At the end of a long day of doom scrolling, you and your iPhone probably feel like screaming. If you really want to freak out your friends, you can make your iPhone scream when you unplug it on iOS 1
Step 1: get the custom Scream shortcut
Before we dive into creating an automation in the Shortcuts app, you need to download our custom How-To-Geek-Play-Scream shortcut. To do this, you first need to allow untrusted shortcuts to be downloaded in the settings. Usually this could be a security issue, but this file is exactly what reproduces the screaming sound.
To activate it, tap “Settings” and navigate to “Shortcuts”.
Enable the “Allow Untrusted Links” option. After we’re done, you can come back here and turn it off again if you’d like.
Next – and this is a required step – visit that iCloud link on your iPhone and tap “Get Shortcut” to download our custom scream.
You will be taken to the Shortcuts app, which will display the Add Shortcut window. This will allow you to rate the shortcut before adding it to your device.
Curious how our sound linking works? Well, a screaming sound is encoded into text using the base64 scheme which allows binary data to be represented as text characters. If you activate the link, the base64 sound is decoded and the data is transferred to the “Play sound” action. The sound will then be played through your iPhone’s speaker, and that is the complete code.
You should never install a shortcut that you don’t trust. However, this innocuous three-step shortcut (except to scare your friends) only plays one tone.
Scroll down and tap “Add Untrusted Shortcut”.
The “Play Scream” shortcut will then be added to your list in the Shortcuts app. Simply tap the speaker icon to test.
Step 2: build the scream automation
Next we need to associate the “Play Scream” shortcut with the action to plug (or unplug) your iPhone. The option to create an automation was introduced in iOS 14.
If you are not already in “Shortcuts”, open it and tap on “Automation” at the bottom.
If you already have an automation, tap the plus sign (+), then tap Create Personal Automation. If this is your first automation, just tap “Create Personal Automation”.
In the “New Automation” section, scroll down and tap “Charger”.
The Charger screen is where you can decide which behaviors you want to trigger the scream. If you want your iPhone to scream when you plug it in, tap Is Connected. If you want it to scream when it gets disconnected (which is much more annoying), tap on “Not Connected”.
You can also choose both if you want. When you’re done, tap Next.
Now let’s define the action to be taken when the charger is connected. Tap “Add Action”.
Type “run shortcut” in the search box, then tap “run shortcut”. That way, you can trigger any shortcut that you already have on your iPhone.
When the “Run Linkage” action is displayed, an area is displayed where you can define the linkage that will be run when the automation is triggered. Tap on “Shortcut”.
In the list of shortcuts, tap Play Scream.
You will then see an overview of the entire automation program. Tap on “Next”.
Turn off the “Ask before execution” switch. When this is enabled, every time an automation is triggered, a pop-up message will appear that will degrade the effect.
In the confirmation popup, tap “Don’t ask”.
Tap on “Done” and your scream automation is set. The next time you plug or unplug your iPhone, it should scream.
Step 3: hide the automation notification
The only downside to this fun is that every time you trigger an automation you will see a notification on the screen like the one shown below.
At this point in time, it is impossible to turn off link notifications in the Settings app. Hopefully this will be corrected in a future update. In the meantime, however, you can turn them off until the next time you restart your iPhone via Screen Time.
To do this, you need to first enable Screen Time in Settings and then run the automation a few times (by plugging it in or out) to generate some notifications.
Wait a few minutes, then tap Settings> Screen time> Show all activity.
Scroll to the “Notifications” section and tap “Shortcuts”.
Turn off the Allow Notifications switch, then tap Back.
You can now exit “Settings”. The next time you trigger the automation, your iPhone will scream with no notification. Pretty freaky!