How to Add a Shortcut on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Adding shortcuts on your iPhone can be a convenient way to access your favorite apps or perform specific actions with just a tap. Whether you want to create a shortcut for a frequently used app or automate a specific task, this article will guide you through the process. Let’s dive into the steps below:

Create a Shortcut for an App:

1. Unlock your iPhone and go to the home screen.

2. Tap and hold on any app icon until they start jiggling.


Once the icons are jiggling, look for the app you want to create a shortcut for.

4. Tap on the app icon and drag it to an empty space on your home screen.

5. Release your finger to drop the app icon onto the home screen.

Note: You can also move existing apps around or create folders by dragging one app icon onto another.

Create a Shortcut for an Action:

If you want to automate a specific task, Shortcuts app provides a wide range of actions that can be combined together. Here’s how you can create a shortcut for an action:

1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone (you can find it pre-installed or download it from the App Store if not available). Tap on the + Create Shortcut button to start creating your own custom shortcut. In the search bar, type in keywords related to the action you want to perform (e.g., “send email”, “set alarm”, “toggle Wi-Fi”). From the list of suggestions, tap on an action that matches your requirement.

Customize the action by providing the necessary details or settings.

6. Tap on the + button to add more actions to your shortcut.

7. Once you’ve added all the required actions, tap on Next.

8. Give a name to your shortcut and tap on Add to Home Screen.

9. Optionally, you can choose an icon for your shortcut and tap on Add.

Edit or Delete a Shortcut:

If you want to make changes or remove a shortcut from your home screen, follow these steps:

To Edit a Shortcut:

  • Tap and hold on the shortcut icon until it starts jiggling.
  • Tap on the Edit button (usually located at the top-right corner of the icon).
  • Make the necessary changes to the shortcut and tap on Done.

To Delete a Shortcut:

  • Tap and hold on the shortcut icon until it starts jiggling.
  • Tapping on the (x) button that appears in the top-left corner of the icon.
  • A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to delete. Tap on Delete.

In Conclusion:

In this article, you’ve learned how to add shortcuts on your iPhone for both apps and actions using simple steps. Shortcuts can save you time and make accessing your favorite apps or performing tasks more efficient. Now go ahead, customize your iPhone’s home screen with shortcuts that suit your needs!

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