How to create your own “Fast command” in iOS 12

In iOS 12 Apple added the app Commands, which allows you to automate actions. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create your own “Quick commands” to applications themselves interacting with each other and perform actions.

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How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12

Commands are based on the application Workflow, which Apple bought in early 2017. Because of this, the creation of teams remained the same.

For example, I will use two teams. The first — “Save photo to Dropbox”. This command launches the Photos app in which to select photos, then a folder in Dropbox, where they will be loaded. It’s a simple command that shows the principle of interaction with applications.

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How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12

The second “search for a song in Genius” — a complex command with lots of action and ligaments. After activating the command, the system will know which track is played in the Apple Music and find it on the website Genius.

If you do not want to create teams, you can download them:

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  • “Save photo to Dropbox”
  • “Search for a song in Genius”

Let’s start with the first. First you need to download Dropbox, if it is not installed on the smartphone. Instead of Dropbox, you can use another service, as long as he was working with “Teams”.

How to create a “Save photo to Dropbox”

  • Open the app Commands.
  • Click on the “+” in the upper right corner.
  • In the search box write “Select more photos” and add this command from the list.How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12
  • Activate the switch next to “Select multiple”.
  • Again, go to the search tab, enter the “Save file” and add the suggested command.
  • Choose service where you want to store the pictures. Despite the fact that I want to save images to Dropbox, I selected iCloud Drive because Dropbox has added support for the teams. When activated, the command will open the Files and there you can choose Dropbox.
  • Activate the switch next to the option “Ask about the place of preservation”.
  • How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12

    In the team settings you can change the name, icon and add the phrase to activate Siri. Also run the command via a widget called “Quick commands” or in the library Annex of the Team.

    How to build a team “search for a song in Genius”

  • Open the app Commands.
  • Click on the “+” in the upper right corner.
  • In the search box write “Get current song” and add an action.
  • In the search box to input the parameter “Set variable” and add it.
  • Next to the “Variable” write Track.How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12
  • In the search box write “to Retrieve information about the music” and add value.
  • In this option, you must choose “Header”.
  • Through the search to find the action “Set variable” and add it.
  • Next to the “Variable” write Title.How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12
  • In the search enter “to variable” and add it.
  • Next to the “Variable” to select the Track.
  • To add another option “to Get information about the music.”
  • Against the field “to” choose “the Artist.”How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12
  • Add the option to “Set variable”.
  • Near “Variable” write Artist.
  • In the search box to find and add the action “Send message”.
  • Clicking on a blank window appears the keyboard, just above the button, which contains all Variables. You must click on “Variables” and choose the Artist and Track.How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12
  • In the search to find the “Encode URL”, add it and select “Encode”.
  • In the search box to write “a URL” and add this option.
  • In field “URL” you have to specify the address which will be searched for the songs in Genius: https://genius.com/search?q=%20
  • Between the symbols “=” and “%20” insert variable “URL Encoded text”.
  • In the search to find and add the action “Open multiple URLS”.
  • How to create your own "Fast command" in iOS 12

    The same as with the previous command, you can change settings, add the phrase to Siri and test it.

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