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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 make a shortcut to the Phone app (so it can then be given its own icon on the home screen)

On iOS 17.3, is there a way to make a shortcut to the Phone app, so that it can then be given its own icon on the home screen? All I can find when creating a shortcut using Shortcuts is Add Action | ...
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MacOS Shortcuts - Restore previous Focus mode after switching to Do Not Disturb

I'm trying to build a Shortcut for switching to Do Not Disturb for a given number of minutes. Afterwards, the previous Focus mode should be restored. For example, I have a mode called "Work"....
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Invoking shortcut via Siri overrides dictation language specification

When I activate a shortcut using Siri, the language specification in the Dictation action appears to be ignored, causing the Dictation to use the phone's default language rather than the one specified....
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Shortcuts - Run Shell Script - error with unix socket

Issue: Shortcuts app can't seem to talk directly to a unix socket. I get this error, "Error: Custom { kind: NotFound, error: "no socket found" }" when configured to execute: /usr/...
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iOS 14, can Airplane Mode be automated without confirmation?

Apple's website claims that Wifi is one category of shortcuts which can be run without requiring confirmation of the user. But this does not seem to be the case for me, in iOS 14. I want to enable ...
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How do I open an iphone app and tap an item hands free?

I'm trying to find the best way to open an 3rd-party iOS radio app, and tap a preset station to play, hands free (I drive a ton). I'm picturing "Siri, ~shortcut name~". -I'm new to ios ...
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Delete emails from specific senders after 30 days using Shortcuts

I have some senders (like Amazon) whose emails lose relevance after 30 days for me. I am trying to write a Shortcuts that can search for emails from those senders and delete them after 30 days. I ...
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How to open different menus depending on which app is frontmost?

I am trying to create something that opens different menus depending on which app is frontmost. For example If I run it while InDesign is frontmost, I want it to open a menu containing the options &...
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How to view Shortcut steps when a company firewall blocks importing shared Shortcuts

Is there a website, app or API that I can use to view the contents of a shared iPhone shortcut, and manually enter the steps when my company firewall blocks directly importing the Shortcut?
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Reading Command Line Arguments for Shortcut

Problem: I want to run a Shortcut from the command line that outputs a list of reminders that have a specific tag e.g. shortcuts run ReminderTag <<< "myTag". However, I'm unable to ...
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Get Current Timer shortcut now working as intended on WatchOS

I am trying to create a Shortcut that sets a timer based on an input and then retrieve the duration of the timer using the Get Current Timer action (see image below). However, it appears that the Get ...
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Why is my Quick Actions menu (mostly) empty? I want to combine text-file and/or Pages-files into a PDF

When I right click on a Pages file (singular) or multiple text-files and open the Quick Actions submenu it is empty (only Customize… is visible). According to https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/...
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iOS: Create shortcut to send current website from Safari to Firefox

On Mac, I mainly use a Firefox/Gecko-based browser, while on iOS I mainly use Safari (since Apple unfortunately still does not allow non-Webkit-based browsers). So I often find myself in a situation ...
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iOS Shortcut; VPN status

I have very basic knowledge of iOS shortcuts. I know how to create a shortcut to toggle VPN on/off, to create a shortcut to turn VPN on/off and then trigger the shortcut in certain situations like ...
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How to add automator scripts to apple shortcuts?

I am trying to run a simple automation I recorded via Automator app, that will open my AirPlay devices and start screen mirroring to my TV (named as TV). I was able to record functional automation, ...
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How do I configure a Shortcut to send URLs for Safari web pages?

Since updating to iOS 7, a Shortcut that had worked fine for years has stopped functioning as expected. The Shortcut is intend to mail the stuff I currently see to me. Since iOS 7, this continues to ...
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Automatically start a timer after logging health record

I take a medication that needs 30mn to be assimilated by my body before eating anything in the morning. I log it every morning in the Health app to not forget it as it is quite important. I was ...
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Efficiently Iterate over large list of photos in iOS shortcut

I'm writing an iOS shortcut to iterate over all of my photos and upload them to a server (POST request). Below is a repeat block that uploads the photos one at a time to the server. For small amounts ...
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How can I automate the selection of an AirPlay device as the speaker for a Mac?

On iOS there's Siri Shortcut action called "Change Playback Destination". This action doesn't work on Mac: Note When attempting to add a device that does not support groups, all other ...
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Shortcut to add multiple Tags (aka Labels) in Mac Finder

Using either Shortcuts (or Automator if needed), I'm trying to add multiple tags (labels) to a file. It's simple to add a single tag, but that tag gets overwritten if you try adding another. If you do ...
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Shortcuts App: Shortcut works with ChatGPT 3, but not ChatGPT 4

I have the following shortcut based on this Youtube video that I adapted so it can save a conversation in Notes in a folder called ChatGPT (if you want to be able to use the shortcut, you must ...
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iPhone shortcuts - delete photos older than.. but images don't get deleted

My trigger finger is too lose! Collecting gigabytes of photos and videos on my iPhone 12 mini... I use the Photos app and also have the Google Photos app installed, if this makes a difference. Google ...
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On an iPhone, how to play a specific sound when I receive an email from a given person

This is in the context of the Shorcuts app, automation. The sound file could be anything in the iPhone, starting, say from a mp3 file on a computer. I can't find an obvious way to just specify a file ...
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Launch a shortcut on the lock screen of an iPhone in iOS 16 without opening the Shortcuts app

In the new iOS 16, it's possible to launch shortcuts directly from the lock screen. Unfortunately, my iPhone 8 isn't supported by this version. After a bit of research, I came across quite a few apps ...
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Privacy settings do not allow shortcut to load external web content

Since updating to iOS 17, some of my Shortcuts fail to work on some web pages in Safari (only). For example I have a shortcut to use Mail to send the current webpage to me, but now on about have the ...
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How to Count in an iOS/macOS/watchOS Shortcut?

It feels fairly ridiculous to me that you can't do a simple increment of a counter inside a shortcut that works with all three major shortcut platforms: iOS/macOS/watchOS. There is a repeat_count ...
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What is LPErrorDomain error 2?

I was sent a Shortcut to pull URLs from a file and paste them into a bookmark manager app on my iPad. When I run the Shortcut I get this error message. (Attaching a screenshot of the Shortcut)
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Running AppleScript to control the app Spectacle (Shift+Opt+right arrow) [duplicate]

I am trying to set up a shortcut to open two apps, then position them on-screen. There doesn't appear to be a way to run a Hotkey command within shortcuts. So I have opted to try my hand at ...
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continuously push accurate location to remote server

for reasons i want to push the accurate location of my iphone to a remote server. I want to automatically repeat this action every 10 Seconds for 4 hours. I have tried using the shortcuts app but it ...
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Automated to do list in shortcuts app

I have a note that has unchecked tick boxes (kinda like a to do list but in a note). I want to tick off one by one, let’s say for each second. The attached photo shows what kind of tick boxes i need ...
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How to create a PDF to image shortcut in the Shortcuts app

Specifically, I'd like to use Shortcuts.app to receive a PDF in Finder quick actions, create a new folder at the path of the PDF, and export the pages within the PDF as a user-defined image type. I ...
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Shortcut to dictate text in Turkish assumes English when run by Siri

I have the following shortcut set up. Previously I could run this with Siri, it would open a dictation dialogue and transcribe Turkish text. It behaved the same way when I run it via the Shortcuts app....
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How to reconnect Siri Shortcuts to Dropbox?

I have some Shortcuts using Dropbox actions (such as “Get Dropbox File”). Now whenever I try to run them, I get this error: An unknown error occurred (invalid_access_token/) This started to happen ...
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How can Continuity Camera in iOS 16 be controlled with Shortcuts?

I want to turn Continuity Camera on and off with a shortcut. (It uses too much battery, so it's best left off except when I want to use it.) I can find no mention of such control anywhere. How can ...
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How to create a shortcut for a timer with different value and duration every time?

I would like to create a shortcut that will start a timer. A timer shouldn't be with a specific value and duration. Instead, I would like to set the value and duration every time. I tried to use the ...
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How to prepend text in a specific note in Notes iOS on iphone using shortcuts-app

I am using iOS 15.7.6 on iPhone 7 Plus and I'm using shortcuts to add the current date to a note. The only way I can do this is by "appending" the date to the note. That means that I have to ...
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Run location-based Shortcut to toggle airplane mode

I have a simple shortcut that turns on airplane mode when I arrive home. How can I trigger this to run automatically—without tapping for confirmation?
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Open predefined app and insert predefined text with iPhone shortcut

I'm almost freaking out here. Since hours (!!!) I'm trying to create a simple shortcut with Apples Shortcut app on iPhone, but with no success. This is what I want the shortcut to do when I start it ...
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Shortcuts keeps forgetting keyboard shortcuts to its shortcuts

I've set up half a dozen simple script actions with keyboard shortcuts in the Shortcuts app. They worked well for a long time, but a week or so ago it started repeatedly forgetting the configured ...
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Capabilities of JavaScript in iOS Shortcuts

According to this: https://support.apple.com/en-eg/guide/shortcuts/apd218e2187d/ios And this: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/javascriptcore And this: https://medium.com/@chrishutchinson/...
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Iphone Shortcuts/NFC Tags

I'm working on a project using shortcuts and nfc tags to timestamp various locations and then append those to a google sheet. I have it working, but I'm hoping to find a way to improve it so that you ...
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Shortcuts app: Copy/paste text with altered formatting

I have what seems like a simple problem. I'd like to copy an article from the News App and paste a well-formatted version into an email. This works sometimes, but some articles end up formatted ...
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in MacOS Ventura, how to create a desktop shortcut (or other non-keyboard shortcut) to summon Text-To-Speech controller? [duplicate]

A little background: I'm helping a friend who had a stroke a few years ago and who has global aphasia; as a result it's very difficult for his brain to consistently derive meaning from written words ...
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Shortcuts Quick Action to share document by email with fixed message

I found this easy to do with Automator, but couldn’t convert an Automator Quick Action or work out how to do this in Shortcuts. How can I create a Quick Action in Shortcuts to share a file by email ...
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iOS Shortcuts-app - how do I trim a text field?

Given the following iOS Shortcuts-app snippet to trim a text string up to the first n (in this case 6) characters, is there a simpler way of doing this? Text "0123456789ABC” Set Variable String ...
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How to make siri "Show alert" without speaking out the text from it's variable, in Apple Shortcuts

I am trying to make a coding assistant in Siri. I make an API request to ChatGPT, and then have "Show alert" show value to display the text of the variable "Dictionary Value", and ...
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Reading a text file located in iCloud Shortcuts folder using a Python script on Mac

I am appending text to a file located in Shortcuts folder using a shortcut on iPhone. I want to access the contents of this file from a Python script on Mac like any other text file. I am unable to ...
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Using SummarizeService from Shortcuts

I’d like to build a Shortcut that runs the MacOS Summarize service on some text input. It looks like there’s no built-in support for summarizing text in Shortcut so I’m curious if I can make a ...
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How can I make an iOS shortcut that adds all my Arabic songs (Arabic songs in my library) to specific playlist without duplicates

I want to make an iOS shortcut that adds all my Arabic songs (Arabic songs in my library) to specific playlist. Meanwhile, my shortcut keeps getting stuck because there are too many processes for my ...
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How to change settings via the Shortcuts app on iPhone

I want to make shortcuts for my iPhone to change my AirPods settings for different situations and pre-set different profiles with different settings. I wanted to do that via the Shortcut app from ...
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