How to Install Third-Party Shortcuts on iPhone

The Shortcuts app was a new feature that Apple introduced alongside iOS and iPadOS 14 last year. This feature has quickly received a lot of love from users as it allows them to further personalize their iPhone/iPad interface. In fact, there are plenty of things that you can make use of from the Shortcuts app. From launching apps, scheduling messages, to creating custom icons for your apps, Shortcuts will be your trustful assistant. You can make your own Shortcuts based on the basic presets but it will require some time and effort. There are plenty of fantastic third-party shortcuts created by the community that you can download and install on your iPhone/iPad as well.

So in this article, we will guide you on how to install Third-Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad.

How To Authorize Untrusted Shortcuts on Your iPhone and iPad

By default, Apple blocks third-party shortcuts on its device as they are unverified. So before you download and install any shortcuts, you will have to disable this feature first. To authorize unverified shortcuts, you need to:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
    Select Shortcuts in the list.
  • Toggle-On the Untrusted Shortcuts option
  • Tap Allow in the pop-up message
  • You might need to enter your passcode to verify that you own the device

And now you can install third-party shortcuts on your iPhone/iPad

Where To Find The Greatest Third-party Shortcuts

The next thing you need to do is find the third-party Shortcuts that you like. There’s plenty of sites and forum where iPhone/iPad users share the Shortcuts they’ve made. If you already have a specific Shortcut in mind, you can head to the Google search engine and type in a phrase that describes your desired Shortcut. In most cases, you will find one or more Shortcuts that meet your needs easily.

Alternatively, if you just want to browse for several Shortcuts, we highly recommend you check out the following sources:

  • r/Shortcuts: This subreddit is probably the biggest Shortcuts community that you can find online. It has over 175 thousands members. In there, you will find amazing third-party Shortcuts, discussions on this feature, as well as tips and guides on making Shortcuts by yourself.
  • Shortcuts Gallery: This is also in the biggest Shortcuts communities’ club. It boasts hundreds of great third-party Shortcuts that might suit your need.  Shortcuts are also sorted by category, so it’s easy to find what you want. Each shortcut features a description and instructions on how to install it, making this site a great starting point for new users.
  • Shortcuts Archive: This site is famous for easy-to-use shortcuts that accomplish complex tasks. If you want something simple but efficient, you’ll find more than 200 Shortcuts here.
  • Matthew Cassinelli’s Shortcuts Catalog: Cassinelli once worked for the Workflow app, which was acquired by Apple. This app then turned into the Shortcuts app that we know today, so he definitely knows how to make good Shortcuts. In this catalog, you’ll find over 300 shortcuts, helpfully organized in different folders for different purposes.

How to Install Third-Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Once you find a shortcut you like, installing it on your iPhone or iPad just takes a couple of taps. In this guide, we will show you the steps for installing a Shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery.

  • Open Safari
  • Head to Shortcuts Gallery
  • Browse and tap the Shortcut you want to install
  • Tap Get Shortcut
  • This will launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone/iPad and display all the actions for that particular shortcut. Now, simply scroll down to the bottom.
  • Tap Add Untrusted Shortcut
  • Now, head to the My Shortcuts tab. You’ll see your new shortcut at the top of the list
  • Tap the Shortcut to start using it


As mentioned, Apple does not review Shortcuts outside of the Gallery section in the Shortcuts app. So if you’re using an untrusted third-party Shortcut on your iPhone or iPad, keep in mind that that you’re doing it at your own risk.

You should make sure that your Shortcuts come from trustworthy sources or you should check the Shortcuts to make sure they don’t do anything out of your permission.

And that’s how you install Third-Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad. If you have any question, please let us know in the comments!

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