Shortcutify integrates Spotify, Google Maps, Todoist and more into Shortcuts

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Control your smart lighting, your music, and more with Shortcutify.
Control your smart lighting, your music, and more with Shortcutify.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Shortcutify is a free iOS app that lets you use web-based services in your Shortcuts. For instance, it can connect with Spotify, Todoist, AirTable and more, and provides an easy bridge between these services’ complicated APIs and the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.

If you use any of the supported services, you’re going to totally love Shortcutify. If not? More app integrations are planned for the future.

Once you install the Shortcutify app, you need to open it up and log into the available services. For some services, like Google Maps, you’ll need an API key instead. But once that’s done, everything is easy. You can go ahead and build shortcuts by dragging actions, just like with any other shortcut. Here’s an example, which gets the currently playing track on Spotify, works out the main color of the album art, and sets the lights in your room to the same color using your Lifx lights.

With Shortcutify, you can use a shortcut to change your room lighting to match your music.
Change your room lighting to match your music.

The initial lineup of services that work with Shortcutify is limited to Spotify, Lifx, SightEngine, AirTable, Google Maps, Todoist and Coinbase. I use very few of those, but that’s not the point here. The point is that Shortcutify shows that often-complex web service APIs can be integrated into Shortcuts on iOs, and all the user has to do is log in to that service.

The future of Shortcutify

This not only makes automation of those services possible, it also lets you link different devices via Shortcuts. For instance, the Spotify “plugin” here works with your Spotify account directly, not with the Spotify app on your iPhone. So, the shortcut above would work, even if you are playing Spotify songs on your Amazon Alexa speaker.

I’m probably not going to do much with Shortcutify in its current state. However, as it matures and adds more services, I think it could become a super-valuable tool for Shortcuts users. This is exactly the kind of thing that a service like IFTTT should already have built into its own app. Imagine that all of the services you have linked inside IFTTT or Zapier were also available in Shortcuts.