'Quickness' uses the power of Siri and the Shortcuts app to let you create new contacts, quickly and efficiently!
- Quickness Shortcuts can be triggered by voice, so you can say "Hey Siri, <custom phrase>" to start adding a contact.
- Shortcuts are 'interactive', so you can complete the task of adding a new contact by just talking to Siri, without typing anything!
- Quickness Shortcuts are also available in the Apple Shortcuts app, so you can add contacts from the Shortcuts app.
- Shortcuts have inputs and outputs, so they can integrate with other apps in the Shortcuts app. They are also customizable, so you can modify their behavior to suit your workflow.
The first step is to download the Quickness app.
Once installed, you should give the app permissions to access to your Contacts. This allows us to load your current contacts list, as well as allow us to save new contacts directly to the Contacts app.
Next, select the "Siri Setup" button, or the Settings button in the top-right. Here you can see a list of pre-defined Shortcuts that you can add to Siri.
Quickness has different 'styles' of shortcuts for your "Add Contact" activity:
- Create Contact (add name + one piece of information: email, phone or address)
- Create Contact Detailed (add name, company name, email, phone, address, and note)
- Create Contact Name-only (the shortest, quickest way to add a contact, with only a name)
- Create Contact With Location (only applies to the Shortcuts app)
Select one of the options, and you'll see the Siri Setup page.
You can change the 'name' of the shortcut, though please note that this is the same as the voice-trigger phrase. You can also select the 'action' option and customize the values you want by default on the next page.
When done, press "Add to Siri" to add this to your Siri Shortcuts.
You can repeat the same for all 3 options from our app if you want, or you can add them through the Apple Shortcuts app as well.
To activate the shortcut by voice, you can bring up Siri (either through "Hey Siri", or by pressing the Siri button), and then say the shortcut name (e.g. "Quickness"). This will bring up the 'interactive' Siri mode, which will prompt you for the information it needs to create the contact, depending on the 'style' of shortcut, and the customizations you've made.
See it in action:
Using the Shortcuts app
The shortcuts you setup through the Quickness app are also available in Apple's Shortcuts app. With iOS13, this app is pre-installed on all devices.
You can tap on the ... button to customize each shortcut, or create a new Shortcut from here.
This is what the "Detail" style looks like:
You can customize each attribute shown here. For e.g. if you know you always want to add an email, select Yes.
For the fields you want to fill in each time, you should tap on them, and select "Ask Each Time".
You can also pre-fill "Company Name" and the Notes field to say "None" and you won't be asked to provide that information when the shortcut is run.
Pro tip: tap on the "text" box (which saves to the contact's Notes field), then type "Added on: " and then select the "Current Date" option. This way, each contact's notes field will show you the date and time of when that contact was added!
You can tap on the shortcut from the shortcuts list to 'run' it, and it will ask questions for each field that wasn't already setup.
Integrate with Other Apps
Quickness supports input and output parameters, which can be useful when you want to chain together 'shortcuts' from different apps. Read this help article for more information.