The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too. Let’s explore how to do this.
This is for the iPhone and iPad
There are several shortcuts websites to chose from. We will be focused on using the Shortcuts Gallery, one of the largest repositories of shortcuts. It includes proper descriptions, steps, and download links. Shortcuts are also sorted by category, so it’s easy to find what you want.
Enable Untrusted Shortcuts
Before you can start installing third-party shortcuts, you have to enable the feature. By default, shortcuts downloaded from the web are blocked because they have not been verified by Apple.
First, tap your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:
Next, scroll down and tap Shortcuts. See below image:
Now, toggle to On the Untrusted Shortcuts option. (Note! If you see a message saying you must first run a shortcut, then download a Shortcut from your Shortcut app and run it.) See following image:
Next, in the pop-up message that appears, tap Allow. Refer to below image:
Next, enter your device’s passcode to verify that you own this iPhone or iPad. See below image:
You are ready to go to install third-party shortcuts.
Install Third-Party Shortcuts
In our example, we will install the Clipboard shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery website. Open the website in your browser on your iPhone or iPad. Now, tap the shortcut you want to download. See following image:
Next, tap the Get Shortcut button. Refer to below image:
Now, the shortcut in the Shortcuts app will open. Scroll to the bottom, and then tap Add Untrusted Shortcut. See below image:
Your new shortcut will be at the top of the list in your My Shortcuts. Just tap it to start using it. See following image:
After you have downloaded more shortcuts, you can organize them in folders. This will make it easier to launch them from an iPhone Home screen Widget.
Quote For the Day
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.Albert Einstein
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