How to Make Siri Shortcuts for Apple iPhone or iPad

How to Make Siri Shortcuts for Apple iPhone or iPad


Hey everyone. I’m Max Dalton, and in this video I’m going
to show you how to create a Siri shortcut using the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or
iPad. With the introduction of iOS 12, Apple is
rebranding the Workflow app to Shortcuts. Perhaps the biggest change in the Shortcuts
app is the ability to configure your workflow shortcuts to launch with a Siri command. The Shortcuts app makes it possible for you
to create all kinds of workflow shortcuts that can be easily accessed on your Apple
iPhone or iPad. For example, you can create a list of frequently
visited locations where all of the locations link to directions; you can inform specific
contacts you’re on the way; more easily turn your Wifi and Bluetooth on and off; and more. In this video, I’ll walk through setting up
a shortcut, that when run, will send a text message to my wife letting her know that I’m
heading home from work, and will also open up my directions home in Waze. And now let’s talk through the steps to create
a Siri shortcut using the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. Step 1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or
iPad, and then search for and install the Shortcuts app by Apple. Step 2. Launch the “Shortcuts” app you just installed
on your device. You’ll land on the Library screen. Step 3. Tap “Create Shortcut.” The Untitled Shortcut screen appears. In this example, I’ll create a shortcut that
sends a text message to my wife that I’m leaving work, and that also brings up a map of the
route I should take home in Waze. Step 4. Tap in the “Search” bar on the screen, and
then search for the action you want to create a shortcut for. Because I want to create a shortcut that tells
my wife I’m leaving work and coming home, I’ll search for “Send Message” and will tap
“Send Message” in the results. I’ll be returned to my Untitled Shortcut screen,
where I’ll now see Send Message added to my workflow. Step 5. I will turn the toggle to the right of Show
When Run off so I will not be prompted to send the message, and the message will just
send automatically. I will set the recipient to be my wife, and
I will enter the message, “I’m leaving work now.” Step 6. Now I’ll add an item to the workflow that
generates my best route home in Waze. I’ll type “Maps” into the Search bar, and
then will select “Street Address.” This is required to pass my destination into
Waze. The Street Address dialog box appears. Step 7. I will enter the destination I want to autopopulate
into Waze into the corresponding fields in the dialog box, and will then tap “Done.” The Street Address item will now be added
to my shortcut workflow. Step 8. Now I need to add a work item for opening
my destination address in Waze. To do that, I’ll enter “Maps” into the Search
bar again, and will select “Show Directions.” A Show Directions item now appears in my workflow. Step 9. I’ll tap “Maps” to the right of Maps App to
bring up a list of map apps to open my directions in. I’ll choose “Waze.” Step 10. Now that I have my shortcut set up, I’ll press
the “Play” button at the top of the app to test it. It worked! Step 11. Now I’ll tap the “Settings” icon in the upper
right corner of the Shortcuts app. The Settings icon looks like two toggles. The Settings screen opens. Step 12. Tap the “Name” field to give your shortcut
a name. I’ll name mine “Leaving work.” Step 13. Tap “Icon” to customize your icon associated
with the shortcut. I’ll choose a background color of blue, and
a glyph of a house. Step 14. I’ll tap “Add to Siri” on the Settings screen
so that I can launch my shortcut workflow by speaking a specific voice command to Siri. An Add to Siri screen appears, with a suggestion
for what you could name your shortcut workflow. Tap the orange button at the bottom of this
screen, and then speak the phrase you want to use to launch your shortcut workflow. In this example, I”ll name my shortcut “Leaving
work.” After your audio is captured, the next screen
will give you the option to re-record your phrase. Tap “Done” when you’re happy with your recorded
phrase to go back to the Settings screen, where you’ll now see your phrase name to the
right of Siri Phrase. Step 15. Choose whether or not to share your shortcut
in either the widget or the share sheet in the next two lines. Step 16. Tap “Add to Home Screen” and follow the associated
instructions if you want to add an icon to your iPhone or iPad home screen to launch
your shortcut workflow. Step 17. Tap “Done” in the upper right corner of the
Settings screen when you’re finished, and then tap “Done” again in the upper right corner
of the shortcut workflow screen. Your workflow will now appear in your Shortcuts
library. You can run your shortcut workflow at any
time on your iPhone or iPad by launching Siri, and then saying, “Run” followed by the name
of your shortcut workflow. For example, because I named my shortcut workflow
Leaving Work, I’ll say “Run leaving work” and it sends a text message to my wife telling
her I’m leaving work, and it would bring up my directions home in Waze. Congratulations! You now know how to create a Siri shortcut
using the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. Thanks for watching. Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments
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23 thoughts on “How to Make Siri Shortcuts for Apple iPhone or iPad

  1. Thanks nice video, clear instructions. However thats a big longcut to create a shortcut (not your fault). Seems like siri didnt become smarter it became more dependant on the user to feed her shortcuts to perform, unlike google assistant.

  2. I can't find a way for shortcuts to open my easy bulb or miilight wifi app to switch the light on! Has Apple blocked these apps from use?

  3. Great video 👍🏻 is it possible to run a shortcut automatically? I would like to create a shortcut for coming home. The shortcut should enable WiFi when I‘m arriving at home. The shortcut should check my location. If the current location‘s street name is equal to my home street name then this shortcut should run.

    I would be happy if someone can give me an useful advice.

  4. Anyone notice that in the WWDC Keynote for this feature you had the ability to have the shortcut run in Siri, but now if you have any type of prompt you're directed back to the "Shortcuts" app? It's kind of annoying and definitely doesn't go with the "automated" feel.

  5. Let me ask a stupid question. Do you have to manually activate Siri then say, "Run Leaving Work"? or can I just invoke Siri as usual, "Hey Siri, Run Leaving Work"?

  6. That was awesome! Hey Max can you please post another video on Siri shortcuts explaining the various elements? like magic variant, variant, input, action and so on… please please please

  7. I'm trying to find a way to add a custom shortcut to do a simple task (load an app and click on something). Not possible unless the app already has integration built in?

  8. Thanks so much for the clear steps for this shortcut. I was able to implement it, but the one hitch was when WAZE opens, it gives me several addresses to choose from – one of which is the exact address I populated in the address field during the creation of the shortcut. Any suggestions of how this manual entry can be avoided? Thanks again!

  9. Thank you so much Max for this video Max. You are an awesome teacher. I watched many videos to learn Shortcuts but your instructions were the first one that I understood how it works.
    Your instructions are so clear and each step clearly explained. Thank you Thank you Thank you so much for the help. I do hope that you will make more videos on different aspects of Shortcuts. You make a great teacher. I am so grateful.

  10. Hi, thank you for ur explanation, i have already set up the shortcut however when i use it i need to unlock my phone, can i use this shortcut without unlocking my phone? like able to use my camera app on my lock screen

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