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.

iPhone Home Screen Does Not Rotate with Widgets

iPhone Home Screen Rotated

What Is Home Screen Rotation?

With some iPhone models, my iPhone 8 Plus, for example, the Home Screen rotates. This places the Dock on the right and all the app and folder icons on the left. With the Home Screen rotated, the iPhone can be used in landscape mode.

However, if you’ve recently upgraded to iOS 14 and noticed the Home Screen no longer rotates, you are not alone, and Apple did not take the feature away from you.

Portrait Orientation Lock

One reason the Home Screen no longer rotates is probably that the Portrait Orientation Lock is on. To turn it off, bring up Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner, or up from the bottom of the screen depending on your iPhone model, and tap on the lock icon ().

Home Screen Widgets in iOS 14

Another reason is something new in iOS 14, and that is Home Screen widgets. These widgets come in different sizes and they can take up the space of four, eight, or sixteen app icons. If any of your Home Screens has a widget on them, they will no longer be able to rotate.

Before iOS 14, the Home Screen only needs to worry about app and folder icons that have the same size. When it rotates, the icons stay on the same screen, just in a different place. However, in iOS 14, the Home Screen might not be able to layout the same widgets and icons on the same screen when it rotates, since these elements come in different sizes. If Apple still allowed Home Screen rotation, it would mean stuff being pushed off from one screen to another which is probably too much user experience disruption from Apple’s perspective.

So if you are finding your Home Screen no longer rotates, you’ll likely need to choose between widgets and Home Screen rotation. What is your choice? Let us know in the comments.

How to Hide Hidden Photos Album on iPhone

iOS Photos Application Icon

If you are an iPhone user, you probably know you can hide photos in the Photos app, and still be able to see them in an album called “Hidden”.

To hide a photo, simply tap on the Action button (Tap Action button and select Hide to hide photos) and then select Hide.

How to Hide Photo in iOS

Once a photo is hidden, it will disappear from the Library tab. The photo will now live in an album called Hidden, which can be found if you scroll down to the bottom in the Albums tab.

iOS Hidden Album

Hiding photos this way is good enough for most of us. However, it is still pretty easy for people to stumble upon what you’ve hidden if they looked around in your Photos app.

In iOS 14, Apple is allowing users to also hide the Hidden album.

To hide the album, go to the Settings app, tap Photos. Somewhere in the middle of all the settings available, you will see a toggle new to iOS 14 called Hidden Album.

iOS 14 New Feature - Hide Hidden Album in Photos

With the toggle turned on, the Hidden album will appear under Utilities in the Albums tab, so to really hide your photos, disable Hidden Album by turning the toggle off.

Interested in learning more about iOS 14? Check out this post! With Apple’s latest event scheduled for September 15th, we are also getting closer to the release date of iOS 14.