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What is a Shortcut?

shortcut is a quick way to get one or more tasks done with your apps. The Shortcuts app lets you create your own shortcuts with multiple steps. For example, build a “Surf Time” shortcut that grabs the surf report, gives an ETA to the beach and launches your surf music playlist.

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Cool. So is this a shortcut you built?

Yes. This post describes a custom-built Shortcut for Apple iOS that can be triggered by Siri or the home screen. The shortcut then completes a series of steps in which the end result is a text to someone with a video that was recorded, while also uploading it to iCloud or Dropbox. It’s easy to build, share, and use Shortcuts in iOS!

What does the Shortcut do?

When you trigger the shortcut, it will send your current location, battery level, day, and time to the person you choose. This helps you by giving someone your location in the event of an emergency situation. It also starts recording audio and video, handsfree. This is useful for things like being pulled over by the police. In which case you would want to feel comfortable knowing all parties are being treated fairly according to the laws and no chance of misconduct could occur.

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The shortcut will perform these steps on your device:

  1. Get My Current Location of the device (GPS)

  2. Turn on Low Power Mode (to conserve battery)

  3. Get battery level (%)

  4. Turn on Do Not Disturb 

  5. Send Text Message (to close family, friends)

  6. Set Brightness (to conserve power)

  7. Start Recording Video

  8. Send the Video via Messages (to close family, friends)

  9. Upload video to Dropbox (for backup)


View this Shortcut on iCloud


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Get this shortcut from iCloud:


Want to create your own shortcuts? View how with Apple’s Shortcut App.

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Kelsey Salman

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A techie, photographer, and drummer – based in Dallas, he can often be found at dog parks and Major League Soccer stadiums around the United States. He is also an avid aquarist and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.