Apple’s recently released iOS Shortcuts app is a way to streamline simple tasks and create futuristic phone commands, but coming up with all of these unique formulas isn’t always easy.
That’s where this story comes in. I’ve compiled a list of clever shortcuts and a few online resources to learn about making your own.
This isn’t exactly an article teaching users how to use Shortcuts, but if you’re looking for an intro to the new app, MobileSyrup put together a brief guide. If you want to go more in-depth, Apple even has its own Shortcuts guide.
I’ve been interested in apps that chain commands together since IFTTT (pronounced ‘If This Then That’) launched back in 2011. I consistently ran into the same hurdle every time I tried to use the not-always-intuitive platform. What type of commands can I make and what am I trying to accomplish?
Now that Apple has launched Shortcuts, I’m giving the whole app formula thing another shot. This time, I’ve found three great online resources to help me out. The r/shortcuts subreddit is a great resource to see what other people are building and to gain inspiration. There’s also a website called ShotcutsGallery.com that lists hundreds of Shortcuts that stretch across a variety of topics.
Finally, there’s even a Discord channel for Shortcut enthusiasts to join in order to share ideas and collaborate in real-time.
Shortcuts are still in their infancy. Apple was able to borrow most of the app’s functionality from WorkFlow, the company the tech giant purchased back in 2017, but popular apps are still slowly rolling out support.
Even just on the subreddit, there are still tons of interesting ideas to be inspired by.
So sit back, pull out your phone, and get creative.
Here’s the motherload of ideas!
These last two are just some cool ideas for what to do with your Shortcuts, and a feature Shortcuts should add in the future.