iOS automation

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 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 assign your favorite apps or custom automation shortcuts to the stock Lock screen and Control Center toggles in iOS 13

Did you know that iOS 13 makes it possible to create some pretty neat system-wide app automations for your iPhone or iPad, right in the Shortcuts app? With this awesome improvement, power users are able to do things that weren't possible before, such as have iOS automatically open a third-party app upon tapping the Camera shortcut on the Lock screen or modify Control Center toggles so they launch custom rather than default apps.

Shortcuts Focus: how to delete all your completed reminders in one fell swoop

Inexplicably, Apple's Reminders app to this date has not bothered to offer us an option to delete all of the completed reminders at once. It should, at the very least, be able to remove completed items after a set number of days, but even that isn't allowed. Basically, you're left with two choices—either, joy, delete completed reminders manually, one by one, like an animal; or, leverage the power of scripting and iOS automation to your advantage like a boss.

Shortcuts Focus: enforcing Picture in Picture on YouTube & other unsupported websites on iPad

Your iPad supports Picture in Picture (PiP) videos in apps and webpages, but this handy mode isn't universally supported across all video-streaming websites. Crucially, PiP is unsupported by YouTube.com's iPad interface on Safari. But there's a shortcut for that, too—thanks to the power of iOS automation, you can enforce Picture in Picture on YouTube and other websites.

Shortcuts Focus: getting Dark Mode on virtually any website

Darkened interfaces look good in apps, not so much on websites. The problem is, web content remains a major source of visual inconsistency as far as the popular Dark Mode feature is concerned. Thankfully, you can get a Dark Mode-alike environment on almost any website thanks to a handy Dark Mode V2 shortcut for your iPhone and iPad.