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

Khamosh Pathak

There are plenty 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 directly from the iPhone and iPad home screen.

There is a clear benefit in 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 actually opening the Shortcuts app. If it’s a headless shortcut with no interactions, the shortcut will run on its own and you’ll 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 offers the same functionality, but takes up a lot of space. You can have four shortcut icons instead of a single shortcut widget.

You can add a shortcut to the Home screen (with a custom name and icon) in the Shortcuts application.

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Open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone or iPad (You can do this quickly using the Universal Search feature.).

Go to the “My shortcuts” tab and tap the three-point menu button of the shortcut you want to add to the home screen.

Touch the three-point menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.

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

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

You can add an icon from the Files application or select a photo from the Photos application. In this example, we will use the Photos application. Touch the “Choose photo” option.

Select the photo you want to use as the icon.

Now you can enlarge or reduce the photo if you want. Then tap the “Choose” button.

If you want, you can change the name of the shortcut. When you’re done, select the “Add” button.

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

If you no longer need a shortcut, simply tap and hold the shortcut icon and choose the “Delete Bookmark” option.

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

Third-party shortcuts are the best part of using the Shortcuts application. You can add additional functionality to your iPhone or iPad without doing anything! Here’s how to find and add great third-party shortcuts.

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