Shortcuts User Guide

Shortcuts in iOS 12 let you get things done with your apps, with just a tap or by asking Siri. In addition to running shortcuts available on your iOS device, you can use the Shortcuts app to create custom shortcuts, simplifying everyday tasks by combining steps across multiple apps.

What’s a shortcut?

A shortcut is a quick way to get one or more tasks done with your apps. The Shortcuts app lets you create your own shortcuts with multiple steps. For example, build a “Surf Time” shortcut that grabs the surf report, gives an ETA to the beach and launches your surf music playlist.

Learn how shortcuts work

What’s an action?

An action — the building block of a shortcut — is a single step in a task. Mix and match actions to create shortcuts that interact with the apps and content on your iOS device, as well as with content and services on the Internet. Each shortcut is comprises one or more actions.

Create your own shortcut

Where do I find shortcuts?

The Gallery features a curated collection of creative and useful shortcuts. Explore the Gallery to check shortcut possibilities and to see how they’re built. When you find a Gallery shortcut you like, add it to your Library with a simple tap and customise it to suit your needs.

Explore the Gallery

To browse the Shortcuts User Guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page.