It’s now possible to do more than ever on the iPhone and iPad. Some people are even eschewing laptops entirely, opting to go iPad-only for the vast majority of their work. Whether that sounds like you or not, Apple introduced a tool with iOS 12 that can make your life a lot easier.
Siri Shortcuts, once known as Workflow, is almost like an iOS version of the Automator Mac app. With Shortcuts you can link together small actions to produce powerful results. Whether you already use Shortcuts or have just installed the app for the first time, here are some Shortcuts you should definitely try.
Keep Me Alive
As its name implies, Keep Me Alive takes power saving to an extreme level. While iOS has its own built-in low power mode, Keep Me Alive turns off everything it can to help keep your phone running until you can get somewhere to charge it up. This Shortcut turns off Wi-Fi, cellular data, Bluetooth, music, and anything else it can.
Another handy utility-style Shortcut, Water Eject plays a certain tone to get water out of your speaker. The iPhone has been water-resistant for a few generations now, but getting it wet can make the sound a little weird. This shortcut gets rid of the water using the same tech as the Apple Watch.
Do Not Disturb with Timers
It’s a fairly common problem to turn on Do Not Disturb and then forget to turn it off. Yes, iOS lets you schedule Do Not Disturb, but what about one-off situations where you just want your phone to be quiet for an hour? The Do Not Disturb with timers Shortcut lets you turn on Do Not Disturb without worrying about remembering to turn it back on.
Does someone need to connect to your Wi-Fi, but you aren’t comfortable just sharing your password? That’s where the Share Wi-Fi Shortcut comes in handy. The Shortcut creates a QR code that the other person can scan with their phone in order to connect without ever having to know what your password is. This Shortcut is also handy if you just have a really difficult to type password.
Safari Dark Mode
If you like to read at night but find the bright white background of most websites causes eye strain, you’re not alone. The Safari Dark Mode Shortcut makes sure anything you’re reading on the web has a dark background with white text. Not only is this good for your eye strain but can help battery life on modern OLED displays.
Morning Wake-Up Call
Morning Wake-Up Call lets Siri Shortcuts act as a personal assistant. The Shortcut wakes you up and lets you know when you need to leave to make it to make it to work on time. The Shortcut can even read you your horoscope if you’d like it to.
Back Up Your Shortcuts
A meta Shortcut if there ever was one, Backup Your Shortcuts does exactly what it says. The Shortcut backs up your Shortcuts in iCloud Drive. If you rely heavily on a few key Shortcuts, the piece of mind from having them backed up is worth having this one installed.
Don’t Forget to Create Your Own
While pre-made Shortcuts are great, they’ll only take you so far. You’ll get the best results if you try your hand at making your own. It may sound daunting at first, but you’ll quickly get the hang of things.
For more information to help you get started, see the Siri Shortcuts support page on the Apple website.