Using the Same Shortcut on iPhone and iPad

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2019 04:43PM CEST

Here’s how to use a single Things shortcut on both iPhone and iPad.

Things for iPhone and iPad are technically two different apps, which means that any Things actions you create on one device won’t work on the other.

You can work around this limitation by using an If statement in Apple’s Shortcuts app. You can then use a single command to trigger the same action on both devices.

Here’s what the If statement will look like in the Shortcuts app:

Use Shortcuts app for the same voice command across iPhone and Pad
  1. On your iOS device, go to Shortcuts > + Create Shortcut.
  2. Tap + Add Action.
  3. Search for “device” and select Get Device Details.
  4. Tap Device Name and select Device Model.
  5. Tap + to add another action to the shortcut.
  6. Search for “if” and select If from the list of search results.
  7. Tap Conditions and select is.
  8. Tap Text and type “iPhone”.
  9. At the bottom of your shortcut, tap +.
  10. Tap Apps > Things > Add To-Do.
  11. Set up the Things action as needed, then drag it above Otherwise in the shortcut.
  12. In the upper-right corner of your screen, tap Next and give your shortcut a name.
  13. Proceed on your other device by editing the shortcut you just created.
  14. Add the same Things action you created on the first device.
  15. When you’re done, drag this action between Otherwiseand End If.
  16. Tap Done.

Your can now use the same shortcut to trigger the same Things action across your iPhone and iPad.

Didn’t find what you were looking for?
seconds ago
a minute ago
minutes ago
an hour ago
hours ago
a day ago
days ago
Invalid characters found