Frederik Riedel
Frederik Riedel
I build apps.
Feb 9, 2022 2 min read

How to disable Shortcuts Automation notifications

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Avid users of Apple’s Shortcuts App know the problem: Automations always trigger annoying notifications that pile up in your notification center.

A good example is one sec: the app triggers a breathing exercise whenever you open social media apps to force you to reflect on your habits. But also a ton of annoying notifications.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this.

The new “Notify When Run” Toggle

In iOS 15.4, Apple will introduce a new toggle in the Shortcuts App, that lets you disable Shortcut Automation notifications for good: Simply open the automation and disable the toggle below “Notify When Run“. Afterwards you wont get any more such notifications!

“screenshot notify when run”

Please note: iOS 15.4 has not yet been released officially (estimate is end of March 2022), so there’s another trick to disable notifcations temporarily:

The trick to disable notifications before iOS 15.4

  1. Open the iOS Settings app and go to “Screentime”. “step-1”

  2. Tap on “See All Activity”. “step-2”

  3. Scroll down to “Notifications” and tap on the little arrow to jump to the previous week. This will enable the list items to be tappable. “step-3”

  4. You might have to jump a bit bewteen the weeks until you find a Shortcuts list item that’s tappable. But it’s worth it because we’re almost there. “step-4”

  5. Now you have full control: disable Shortcut Automation notifications. “step-5”

Since this is a little trick you might need to repeat these steps every now and then. I noticed that my notification settings would reset circa every 7 days. Still, very much worth it, because those notifications were just too annoying with one sec: one sec is already super annoying (and that’s by design to keep me away from social media and other distractions).

Goodbye Shortcuts notifications. Definitely won’t miss you!

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