iPhone showing Shortcuts created for Settings pages
Khamosh Pathak

It’s always been tedious to open a specific page of the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad. It doesn’t help that the search feature isn’t particularly fast. Here’s how you can quickly open a Settings page using Shortcuts on your iPhone and iPad.

MacStories has compiled a list of more than 120 hidden URLs that correspond to a particular page in the Settings app. You can use the Shortcuts app’s Open URLs action to quickly open a Settings page.

Once you create a shortcut, add it to your home screen and then tap it to open the Settings page. This way, for example, you can directly open the Screen Time section without fussing around in the Settings app.

For the uninitiated, Shortcuts is Apple’s own automation app for iPhone and iPad that comes built-in on devices running iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (and higher). You can use it to create simple or complex automations that can be triggered using Home screen shortcuts or Siri.

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In this example, we’ll be creating a home screen shortcut for launching the Screen Time Settings page. You can use this process to create a shortcut for any Settings page.

First, open the list of Settings URLs on your iPhone or iPad. Browse through the list, and when you find the “Screen Time” section, copy the URL portion.

Copy the URL for Settings page

Now, open the Shortcuts app and go to the “My Shortcuts” tab. Here, tap the “Create Shortcut” button at the bottom of the list.

Tap Create Shortcut button from My Shortcuts

Tap the “Add Action” button.

Tap Add Action button

From here, search for the “URL” action and then select it.

Search for and add URLs action

In the URL action, tap the text box and paste in the copied URL. Then tap the Plus (+) button.

Paste the URL and then tap the Plus button

From the actions list, search for and add the “Open URLs” action.

Select the Open URLs action

Your shortcut is now ready. Tap “Next.”

Tap the Next button

Here, give the shortcut a name. Select the icon next to the name to customize it.

Select the icon to customize it

Here, you can select a glyph and change the background color of the icon.

Change the Glyph

Choose the “Done” button from the icon menu once you’re done customizing the shortcut’s look.

Tap the Done button from the Icon customizing screen

Your shortcut is now active. Let’s add it to the home screen.

From the shortcuts details page, tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner.

Tap the Menu button from the shortcut editing screen

Here, tap the “Add to Home Screen” button.

Tap Add to Home Screen

Shortcuts app will show you a little preview. Once you’re satisfied with it, tap the “Add” button.

Tap the Add button for shortcut

You’ll now find the shortcut added to your device’s home screen. Select it to instantly open the specific Settings page on your iPhone or iPad. Repeat the process for all of your frequently used Settings pages.

Tap the shortcut to launch the settings page


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Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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