Search for ready-made shortcuts and save them to an NFC tag

Total time: 3 Minutes

In addition to creating shortcuts and automations, Apple offers a third, useful category of shortcuts in its own App Shortcuts: The shortcut gallery.

In the gallery you can find ready-made shortcuts that can be added immediately. Every single command is provided with its own little description.

Once the shortcut is added, the actions of each command can of course still be customized and written to an NFC tag if desired.

Search and select a shortcut

By tapping on Gallery at the bottom of the screen we get to the overview of the finished shortcuts. Here, the shortcuts are divided into different top categories, such as Essentials, Morning Routine or Featured. By tapping any shortcut, you can add it to your collection by tapping Add Shortcut. In addition, a short description of the function and the number of actions within the shortcut can be viewed beforehand.

By tapping on the actions, they can even be viewed without adding the shortcut directly to your gallery.

  • 1. Search and select a shortcut
  • 2. Search and select a shortcut

Add a shortcut to your collection

After a desired shortcut has been selected, it can be added to your gallery with Add shortcut. Since some shortcuts interact with certain apps (e.g. the calendar, cards or AppleMusic), it may be necessary to set some small preferences (e.g. which calendar to access, which address to enter, or which music playlist to access).

  • 1. Add a shortcut to your collection
  • 2. Add a shortcut to your collection

Save short command to NFC tag

To save a shortcut from the gallery to an NFC tag, we open the NFC21 Tools app and tap Tag-TypesShortcut → Enter the shortcut name → Write to NFC tag.

  • 1. Save short command to NFC tag
  • 2. Save short command to NFC tag

Store several short commands on NFC tag and execute them one after the other

When a shortcut is added to your collection, it appears at the bottom of My shortcuts.

To finally trigger this short command by an NFC tag, we tap AutomationCreate Personal AutomationNFCScan. Now we hold an empty NFC tag to the top back of the iPhone and name it as we wish. We tap OKNext. In the following screen we tap + Add Action → enter shortcuts at the top → select ShortcutsRun Shortcut.

If we now tap on Run Shortcut we can select our desired shortcuts.

If several short commands are to be executed with one NFC tag, we repeat these steps.

  • 1. Store several short commands on NFC tag and execute them one after the other
  • 2. Store several short commands on NFC tag and execute them one after the other

In this How2 we have shown that there are ready-made shortcuts that provide suggestions for different areas of application. These shortcuts can be customized if they are added to your gallery. Once a shortcut is in the gallery, it can be saved to an NFC tag using the NFC21 Tools app, or with an Automation in Shortcuts.

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