Apple today highlighted some of the newly launched Siri Shortcuts that are available in popular third-party health and fitness apps, including Snoww, Qardio, Dexcom and HomeCourt.
iOS 12’s Siri Shortcuts feature lets you automate complex tasks and get things done faster across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods and CarPlay, with a tap or by asking Siri.
In addition to apps, third-party health devices are also integrating support for Siri Shortcuts into their own apps, allowing for much easier data retrieval and control using just your voice.
So far, thousands of third-party apps that have integrated shortcuts since their introduction. Today, Apple highlighted a few noteworthy additions.
- Streaks: This habit-forming app makes it even easier to break a bad habit by asking Siri to log activities from hydration and exercise to taking vitamins and walking the dog.
- WaterMinder: Tracking your water intake just became easier with the ability to ask Siri to log your hydration.
- Yazio: This diet and food tracking app now works with Siri Shortcuts so you can tell Siri to “add water”, “add breakfast” and so forth, as well as get a quick overview of your daily consumption by asking Siri to “Show calories” and more.
- Snoww: Hitting the slopes this season? Skiers can now start your run in Snoww simply by saying “Hey Siri, let’s ski!”. To get instant information about the speed, elevation drops and distance traveled, rain your wrist to trigger Siri on Apple Watch, then say “Hey Siri, how was my run?”
- AutoSleep: If you use AutoSleep to track sleep quality with your iPhone or Apple Watch, you can now use Siri Shortcuts in the app to ask about hours slept, quality of sleep, deep sleep, updates on reaching a sleep goal, latest bedtime and more.
- HomeCourt: You can now ask Siri to start a dribble workout on your iPhone or iPad.
- Nike Run Club: Runners can now use Siri to start a run and get proactive suggestions based on running habits.
- QardioArm: The companion app for this smart blood pressure monitor has been updated with Siri Shortcuts so people who care for an aging parent can ask things like “Hey Siri, what’s mom’s blood pressure?”
- Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System: This accessory now permits diabetic patients to better track and manage glucose levels using Siri Shortcuts, simply by asking: “What’s my glucose level?”
Be sure to install the latest updates to these apps to take advantage of Siri Shortcuts (look for the Add to Siri button, usually in an app’s settings interface).
Siri will also useful shortcuts right when needed on the Lock screen, plus you can go to Settings → Siri & Search → All Shortcuts to see which apps offer shortcuts. Power users can use Apple’s Shortcuts app to chain multiple actions from multiple apps to create powerful iOS automations.
iDB’s Shortcuts Focus series highlights useful automation shortcuts with which you can do things like bypass article paywalls, get Dark Mode on any website in Safari, text multiple recipients in separate messages, add Apple Music albums to the Home screen, turn on your Apple TV and much, much more.
Apple provided this example for personalizing daily routines with the Shortcuts app:
For example, users can create a shortcut telling Siri, ‘Heading to the gym.’ Upon arrival, start the workout with an app like Nike Run Club, cue a workout playlist and enable Do Not Disturb until leaving the gym.
A how-to for using the Shortcuts app can be found on Apple’s website.
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