How To Use Workflow For Creating Siri Shortcuts

In the official release of iOS 12 later this year, there will be a more capable Siri version. With Siri Shortcuts addition, Apple is giving a solution for the app’s developers to tap into Siri to help you do tasks more easily and you will find it useful or repeat often. If you have your device updated to iOS 12 version, you can now get started with Siri Shortcuts.

Although the real power of Shortcuts will only be unlocked when developers update their apps to support them, along with the introduction of the Shortcuts app, if your device is running on iOS 12 developer beta and has the Workflow app, you can get some Shortcuts up and running.

What are Shortcuts?

With Siri Shortcuts, you will be able to slice time of regular tasks off, automate certain steps. Siri will analyze your regular patterns of behavior on your iPhone/iPad. For example, if you usually use an app to order coffee in the morning, then Siri on your phone will start learning that and then will suggest that regular action. When apps are updated to support it, simply tap on a button or speak a Siri command to execute the entire action of ordering your regular coffee. All you’ll need is getting it started.

As mentioned, the other Shortcuts part is custom commands. So, when you create a Shortcut, you will be asked to record a trigger phrase, and you can then say at any time to execute the Shortcut.

How to set up a workflow using Workflow app

Workflow is served as a basis for the Siri Shortcuts app. But in its current form, it can still help you create useful Shortcuts in iOS 12 beta. In case you don’t want to build your workflows, you can still get them from external sources.

How to set up a Shortcut with Workflow

To set up a Shortcut using Workflow, simply follow the below steps:

  1. Lunch the Workflow app on your iOS 12 iPhone/ iPad.
  2. Open one of your current workflows or you can set up a new one and then run it. Note that you don’t run the workflow the way through, just start it.
  3. Got to Settings on your device.
  4. Tap on Siri & Search. You will see the workflow in Shortcuts as a suggestion.
  5. Tap on the +button near workflow in the Shortcuts list.
  6. Press the red record button.
  7. Now, record your trigger phrase.
  8. When you are done with recording, press the red stop button.
  9. Tap on Edit for other options.
  10. Finally, tap on Done.

Also read: How to add 2018 World Cup schedule into Calendar app

How to edit or delete a Shortcut

  1. Launch Settings app on your iOS 12 iPhone/ iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Siri & Search.
  3. Tap on My Shortcuts.
  4. Select the Shortcut you wish to edit or delete.
  5. Tap on Delete Shortcut if you choose to delete it.
  6. Select Delete.
  7. Tap on Edit if you just want to edit your Shortcut.
  8. Now, record your new trigger phrase.
  9. Tap on Done when you finish.


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