A “Shortcuts” always comes in handy when you want to cut the chase and perform certain tasks faster. It’s both time-saving and enormously productive. Ever since I put my hands on iOS 12, I’ve been using Siri Shortcuts on my iPhone to get the oft-repeated actions done swiftly. And I must say that Apple’s desire to push automation to the next level seems to be finally paying off.
No one enjoys going through a roundabout or long way while carrying out any task. That’s why Siri Shortcuts are so user-friendly. You can take advantage of the custom phrase to breeze through the things that you have to do repeatedly.
How to Use Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad
Let’s say; you use Stocks app to track business news. Apple’s smart virtual assistant will suggest you create a custom shortcut for it so that you can quickly jump over to the latest business news.
Instead of launching the app and then heading over to the business news section, you can invoke Siri and say something like, “Business news.” And the personal assistant will directly take you to the section where the top stories will be waiting for you. Won’t it make your job a tad easier? Yeah, it will.
Now that you are familiar with how productive the personalized phrases can be, let’s get started from scratch!
How to Create Siri Shortcuts on iPhone or iPad
Siri keeps track of your entire activity and suggests shortcuts accordingly. Therefore, making a personalized phrase for any specific task isn’t a big deal. Moreover, you can also head over to Settings app as and when you want to create, edit, or delete any action on your own terms.
And yes, if you ever find yourself running out of ideas or wish to explore a gigantic library of killer phrases, never fail to take utmost advantage of the “Shortcuts” app.
Speaking the truth, Apple has revamped its “Workflow” and given it a new name. So, if you have tried your hands on Workflow, you may find the going quite smooth sailing.
We’ve already made an extensive guide about how to use Shortcuts app. Do check it out if you want to get the most out of this IFTTT (If This Then That) killer.
How to Add a Siri Shortcut From A Third-Party App on iPhone or iPad
It’s still a bit early days for Shortcuts and not all the apps are fully onboard with it. However, there are quite a few popular third-party apps that have been integrated with Siri Shortcuts.
Hence, you can record a personal phrase right from a supported third-party app. Simply open an app → tap on Add to Siri → Record the phrase and confirm.
It’s that straightforward!
How to Stop Siri from Showing Suggested Shortcuts in Search, Look Up, or the Lock Screen in iOS 12
As mentioned above, the personal assistant suggests relevant shortcuts based on your activity. It also learns when to show them up in search, Lock screen and look up. However, you can choose to prevent it from showing suggestion on these places, if you don’t want them to appear everywhere else.
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, tap on Siri & Search.
Step #3. Next, turn off Suggestions in Search, Look Up and on Lock Screen.
There is also an option to disable suggestion for a specific app. To do so,
Step #1. Open Settings → Siri & Search.
Step #2. Tap on an app → turn off the switch next to Siri Suggestions and Show App.
That’s pretty much it!
Shortcuts–Much Needed Boon for Siri…
Faced with a cut-throat-competition from Google Assistant and Alexa, Siri needs to get its act together and work more efficiently. From what I’ve experienced, the Shortcuts seems to be a well-timed shot-in-the-arm for it.
Of course, the virtual assistant has vastly improved in recent times and understands the context a lot better. However, it needs to keep pushing the envelope and adding the immensely user-friendly feature (like Shortcuts) in its armory to remain a viable challenger to the rivals.
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