How to use shortcuts directly from the iPhone and iPad home screen

Khamosh Pathak

There are a myriad of ways to launch a Shortcut, including from the Shortcuts app, Siri, and Widgets. But the fastest way is to use a shortcut on the home screen. Here’s how to use shortcuts right from the iPhone and iPad home screen.

There is an obvious benefit to launching shortcuts directly from the home screen. If you’re running iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 or later, you can run and use shortcuts without opening the Shortcuts app. If it is a shortcut with no head and no interaction, the shortcut will run on its own and you will see a notification.

If it’s an interactive shortcut, you’ll see a compact UI card at the top of the screen where you can make selections, enter data, and more. The Shortcuts widget also provides the same functionality, but it takes up a lot of space. You can have four shortcut icons instead of a single shortcut widget.

You can add a Home screen shortcut (with a custom name and icon) from the Shortcuts app.

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Open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone or iPad (you can do this quickly using the universal search feature.).

Navigate to the “My Shortcuts” tab and press the three-dot menu button for the shortcut you want to add to your home screen.

Tap the three-dot menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.

From the “Details” screen, select the “Add to Home Screen” button.

On this page, you can customize the shortcut icon and its name. Tap the icon to edit it.

You can add an icon from the Files app or select a photo from the Photos app. In this example, we’ll be using the Photos app. Tap the “Choose a photo” option.

Select the photo you want to use as an icon.

You can now zoom in or out on the photo if you want. Then press the “Choose” button.

You can change the name of the shortcut if you want. Once you are done, select the “Add” button.

The shortcut will now be added to the home screen. Tap the shortcut icon on your home screen to run the shortcut.

If you no longer need the shortcut, just press and hold the shortcut icon and then choose the “Remove Bookmark” option.

In the pop-up message, press the “Delete” button. The shortcut will now be removed from your home screen.

The third-party shortcuts are the best part of using the Shortcuts app. You can add extra features to your iPhone or iPad without doing anything! Here’s how to find and add awesome third-party shortcuts.

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