How to Disable Notifications for Shortcuts App on iPhone


The Shortcuts app is the hub of automation on your iPhone, but it also sends lots of notifications. Disabling notifications for shortcuts isn’t easy, and we’re going to show you how to do that.

If, like us, you have several automations set up on the iPhone, your Notification Center may be full of alerts telling you that an automation is running. In case you tend to forget that you have automations set up, these alerts act as helpful reminders. You don’t have to guess why your Apple Watch face changes randomly during the day, thanks to Shortcuts notifications.

If you’re not a fan of the repeated notifications, they can be turned off. We are also going to show you a method to hide the temporary banner notification that appears when you open apps with custom icons on your iPhone.

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Disable Notifications from Shortcuts App on iPhone

To disable Shortcut notifications, make sure you have received at least one notification from the app recently. You can’t just turn off all notifications from the Shortcuts app as it is not an option in the Settings app. If no notification has appeared recently, create and run an automation on your iPhone and you will get a notification.

Next, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap “Screen Time.”

Select ‘View all activities’.

Scroll down to the Notifications section and tap “Show more.” Make sure that Shortcuts appears in the list of apps here.

At the top, you’ll see a section called “This Week.” Tap the left arrow icon in the top left corner. This will change the section name to “Last week”.

Now tap the right arrow icon to bring it back to “This Week”. You need to do this because sometimes tapping the Shortcuts option doesn’t help. Going back to the previous week and returning to the present in the Screen Time settings solves this problem.

Choose the “Shortcuts” option.

Turn off the switch next to “Allow notifications” to stop shortcut warnings.

This will remove notifications for automations on your iPhone. You’ll still see temporary banner notifications (which don’t appear in Notification Center) for your Siri Shortcuts. This means you can see progress bars and other shortcut prompts as usual.

Disable notifications for custom app icons on iPhone

You’ll see a temporary notification when you launch an app with a custom app icon (which is essentially a bookmark for an app on your home screen) on your iPhone. It is possible to get rid of this with the help of an automation.

The caveat is that you’ll need to create a new automation for every bookmark you have. If your iPhone uses a highly customized home screen with a lot of custom app icons, you will find this task quite cumbersome. Since we are committed to this task, let us show you how to remove app launch notifications for custom app icons.

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Open the Shortcut keys app on your iPhone and choose the “Automation” tab at the bottom of the screen.

Tap the “+” icon in the top right corner.

Select ‘Create Personal Automation’.

Scroll down and click on ‘App’.

Now tap on “Choose” and select an app that you have bookmarked with a custom icon. In our case, we selected Mail.

Select ‘Done’.

Make sure “Is Open” is selected and then click “Next”.

Select ‘Add action’.

You can now choose any action you want. Ideally, you should choose something that doesn’t make changes to the app, as the goal is just to prevent the banner notification from showing. We have selected ‘Text’.

Tap the “Next” button.

Make sure you’ve turned off ‘Ask before you run’.

Press “Done”.

You can now tap the custom app icon and the banner notification will not appear. If so, force close the app you selected and the Shortcuts app. Then press the custom app icon again and you will get the result you want.

Now that you’ve disabled the Shortcuts app notification, take a look at how to use Shortcuts on the Apple Watch.

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