Apple Shortcuts


Some of the Automation tools available here are made with an Apple app called Shortcuts. Here’s how to install and use them.

Installing on iOS 12

  1. Update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS 12.

  2. Download the Shortcuts app. It’s free from Apple.

  3. On your iOS device, find the Prolost Shortcut you wish to install here on this site.

  4. Tap the Install button.

You’ll be taken to an iCloud link that will allow you to complete the installation process.

Installing on iOS 13 and iPadOS

Update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS 13.

  1. Before you can install any third-party Shortcuts such as the ones on this site, you must install at least one Shortcut from the Gallery.

  2. Then go to Settings → Shortcuts and turn on Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.

  3. Then find the Prolost Shortcut you wish to install.

  4. Tap the Install button.

  5. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of Actions that make up the Shortcut.

  6. Tap Install Untrusted Shortcut. Yes the button is red. Yes it’s scary.

Running Shortcuts

To run a shortcut, open the Shortcuts app and tap the thumbnail. Be careful not to tap the ⋯ button, as that will open the Shortcut for editing.

But hey, feel free to tap that ⋯ button and poke around in the Shortcut to see how it works!


The best way to run Shortcuts is from the Today Widget. After you add Shortcuts to your Today screen, you can control which Shortcuts appear there by tapping “Customize in Shortcuts.”

Some Prolost Shortcuts are available in the Apple Share Sheet. You’ll have to turn on Shortcuts manually there as well.