Basic actions

If you’re new to Shortcuts, these actions are the least complex and should be self-explanatory based on the title or description.

Some of these are deceivingly staightforward too – as just one piece of the puzzle, the utility may not be clear, but Related Actions can help show how to use each in context.

These actions aren’t “just for beginners” either – some simple actions are the most-used.

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Select Phone Number
Prompts to pick a phone number from your contacts and passes the selection to the next action.
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Find Notes
Searches for the notes in your library that match the given criteria. Sort by Optionally, what to sort the notes by. Order The order to sort the notes in. Limit Whether or not to limit the number of notes retrieved.
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Save to Photo Album
Adds the photos and video passed as input to the specified photo album. This action is required if you want images, photos, or videos in Shortcuts to be saved into the Photos app.
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Show Web Page
Shows the web URL passed into he action in a Safari View Controller, allowing you to view the web page without switching apps. Includes a toggle to enter Safari Reader mode if it’s available for the given web page.
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Save File
Save files to iCloud Drive. Turn off “Ask Where to Save” in order to specify a destination path in the Shortcuts folder.