Few things in life are as practical as automation – IFTTT, anyone? – which allows us to go through the monotonous tasks of life with ease. Apple knows that. That's why the Cupertino based company has developed Workflow, a powerful automation tool designed to accelerate your daily tasks.
The concept is clever: The app has a number of triggers and actions that you can set the app, which you can then run from top to bottom at the push of a button. As the app was developed by Apple, it can also access a number of system-related utilities that third-party apps can not access. For example, Workflow lets you quickly capture the top stories from Apple News or create a collage with some of your latest photos.
However, Apple's proposed use for the app is just the tip of the iceberg. To get the most out of the app, you should use it to automate the tasks you perform daily. If you save some time here and there for things you do all the time, it will have a much greater impact than if you set it up to automate what you do once a month. The app is really limited only to your own imagination.
To automate a task, download the workflow app from the App Store. Then launch the app and tap the My Workflows tab ̵
|Type of workflow||Available from:|
|Normal||The Workflow App (iOS)|
|Today Widget||Today's View (iOS)|
|Apple Watch||Your Apple Watch (WatchOS)|
|Action Extension||The Share Menu (iOS)|
Once you have selected a workflow, swipe to the right to access the Actions menu. From here you can search for your desired action or select an action from the list of available suggestions. Once you've decided on an action, drag it to the right to add it to your current workflow. If you want to add another action to run after the first one, swipe right and try again.
Tap the gear icon in the upper-right corner. The resulting menu contains a number of different settings that allow you, among other things, to change and name the workflow type. When you're satisfied, tap Done in the upper-right to exit your workflow within the app, or select Add to Home to start the workflow in Safari. From there you want to type Share and Go to Home Screen
That was & # 39; s! Again, the app is limited only by your imagination, so experiment with different workflows. (19659002) David Cogen – a regular contributor to Digital Trends – runs TheUnlockr, a popular tech blog focused on tech news, tips and tricks, and the latest technology. You can also find him on Twitter about the latest technical trends.