Using Personal Automations With iOS 13 Shortcuts

A new feature in iOS 13 and iPadOS is the ability to have Shortcuts trigger automatically, at a certain time of day, when you launch an app, change a setting or move to a new location. You can use this to make Shortcuts much more useful. Take a look at two quick examples. The first simply forces the Calendar to jump to the current day every time you open it. The second will display a special Reminders list when you turn on Do Not Disturb, but only if there is at least one item in that list.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Using Personal Automations With iOS 13 Shortcuts”

    Robert
    6 months ago

    Hi, Gary!
    Is it possible to create a shortcut to reboot my iPhone X?

    6 months ago

    Robert: No, but how much shorter can it get than pressing and holding the side buttons?

    Joel
    5 months ago

    Hey Gary,

    How possible it is to create a shortcut to disable email notifications, as soon as I arrive to my home, at Fridays, and enable it again on Mondays as soon as I leave home?

    Thank you!!

    5 months ago

    Joel: Doesn’t look like there are any actions involving enabling or disabling notifications like that.

    Karl
    4 months ago

    Gary, I set up an automation to turn off WiFi when I leave the house and to turn it on when I arrive home again. But I have to manually trigger it. Is there anyway to have it do it automatically? If not, then whats the point of the this “automatic” feature when it doesn’t do it automatically? They need to add an option so it can do it on its own without any input from the user. Thanks

    4 months ago

    Karl: I think there is a security issue, or the possibility of one. That’s my guess as to why you need to manually allow it.

    Cris
    4 months ago

    Hi, It is possible to use shorcuts/automation in IOS 13, to automate the following steps done otherwise manual:
    – when Wi-fi is on,
    – if an unsecure (classified as such by IOS and therefore Auto-Join option is disabled each time) WiFi net. “abc” is present, then connect to it
    – then open a specific log-in web page, fill in different fields (each time same data), click Sign in
    – then click Cancel, click Use Without Internet on the pop-up (The WiFi net. “abc” is not connected to the internet)
    KR

    4 months ago

    Cris: Try it and see. But I don’t think that would work because I don’t see a way to identify if a specific network is present. Plus, those log-in pages are usually automatic anyway. Plus, I don’t see a way to have it fill in forms like that.

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