Run Personal Automation Shortcuts Automatically In iOS 14

With iOS 14 you can now trigger Shortcuts automatically without needing to confirm the action. You can set up personal automations to run at specific times or with actions like when you turn on Do Not Disturb or launch an app. However, many actions can't complete if your iPhone is locked, making this of limited use.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Run Personal Automation Shortcuts Automatically In iOS 14”

    Joe Quinn
    3 weeks ago

    Is there a shortcut to insert current date in notes or similar apps?

    Timothy Childers
    3 weeks ago

    Great little lesson. I love how you slipped in the idea of composing actions that can be reusable actions in longer, more complex actions. Without even realizing it, people will be grasping and using one of the key concepts of programming.

    3 weeks ago

    Timothy: Unfortunately no. You can easily set up a shortcut to get the date, format it, and copy it to the clipboard. Then you need to paste it. You can’t paste inside a Shortcut, probably for security reasons, maybe?

    Karl
    3 weeks ago

    How about turning on/off WiFi when Ieave/return home automatically, how would I set that up?

    3 weeks ago

    Karl: Choose the trigger “Arrive” and set the location to “Home.” Then set the action to “Set Wi-Fi” and use “On.” Then the opposite for the second automation to turn it off.

    Karl
    3 weeks ago

    Gary, I did that, but it requires me to hit Run every time. I was hoping to have it do it automatically.

    3 weeks ago

    Karl: Ah, well unless Apple makes it a Run Without Asking automation, there’s nothing you can do. What’s the need for that anyway? Just trying to get a little extra battery life?

    Ron
    3 weeks ago

    Can I automate the task of changing a specific word in the notes field of several contacts in iCal?

    3 weeks ago

    Ron: So, not a personal automation, but a script that runs through your contacts, reads them, and makes changes? No. Something like that would be more appropriate for Automator on the Mac, but I think even there you are better off just making the changes manually then trying to script it.

    Adam
    5 days ago

    Great video Gary.
    I tried this with a simple daily text automation. I wasn’t impressed over the last week as it didn’t work. I figured I had not done something right.
    However today I was on my iPhone when 0900 rolled around and the shortcut notification come up and let me know it was running my automation.
    Question: Do I have to have my iPhone opened up when the clock changes from 0859 to 0900 for the automation to run?
    Thank You ahead of time for answering.

    5 days ago

    Adam: Maybe that’s it. Maybe it needs to be unlocked, or it prompts for you to unlock. You could always experiment with that.

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