Last updated on August 3rd, 2021 at 12:34 amPosted in Bug Fixes by Patricia on September 28, 2020
iOS Automations are small scripts that you can code yourself, to run shortcuts on your device, when certain triggers or parameters are fulfilled. For example, you can automate your iPhone or iPad to enter Low Power Mode when you connect it to a charger and turn off power saving whenever you plug it out.
iOS and iPadOS 14 bring even more automation options to the stock Shortcuts app. However, some users that have updated to iOS 14.0.1 are reporting that automations are not working on their devices. Or, better said aren’t happening when the coded triggers are met.
How To Fix Automations In iOS 14
1. Reboot iPhone
First, attempt the classic fix and force restart your device. Minor glitches can be shaved off by this action. As soon as your iPhone boots back up trigger the automation and see if the problem persists.
2. Re-Enable Automation
Next on the list, is the option to disable and enable the automation back. Open the Shortcuts app and tap on the Automation (in the ‘Automations’ tab). Use the toggle next to the Enable This Automation option to disable it. Wait a couple of seconds and turn it back On.
Tip: You can also enable Ask Before Running to see if iOS is even attempting to execute the automation in the first place.
3. Re-Create Automation
If the above tip doesn’t fix the automation glitch your next option is delete the mini-script and create it again from scratch.
- Open the Shortcuts app and tap on the Automations tab.
- Swipe-left on the automation to delete it.
- Tap the ‘+’ icon, available in the top-right corner to create it back.
- 1. Open Shortcuts and browse the Automations tab and tap on the automation that’s causing problems.
- 2. Tap on the required action (for example, ‘Speak Text’.)
- 3. Access the ‘show more’ setting.
- 4. Disable the ‘Wait until finished’ condition.
Fact: A glitch like this can deplete your iPhone’s battery faster than normal, without you even knowing it.
(Updated August 3)
5. Turn Off Bluetooth
If you reached this step and automations continue not to work on your iPhone or iPad, try to disable Bluetooth!
Swipe for the Control Center and tap the Bluetooth icon to turn it off.
Run your automation once again and check if it works.
Do you encounter similar problems? Are Automations glitchy in iOS 14? Do you know another fix? Use the comments section available below and let us know.
Related: How to fix ‘Unable to Load’ Shortcuts widget error!