Things iOS 13 Shortcuts oddity

When using the new Shortcuts for Things, you might run into the problem that Shortcuts created on the iPhone don’t work on the iPad and vice-versa.

The reason seems to be that they are independent apps and therefore donate different actions to Shortcuts that look identical.

To create a universal Shortcut, you need to add an if clause to your Shortcut that runs the correct action depending on the device.

There’s a help article available on the Things website and I thought I’ll share it here, so you’re not “fixing” Shortcuts on one device only to find it broken on the other.


Thanks for sharing this. I just picked up the iPhone and iPad apps for Things, and I never would have figured this out on my own, and it would have made me angry and/or question my sanity!