Experimenting with iOS Shortcuts

Apple iOS has a neat feature built-in that allows you to take common tasks that you do on your iPhone or iPad, and automate it into a simple command.

For example, I enjoy meditating, particularly in the mornings and evenings. I use my iPhone to keep track of “mindful minutes” in the Health app, and usually put on some relaxing music, turn on do-not-disturb, and a few other things every time I’m about to relax my mind.

Automating this everyday process makes getting “in the zone” to meditate all the more enjoyable. Here’s how the Shortcut automation works:

Variables and actions are created to indicate the current time that the shortcut is ran, and how many minutes I want to meditate.

From there, the shortcut will:

  • turn on “Do Not Disturb” on the phone for the meditation minutes added
  • set the phone brightness to 15%
  • connect to my AirPods Pro if they’re available, and set the volume to 35% on the headphones
  • clear everything that was playing in the Apple Music queue
  • start the “Pure Meditation” playlist in Apple Music

And there you have it! This is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of things you can do with Shortcuts.

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