iOS: Disable Shortcuts automation notifications

By default if an automation from Shortcuts has been running on your iOS device, you get a banner notification. Since you usually know what you’ve configured in your Shortcuts automations, these notifications seem to be redundant. Luckily, you can get rid of it.

You might think it’s as easy as it should be, just go into the notification settings and disable banner notifications of the Shortcuts app. Unfortunately, the Shortcuts app is not listed in the notification settings. You need to change these settings elsewhere.

To do so you have to use the Screen Time settings, go to the Settings app and select Screen Time. Below your Daily Average, open to the See All Activity entry.

Screen Time: See All Activity
Open the “See All Activity” (highlighted with red border)

Now scroll down to the “Notifications” area and click on “Show More” until you see the entry “Shortcuts”. You need to have at least a single notification in your selected time from the Shortcuts automations. If there isn’t any, check another time range until you can find it.

Shortcuts in Screen Time All Activity
Shortcuts entry in Screen Time (highlighted with red border)

You need to open this Shortcuts entry. If you can’t, wait a little while until everything has been loaded and there is an arrow on the right side of the entry. It may take some time, depending on your device usage.

After clicking on it, you can find the regular notification settings that you had been looking for in the general notification settings. Here, you can disable all notifications of the Shortcuts app.

Shortcuts disabled notifications

Unfortunately, this setting is temporarily. As soon as you restart the iPhone or the UI, you need to set your desired setting again in order to keep it working.

49 thoughts on “iOS: Disable Shortcuts automation notifications

  1. thank you! Also I noticed that I can no longer have prompts come up to continue shortcuts? I have an automation when I plug in my charger that asks if I want to enable fast charging, yes then enable, or no then disable, but without notifications, I cannot select yes or no. any other work-around?

        1. If you disabled them before, just change the date of your screen time to a date where you had notifications. Then you can re-enable them again where you disabled then. If you didn’t disable them, they are enabled by default.

          1. What happens if you never had notifications for shortcuts and want to enable them? When i go to screen time, theres no shortcuts in notifications. I receive the notification on my lock screen but the apps no longer show that i have a notification…

          2. You don’t need to enable them manually since they are enabled by default. If you want to make sure they’re enabled, just reboot your device. That resets the default to enabled notifications.

  2. My notifications are not popping up for my other apps because I’m using Shortcuts and Shortcuts not showing up in my notifications on screen time so I don’t know what to do and how to get all my notifications back

  3. Hi, I’ve made new shortcuts for my apps like Instagram, Snapchat, etc. But when I receive a notifications from à these apps, there’s no little red one like before to tell me that I have a notifications, how can I put them back on my new shortcuts apps ?
    Thank you

  4. How do you get shortcuts to pop up in the notifications tab under screen time notifications ? I can see shortcuts in most used part but not notifications.

  5. I’ve done everything in the comments and I still nave no notifications for text or missed calls. I have to constantly go in to see if I have messages. I’m using shortcuts because I’ve changed the icons on my apps. So since restarting my phone didn’t help and I don’t have it in screen time what do I do?

  6. Trying to turn not Shortcut notification under setting, screen time and see all activity and there is NO Shortcut under the notification part.

  7. Is there anyway to force a notification for the Short cuts app so I can use this work around? I’ve never had a notification from that app. Just turned screen time on.

    1. I usually get a notification if I create an automation that does something whenever I open a specific app. E. g. add a automation that changes the volume when you open the Music app. This will trigger a notification.

  8. Hi,
    When I go to screen time and then shortcuts, there is no button there for me to turn off notifications for shortcuts.
    How do I turn off the notifications so my audio file plays when I go to low power mode without a notification?

  9. I have the same problem as Ashley above. I do not get any notifications or alerts since I chose to do a theme & use photos for apps via shortcuts. So I thought there must be somewhere in shortcuts to do this. But I failed. The notification came AFTER opening messages, mail, etc. I know exactly what Camille mentioned above. We used to have a red 1,2,3, etc on the outside of the badge so you knew to check there. No notifications at all is not good. I also wonder if maybe you are using Android & some of us on iPhone???

  10. I managed. The notifications for shortcuts were at the bottom of the page after clicking on show all activity. To get notifications in the first place I used the battery automations. Sweet. Thank you!!!!

  11. so now there is no way to turn off the notifications for shortcuts at least for me now instead of there being an arrow for the notifications it’s unclickable

    1. As I wrote in the article: you need to wait some time until it’s clickable. What also may help is that you wait a bit, change the day if Screen Time to yesterday and switch back to today. Then it should be clickable.

  12. I have turned of notifications from shortcuts to get rid of the automation notification. If i needed a written feedback from the automation, i could work around this by using a «show results» comand or «quick view» or something.
    For some reason this is no longer possible in an automation, but it still works in shortcuts.
    If i trigger a shortcut by an automation, i get nothing from «show results». Bit if i trigger the same shortcut from a widget, it works.
    Can somebody explain this to me?
    Why does deactivating shortcut notifications affect shortcuts differently when triggered by an automation? Any work arounds?

  13. I wasted my time reading the comments on this article and I’m genuinely sorry about the majority of idiots who pester you with their problems unrelated to the article or ask a question that can easily be answered by READING THE ARTICLE. I would just like to say thank you. The shortcuts notifications bothered me so I looked up a way to disable them and this straight forward and EASY step by step helped me accomplish just that. I hope you don’t burn yourself out responding to all the people who didn’t bother to read.

  14. Ios 14.2 has killed this “hack”. It did work flawlessly prior to the update. I am now once again pestered by shortcut notifications on both iphone and watch. Really annoying. Any ideas?

  15. THANK YOU!!! Those notifications are so annoying. I didn’t create a “shortcut “ to be notified 5x/day that I need to set DND every night.

  16. Hiya! Any help would be appreciated — none of the shortcuts I’ve created seem to prompt a ‘notification’ as screentime deems them. Do you know a sure-fire shortcut that will cause a ‘notification’ on screentime?

      1. I managed get it to do a notification, but the hack didn’t work! 🙁 even with them disabled, i still get the banner notification each time i use a shortcut ><

          1. i did a little video of it here: — the first bit shows the banner ad, and then (it took me a second to find it again, so it’s a bit of a slow watch, i’m afraid!) how i have turned off notifications for the shortcuts via screentime.

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