For many years now, the iPhone has been one of the most popular and versatile gadgets. However, many users do not use its full potential. Our article on HackYourMom reveals the secrets of the Shortcuts app, which opens new horizons in automating and personalizing your iPhone, iPad or Mac. With Shortcuts, you can easily streamline everyday tasks, from simple actions like sending messages or managing media, to more complex scenarios like automatically connecting to a VPN when you leave home. This app not only saves you time, but also provides an extra level of control and security for your digital life.
In our article, we take a detailed look at the various keyboard shortcuts, from simple to complex, and give examples of how they can be useful in everyday life. From expanding URLs to generating QR codes to securely connect to Wi-Fi networks, Shortcuts lets you get the most out of your device. For example, you can set up a command that automatically opens your favorite apps at certain times of the day or creates a reminder with specific notes when you reach a certain location. Additionally, our article includes security and privacy tips when using Shortcuts. We explain how important it is to check the sources of the commands you download and how to adjust the permissions for each command to protect your personal information. Ultimately, our HackYourMom article is a complete guide for anyone looking to use Shortcuts to make their digital life more efficient. From simple tips to complex tweaks, we cover everything so you can get the most out of your Apple device.
In addition to the usual quick commands, you can create Automations (automated scenarios) that are activated by a certain event, instead of manually. With Shortcuts, you can set up personal or home hub automation, and then run that automated quick command at a certain time of day, or when you arrive or depart from a certain location, change a setting on your iPhone, and more. Also, any shortcut can be launched by asking Siri.
You can choose any shortcut among hundreds of ready-made commands from the built-in Gallery, download it from a trusted website or create it yourself. Also, you can easily share your own shortcut with anyone.
In order to download a shortcut from a third-party site, you may need to allow installation of shortcuts from untrusted sources (Settings > Shortcuts > Private distribution). Pay attention to the reputation of the resource or person from whom you plan to receive a shortcut! Do not install scripts from untrusted sources, as they can cause harm!
Given that our mission is to educate about privacy and protecting your own security, here are examples of some quick commands that will help increase your privacy, or just be useful.
You can find all the quick commands given in the article in the official Gallery in the Shortcuts application.
This very useful shortcut can be accessed directly from the built-in Gallery. Its purpose is to expand a shortened web address into a full one. The command receives a shortened URL type as input (from the clipboard or via the Share… item) will return to the clipboard the real address that was hidden behind the shortener. Thus, if someone tried to try to track you through a hidden link, the chances of getting identifying information about you and your device are slightly reduced.
It is the twin brother of the previous shortcut. It will help to do the opposite – to turn a long, inconvenient and cumbersome web address into a short one that can be easily dictated or sent via SMS. This command will not protect your privacy, however, it can be quite convenient.
Selects all images from your phone’s Gallery that are screenshots and deletes them, offering to back them up beforehand. Often we take screenshots of banking apps and other sensitive data and then forget to delete them, so this shortcut will help you do it quickly.
If you were ever interested in finding out exactly where this or that photo was taken (whether you forgot where you took the photo, or even if the photo was not taken by you), then with the help of this quick command you will easily see the geolocation of the selected photo directly on the map. In this way, you can play detective or surprise someone with great knowledge of geography “just by looking at a photo”
Allows you to create a QR code for a link, contact, event, etc. But it seems most convenient to use a shortcut to generate a QR code with a password for accessing your Wi-Fi network. It is not only convenient, but also safe, because you do not tell your guests the password itself, but only show the QR code, which will be recognized by their devices, which will automatically be configured to access your network.
In addition to using ready-made shortcuts, you can try to create several simple quick commands yourself. Here are some simple ideas – try to implement them.
If your home network is securely configured and the VPN connection occurs, say, at the level of a home router, then leaving your home you become vulnerable in open Wi-Fi networks or in the network of your mobile operator. Of course, it’s best to keep your VPN on at all times, but it can be annoying at times. And a quick command (rather even Automation) can come in handy, which will connect to your favorite VPN as soon as you leave this or that location.
Create a quick command that will receive a list of the latest publications from the HackYourMom portal, place it on the main screen of your iPhone, add your favorite icon and receive a portion of fresh news every day.