Apple Releases iOS 12 Shortcuts App for All Users, Update Replaces Workflow

Alongside the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12, Apple today officially launched the Shortcuts app for iOS devices.

On iPhones and iPads running iOS 12, the Shortcuts app can be used to create multi-step shortcuts using first and third-party apps that can be activated by Siri voice command.


So, for example, you can create a shortcut to do something like turn on the thermostat at home using the Nest app, text your roommate that you're on the way with Messages, and open up the Maps app with directions home all with a single "I'm going home" Siri command.


Shortcuts are deeply customizable, with third-party apps able to expose a series of quick actions to Siri that can be incorporated into your Shortcuts recipes. Starting today, thousands of apps are releasing updates with Siri Shortcuts support, giving us our first real look at all of the things that shortcuts can do. Apple's release notes for the Shortcuts app are below:
Siri Shortcuts deliver a quick way to get things done with your apps with just a tap or by asking Siri. The Shortcuts app enables you to create personal shortcuts with multiple steps from your favorite apps. Start from hundreds of examples in the Gallery or drag and drop to create your own.

Shortcuts includes over 300 built-in actions and works with many of your favorite apps including Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, Health as well as any app that supports Siri Shortcuts.

Use the Shortcuts app to:
- Get directions home, send your ETA and start listening to the news, just by asking Siri
- Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one
- Make animated GIFs
- Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet
- Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap
- Tweet the song you're listening to
- Get all of the images on a web page
- Send a message including the last screenshot you took
- And so much more...

Shortcuts can be launched from the Today widget, from Search or by asking Siri. You can even add an app icon to your home screen for your favorite Shortcuts.

Shortcuts opens up incredible possibilities to automate things you do regularly on your iPhone and iPad.
The new Shortcuts app was based on the Workflow app that Apple acquired last year, and the Workflow app been replaced with Shortcuts. Shortcuts can be downloaded from the App Store for free starting now. [Direct Link]

Related Roundup: iOS 12


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11 months ago
You wouldn't believe how much Paul Allen and Bezos clog up the skyway.
Rating: 8 Votes
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11 months ago
I'm generally a power user but this app is so convoluted. I never used workflow for the same reason.
Rating: 7 Votes
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11 months ago
Anyone have a good resource on how to use the app? Or where to get pre-made shortcuts? Seems like a lot of tedious work to get it to flow properly.

Not much of a "it just works" mindset, imho. But I am just now looking at the app for the first time.
Rating: 7 Votes
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11 months ago
During the beta, people came together to build out their uses for the shortcuts app where you can import/export shortcuts:

https://sharecuts.app/

enjoy!
Rating: 6 Votes
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11 months ago
"So, for example, you can create a shortcut to do something like turn on the thermostat at home using the Nest app"

This is literally something I'd love to set up a shortcut for as I own a Nest thermostat. I've been trying to do this in the app for 5 minutes. Either this is false advertising or not intuitive.
Rating: 5 Votes
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11 months ago

I know the quote says "Siri Shortcuts deliver a quick way to get things done with your apps with just a tap or by asking Siri..." but wanted to ask the collective: having not tried the beta, does Shortcuts /require/ the use of Siri? I really don't like talking to my phone and much prefer the tap interface of Workflow.

Yeah you can still use the same interactions as Workflow.
Rating: 4 Votes
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11 months ago
Downloaded, confusing app, not a lot of actions, deleted.
Hope my iPhone Xs will be much better as the above is just crap imo. (iP6S now).
Rating: 4 Votes
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11 months ago

Not showing in the App Store for me.

Edit: Nvm

I had to search for "Workflow" in the App Store and it showed up as Shortcuts. If I searched for "Shortcuts" it didn't show up.
Rating: 4 Votes
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11 months ago

That would be great if you could actually open the shared shortcuts, but being limited to just seeing what shortcuts people have created (without being able to re-create them) is kind of useless.

I opened the URL on my phone in Safari and clicked a shortcut to test. It asked to open it in the Shortcuts app, which it did. From there, I could edit it, run it, create an icon on the homescreen etc. All worked well. Just trying to actually think of what I'd like to create shortcuts to do, so I could contribute something myself!
Rating: 3 Votes
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11 months ago
I just don’t get the use of this app. I never got the use of workflow either. For example: if I set up a shortcut with an activation phrase of “Siri I’m watching a movie” and it turned on Do Not Disturb, why wouldn’t I instead just tell Siri to turn on Do Not Disturb ??
Rating: 3 Votes
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