
  • Not possible, so the best you can do is wipe it and reload t from code control outside iOS if you think it changed.
    – bmike
    Jul 14, 2019 at 15:56
  • Are you looking at iOS 14 developments?
    – bmike
    Oct 27, 2020 at 18:24

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This isn’t possible. You would need to compile an app to import and run these “locked” scripts.

Xcode lets you install your own apps without needing a paid developer account.

  • Thanks, I was expecting this kind of answer. I will take look into Xcode
    – user136834
    Jul 14, 2019 at 18:41

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