iOS automation: How to automate tasks with Workflow

How to Automate Tasks With Workflow on iOS

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Workflow, a productivity app that Apple recently acquired makes iOS automation incredibly easy. In this article, I would like to share how I automate tasks and workflows with the Workflow app.

One of the things I love about macOS is the ability to automate tasks, such as filing receipts. iOS was pretty limited in this regards due to Apple’s application sandboxing. The latter prevented applications from sharing data with each other. With the introduction of iOS 8, Apple lifted some of those restrictions, thus allowing developers to create apps that can effectively communicate and share data with each other.

As part of the acquisition, I am hoping that Apple will give the developers behind Workflow additional access to the iOS internals to bring iOS automation to the next level.

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iOS automation with Workflow

Workflows connect apps and actions together to automate things you do on your device. To build a workflow, just drag and drop. Alternatively, you can download ready-to-use workflows from the Gallery.

iOS automation: How to automate tasks with Workflow

When you first launch the app, it walks you through a simple workflow to create a GIF out of 3 photos. It’s a neat way of showing the simplicity of this app but only scratches the surface of what you can do with it.