How to Make a Shortcut on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Creating shortcuts on your iPhone can be a time-saving and convenient way to access your favorite apps, contacts, or actions with just a tap. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of making a shortcut on your iPhone. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Open the Shortcuts App

To create shortcuts on your iPhone, you need to use the built-in Shortcuts app. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it from the App Store.

Step 2: Tap on “Create Shortcut”

Once you have the Shortcuts app installed, open it and tap on the Create Shortcut button.

Step 3: Choose an Action

Select an action for your shortcut. You can choose from a wide range of actions such as opening an app, sending a message, playing music, or even running a custom script.

A) Built-in Actions:

If you want to choose from the built-in actions, tap on the “Search” bar, type in keywords related to what you want your shortcut to do (e.g., “open app,” “send message,” etc.), and select the appropriate action from the list.

B) Custom Actions:

If you want to create a custom action using third-party apps or services like Google Maps or Spotify, tap on “Apps” or “Web”, respectively. Browse through the available options and select the desired one.

Step 4: Customize Your Shortcut

Customize your shortcut by adding additional actions or changing settings according to your preferences. You can add multiple actions to a single shortcut, allowing you to perform a sequence of actions with just one tap.

Step 5: Add the Shortcut to Your Home Screen

To make it more accessible, you can add the shortcut to your home screen. Tap on the “..” button at the top-right corner of the shortcut editor and select “Add to Home Screen”. You can then choose an icon and name for your shortcut.

Step 6: Run Your Shortcut

Now that you’ve created your shortcut and added it to your home screen, simply tap on its icon to run it. The actions associated with the shortcut will be performed instantly.

Step 7: Edit or Delete Shortcuts

If you ever want to edit or delete a shortcut, open the Shortcuts app, find the desired shortcut in your library, and tap on it. From there, you can make changes or remove the shortcut entirely.


You’ve successfully learned how to create shortcuts on your iPhone using the Shortcuts app. Now you can save time and streamline your daily tasks with just a few taps!

Note: The availability of certain actions may vary depending on your iPhone model and iOS version.

Quick Tip: You can also trigger shortcuts using Siri by assigning them custom voice commands. Just say “Hey Siri” followed by your assigned command, and Siri will execute the corresponding action.

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I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of creating shortcuts on your iPhone. Now you can enjoy the convenience and efficiency that shortcuts bring to your device. Happy shortcutting!

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