Save time with shortcuts
Create your own voice commands
Machine learning already makes your devices proactively helpful, a prime example being the app suggestions in Spotlight that save you searching. Your devices work out what to show there based on what you do and when. However, iOS 12 takes this to the next level by suggesting much more specific actions you can ask apps to do.
If you often call someone, request a route and start a playlist on your way home, your device may recognise that. You’ll start to see shortcuts for things like these on the Lock screen and in Spotlight, saving you having to unlock your device and jump between apps.
You can control where shortcuts appear under Siri Suggestions in Settings > Siri & Search – the Lock Screen item is new in iOS 12. Don’t want a specific app to appear? Tap it in the list lower down; some have only a broad Search, Suggestions & Shortcuts switch, but others may allow you to hide them from the Lock screen alone for privacy reasons.
If you use a shortcut a lot, you may decide to turn it into a Siri Shortcut. That means you record a phrase of your choice to say to Siri and trigger the shortcut. See how below.