How to Automatically Launch Shortcuts When You Open an App On iPhone or iPad

Notification of shortcuts telling the user that an automation is runningKhamosh Pathak

Shortcuts, the integrated automation application on iPhone and iPad, have acquired new automation functionality in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. You can now automatically launch a shortcut every time you open an application. Here’s how to set it up.

You can use the new Automations section in shortcuts to trigger automation in a variety of ways, from near field communication “NFC” to the location.

RELATED: How to Create Automations on an iPhone or iPad

In this guide, we will focus on automating the launch of the application. This functionality can be useful in two different ways. You can configure a shortcut to automatically activate Do Not Disturb mode when you open your favorite game or start playing music when you open the Music app. You can do a lot here.

Let’s learn using the Do not disturb mode example. (You can also create shortcuts to open a Settings page directly.)

Open the “Shortcuts” application preinstalled on your iPhone or iPad and go to the “Automation” tab. use Spotlight search if you can’t find the app on your Apple device.

Tap the Automation tab in the shortcuts

If this is the first time you are creating an automation, press the “Create personal automation” icon or select the Plus (+) icon at the top of the window to access the same screen.

Tap Create Personal Automation

In the list of automations, scroll down and tap on the “Open application” option.

Tap the Open app option

Now press the “Choose” button next to the “Application” option.

Press the Choose button

Here, find and select the app you want to use. Then press the “Done” button.

Choose the application and press the Done button

In the next screen, press the “Next” button.

Press Next after confirming the application

Now is the time to add actions. In this example, we’re going to add the do not disturb mode toggle, but you can find and add any action you like. Press the “Add action” button to start.

Press the Add Action button

You can browse through all of the available actions or search for the “Set Do Not Disturb” option. Once you find the item, press to select it.

Choose the action to add

The action will be added to your shortcut. Press the “Off” button to configure the Do not disturb action.

Press the Stop button next to Do not disturb

Now select the “Next” button in the upper right corner.

Press the Next button after adding an action

Your automation is ready. Press the toggle next to “Ask before running” to make it a real automation (otherwise you will only see a notification from which you can activate the shortcut).

Tap toggle next to Ask before you run

To confirm, press the “Do not ask” button.

Press the Do not ask button

Finally, press the “Done” button to save and activate the automation.

Tap Done from the edit automation screen

When you open the app you chose earlier in the setup process, you will receive a notification that the Shortcuts app is running your automation.

Notification of shortcuts indicating that the automation is running

New to shortcuts? Here’s how to use Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

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