Get Variable is back!
It appears that iOS 14.5 left one more surprise for us Shortcuts users – and that’s the return of the Get Variable action.
I’m not sure if this is a permanent change or a bug, but Get Variable was available in Workflow and previous versions of Shortcuts – this action lets you place content anywhere into the flow of your shortcut (rather than relying on a variable slot in an existing action).
Without it, there are some cases where it can get tricky how to retrieve your content and pass it along — inside If statements and Menus it could get a bit wonky — so it’s a welcome presence again.
Plus, having it back also improves visual clarity when reading a shortcut, clearly marking where previously-stored data is coming back into play.
If you haven’t read the Shortcuts User Guide sections about variables yet, check them out:
Plus, you can chat about new actions like this in the #iOS-14-beta channel in the Shortcuts User Group.