Shortcuts is a visual programming language in iOS 12 to create powerful automated workflows. These shortcuts are basically mini apps, like the iPhone equivalent of building short scripts. Shortcuts includes a standard library of actions like opening a URL in Safari or saving a file to Dropbox.

Update - June 2018: The app previously known as Workflow was acquired by Apple and is now integrated into iOS 12 as Shortcuts. Existing workflow code should continue to work the same.

My Shortcuts

I've built a variety of workflows, big and small, to simplify problems that are otherwise tedious to accomplish on an iPhone.

  1. Parking - Save & recall where you parked in a parking garage.

  2. Smart Time - Calculate the time it takes to walk or drive to a common destination and notify someone when you'll arrive.

  3. Brush Teeth - A 2-minute timer for brushing your teeth that pulses every 30 seconds to switch quadrants.

  4. Clipboard New Tab - Open a new tab in Safari from the URL on the clipboard in one tap. Useful for apps like Instagram that don't support normal ways of breaking out of the app into a browser.

  5. HN - One tap access to Hacker News.

More Info

For more info on Shortcuts in iOS 12, see:

For a good introduction to conceptualizing and writing workflows, check out: