Using Shortcuts with Apple TV
While the new Siri remote is probably the best part of the Apple TV update this spring, I have found myself using the Shortcuts actions fairly often in the last year.
In particular I love the ability to wake/sleep the device, open specific apps or even the screensaver, skip ahead or control playback, and even manage captions or the current user profile.
P.S. Like my newest Home Screen setup? This isn’t even showing all the Shortcuts widgets either 🤓.
I have one main shortcut called Control Apple TV that I keep in my primary media-based widget on both iPhone and iPad—with the Smart Stack rotation turned Off so I can get right back to my remote controls—and use that to quickly perform any actions when I don’t have the remote right with me.
Plus, for my next video, I’ve also have an entire folder of shortcuts with the same actions—but redesigned specifically for Siri—each taking advantage of a different feature with a natural phrase for triggering it – look for that on YouTube soon!
Until then, Adam’s Tech Life has a video up with similar ideas – check it out to see it in action as well as how to set one up yourself.