This Siri App Can Unlock Your IPhone s Secret Powers. 10 Best Shortcuts And How They Work

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There's not much the Shortcuts app can't do. 

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If you haven't spent a lot of time exploring Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone, you're not alone. But maybe I'll be able to change your mind. Apple's Shortcuts app automates common and routine tasks that you probably do on a regular basis. For example, you can create a Shortcut routine that starts playing music, disables Do Not Disturb, reads your messages and then tells you a joke -- all of which can be triggered just by saying something like, "Hey, Siri, good morning." 
In addition to those types of personalized shortcuts, which are valuable, there are also more generalized shortcuts that all of us can use to save time. From checking on the price history of an Amazon listing to [/news/hey-siri-im-getting-pulled-over-how-your-iphone-can-auto-record-your-police-encounter/ having Siri start recording video if you're getting pulled over], the potential of the Shortcuts app is limitless. We periodically update this post with new shortcuts and information. 

The first step is to install [ Shortcuts from the App Store] for iOS 12 or sms-service.co later on your phone or iPad (it should be built in to iOS 13 and later devices), and then make sure to add it to the Today View Widget by swiping to the right on your iPhone's home screen and tapping Add Widget at the bottom of the screen. Finally, tap on the green plus button next to Shortcuts.