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iOS 14 Favorites Widget: How to Make a Replacement With Shortcuts

Joexg

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Oct 1, 2020
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I think we may have been talking at cross purposes. My original question was regarding the stock Shortcuts app, not your WidgetPack (which I haven't tried).

I have already made my own widget that that allows me to choose from a list of options (phone, text, FaceTime, location etc) and it works great.

Have a good day.
Oh, I see. Well at least its not my shortcut! If you change your mind, my shortcut creates a beautiful widget that shows the contact photo and first name of your contacts, just like the old one did, only in iOS 14 style. :)
 
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bigchief

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I pick up my iPhone and hold the power button and say "Ha Siri, call John or message John. Why do I need widgets for this? Serious question.
 
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Joexg

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Oct 1, 2020
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I pick up my iPhone and hold the power button and say "Ha Siri, call John or message John. Why do I need widgets for this? Serious question.
Well of course you don’t need them, but people prefer to use their devices in different ways, and its nice to have options.
 
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ignatius345

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Perhaps it’s because two different contacts (with different mobile numbers) share the same landline number.

I’ll use the following as a workaround:
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How did you access this “phone number” input? I can’t get past Shortcuts asking for a contact and then automatically using one of the phone numbers for that contact without letting me specify.

EDIT: I figured out a workaround. You can get an input using a calculator variable and just paste the number in. This is all an incredible amount of fiddly work to replace that missing favorites widget.

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Spacetime Anomaly

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How did you access this “phone number” input? I can’t get past Shortcuts asking for a contact and then automatically using one of the phone numbers for that contact without letting me specify.

Search ‘phone’ in the widgets search box or look under Apps>Contacts for the 'Phone Number' action.

I've now added a list so I can choose multiple contact options from a single popup:

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Result:

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ignatius345

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Search ‘phone’ in the widgets search box or look under Apps>Contacts for the 'Phone Number' action.

I've now added a list so I can choose multiple contact options from a single popup:

View attachment 962785

Result:

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Thanks, I figured that out later.

My weird workaround also works, just using the Calculator as input if you paste in the correct number.
 
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jwdsail

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I can't believe that there isn't a way to create a widget that just pulls the info directly from the Favorites you have saved in the Phone app, so that it updates automatically if you make a change in the Favorites in the Phone app? Maybe with the scripting? Weird?
 
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