iPhone Tips: Make your iPhone work for you with the Shortcuts app

The Shortcuts app is extremely useful, because it allows your iPhone to perform all kinds of tasks automatically. In this week’s iPhone tips we show you what is possible!

Make your iPhone work for you with the Shortcuts app

These iPhone tips are mainly for anyone who has never tried the Shortcuts app, or perhaps has tried in vain. In any case, we will help you get started and also give you some great ready-made assignments that you can try out right away!

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1. Use ready-made commands

The first tip we give you in these iPhone tips is: don’t make it too difficult for yourself. The Assignments app contains a lot of ready-made assignments that you can use immediately.

Tap the ‘Gallery’ tab to view all ready-made assignments. If you find one that interests you, tap it and choose ‘Add assignment’. You then always have the option to edit an assignment so that it does exactly what you want.

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2. Use automation for assignments

You can run a command manually, but the real fun is when you let it run automatically. You do this on the ‘Automation’ tab. You can find this in the Assignments app by tapping the plus symbol at the top right. You then create a new automation.

Select one of the many trigger options, such as a specific time, when you get home, when you open a specific app, or when your battery reaches a certain percentage. In this iPhone tips, we have as an example that Spotify will automatically open when the iPhone connects to the JBL speaker.

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3. Use actions from other apps

The Shortcuts also allow developers to create actions for their own apps. This means that some apps you have installed on your iPhone may already have useful actions created that make them easier to use.

If you create a new assignment (tap the Plus sign at the top right and then ‘Add task’), you can also choose ‘Apps’ instead of ‘Categories’. For example, the list of apps also includes ‘WhatsApp’. If you select WhatsApp, you will immediately see actions such as ‘Send message via WhatsApp’ and ‘Send photo via WhatsApp’.

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4. Use commands on your Apple Watch

You can’t create assignments on your Apple Watch, but you can use them from there. In the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, you can control which shortcuts are shared with your Apple Watch. This is how you do it:

  1. Open the Assignments app;

  2. Tap on the 3 dots of an assignment;

  3. Tap the ‘i’ below;

  4. Turn on the ‘Show on Apple Watch’ option.

You can also add commands as complications on your Apple Watch so you can perform them directly from the screen. Or you can add an Assignments widget to the smart stack. And of course, you can always use Siri on your Apple Watch to initiate a command with your voice.

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5. The best ready-made assignments

You can also find ready-made assignments on the internet that you can try out immediately. We have already collected the best commands for you and included them in this week’s iPhone tips, so take advantage of them!

Finally, a funny assignment, which could just as well have been called ‘Kill your battery’:

  • Hand Warmer: This command turns your iPhone into a hand warmer.

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