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Sending and automating arbitrary HTTP requests with the iOS Shortcuts app

6 comments

  1. [4]
    cfabbro
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    I was not creative or clever enough to think of doing anything remotely close to what you accomplished here, but after learning about this app from you the other day, I made three battery related...

    I was not creative or clever enough to think of doing anything remotely close to what you accomplished here, but after learning about this app from you the other day, I made three battery related shortcuts for myself:

    One is a "critically low battery saver mode" which if the battery level is less than 10%, it turns off Bluetooth, Cellular data, and Wifi, sets screen brightness and volume to 0% and sends me a push notification.

    Another is a notification for full charge, like in your first example.

    And the last is at 25% battery that just sends me a simple warning notification that it's getting low (since I often fail to notice when absorbed in doing something on the device).

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      asoftbird
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      Aren't all of these standard iOS functions?

      Aren't all of these standard iOS functions?

      1 vote
      1. onyxleopard
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        Showing the current battery level is a standard function (if you choose to enable it in the Settings app). But, automating actions to take based on the current device battery level? That’s not...

        Showing the current battery level is a standard function (if you choose to enable it in the Settings app). But, automating actions to take based on the current device battery level? That’s not standard at all. Normally, without the automation of Shortcuts, you’d have to manually look at the device’s battery level and then change all settings (granted it would be a few taps in the Control Center, but it’s still something you have to consciously remember to do, and you can only do if you’re actually looking at your device).

        3 votes
      2. cfabbro
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        They do produce a notification on the device itself under some similar circumstances (e.g. low battery warning), but it's not a push notification which I also receive on my other iOS devices, like...

        They do produce a notification on the device itself under some similar circumstances (e.g. low battery warning), but it's not a push notification which I also receive on my other iOS devices, like I now have it set up to do. At least I have never received one, nor seen a setting anywhere to do that. And I know for sure it has never automatically disabled bluetooth, wifi, and cell data on low power before either, since I have definitely zeroed out my battery before by continuing to use it until it was completely dead.

        2 votes
  2. moocow1452
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    So iOS has it's own version of Tasker? That's pretty neato.

    So iOS has it's own version of Tasker? That's pretty neato.

    3 votes
  3. onyxleopard
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    I haven’t had any time to dig into Shorcuts, but I’m pretty sure based on how Apple presented it when it launched, that this is Apple’s vision of a "shell" for iOS. It’s certainly neat, but it’s...

    I haven’t had any time to dig into Shorcuts, but I’m pretty sure based on how Apple presented it when it launched, that this is Apple’s vision of a "shell" for iOS. It’s certainly neat, but it’s also the kind of thing that is so deep and open-ended that I think it will take years or decades before anyone starts really taking full advantage of it.

    3 votes