Shortcuts app release notes

With iOS 12, previous Workflow app users are upgraded to the Shortcuts app. Here are the latest features.

What's new in Shortcuts 2.2.1

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Get Travel Time showed an error message when getting travel times for transit
  • Fixed an issue where deleting an item from Choose from Menu could not be completed
  • Fixed an issue where Tweetbot actions may not run successfully
  • Other bug fixes and minor additions

Shortcuts 2.2

  • Added new actions for Notes: Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note
  • Added a Get Numbers from Input action
  • Get Travel Time now returns more details, including route name, arrival time, and distance
  • Show Directions now supports Baidu Maps
  • Get Dictionary Value action can now get values deep inside of a dictionary by providing multiple keys separated by dots
  • Adjust Date now includes a "Get Start of Week" mode
  • Tapping on the Library tab will now scroll to the bottom of the Library

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a crash which may occur when iCloud Sync is enabled
  • Fixed an issue where the order of shortcuts in the Library may be lost when syncing shortcuts to a new device via iCloud
  • Fixed an issue where a copy of a document may be created when using the Open In action, instead of opening the document in place
  • Fixed an issue where media from the Photos app could not be passed as input to a Share Sheet shortcut
  • Fixed an issue where Append to File would always create .txt files, even when another file extension is specified
  • Fixed an issue where the Vibrate action may cause a crash when run from Library
  • Fixed an issue where Share Sheet shortcuts accepting the "iTunes products" did not appear when sharing albums in Music or the iTunes Store
  • Fixed an issue where granting access to Todoist resulted in an error message
  • Fixed an issue where the Check Spelling action only worked for US English
  • Fixed an issue where Set Airplane Mode showed an error when Airplane Mode was already on
  • Fixed an issue where location-based actions showed an error when run from a Home screen shortcut
  • Fixed an issue where the Record Audio action displayed the elapsed recording time incorrectly
  • Fixed an issue where some Bear actions did not appear in the Bear app category
  • Improved performance of running shortcuts with many Repeat loops and If conditionals
  • Other bug fixes and minor additions

Shortcuts 2.1.3

  • Bug fixes

For information on the security content of this update, please visit https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Shortcuts 2.1.2

  • Added the Post to Tumblr action
  • The Get Time Between Dates action can now count the number of months between two dates

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the screen describing which apps and services are used by a shortcut may not appear when downloading a shortcut
  • Fixed an issue that caused shortcuts with the Open App or Play Sound actions to fail when Siri is used to run the shortcuts
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts with Repeat with Each actions may freeze when they're run from the widget or Library tab
  • Fixed an issue where the Phone Number action may not understand phone numbers that contain commas (pauses) or have long extension codes
  • Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not work when it's run from the Shortcuts Today View widget on the Lock screen
  • Fixed an issue where the Add New Reminder action doesn't work when a time or location isn't entered
  • Fixed an issue where the Send Payment action may not appear to finish when making Apple Pay Cash payments
  • Fixed an issue where the Ask for Input action’s default answer field for dates wouldn’t support 24-hour time
  • Fixed an issue where the Get Name of Emoji action showed the emoji name in English when the device is set to another language
  • Fixed an issue where some shortcuts may show an error message when they're run from Search
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts may fail to download web pages with long Unicode titles
  • Fixed an issue where the Run Editorial Workflow action doesn't pass a result
  • iCloud sync improvements
  • Localization improvements

Shortcuts 2.1.1

  • Shortcuts is now optimized for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro (11-inch)

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where some actions (including Send Email, Dictate Text, Run Home Scene, and Vibrate Device) may not work when invoked from Siri
  • Fixed an issue where the Set Flashlight action caused an error message to appear
  • Fixed an issue where the Call action wasn't able to dial phone numbers with special characters (such as * or #)
  • Fixed an issue where entered decimal numbers may not be recognized properly in locales that use a comma as the decimal separator
  • Fixed an issue where the selected photo album in the Save to Photo Album action may be reset to "All Photos"
  • Fixed an issue where the Toggle Alarm action wouldn't disable alarms until the "Enable" switch was turned on and back off
  • Fixed an issue where the Speak Text action spoke using lower-quality voices

Shortcuts 2.1

  • Use the current weather in your shortcuts with the Get Current Weather and Get Weather Forecast actions
  • Set alarms and timers with the Create Alarm, Toggle Alarm, and Start Timer actions
  • Convert between a variety of units with the Measurement and Convert Measurement actions
  • Get the most recent set of imported photos from the Photos app with the Get Last Import action
  • When you use Siri on HomePod to run a shortcut, media will now automatically play back from HomePod using AirPlay
  • You can now stop sharing a shortcut and remove its data from iCloud by opening the iCloud link on iOS and choosing "Stop Sharing" in the Shortcuts app
  • The Take Video action now supports starting video recording automatically with the "Start Immediately" option
  • You can now use the Call and FaceTime actions with Siri without unlocking your iPhone

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Shortcuts app may crash when opening the editor
  • Fixed an issue where Search iTunes Store and Search App Store caused an error message to appear
  • Fixed an issue where the Dropbox file picker could not navigate into folders
  • Fixed an issue where some apps were missing from the Open App action
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts may become duplicated after syncing
  • Fixed an issue where shortcut order may be reset after syncing a new device
  • Fixed an issue where logging into Todoist may display an error message
  • Fixed an issue where variables in Find and Filter actions may not be fully visible
  • Fixed an issue where the Shortcuts app may hang on reminder creation
  • Fixed an issue where the Append to File action didn't behave properly when the specified filename didn't end in .txt
  • Localization improvements
  • Other bug fixes and minor additions

Shortcuts 2.0

  • Run shortcuts with your voice by adding them to Siri
  • New actions are now available from apps that support Siri Shortcuts
  • Siri will now suggest shortcuts you use routinely on the lock screen and in Search
  • Siri suggests actions to add to shortcuts based on your routines and recent app usage
  • Change your system settings with new actions like Set Wi-Fi, Set Low Power Mode, and Set Do Not Disturb
  • Send and request payments with Apple Pay and your favorite apps with the new payment actions
  • Run custom scripts in Safari with the new Run JavaScript on Web Page action
  • Shortcuts replaces the Workflow app and all existing workflows will be automatically imported
  • Enjoy the updated clean design

New actions

  • Have Siri show or speak output with the Show Result action
  • Send and request payments with Apple Pay and your favorite apps with the Send Payment and Request Payment actions
  • Run custom scripts in Safari with the new Run JavaScript on Web Page action
  • Tap into your Home scenes with the new Run Home Scene action
  • Change your system settings with these new actions: Set Airplane Mode, Set Bluetooth, Set Cellular Data, Set Do Not Disturb, Set Low Power Mode, and Set Wi-Fi
  • Edit documents with the new Markup action
  • Share photos to iCloud with the Share with iCloud Photo Sharing action
  • Many other new actions are now available from apps that support Siri Shortcuts

Updated actions

  • Dictate Text now automatically stops listening when you stop talking, and it works in the widget
  • Send Message can now send messages without asking, using the Show When Run switch
  • Set Brightness and Set Flashlight now work from the widget and with Siri
  • Change Case has a new “alternating case” option

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Open URLs couldn't open multiple URLs at a time
  • Fixed an issue where the Save File action didn't output files saved via the iCloud document picker
  • Fixed an issue where Search iTunes Store may crash when you search for some types of media, such as audiobooks
  • Fixed an issue where renaming, deleting, or duplicating shortcuts using 3D Touch may not work
  • Fixed an issue where Speak Text may speak quietly when run after a Dictate Text action
  • Drafts actions now support Drafts 5
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Many other bug fixes and minor additions

Learn more

You can find more information about the Shortcuts app, including comprehensive steps for creating and using them, in the Shortcuts User Guide.

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