How to Allow Untrusted Shortcuts in Your Library in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Apple’s Shortcuts app has opened up many possibilities for the iPhone and iPad. Whether it’s compressing/decompressing files instantly, downloading Instagram story videos, or easily tracking the price history of any product on Amazon, the app has taken automation to a whole new level. While Apple offers a curated collection of shortcuts inside the app, unfortunately the tech giant does not include many offerings created by the ever-growing Shortcuts community that have been labeled as unreliable for security reasons. What if you want to get around this restriction and allow untrusted shortcuts in your library in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 so you can make the most of all the cool shortcuts you come across in the wild? It turns out that there is a way to do this even without breaking any rules.

How to Allow Untrusted Shortcuts in Your Library on iPhone and iPad

Considering the huge demand for ready-to-use hacks, Apple had to find a way to allow iPhone owners to use any shortcut. That’s why the tech giant added an opt-in option to the Settings app. While it’s nice to try quick tricks to get tasks done faster, it’s worth keeping a close eye on previous attacks to ensure your security and privacy are not compromised. So keep that in mind before trying any third-party shortcuts on your device. Having said that, let me walk you through the quick steps!

1. Start Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Now scroll down and select Shortcuts symbol.

2. Next, turn on the switch. “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” It’s under the Sharing Security section.

Allow untrusted shortcuts

Note: If you haven’t tried to download an untrusted shortcut to your iPhone or iPad yet, the toggle is grayed out and cannot be turned on. Therefore, you will need to try installing one first. In my case, I tried installing the InstaSave shortcut first (direct link). I tapped OK when I got a popup saying “The shortcut cannot be opened because your security settings don’t allow untrusted shortcuts”. After that, I can open this toggle. (see grayed left image above)

3. Now, a popup will appear on the screen, “Apple does not review shortcuts outside the gallery. Running shortcuts from untrusted sources can put your personal data at riskTap on ” To let to proceed at your own risk and then enter your password.

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Tap Allow

This much! Going forward, you can install shortcuts on your iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 device without any hitches other than the gallery. They are labeled as untrusted shortcuts.

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Thus, you can install any shortcut on your device. Of course, it’s good to be extra careful. But there are so many great shortcuts that can’t find their place in the gallery (as mentioned above) that you won’t be able to take full advantage of the Shortcuts app if you don’t allow third-party shortcuts. So take advantage of this option to unlock some of the most talked about and recommended shortcuts by the community.