Iphone Shazam Shortcut

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© Provided by Mashable 21 ways you didn't know you could use Shortcuts on your iPhone

We're big fans of Apple's Shortcuts app. It's a time-saving widget-maker that's really fun to experiment with. Think of Shortcuts as an in-phone version of If This Then That, which gets your iPhone's apps to work together in a sequence to generate a useful action. There are official Apple-created Shortcuts and user-generated ones too. Some Shortcuts bring Siri voice control into the mix, such as the fun 'Say Cheese' Shortcut which lets you grab a hands-free photo by saying 'Siri, say cheese' to your phone.

Settings to have your iPhone listen to your command and send it to Google Assistant. Go to 'Shortcuts' and create this. In your iPhone Accessibility - Touch settings setup Back Tap (either double or triple) to this shortcut. Shazam has been added to the iOS control center (the shortcut-filled screen that you get when swiping down from the top right of your iPhone's display (or swiping up on some models).

A classic example of an official Shortcut that you tap to activate is the 'Home ETA' Shortcut. No matter where you are, this Shortcut uses the Maps app to see where you're at, looks at your pre-programmed home address to see how long it will take you to get there, then uses your Messages app to generate an SMS with your ETA, and sends this information to a pre-selected contact. So, once you've initially entered the required data in the Shortcut sequence, all this happens by simply tapping on the Shortcut in your Shortcuts library.

There are hundreds of other great examples in Apple's Shortcuts Gallery, as well as other Shortcuts that other users have created and shared, from the ability to countdown to a special day to being able to find the perfect GIF for any situation.

Tap the button in Control Center and Shazam will listen in the background, sending you a notification when it recognizes a new song. Add a secret back tap shortcut. The iPhone will. Just like that, you’ve added Shazam to your iPhone to fire whenever you want it, with the shortcut running Shazam’s song identification whenever this button is pressed. Every time you do press it, you’ll see a note that song recognition has been switched on, and it will go to work in the background.

Getting started with Shortcuts on iPhone

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Shortcuts is now pre-installed as standard on any devices running at least iOS 13, but anyone on an older version of the mobile operating system will have to download the app from the App Store. It's available for both the iPhone and the iPad.

If you want to add third-party Shortcuts, you'll have to go through an approval screen on iOS 12. iOS 13 and 14 users need to head to their Settings to manually 'Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.'

There's always a risk doing this, but as you can view (and edit) the Shortcut steps of each Shortcut you add to your phone, the danger is pretty minimal, as long as you know you're downloading a genuine Shortcuts iCloud link.

Add these useful Shortcuts to your iOS toolbox

From locating essential services near you to saving time creating visual content to enjoying your music seamlessly, here is a fantastically random selection of the best Shortcuts we recommend you check out. You can use Shortcuts to…

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1. Find the perfect GIF in seconds

Search GIPHY and Share offers you a super-speedy way to find just the right GIF for any occasion and send it via the usual channels, or to your social media platforms. Simply tap the Shortcut, enter the word or phrase you want to depict, select from the options, and share away.

2. Create a playlist of your favorite songs

Make Top 25 Playlist does just that. If you want a one-touch solution to hearing your fave music, this widget analyzes which tunes you've listened to most in your Music app and automatically generates a playlist of what is presumably your current top tracks.

3. Create a one-tap app to call your bae

Speed Dial allows you to create an app tile for your iPhone's home screen which, when you tap on it, calls the person in your contacts you've selected. What's even more awesome is you can select a photo (or customized icon design) to show on the tile.

4. Fake any number of text messages

iPhone Notifications has a rather silly default to automatically send 500 notifications, but you can adjust the amount in the app to a more believable number. If you're looking for an excuse to leave, stop chatting, get off the phone, look popular, or whatever, covertly tapping on this Shortcut will instigate the text alert audio as many times as you tell it.

5. Leave the perfect tip

Calculate Tip is great for anyone who struggles with mental arithmetic and is worried about looking mean by leaving too little or overspending by leaving too much. Enter the amount of the check and this Shortcut tells you the tip amount and what the new total will be.

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6. Silence your phone in a particular situation

DND Until I Leave offers a really quick way to turn on your iPhone's Do Not Disturb functionality. Rather than fuss around with your Settings menu, one tap of this Shortcut turns on Do Not Disturb until you physically leave your current location.

7. Make a live GIF

Shoot a GIF helps you create a down and dirty photo-based GIF whenever you like. You can choose how many frames you want to capture and how long you want each photo to display, then use the front or back camera to create your slideshow and share straightaway.

8. Get directions to your nearest need

Walk to Coffee Shop instantly loads up directions to your nearest java hub. However, you can change the type of business to anything. Customize it to find your nearest book shop, grocery store, public restrooms, or anything that would be useful to you that you look up often.

9. Create a kid-friendly music app

Play an Album lets you create a Shortcut to a particular record. While this may not be an amazing tool for grownups, if you have music on your phone your child likes to listen to, you can add a one-tap button on your home screen so they don't have to mess around in your Music app to find what they are looking for.

10. Never forget your shopping list

Remind Me at Work is designed to do just that — send you a Reminder when you hit your pre-selected workplace. However, if you set your workplace to your grocery store, and add your shopping list, you'll get an automatic Reminder of items you need to buy when you hit the store.

11. Take I.C.E. to the next level

In Case of Emergency is the next-gen interpretation of adding an 'ICE' contact. This Shortcut will send an initial message to your chosen emergency contacts with your location, send a second message to other key contacts if required, and display a message on your phone screen for first responders to see.

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12. Cue up your own laughter track

Sitcom Laugh is a total novelty, but it has its uses in comedy situations. If you've always wanted your own laugh track to play as you deliver your side-splittingly hilarious punchlines, this app is for you. Hit the button for instant applause.

13. Turn on your Apple TV without the remote

Wake Apple TV is a life-saver if you can't find the tiny remote, or can't be bothered to move from the couch. If the television that the Apple TV is connected to supports HDMI-CEC connectivity (and most recent ones do) then this Shortcut will turn on your TV, too.

14. Make a quick image collage

Photo Grid is a quick and simple way to turn multiple images from your iPhone's Camera Roll into a collage, and then share them quickly and easily. You simply select the images you'd like to use, wait for the preview to load, then share it.

15. Tell your honey when you'll be home

Home ETA looks at your current location, sees how far away you are from your pre-loaded home address, and calculates how long it will take you to return to base. It then messages a pre-selected contact to give them your ETA.

16. Instantly share what you've just screengrabbed

AirDrop Screenshot sends the very latest screenshot you've grabbed to another iDevice via AirDrop. If no devices are found, this Shortcut brings up the standard sharing choices to give you other options.

17. Get Siri to snap a hands-free photo

Say Cheese is a brilliantly named Shortcut that uses the Siri integration to grab a snap from your iPhone's camera. For iOS 13 users, if you 'Say Cheese' to Siri it will launch the Shortcut and take a hands-free photo. Note: This is not fully functional for all iOS 12 users.

18. Share your current song

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Message This Song works with your Shazam app to identify a song. It creates a message with the artist's name and the song title pre-loaded, so you can share it with a friend or send it to yourself.

19. Count the sleeps until a big event

Special Day Countdown lets you see how long it is until a 'Special Day' in your life. Whether you want to see how many days until a birthday, or a holiday, or you just can't wait for your next night out with your besties, this app will reveal how long is left and gives you the option to message this update to others.

20. Practice good hand hygiene

Washing Hands Music helps you (and/or your kids) with good hand-washing hygiene. Sure, you can actually count up to 20 or sing 'Happy Birthday' twice, but tapping a widget to play a correctly timed snippet of one of the songs from your own music library is way cooler.

21. Pick the winning lottery numbers

Random Number Generator will take the brain-strain out of coming up with random numbers. Obviously we're joking about the lottery, but you can use this simple tool to generate numbers at random for lotto tickets, to pick competition winners, to create passwords, and more.

Troubleshooting

Shortcuts really shines for iOS 13 and iOS 14 users, but anyone still stuck on iOS 12 might not get the best out of all these Shortcuts. If, when you click on an iCloud link, your phone keeps opening the App Store instead of the Shortcuts app, try opening the link in your iPhone's Safari browser. That should do the trick.

Shortcuts that make the cut

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While some of these Shortcuts don't represent a major time-saving, it's pretty cool to have little widgets that can automate app actions for you. Some of them are just for fun, others can prove really useful in everyday life, and a few of them could even save your life. Once you've explored the options we're highlighting, you can browse for more by searching for what you'd like a shortcut to do in the Shortcut app's Gallery section. To access this, simply tap on 'Gallery' at the bottom right of your Shortcut app's screen.

On Sept. 16, Apple released the iPhone's latest operating system, iOS 14. The upgrade has a few features that make life easier, like direct replies in group chats and a new translation app, but one upgrade will make your life harder in the best possible way — the newly customizable Home Screen with widgets, graphic icons that offer a summary of an app at a glance. Using widgets on your iPhone's Home Screen in iOS 14,you can quickly see information from an app without having to open it. For example, you can see the date, or press play on an audio book, or start a workout, without having to scan for the app or wait for it to load. With a little bit of know-how, you can make these new icons extremely cute.

TikTokers in particular are super jazzed about these new capabilities. Over the weekend, videos with the hashtag #ios14homescreen raked in over 130 million views. These videos show tutorials on how to personalize your iPhone's appearance with different colors, photos, shortcuts, and more. TikTokers (who admit to having spent hours working on their designs) have created beautiful seasonal themes and color schemes that completely change the vibe of their phones. There's plenty of inspiration floating around to help your make your iPhone look like a bullet journal, or Inspector Gadget's iPhone, if that's what you're into.

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With the help of a few different free apps, people are customizing the font, color scheme, layout, and graphics on their Home Screen, which is oddly satisfying to watch. And if you miss staying up all night to customize your LiveJournal, it's surprisingly fun to play with.

How To Add Widgets To Your Home Screen In iOS 14

First, you'll need to make sure your phone is using iOS 14, so head to Settings to check for an update if you haven't already. Once you're updated, it's time to play with your Apple's basic widget settings. To add native widgets, long-press on your Home Screen, just as you would when you go to move an app to a folder or delete an app. In the top left-hand corner, you'll see a plus sign. This will lead you to the widgets menu. From there, you can add your music player or the Notes app to the Home Screen. You can then move these widgets around to organize your Home Screen by different blocks. Get familiar with this process before you move on to customizing your screen with fonts, icons or colors.

How To Add Shortcuts To Your Home Screen In iOS 14

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If you want to customize what an app looks like, you'll need to use the Shortcuts app, which comes preinstalled on your iPhone. Open Shortcuts, and tap the plus sign in the upper right corner. To create a shortcut for an action within an app, like composing a text to your mom or turning on a smart light, select 'App' and search for the action you want to create. To create a Shortcut that simply opens an app, select Scripting, then hit 'Open App,' and select the app you want to open. Hit the ellipsis on the upper right hand corner to name the Shortcut, give it a color and icon, and add it to your Home Screen. You can even use pictures from your photo roll as the icon — so, if your Home Screen theme is 'fall,' you might use a photo of autumn leaves for that icon. (The super ~aesthetic~ widgets you make in Widgetsmith won't open anything, so keep this in mind when you're deciding how to customize your Home Screen.)

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You can simply save the Shortcut as an icon that looks like an app, and hide the normal app the Shortcut's replacing by moving it to your app library, an option that pops up if you long-press on your Home Screen to edit it, then tap the icon of the app. You can also create a widget from the Shortcut by following the same process for widgets.

Once all of your snazzy new Shortcuts have been exported to your Home Screen, you can organize them, put them in groups, and arrange them by holding down a tap to the background of the Home Screen.

How To Use Widgetsmith To Customize Your Home Screen

The super cute, design-y widgets TikTokers are using come from the app Widgetsmith, though Color Widget and Photo Widget work similarly. Once you download Widgetsmith, you can create small, medium and large widgets to decorate your Home Screen with. For example, you can create a custom calendar widget in your choice of font and color to be displayed on your screen. It won't display any appointments you have on your personal calendar, but it is very chic. You can also add text widgets — so if there's a quote that inspires you, you can see it on your Home Screen — and other fun options. Tab through the different settings to select the font and color choices that feel most you, then save the widgets.

To bring the widgets to the Home Screen, press and hold the background of your Home Screen to get into edit mode. Tap the plus sign on the upper left hand corner of the screen. Then, scroll down to Widgetsmith and select the size widget you're looking to upload.. You can have small, medium, or large widgets, as many of each as you choose. If you made a small calendar widget, scroll to Small widget, then select the icon.

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Your Small widget will then be added to your Home Screen. You can edit widget placement from the edit mode of your Home Screen, and add new ones at any time. Chances are, once you start customizing, you won't stop.