From what I can see, the integration of “Shortcuts” is going to make Siri more efficient in getting your tasks done a lot faster. By creating commonly-used Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12, you can carry out several tasks instantly. And you need to put your hands on this well thought out feature to believe how handy it can really be.
So, how does “Shortcuts” work? It lets you connect frequently used action to a phrase that you can activate with the help of the personal assistant and ask it to get it done for you. Let me demonstrate how it functions!
How to Create Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12
Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on Siri & Search.
Step #2. Next, you should see some suggestions for actions you recently performed.
If you want to create shortcuts for these actions, tap on the “+” button to the next of the suggestion. Then, you need to record the personalized phrase. To do so, tap on the record button and say the phrase. You need to re-record it. Once you are done, tap on Done at the top right to confirm.
Besides, you can tap on More Shortcuts, to create a phrase for specific actions like viewing photos, sending a message to someone, etc. Simply tap on the “+” button next to a particular suggested action and then record the phrase and confirm it.
How to Use Siri Shortcuts To Get Your Task Done
After you have created a shortcut for action, all you need to do is invoke Siri and say the phrase.
As shown in the screenshot above, I created a shortcut called “Useful” for the 50 most useful idioms and their meaning. When I invoke Siri and say “Useful,” it directly takes me to that site.
How to Edit Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12
At any time, you want to make changes to your phrases, you can do so without any hassle.
Step #1. Launch Settings on your iOS device → Siri & Search → My Shortcuts.
Step #2. Now, tap on Shortcut you wish to edit.
Step #3. Tap on Edit.
Then, you have to record your phrase for the Shortcut.
Step #4. In the end, make sure to tap on Done to confirm.
How to Delete Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12
If you no longer want to use a phrase, you can easily get rid of it.
Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Siri & Search.
Step #2. Now, tap on My Shortcuts.
Step #3. Next, tap on Edit at the top right.
Step #4. Next up, tap on the red button to the left of a phrase and tap on Delete to confirm.
What about creating phrases using Shortcuts App?
You can also create phrases using the standalone Shortcuts app. But it’s not yet available in the iOS 12. Once it comes into action, we will keep you posted.
Apart from letting you create shortcuts, the app will let you download pre-defined shortcuts as well. Just like you, I’m also willing to put my hands-on it sooner than later. Hopefully, Apple adds it to iOS 12 soon.
Over to you
Siri Shortcuts is yet to get completely refined. However, I have found it well conceived and believe that once the official version of iOS 12 is out, it will be at its peak.
How much impressed are you with Siri and what are the new add-ons you would like to see in it? Having your thoughts in the comments would be great.
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