Basic actions

If you’re new to Shortcuts, these actions are the least complex and should be self-explanatory based on the title or description.

Some of these are deceivingly staightforward too – as just one piece of the puzzle, the utility may not be clear, but Related Actions can help show how to use each in context.

These actions aren’t “just for beginners” either – some simple actions are the most-used.

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Set Background Sounds Volume

Sets the volume for background sounds. Background sounds mask unwanted environmental noise and can be used when media is playing. Background sounds can also be enabled under Accessibility in Settings.

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Convert Time Zone

Converts the specified date and time from one time zone to another.

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Set Background Sounds

Change the background sound that will play when background sounds is turned on off. Background sounds mask unwanted environmental noise. Background sounds can also be enabled under Accessibility in Settings.

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Change Background Sound

Turns background sounds on or off. Background sounds mask unwanted environmental noise and can be used when media is playing. Background sounds can also be enabled under Accessibility in Settings.

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Find Music

Searches for the music in your library that match the given criteria. Allows for sorting, changing the order, and limiting the number passed as a result.

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Find Notes

Searches for the notes in your library that match the given criteria. Sort by Optionally, what to sort the notes by. Order The order to sort the notes in. Limit Whether or not to limit the number of notes retrieved.

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Show Alert

Displays an alert with a title, a message, and two buttons. If the user selects the OK button, the shortcut continues. The cancel button stops the shortcut.

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Save to Photo Album

Adds the photos and video passed as input to the specified photo album. This action is required if you want images, photos, or videos in Shortcuts to be saved into the Photos app.

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Set Playback Destination

Sets playback destination to a device. Device The device to set playback destination to.

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Show in Maps

Opens your choice of Maps, Google Maps, or Waze and searches for the location, place, or text that was passed into the action.

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Select Email Address

Prompts to pick an email address from your contacts and passes the selection to the next action.

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Get Email Addresses from Input

Returns any email addresses found in the output from the previous action.

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