Shortcuts App for iPhone

Apple Releases The Updated Shortcuts App to Build Siri Shortcuts

With iOS 12 now officially released with support for Siri Shortcuts, Apple has updated the Shortcuts app in the App Store to support the feature.  The app can be found here in the App Store and it is a free download.

If you are familiar with Automator in MacOS or IFTTT, then Shortcuts is going to feel very familiar.  Essentially it allows you to automate a string of functions that you can then use a custom command to execute.

How all this works with Siri is that you can use a command and have a series of things done by Siri on your iPhone for you.  For example, if you were to say, “Hey Siri, I’m heading to work”, Siri could give you your ETA, hear about the first event on your calendar, start an Apple Music playlist, and the latest traffic all with that one command.

Shortcuts App for iPhone

Shortcuts App for iPhone

You can build any of these you want to create a truly customized experience but Apple has built in dozens of templates for you to use to get going in Shortcuts quickly.

Also keep in mind that in order for an app to work with Shortcuts, and thus be supported by Siri, that developer has to support the functionality.  There are a lot of app updates rolling out for this already so if your favorite app isn’t supporting it just yet, it could just be a matter of time.

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