Apple’s Shortcuts app lets you automate all sorts of useful things right on your iPhone or iPad. Until iOS 15.4, automations doubled notifications with the annoying “Running automation” message, but now you can turn it off.
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Stop duplicating notifications
To disable this somewhat annoying notification, be sure to uncheck the “Notify when running” option when you finish configuring your notification. This is in addition to the “Ask before running” option, which allows automations to run without being prompted by you.
If you already have some automations set up, you’ll need to edit them by launching the Shortcuts app, tapping the Automation tab, and then tapping the automation you want to edit. From here, you can easily access the “Notify when running” option to disable the notification.
If you don’t see the option to turn off “Notify when running,” your device may need to be updated. Previously, this was possible, but the steps were much more complicated than flipping a switch.
What “problem” does this solve?
If you’re not sure why you’d want to make this change, let’s take a look at an example. If you’re trying to increase your iPhone’s battery life, you may want to keep it between 80% and 40% charged. One way to do this is to set up an automation that sends you a notification to let you know when your iPhone reaches 80% charge status.
Previously, the criteria that would trigger your automation (in this case, “Battery level reached 80%”) would trigger a “Running your automation” notification, which would immediately follow up with the notification or other action you specified in settings .
This makes it impossible to have “silent” automations that only happen in the background, like playing music, opening a newspaper app, or checking the day’s news in the Apple News app.
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iOS periodically reminds you about automations
Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of all superfluous shortcut notifications, as the app will warn you from time to time that some shortcuts have been silently running in the background. Apple probably deems it necessary to ensure you don’t miss any automation that could leave you open to security or privacy issues.
If you tap on the alert, you’ll see exactly what automations are running, with a button to quickly make changes to the Shortcuts app.
Do more with shortcuts
Shortcuts are a powerful tool in the right hands. You can use it to combine images, automatically change your wallpaper, or set up a chain of events when you open an app. You can even use AirTags as NFC triggers to get things done with a touch.