Use Shortcuts Automation to Turn on Low Power Mode Sooner

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When the iPhone’s battery level drops to 20%, you’ll get an alert letting you know the battery level is low. In addition to showing the low battery level, the alert also allows for the device to be put in Low Power Mode. When it’s in Low Power Mode, the iPhone stops some of the non-essential background activities, such as uploading new photos to iCloud, to save battery.

There are other ways to put the iPhone in Low Power Mode if you are concerned the battery won’t make it through the day. The easiest would be to swipe into Control Center and tap on the Low Power Mode button.

Low Power Mode Button in Control Center on iPhone
Low Power Mode Button in Control Center on iPhone

If you are a heavy user and would like to have your iPhone automatically go into Low Power Mode when it hits a certain battery level higher than 20%, you can also do it using a Shortcuts automation. Here’s how to create this automation.

How to Create Shortcuts Automation to Turn on Low Power Mode at A Higher Battery Level Than 20% 

1. Launch the Shortcuts app and tap Automation on the tab bar at the bottom, then tap the Plus button on the top right corner

2. Tap Create Personal Automation and scroll to the bottom and tap Battery Level.

3. The default value is 50%. Use the slider if you would like to change the value. Tap to select Falls Below 50% and then tap Next

4. Tap Add Action and then search and select Set Low Power Mode.

5. The default action is to turn Low Power Mode on which is exactly what we need. Tap Next.

6. Turn off Ask Before Running and then tap Done.

Battery Level automation

With the automation saved, your iPhone will automatically go into Low Power Mode when the battery level reaches 49%, or below whatever battery level you had selected.

Battery Level Shortcuts Automation

Interested in other Shortcuts tips and tricks? Check out this post where we use the Shortcuts app to change app icons; or this post where we use a different Shortcuts automation to speak the battery level when the iPhone is connected to or disconnected from a power source.

iOS Automation – Unplug iPhone from Charger and Hear Battery Level

iOS Shortcuts App

Wouldn’t it be nice if your iPhone could tell you its battery level when it’s unplugged from the charger? Well, it’s perfectly doable. Here’s how to create this iOS automation using the Shortcuts app.

Before we begin, it’s worth noting the Shortcuts app is one of those stock iOS applications that only a few people use. If you had previously deleted the app, you can restore it by clicking on this link.

1. Launch Shortcuts and tap Automation at the bottom and then tap Create Personal Automation.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 1
2. Scroll to the bottom and then tap Charger.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 2
3. Select Is Disconnected and tap Next.

Select Is Connected if the automation is to run when the iPhone is connected. You can also select both.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 3
4. Tap Add Action and then search and select Get Battery Level.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 4.2
5. Tap the Add Action button and then search and select Replace Text.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 5.2
6. Select Battery Level for the field after "Replace" and select Battery Level for the field after "with" but add a % sign.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 6
7. Tap the Add Action button again. Search and select Speak Text.iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 7
8. Tap the Run button at the bottom right to preview the automation. You'll hear the battery level and also see it displayed.
iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 8
9. Toggle off Ask Before Running and tap Done.
iPhone Automation - Hear Battery Level When Unplugged from Charger Step 9

 

Try plugging your iPhone into a power source and then unplugging it, you’ll see a Shortcuts notification banner and you’ll also hear the battery level. This shortcut works with wireless chargers as well.

Battery Level Automation Notification
Shortcuts automation running
Automation Notification on Lock Screen
Shortcuts automation notification on the lock screen

Did you find this post helpful? Interested in learning more iOS automation tips and tricks? Check out this post on how to change app icons using the Shortcuts app.

Auto-Join – How to Pick and Choose Your Wi-Fi Networks on iPhone

Smartphones are so smart that sometimes their smartness becomes a hassle. Have you ever seen your iPhone auto-joining a Wi-Fi network you do not want to use?

The problem is once you’ve connected to a Wi-Fi network, your iPhone will remember it and automatically connect to it again when you are within the network’s range. This happens even if the Wi-Fi network has a slow internet connection, slower than your cellular data, or does not have any connection at all.

If you prefer to only join a certain Wi-Fi network manually, say your Wi-Fi at work, or if you would like to have your iPhone always choose one Wi-Fi network over another, you can easily do it.

The Solution

I’ll be using my Wi-Fi setup at home as an example.

I have two routers at home and each router has its own Wi-Fi network, one called AirPort Express and the other NETGEARFreeWiFi. Each Wi-Fi network also has a 2.4 GHz band and a 5 GHz band.

Home Wi-Fi Setup

Because I use the NETGEARFreeWiFi most of the time, I have Auto-Join enabled for this network and disable for other networks.

To enable or disable Auto-Join on a Wi-Fi network, go to Settings, then WLAN, tap the Info button (blue i in a circle), and then toggle Auto-Join on or off.

With Auto-Join on for NETGEARFreeWiFi, my iPhone is still able to discover all my networks but it will only join NETGEARFreeWiFi automatically.

Auto-Join Enabled for Wi-Fi Network

Auto-Join Disabled for Wi-Fi Network

Now imagine you would like for your iPhone to always stay on the cellular connection when you are at work because the office Wi-Fi connection is never good. You can easily do this too by turning Auto-Join off for your office Wi-Fi.

Did you find today’s post helpful? Let us know in the comments! Interested in learning more iPhone tips and tricks? Check out this collection here.

How to Save Websites as Desktop Shortcuts for Quicker Access

We all have websites that we visit frequently at work. Getting access to them more quickly can often lead to a nice head-start and early wrap-up.

To facilitate quicker access to routinely-visited websites, you can add them as favorites so you don’t have to manually type out the URLs. You can also have them automatically open upon launching of the browser, which can be configured to launch with the operating system.

However, things are not always as easy as they sound, especially when your computer and browser are managed by your organization – meaning IT folks where you work.

For good reasons, IT folks often don’t want you to change what apps could start up with the operating system, or what websites could launch when the browser opens. They only want essential apps to start up with the operating system so that the computer is ready to use as soon as possible. The website that opens with the browser is often an intranet or your company’s website.

One thing commonly allowed on work computers is creating desktop shortcuts. What you can do is save these websites as desktop shortcuts, and then you can just double-click to open them like you would any desktop applications and files. Here’s how it can be done really easily. This works with the Chrome browser in both macOS and Windows 10.

How to Save Websites as Desktop Shortcuts

    • If you’ve already added the website as a favorite, just drag it from the Favorites bar and drop it on your desktop.
    • Otherwise, type the URL in the address bar, once it loads, drag on the View Site Information icon (the lock) and drop it on the desktop. Voilà!

Animated Demo - How to Save Websites as Desktop Shortcuts

Want to see one more browser trick? Check out this post