If you have an iPhone, you probably know the basics of what Siri can do. But Siri Shortcuts super-charges it by letting you control third-party apps with just your voice. You don’t even have to touch your iPhone in most instances.
You might ask Siri to start navigating to work with Waze instead of Apple Maps, for example, or ask your HomePod to play a Pandora station (yes, you can do that!). You can even ask Siri to snap a selfie, which is useful if you’re trying to fit a bunch of people together in a photo and your iPhone is across the room.
I’m going to walk you through how to set up Siri Shortcuts for a couple of popular apps that I use on my iPhone.
A word of warning: Siri is always learning, so the shortcuts it recommends can largely be based on whether you’ve used an app already or not. So, if you’ve never used the CNBC app or Pandora, you might not see some of my recommended shortcuts until you do. It helps to play around in an app first so that Siri knows how you use it.
You can run these shortcuts anywhere, whether through your Apple Watch, an iPhone or iPad, a HomePod or even through Apple CarPlay.