How to Turn Off Shortcut Notifications on iOS 15

Chances are that you are apprehensive about the Shortcuts app due to its persistent notifications. To maintain privacy, the Shortcuts app has been coded in a way where each action, trigger, or automation has its dedicated notification. This ensures that no shortcuts or automations are running in the background without your permission.

However, having the same for custom app icons spoils the fun by showing you a notification for the dedicated shortcut all the time, thus killing the aesthetic fun we got the very shortcut for in the first place.

Thankfully, there is a neat trick to disable notifications for the ‘Shortcuts’ app. Follow the guide below to get you started. 

Can you disable notifications for the Shortcuts app?

Yes, you can now use the trick above to disable Shortcuts notifications on your device. This will help provide a seamless experience for your custom app icons when opening apps directly from your home screen. Check out the guides below.

How to disable notifications for Shortcuts

Note: You need to have Screen Time enabled to use this workaround. If that’s the case, then follow the guide right below. Else, f you have Screen Time disabled, then follow the guide for that below wherein you will need to enable the Screen Time first, run a few shortcuts and let the shortcuts app be open for a few minutes. This should work in most cases but in case it doesn’t, you can use the shortcut loop trick mentioned below.

1. Turn off shortcut notifications: If screen time is enabled

(If screen time is disabled on your device, then see the guide below this one for that.)

Open the Settings app on your device and tap on ‘Screen time’.

Tap on ‘See All Activity’. 

Now scroll the list to see your current activity. You should have a category for ‘Notifications’. Check and look for the ‘Shortcuts’ app in this section. If found, tap and select it.

If not, then change your week or date at the top as shown below. Once changed, you should be able to find Shortcuts in the ‘Notifications’ section. Tap on it.

Now turn off the toggle at the top for ‘Allow notifications’.

This will disable your Shortcut app notifications but continue to show you notifications for automations and shortcuts being triggered on your device. You can now use the ‘Disable banner notifications’ to disable all banner notifications delivered by the Shortcuts app.

2. Turn off shortcut notifications: If screen time is disabled

Open the Settings app and tap on ‘Screen Time’.

Now tap on ‘Turn on Screen Time’.

Tap on ‘Continue’ and follow the on-screen instructions to set up Screen Time on your device. 

Screen time will now be turned on for your device and iOS 15 will accumulate all the currently available data. Sadly, the Shortcuts app won’t show up in Screen time just yet. However, we can manually trigger it to show it.

Use the steps below to get you started.

We will create a notification loop to instantly get multiple notifications from the Shortcuts app which will allow us to edit its settings in the ‘Screen Time’ section of the Settings app. Open the Shortcuts app and tap on ‘+’ in the top right corner.

Enter ‘Loop 1’ as the name of your shortcut.

Tap on ‘x’ once you are done.

Tap on ‘+’ again.

Enter the shortcut name as ‘Loop 2’.

Now tap on ‘+ Add Action’.

Search for ‘Show notification’.

Tap on the same under ‘Scripting’.

Grant the necessary permissions by tapping on ‘Update Notification Settings’ if prompted. Tap on the search bar at the bottom again.

Search for ‘Run’. Select ‘Run Shortcut’ from your search results.

Tap on ‘Shortcut’. 

Select ‘Loop 1’.

Now tap on ‘x’ in the top right corner.

Tap on the ‘3-dot’ icon for Loop 1.

Tap on ‘Add action’.

Search for ‘Show notification’ and tap on the same. 

Tap on the ‘Search bar’ at the bottom again and search for ‘Run’.

Tap and select ‘Run Shortcut’.

Tap on ‘Shortcut’ and select ‘Loop 2’.

Tap on the ‘x’ to stop editing Loop 1 now.

 

Now simply tap and run either of the shortcuts and you will now start receiving multiple notifications on your device. Tap on ‘Allow’ to allow either shortcut to trigger each other once prompted.

Wait a few seconds and then tap on the ‘Stop’ icon to stop running the shortcut. You can also force close the app to stop the shortcut from running on your device.

You should have around 15 or 20 notifications from the Shortcut app in your notification center now. Head back to the Settings app and tap on ‘Screen Time’.

Tap on ‘Show all activity’.

Shortcuts will now be available in the ‘Notifications’ section. Tap and select it.

If despite having Shortcuts send multiple notifications, the ‘arrow’ does not appear for you, as shown below. We recommend changing the date above and returning to the current date. This will help you access Shortcut notification settings.

Tap and disable the toggle for ‘Allow Notifications’ at the top.

Notifications for Shortcuts will now be disabled for your device. You can now go ahead and delete Loop 1 and Loop 2 from your device.

However, you will continue to receive banner notifications from the app. If you wish to disable them as well, then you can use the guide below to completely disable all your notifications. This is quite a nifty trick in case you are looking to avoid custom banner notifications whenever triggering a shortcut from your home screen which is often used to change icons in iOS 15.

3. Turn off shortcut notifications: Disable banner notifications

We will be using an automation workaround to disable banner notifications for Shortcuts on your device. This will help completely disable all notifications for the Shortcut app without any interruptions. Follow the guide below to get you started.

Open the Shortcut app and tap on ‘Automations’ at the bottom.

Tap on ‘Create Personal Automation’.

Scroll down and tap on ‘App’.

Ensure that ‘Is Opened’ is selected at the bottom.

Tap on ‘Choose’ beside ‘App’.

Now tap and select all the apps available in this list to ensure that no matter the shortcut, you do not get any notification. If you selectively use Shortcuts only for certain apps, then you can only select those apps instead depending on your preference.

 

Once you are done selecting, tap on ‘Done’.

Tap on ‘Next’.

Tap on ‘Add Action’.

Search for ‘Assistive Touch’ and tap on ‘Set AssistiveTouch’ from your search results.

Tap on ‘On’ and set it as ‘Off’ instead.

Tap on ‘Next’.

Turn off the toggle for ‘Ask Before Running’ now.

Tap on ‘Don’t ask’ to confirm your choice.

Tap on ‘Done’ now.

Tap on ‘+’ again.

Tap on ‘Create Personal Automation’.

Tap on ‘App’.

Ensure that ‘Is Opened’ is selected at the bottom and tap on ‘Choose’.

Choose the same apps that you chose earlier.

Once selected, tap on ‘Done’.

Tap on ‘Next’.

Tap on ‘Add Action’.

Search for ‘Number’ and tap on the search result with the same name from the Calculator app.

Tap on ’42’ to change its value. 

Tap on ‘Select Variable’. 

Tap on ‘Shortcut Input’ at the top. 

Tap on ‘Back’ in the top left corner. Now tap and turn off the toggle for ‘Ask Before Running’ at the bottom.

Tap on ‘Don’t Ask’ to confirm your choice again.

Finally, tap on ‘Done’.

You can now close the Settings app and trigger any app shortcut from your home screen. The app will seamlessly open on your device without triggering a shortcut or automation notification.

You will now have completely disabled Shortcut notifications on iOS 15 including banner notifications.

Is there any other workaround to disable Shortcut notifications?

If you aren’t looking to set up complex automation and scripts on your device, then you can simply access the desired Shortcuts from a widget instead. When accessing shortcuts from a dedicated Widget, iOS 15 does not send you any notifications. This is another way to avoid getting notifications for the Shortcuts app without having to jump through so many hoops. This works with Widget shortcuts of all sizes and you can even add a 4×4 module to access multiple shortcuts from the same widget as shown below.

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