I was testing something out, but in one of my apps I can set a voice command for a shortcut. I manage the shortcut in that app and don't use the Shortcuts App. But after I deleted the Shortcuts App those shortcuts I created in app stopped working.

I can see click the add button but Siri just says she doesn't understand.

Do I need the Shortcuts app to be able to use in app shortcuts?


Yes, you need the Shortcuts app to use Siri Shortcuts.

In iOS 13, Siri Shortcuts were integrated with the Shortcuts app and every Siri Shortcut is a ‘normal’ shortcut too.

See https://developer.apple.com/wwdc19/101 at exactly 1:00:00

  • Is there any official docs saying this? I don't disagree from my experience, but I couldn't find anything documented. Also my apps just break, they don't say Shortcuts App is required, which sucks. Oct 9 '20 at 23:02
  • @Michael Added a source. The lack of a proper error message is likely a bug, which perhaps should be reported to Apple.
    – grg
    Oct 10 '20 at 8:54

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