How to automate Siri Shortcuts in iOS 13 and iPadOS

Creating and automating Siri Shortcuts is easier and faster with the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS.


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Siri Shortcuts is a handy feature that’s been available for the iPhone and iPad since iOS 12 debuted in 2018. Through this app, you create shortcuts that run specific commands and actions all in one fell swoop. You can trigger those shortcuts through
or through other methods, but manually creating a shortcut can be challenging. 

iOS 13
and iPadOS, Apple has tried to simplify the process via a new Automation option. By using Automation, you just pick the events and actions that you want to add to your shortcut in a step-by-step fashion. You can even add multiple actions to a single event. When you’re done, your shortcut is ready to go.

SEE: Apple iOS 13: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

First, make sure you’re running iOS 13.1 or higher on your iPhone and iPadOS 13.1 or higher on your iPad. On your device, go to Settings and then General. In the General section, select Software Updates. If your software is not up-to-date, the latest update will present itself for download and installation (Figure A).

Figure A


On your iPhone or iPad, tap the icon for Shortcuts. At the Shortcuts screen, tap the icon on the bottom for Automation. The app offers two types of automated shortcuts–a personal one that runs directly on your device, and a home one that works for everyone in a household (or small office) and can interact with smart home devices. For this story, we’ll create a personal automated shortcut. Tap the button to Create Personal Automation.

At the New Automation window, you first choose the event that will trigger a specific action. You can pick a time of day or an alarm, a travel time, or a specific setting such as Airplane Mode being enabled or Do Not Disturb being turned…