The takeaway: If you’re running iOS 12 on your iPhone, you can make everyday tasks easier with convenient Siri shortcuts. This post will teach you how to set up and run Siri shortcuts and provide a few popular actions to try out.
With the release of iOS 12, Apple has made it much easier for you to use certain apps on your iPhone with helpful shortcuts that you can run with voice commands. The shortcut functionality is powered by your device’s digital assistant Siri. When you set up shortcuts, you can complete several tasks like opening apps, playing music and managing your calendar with simple voice commands.
iOS 12 makes it simple to add Siri shortcuts. You can add shortcuts from Settings or by using your iPhone’s Shortcuts app.
Another way to start using Siri shortcuts is by downloading the Shortcuts app from the App Store. After you install Shortcuts, the first thing you’ll see is your library, which will be empty. From here, you can add custom shortcuts or use pre-made shortcuts from the app’s Gallery tab.
Once you set up a shortcut, it’s super easy to have Siri run the action (just make sure to remember the personal phrase you recorded to have Siri initiate each shortcut). When you want to run a specific action, just say “Hey Siri,” then say your personalized phrase for that shortcut.
With your iPhone, you can run shortcuts for several built-in and third-party apps. Here are a few popular shortcuts to try:
If you want to quickly find the most recent photos from your camera roll, you can set up a shortcut for Siri to automatically display them. Here’s how to set it up:
You can use Siri shortcuts to start playing your favorite Pandora stations without having to open the app. Here’s how to set up the shortcut:
Your shortcut is now ready to use. The next time you want to listen to that station, album or playlist, just say “Hey Siri, [personal phrase for the shortcut]” and Pandora will start playing.
With iOS 12, there are plenty of shortcuts to help you plan out your day by managing calendar events and reminders. To set them up, just follow the instructions above to install the Shortcuts app. The app will then suggest several stock shortcuts to help you manage your calendar events and reminders.
Here are just a few examples of the event and reminder Siri shortcuts you can set up:
Remember, to start using these helpful shortcuts, you’ll need to make sure your phone is running iOS 12. Need a new iPhone that supports iOS 12? Just head to your local AT&T store to browse our selection of amazing new iPhone models.