6 Best Siri Shortcuts To Increase Your Productivity


One of the most exciting features of iOS 12 is Siri Shortcuts that is intended for automating day-to-day tasks with the help of Siri and a dedicated app called Shortcuts.

These shortcuts are a series of steps that are performed in a sequential manner and can be activated using a trigger phrase with the help of Siri. Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 paves the way for automation in iPhones and iPad.

The Shortcuts app comes with some pre-made shortcuts in the Gallery tab. You can simply click on ‘Click Shortcut’ button to add it to the library. There are plenty of customization options even in pre-made shortcuts in iOS 12.

Alternatively, you also have the option to create a shortcut from scratch by stringing together various actions and commands.

If you’re not familiar with the Shortcuts app, you can refer to our article where have explained in detail, the steps to create Siri Shortcuts in iPhone.

Most of the pre-made shortcuts in the app are fairly simple and boring. However, there are many enthusiasts out there who have shown a keen interest in the Siri Shortcuts feature and are creating interesting and useful shortcuts.

We have curated some useful Siri Shortcuts from the internet that you must use for enhancing your productivity.  So let us tell you about them —

6 Best Useful Siri Shortcuts For Increasing Productivity

1. Resize Image For Sharing On Social Media

This Siri Shortcut resizes saved images so that you can easily share them on social media websites where image size related constraints exist. You can set the desired height and width as per your preference by editing the shortcut. This iOS 12 shortcuts can be invoked from the share sheet in the Photos app.

Here is the shortcut: Resize Image Using Siri Shortcut

2. Download YouTube Videos

Now, you can easily download YouTube videos in your iPhone using this Siri Shortcut. The shortcut can be triggered in the YouTube app using the share sheet. After downloading the video, you can save the video to Photos app, or you can share the video to video streaming app such as VLC player.

Here’s the Siri Shortcut to download YouTube videos.

3. Escape Paywall On Online Articles

We often come across articles on online sites that are restricted by the website. You need to sign up or buy a subscription if you want to read the complete article. With this iOS 12 Shortcut, you can escape the paywall and read the article without registering. I’m not sure about the legality of this shortcut, so proceed at your own risk.

Here is the Escape Paywall Siri Shortcut.

4. Play Songs In Spotify

This Siri Shortcut for Spotify is for music lovers. You can play songs directly in Spotify instead of playing them in Apple Music. Once triggered, the shortcut prompts you to say the song name or album name that you want to play in Spotify.

Here is the Siri Shortcut for Spotify.

5. Play YouTube Videos In Background In Safari

If you want to listen to a song on YouTube but do not want to watch the video, then this Siri Shortcut could be of help to you. Install this shortcut, allow access to Youtube and then launch YouTube on Safari browser. Play any video and choose the shortcut from the share sheet of Safari. Now, minimize Safari and click on the play button from the control center.

Get YouTube in background shortcut from here.

6. Save Videos From Safari

Do you stumble upon some videos on Safari while browsing the internet and you want to download them? Now, with this Siri shortcut, I found on Reddit, you can save videos directly to your iPhone.

Grab this shortcut from here to download videos from Safari.


These 6 best iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts have been curated from Reddit and different sources on the internet. Thanks to the creators who are putting efforts for helping us to reap the benefits of the Shortcuts app in iOS 12.

Tell us your favorite Shortcut in the comments section, and you can also mention your queries regarding the Siri Shortcuts mentioned above.

Also Read: Top 12 Hidden iOS 12 Features Apple Didn’t Talk About At WWDC 2018
Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol is a tech journalist who handles reportage of cybersecurity and Apple and OnePlus devices at Fossbytes. He's an ambivert who is striving hard to appease existential crisis by eating, writing, and scrolling through memes.
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