How to create shortcuts on an iOS device: quick and basic guide for beginners

How to create shortcuts on an iOS device: quick and basic guide for beginners

This guide is basic knowledge for anyone who is just getting to know the potential of shortcuts or who is looking to solve a problem in a simple way with the shortcuts app, if you are a developer or advanced user, you probably won't find anything new here, but if not, keep reading.

Why do something in 3 clicks that you can do in 1? We're all looking for ways to cut a little bit out of our day. That's why you really need to embrace the concept of automation in your daily life. Discover how to create shortcuts on an iOS device.

How to create shortcuts on an iOS device

Automation is one of the best things about technology. It allows you to do something that normally requires, say, three clicks and instead shortens it to one click. Who would argue about that?

On an iOS device, that automation is called "Shortcuts" and developers have already found fantastic ways to streamline common tasks. What's also great is that these shortcuts can be synced via iCloud to other iOS devices.

Where are the shortcuts?

The Shortcuts app should already be installed on your device if you're running the latest version of iOS. But if for some reason it is not installed, maybe you simply uninstalled it, you can find it by going to the App Store and looking under " Shortcuts ". It is completely free to use.

When you open it, it will be empty, ready to start adding your favorite shortcuts.

To get started, tap the "Create shortcut" button.


Make a shortcut

There are two ways to add an iOS shortcut. Create one yourself or install one created by the Routine Hub community. We will examine both methods.

Do it yourself

Let's make a basic shortcut. When you tap the "Create shortcut" button.

If you drag up the bottom menu, you will see that to create a shortcut, you must specify a task which then leads to an action being performed.

So say you tap "Contacts". It is added as a task.


Now specify to which of your contacts this shortcut should be applied.

Now you must decide what should happen when you choose this shortcut. what happens to this contact? Then a new menu will appear and you must decide what happens next.

Will you call the person? Facetime with them? Send them an SMS message? Share the contact details with ANOTHER contact? There are literally dozens and dozens of possibilities.

When you've chosen an action, you can press the blue arrow at the top to test the workflow, although that's not necessary.

Now tap the little icon on the far right and a few more options will appear.

These include giving the shortcut a name (obviously necessary), giving it an icon (not so important), adding the shortcut to Siri, adding it to your phone's home screen, and also displaying it in the screen widget.

When you are satisfied with the shortcut, you can click "Done" and the shortcut will appear on the shortcut screen (and widget).

It should be noted that this is a very basic shortcut. You can add as many actions as you want to the shortcut. For example, in addition to calling Ryan, I can also send him a pre-written SMS.

Adding shortcuts from a developer

As I said, the introduction of Shortcuts has gotten developers' creativity flowing. If you search for shortcuts on Google for iOS, you will find many that developers have freely made for anyone,and specifically in the Routine Hub community, the developers in the community are very talented and have created really amazing shortcuts.