How to use 'Shortcuts' with SimpleCommands

Apple's latest update to the Shortcuts app on iOS allows for enhanced integration into the smart home world via SimpleCommands. It's easy-to-use and allows you to execute SimpleCommands Routines and add Shortcuts automations for an endless variety of smart home devices and services. SimpleCommands users can now add Shortcuts through our Shortcuts Routine trigger for customized control of their SimpleCommands environment through the Shortcuts app. With this new feature users will be able to do things like control their garage doors, adjust their Ring security devices and control the climate in their homes, or just check on the status of their home with Siri or with a press on a Shortcut! Just follow the few quick steps below to get started!


Please note that in order to integrate Shortcuts and SimpleCommands you will have to adjust the security settings for your Shortcuts app. To do this go to Settings --> Shortcuts --> and enable "Allow Untrusted Shortcuts". This will allow you to add any third-party shortcut.


  1. Open the SimpleCommands app or go to the online dashboard. Go to the Routines menu and follow the instructions in here to create a Routine. In our example we are checking the status of several devices (garage doors, and a Ring security system). Once you've added an Action to the Routine select "+ Trigger" and then Shortcuts trigger.create_macbookgrey_front.png
  2. Copy the Shortcut URL and then press 'Install Shortcut'. Scroll down and press 'Add Untrusted Shortcut'.                                                                                                                                                                            Image_from_iOS__3__iphonexspacegrey_portrait.png
  3. Paste the Shortcut URL into the empty field and press 'Done'. There will now be a new Shortcut in your Shortcuts App named 'SimpleCommands Shortcut'.                                                                                      Image_from_iOS__7__iphonexspacegrey_portrait.png    Image_from_iOS__1__iphonexspacegrey_portrait.png
  4. Now rename your Shortcut anything you will remember and that Siri will understand easily. You can now control your Routine through the Shortcuts app with a simple tap or via Siri with your voice.                 Image_from_iOS__6__iphonexspacegrey_portrait.png     Image_from_iOS__5__iphonexspacegrey_portrait.png


For any additional questions please visit our Knowledge Base, or contact us here. We'll get back to you as quickly as we can! To get started, go to the App Store or Google Play store and download SimpleCommands!


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