Automation

How to get a notification when your iPhone or iPad is fully charged

Knowing when your iPhone or iPad has been fully charged can be helpful depending on the circumstances. Maybe you're waiting for your iPhone to reach 100% of battery before leaving your home. Or maybe you just don't like to keep your device plugged in once the battery has been fully charged. Whatever your reason may be, there is a way to be alerted the minute your iPhone or iPad has reached a full charge.

Using the Shortcuts app, we will create a personal automation that will run when battery level reaches 100%. At that time, we will have different options as to how we want to be alerted.

How to control your old garage door with Siri and HomeKit

HomeKit garage door

You don't need to spend big money on a brand new garage door opener in order to be able to control it with HomeKit and/or Siri. Indeed, you can simply use an add-on accessory that will bring HomeKit support to virtually any garage door opener, letting you control it using Siri or the Home app on your iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch.

I personally upgraded my garage door opener with such an accessory a few weeks ago, and in about 30 minutes, I was all set. Now this is not a hack. This is not a workaround. This is real HomeKit support, and all it requires is the meross Smart Garage Door Opener Remote, a $49 accessory you can find on Amazon.

How to automatically silence your Apple Watch based on location

Secret Shh

While your Apple Watch makes some nice and useful sounds, you don’t always want to hear them. You may have sounds for alerts, reminders, or to let you know the time. But if you’re heading someplace where those sounds can annoy others, you probably want to silence them.

So that you never forget to enable Theater Mode or Silent Mode, you can set up shortcuts to turn these on automatically based on your location. Here, we’ll show you how to create these automations for your Apple Watch in the Shortcuts app.

How to automatically change your Apple Watch face based on time or location

Automations can be wonderful. You can make things happen with a one-time action and have them repeat. And with the Shortcuts app on iPhone you can set up personal automations for your Apple Watch.

One such automation you may find handy is changing your Watch face based on time of day, location, or action. For instance, you might like a certain face in the morning as your day is starting and a different one as your evening begins. As another example, you might prefer a particular face for when you head to the office and another when you arrive home.

How to change your iPhone or iPad wallpaper automatically with a single tap

Changing the Lock and Home screen wallpapers on your iPhone or iPad requires using the Settings app. Wouldn't it be great if you could change your wallpaper automatically, with a single tap? With wallpaper automation that's now available in iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3, you can do just that. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use a custom workflow in Apple's Shortcuts app to automate changing wallpaper with a single tap of a Home screen icon.

How to control your Roomba with Siri

Control Roomba with siri

Even though the iRobot line of smart vacuums doesn't support Apple HomeKit, there is a way to control your iRobot Roomba with Siri. It's not as simple as downloading an app and pushing a button, but it's not overly complex either. If you're in a tinkering mood, then you're going to have a blast, and in about 10 minutes, you should be able to command your Roomba using Siri, or actions programmed into the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

How to use the new automation triggers in Shortcuts

Updated Personal Automations in Shortcuts iPad

Automations in the Shortcuts app give you awesome ways to make tasks simpler. With automations, you can do things like open an app, play music, or make a phone call, all automatically based on triggers you set up.

The Shortcuts app offers both personal and home automations to make your life a little easier. And with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you have even more triggers available. Here, we’ll show you how to use some of these new personal automation triggers in Shortcuts.

How to allow untrusted shortcuts on iPhone

As we said before, you should be careful about shortcuts created by other people because you never know whether some of the iOS automation scripts you download may have been created for malicious purposes. Acknowledging as much, Apple with iOS 13 has stopped allowing shortcuts from friends, websites and more unless you override the default setting. In this tutorial, you're going to learn how allow untrusted shortcuts on your iPhone and iPad which will permit you to add workflows from sources outside the Gallery section in the Shortcuts app.

How to disable autoplay for videos and Live Photos in the Photos app

Live Photos on iPhone Zebras

When you’re browsing through your pictures in the Photos app, you might notice that Live Photos and videos automatically play. And while this can be convenient if you’re just reliving some memories, it can be distracting if you’re looking for something in particular.

Here, we’ll show you how to disable the autoplay feature for videos and Live Photos in the Photos app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

5 useful smart home automations to set up in Home App

Create Home Automation on Mac

We’ve shown you how to create Scenes with the Home app which let you control multiple accessories at once based on your actions like arriving or leaving. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to set up Automations.

With Automations, you can have your accessories respond to each other. For instance, you can have a light turn on when your smart lock unlocks the front door. Or you can have your smart thermostat adjust the temperature at a certain time of day.

Depending on the smart home accessories you use, you should get some great suggestions here for setting up Automations in the Home app.

How to speed up tasks with Automator and Calendar Alarms on Mac

Create New Automator Calendar Alarm

Automating tasks is a terrific way to get things done faster. One thing you can do is set your Mac Calendar to automatically open a file for you when an event starts. And you can do this right in the Calendar app itself. But what if you want to open an app for taking notes, add a reminder to your list, or to start your day quicker?

We’ll show you some handy ways to use the Calendar Alarms feature in Mac Automator to speed up those types of tasks.