I created a very simple shortcut.

Flashlight on/off.

Than I added that shortcut to the homescreen.

Now I start the shortcut from the homescreen.

Result: The admin interface of the shortcuts app opens (you see the list of all shortcuts).

Question: How can I prevent, that the shortcuts app opens?

Thanks for your help.

3 Answers 3


The only way to prevent that is to use the Shortcut "widget" instead of using a shortcut from the iOS home screen.

By "widget" I mean that screen which appears on the iOS home screen (aka "Springboard") when you are at the first screen of apps and then swipe from left-to-right.

Scroll to the bottom and tap 'Edit'

In the "Add Widgets" screen which appears, select "Shortcuts"

  • Thanks for the hint. Widgets are not an option. I "develop" an interface in form of a homescreen for elderly people, who are in an emergency situation in the forest and want to send their coordinates to the emergency call center. I think the homescreen is the best place. I tend to regard the actual behaviour of the app (open the app, wenn you start a shortcut via the trigger "homescreen button") as a bug. Don't know, what you think about it.
    – ibu
    Oct 7, 2019 at 22:23

You can do this by using a web clip with the URL scheme set to the app directly, rather than the Shortcuts app. These web clips can be created


As mentioned earlier, you can use the shortcut widget in the widget screen.

There is an option "Show When Run" when editing or creating a shortcut. If you turn this option off, it will prevent from opening the shortcuts app.

'Show When Run

I hope this helps,

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