How to Find and Install Third Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

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.

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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

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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:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap Shortcuts. See below image:

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Accessing Shortcuts

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:

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Enabling Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, in the pop-up message that appears, tap Allow. Refer to below image:

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Allow Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, enter your device’s passcode to verify that you own this iPhone or iPad. See below image:

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Entering your Passcode

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:

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Finding a Shortcut

Next, tap the Get Shortcut button. Refer to below image:

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Get the chosen Shortcut

Now, the shortcut in the Shortcuts app will open. Scroll to the bottom, and then tap Add Untrusted Shortcut. See below image:

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Adding the Untrusted Shortcut

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:

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Your newly added Shortcut

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.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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