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An Apple application that allows users to create custom automations that use multiple steps across a wide variety of Apple and 3rd-party apps.

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How to set several siri triggers for the same action (automation)

I am someone that is pretty forgetful and don't have the tendency to remember exact sentences that trigger automations on the Shortcuts App. This leads to me having to open the app every time I want ...
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How to run a Shortcut from a web page in iOS

I am trying to use the Shortcuts feature of iOS. I want to run some simple JavaScript on a web page. I made a new Shortcut, added "Run JavaScript on Web Page". The contents of the JavaScript ...
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iOS 14: How to kill and relaunch a shortcut (or the shortcut engine)?

I have custom shortcuts on my home screen. Tap one and it presents a menu to choose an action — except pretty often it doesn't. It simply doesn't get executed. In iOS 13 I got funneled to the ...
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iOS Shortcut to shuffle-play all songs by a specific artist in my library

I would like to create a shortcut in iOS 14.4 Shortcuts which shuffle-plays all songs by a particular artist. I can figure out how to specify an album or a playlist, but not songs by a specific artist....
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Zoom App & Guided Access autiomation

I would like to do the following with Shortcuts / Automation in iOS... is it possible? Join a Zoom call Enable Guided access so it's not possible to switch to other apps. In reality those two steps ...
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Triggering an automation / shortcut on iPhone after a call is over

I would like to run an automation or a shortcut every time I finish an incoming call or an outgoing call. What is the trigger I should use? Does such kind of a trigger even exist?
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Shortcuts App Sleep Timer

Has anyone figured out a way using the Shortcuts app to set a sleep timer? My goal is to tap a shortcut from the Sleep menu at night, have it play audio from iBooks for 15 minutes and stop. I don’t ...
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Can I use Shortcuts to tell me when to leave for a specific appointment based on Map data?

I was wondering if anyone knew of an existing Shortcut where I can get the Time that I need to leave My Current location in order to arrive at a specified address at a specified time. So lets say I ...
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Use iOS shortcut to schedule an email to myself

Is it possible to create an iOS shortcut that will automatically send an email after a defined period of time, in iOS 14? I’ve tried using the “get time between dates” to set “current time plus four ...
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Creating a Shortcut to Call or Text using an Action Sheet

I am trying to make a simple Shortcut that will allow me to tap on a bookmark associated with a contact, then choose between "call contact" or "text contact". I've been able to ...
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Prevent app from opening after executed shortcut

I’ve created a simple shortcut which adds clipboard to a note: The problem is that after the shortcut has completed, the note gets open in the app afterwards. Is there a way to prevent that so the ...
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iPadOS Add entry to text replacement (user dictionary) from shortcuts

I’m using the apple pencil on Ipad and work with a lot of abbreviations. So every-time I write one, it will be replaced with whatever is the closest match in the English dictionary. I can work around ...
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In Shortcuts, how to find a specific photo?

In Shortcuts, I added a PHOTOS / Find Photos action and I want it to select a certain specific photo. I see there is a filer "Name is something", but it does not seem to work. I tried to ...
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iOS Shortcuts restrict “Get Contents of URL”

I have restrictions set on an iPhone to restrict web access to a whitelist. However, Using Shortcuts you can somewhat circumvent this and view any website content by using Get Contents of URL in ...
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Can I edit iOS Shortcuts in a text editor (or something) on my Mac?

Is it possible to create or edit iOS Shortcuts using something other than an iOS device? I've created a shortcut that rolls on a table and provides the output of that roll. Entering in 100 entries on ...
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How to enable backtap to switch on Safari Reader View using Shortcuts in iOS?

iOS14.2 Create shortcut to enable 'reader view on' and another for 'reader view off' Enable shortcuts via backtap functionality (two taps for the 'on shortcut', three for the 'off shortcut') I have ...
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Can I get Siri to run a shortcut on my Apple Watch without having to touch the screen?

Whenever I verbally get Siri to run a shortcut on my Apple Watch Series 4 it always requires that I approve it by pressing 'Do' on the screen in order for the shortcut to run. Is it possible to ...
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What is a fast, universal way to launch a particular app (from within any other app)?

I want a seamless way to launch a particular app at any moment on iOS, whether the device is locked, on the home screen or in a particular app. Is there any way to create any kind of shortcut or ...
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Apple iOS Shortcuts App - how to include spoken variable in the initial command?

Despite having a BSc in Software Engineering I am struggling with iOS shortcuts... What I would like to do is include the text for a shortcut (I am trying to create a new shortcut to add a task to ...
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How to disable or change an application's shortcut?

I have an app (Skitch) that has a seemingly unchangable shortcut of command-shift-5 for capturing the screen. I'd like to disable this or, at least, change it to another shortcut. Previously I could ...
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I'm trying to split text from numbers and sum up total amount from the last numbers

I build an shortcut that helps me following my medicine consumption and I want to get info once/two a day regarding the total amount I consumes at the same day/In the last week and so on. This is how ...
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Can I create an Apple Shortcut which itself creates an Apple Shortcut?

I would like to create an automation wizard for getting a complicated task done, on an iPad. Built with Apple Shortcuts, it would ask you to enter the general objective of the project, then the ...
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'Send Photo via WhatsApp' action not working in iPhone shortcuts

I am trying to create a shortcut on iPhone which will convert my photos from *.heic to *.jpeg and then send it on WhatsApp as a photo. Below is the screenshot of my shortcut. But the shortcut does ...
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Display only pictures taken by me

With iOS13, Camera Roll was removed from the Photos app, inexplicably. Pictures taken are now assigned to the Recents Album. However, this Album also contains pictures/media from all sorts of sources (...
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Find my Phone as a shortcut

My wife constantly misplaces her phone. Is there any way to make a shortcut in iOS (or macOS) to enable a one-touch solution to find her iPhone? (I can see her phone in the Find My app).
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Add Siri commands to shortcut in iOS 14

I can ask Siri: "What's the time"? Can I put this in a shortcut, and run it every hour between 8am to 7pm, so that my iPhone will announce time every hour?
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iOS 14: daily automation not running

I have set up a simple automation to run a Shortcut at 6am every morning. If I test the shortcut, it works. If I set the time for [10 mins from now], it works. However, it never seems to run for 6am ...
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Unable to create Shortcut for creating new note in Evernote

I am trying to create a Shortcut that will create a new note in Evernote. It should ask me to enter some text for the note. In my Shortcut app, I create a new Shortcut and for Content I select ...
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Unable to launch automations via NFC tags on iPhone 11

I’m trying to create a shortcut through the shortcuts app that triggers whenever I tag a specific NFC tag. I created the shortcut and when it asked to tag the NFC tag, it recognized it properly. ...
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mute switch + do not disturb shortcut?

looked everywhere, but I couldn't find a way to make a shortcut for my silent switch to automatically put on do not disturb when on. Any ideas or tricks ? I'm new to the app, but just want a quick ...
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How to disable notifications from automated “shortcuts”?

How can I disable notifications from iOS "Automation" "shortcuts"? Is there a way to disable (or manage at all) notifications from my shortcuts? I have "Automation" ...
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Siri shortcuts stopped working after deleting Shortcuts App

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 ...
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Can you provide further input after running one script over SSH in iOS

I have a Linux server that can be accessed through SSH. I'm using the iOS shortcuts app to try and run scripts over SSH. If I try to do a Linux command like sudo apt-get install package, the shortcuts ...
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How to toggle a button using URL?

I am trying to create a Shortcut to turn off Location Services on my iPhone. For this, I am using the settings URL scheme to go into Location Services, but I cannot get a direction on how to toggle ...
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Can an automation run during screen time?

I was wondering if an automation that runs in its own normally would still run during screen time? For example, send a text to “jimmy” at 1:am. If messages is open during screen time, yet shortcuts ...
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iPhone Shortcuts open URL in background in Safari

How can I use iPhone Shortcuts to open the current page in a new background tab in Safari? (So I can continue navigating to other pages in the current tab) I see that I can use shortcuts to open the ...
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iOS Shortcuts: can’t append open file

I have a simple note-taking iOS shortcut that asks for text input and then appends it, formatted, to a long running note file. The problem is that if an application has that file open, Shortcuts won’t ...
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iOS Shortcuts App missing GET function in variables

I'm attempting to write an automation in iOS and need to "get" a variable that I've assigned a value. This function seems to exist because if I go into the gallery and select an automation ...
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Adding custom iOS shortcuts to gallery

I noticed that in iOS 13, Apple added a security feature that prevents users from downloaded untrusted shortcuts unless they manually enable the option in settings to allow untrusted shortcuts. Is ...
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iOS Shortcuts App - move or copy files

I’ve been experimenting with the Shortcuts App on my iPad and iPhone (iPadOS 13 and iOS 13 respectively) and can’t seem to find a way to move or copy a file from one directory to another. This is ...
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IOS Shortcuts: Setting (nested) dictionaries

I am trying to set values in a nested dictionary - similar to pythonic dict["key1"]["key2"]=value1 in Apple's my shortcut app on IOS 13. I fail even with a simple dict see attached ...
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Shortcut app step for activating the Low Data Mode setting when opening an app

AIM : When I open a movie app, such as Netflix or Shudder, I want the Shortcut app to trigger the Low Data Mode setting automatically so that the current movie app is now the only app using the WiFi ...
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“The file name is not valid” error when trying to use “Get Group from Matched Text”

I have a shortcut which is invoked via an action sheet when sharing a URL. When invoked, it eventually gets the HTML of the webpage via: Accepts URLs Get contents of [URL] Make HTML from [Contents ...
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iOS Shortcuts: shortcut not dismissed after cancelling menu selection

I have a shortcut that ends with a menu choice. After running the shortcut and tapping Cancel in the menu, I expect the shortcut to be dismissed, but it's not. It doesn't even help to explicitly exit ...
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Shortcut to switch off and on individual cellular network

iPhone iOS13 w/ dual SIMS: T-Mobile (EU) & AT&T (US). I need help shortcut script: IF I arrive home THEN turn on airplane mode and WIFI GO To Settings -- Cellular (Cellular Plans) 1 ...
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Why opening application with shortcut doesn't behave the same as opening it from the dock

I want to open an application (Zotero) with a shortcut in the same way it opens when I click on it in the dock. When I open it from the dock the application recalls the previous changes (window size, ...
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iOS IPhone shortcut app doesn’t let music playing in background anymore

I’m a iOS shortcut fan and would appreciate some help here. Since a recent update my iOS shortcuts that played music in background while reading out the rss news won’t work anymore. For instance, I’...
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Is there a shortcut for Apple Music on iOS that can “love” a song and add it to my library and playlist at the same time?

I would like to simply select a shortcut that will: - Love the song - Add it to my library - Add it to a playlist All in one shortcut. Can the new shortcut app automate all of this at once?
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Trying to create a shortcut to remove empty lines from the notes section of a Reminder?

Any idea if the above is possible? My reminders are synced with Exchange (work reasons) and when initially created in Outlook always end up with a bunch of empty lines in the “notes” field that only ...
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How can I insert a step into a Shortcut?

I've just started creating shortcuts for various things on my iPhone. It's been useful, but I find that as I create longer and more complex scripts, I find the interface rather poor. As an ...