How to Create a Shortcut on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Creating a Shortcut on iPhone

Shortcuts on iPhone are a great way to automate tasks and streamline your daily activities. Whether you want to send a quick message, launch an app, or toggle settings, shortcuts can save you time and effort. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating a shortcut on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Shortcuts App

To get started, locate and open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. If you can’t find it, you can search for it using the Spotlight search.

Step 2: Create a New Shortcut

Once you have opened the Shortcuts app, tap on the “+” button in the top right corner to create a new shortcut.

Shortcut Name

Give your shortcut a descriptive name that reflects its purpose. This will make it easier to identify and use later.

Add Actions

To add actions to your shortcut, tap on the “+” button below the name field. This will open the action library where you can choose from various pre-defined actions.

Browsing Actions

The action library is organized into categories such as Essentials, Apps, Scripting, etc. You can browse these categories or use the search bar at the top to find specific actions.

Selecting an Action

When you find an action that you want to include in your shortcut, simply tap on it to add it to your workflow. You can add multiple actions to create a sequence of steps for your shortcut.

Customize Actions

After adding an action, you may need to customize its parameters or settings. Tap on an action in your workflow to reveal its options. You can modify these options to suit your needs.

Reordering Actions

If you want to change the order of actions in your workflow, simply tap and hold an action, then drag it to the desired position.

Delete Actions

If you want to remove an action from your workflow, swipe left on the action and tap on the “Delete” button that appears.

Step 3: Adding a Siri Phrase (Optional)

If you want to activate your shortcut using Siri, you can add a custom phrase. To do this, tap on the settings icon (three dots) in the top right corner of your shortcut’s editing screen. Then toggle on “Show When Run” and enter a phrase that you want to use with Siri.

Step 4: Save and Test Your Shortcut

Once you have finished creating your shortcut, tap on the “Done” button in the top right corner. Your shortcut will be saved and ready for use.

To test your shortcut, simply tap on it from the Shortcuts app or use the Siri phrase if you added one. Your shortcut will then execute all the actions in its workflow.


Congratulations! You have successfully created a shortcut on your iPhone.

With shortcuts, you can now automate repetitive tasks and make your iPhone experience more efficient. Explore the possibilities and create shortcuts that cater to your specific needs.

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