- The best iPhone shortcuts can help automate, simplify, and streamline your phone use with a single command.
- You can run most shortcuts by voice using Siri or add them as widgets to the Home screen.
- Here are 15 of the best shortcuts everyone should have installed on their iPhone.
Shortcuts are one of the most underappreciated features for the iPhone and iPad. Using the Shortcuts app, you can automate common tasks and daisy chain apps to work together with a single command. Some shortcuts are immensely useful and can come in handy multiple times each week. Others can improve and simplify the experience of using your phone, making you wonder why you didn’t start using the shortcut much sooner.
You can run shortcuts directly from the Shortcuts app, but it’s a lot more convenient to start them by voice with Siri or by adding your favorite shortcuts as widgets to the iPhone’s Home page. A few shortcuts are special cases and are best run from the Share page within the app where the shortcut is designed to work.
Whether you’re a longtime Shortcuts user or are just discovering this iOS feature now, here are 15 of the very best iPhone shortcuts everyone should have.
Live Photo to GIF
The iPhone’s Live Photos are akin to magic; they are several seconds of video captured when you took the picture. But Live Photos are not that useful. Use the Live Photo to GIF to save any Live Photo as, the name suggests, an animated GIF that you can share in the usual way — in other words, it’s your own personal GIPHY creator.
Calculating the tip on a bill is always harder than it should be, especially if you’re in a hurry at the end of the meal. After running this shortcut, you simply enter the bill and choose what interest rate you want, such as 12%, 15%, 18%, or 20%. You’ll immediately see the tip amount and final bill total including the tip.
Ever since Apple integrated Shazam into iOS, it has been easy to find the name of whatever song is playing around you. But Shazam++ takes that a step further — this shortcut will use Shazam to identify the song and then offer you a menu of options that include sharing the song or playing it in your favorite music player such as Spotify or Apple Music.
Play Whole Album
Have you ever been listening to a track in Apple Music and decided you’d like to hear the entire album that song comes from? It’s not always easy to navigate to the album and start playing it, but this shortcut can do it with a tap. Play Whole Album identifies the album and starts playing it right from the first track.
Sometimes it’s handy to see what’s in your iPhone’s clipboard without opening a document and pasting it to see what’s there. Use the View clipboard shortcut to see what’s been copied with a single tap or voice command.
People are waiting for you at home, but you’ve been delayed at the office or stuck in traffic. Invoke the Home ETA shortcut to automatically send a text message to one or more people with the time that Apple Maps estimates you’ll arrive home. You don’t need to launch Maps, either — just run the shortcut and it does the rest.
Directions To Next Event
The Directions To Next Event shortcut simplifies the process of getting driving directions — just invoke this shortcut and it’ll grab the next event in your Calendar app and, if there’s a destination, open it in Apple Maps so you can start to navigate there.
Make Top 25 Playlist
The Make Top 25 Playlist shortcut does just what it promises. Start this shortcut and it’ll create a playlist in Apple Music with the 25 tracks you have most recently played. Every time you run this shortcut it’ll make a new playlist, so you can hear how your most played tracks have changed over time.
CamelCamelCamel is an excellent price comparison site that can show you the price history of anything at Amazon, which can help you decide if now is a good time to buy. For a faster way to check prices at CamelCamelCamel, install this shortcut and then go to Amazon in Safari. From any product page, start the CmlCmlCml shortcut from the Share page to see the results.
Send Delayed Text
You may not want to always send text messages as soon as you write them. It might be for a special occasion, or perhaps you want to send it during daylight hours. Whatever the reason, use Send Delayed Text to choose a recipient, write a text message, and then choose the day and time when the message gets sent.
The iPhone’s Phone app puts favorite contacts just a tap away, but you can place calls even faster with the Speed Dial shortcut. Specify who you want to call the first time you run the shortcut, and then dial that person immediately whenever you launch the shortcut.
Want to read a long webpage in Safari hands-free? Open the webpage you want to read and then run Safari Auto Scroll from Safari’s Share page. You can choose the scroll speed and then put the phone down as the page scrolls all on its own, like your own teleprompter. To enable this shortcut, you will need to turn on Allow Running Scripts in the Shortcuts app’s Settings page.
Remind Me at Work
Do you send yourself emails at work so you remember important tasks? You can use the Remind Me at Work shortcut instead. When you set up the shortcut, enter your office’s address. Then, whenever you run the shortcut, you can send yourself a note that’ll only appear on your phone when you get to the office.
If you need to take screenshots with your iPhone and wish there was an easy way to add an iPhone-like frame around the image, you’re in luck. Apple Frames is like your own graphic designer — just start the shortcut and choose the screenshot. In a few moments, you’ll get a copy of the image encased in an iPhone frame which you can save or share.
Getting images in the right format is a constant annoyance. Photo Converter is a shortcut that can take any image in your photo library and convert it to PNG, JPG, or HEIF as needed. After you select the file format you need, save the image or share it in the usual way.