Streamline Your iPhone Workflow: Crafting Custom Shortcuts with ChatGPT

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Streamline Your iPhone Workflow: Crafting Custom Shortcuts with ChatGPT
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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Shortcuts on the iPhone are one of the most interesting and useful features that can be found on the Apple phone. They allow you to automate repetitive tasks and save time while simplifying almost any process. But what happens when we don’t know how to make a shortcut? What if we want a shortcut but can’t think of how to do it? That’s where ChatGPT comes in.


The truth is that it is quite amazing what the artificial intelligence developed by OpenAI, which relies on natural language technology to understand and answer questions, is capable of doing. In this case, it can guide us to create almost any shortcut on our iPhone.

An interactive shortcut creation manual

The Shortcuts app on the iPhone has become an essential tool for many of us. It’s not just that it allows us to simplify processes, it allows us to do things that are otherwise not possible. Options like being able to add a watermark to a photo, something that would require a dedicated app on the iPhone, in Shortcuts are just a couple of taps.

The way to build shortcuts is really simple, in terms of operation. All we have to do is drag small blocks of actions and chain them together to get a workflow. We can start with “Get last photo”, then follow with “Convert to JPEG” and then finish with “Send it to X contact”, to give a simplified example.

The thing is that sometimes, when the shortcuts are more complex, we may find it more difficult to decide which steps to take, which variables to save and how to retrieve information that we have managed at the beginning of the workflow. With ChatGPT, we can get detailed instructions on how to create a specific shortcut in the Shortcuts app on the iPhone. For example, if we want to create a shortcut to send a text message to someone every time we arrive at work, we can ask ChatGPT how to do it. He will provide us with the necessary instructions to create the shortcut and even automate the task.

Help yes, correction and ideas too

But that’s not all. We already know that ChatGPT is not infallible, but we also know that it is quick to learn from its mistakes. So, if we find any error or the shortcut does not do what it should, the best we can do is to explain what error we are seeing and the AI will propose us fixes.

Finally, if we explain to ChatGPT a shortcut we have already created, we can always ask it questions about how to improve it. We can even get ideas on what shortcuts might be useful to us. The results are quite surprising.

It’s clear that the Shortcuts app attracts attention. OpenAI has had to train its artificial intelligence based on content that revolves around the Shortcuts app on our iPhone. Thanks to this, we can now use it as a personalized help service. All we have to do is describe the idea and pull out our iPhone to start dragging the different components where requested.


The Shortcuts app on the iPhone is a very powerful tool that allows us to go far beyond what the operating system offers natively, and if not tell it to these 9 essential iPhone Shortcuts that we can already try or this one to charge our iPhone even faster. It may be a bit complex at first, but with the help of ChatGPT, we can take full advantage of this tool and make our iPhone work for us more efficiently. Creating custom shortcuts that allow us to automate everyday tasks and improve our productivity is already child’s play.

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David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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