How to Delete Shortcuts from the iPhone

Learn how to delete shortcuts in the Shortcuts App and disable Siri Suggestions for the optimal iPhone experience.

iPhone shortcuts have been helping users customize their devices since the iOS 12 update. They allow a simple tap or voice command to trigger an automated task or a sequence of tasks. But depending on your iPhone usage, these Apple shortcuts can become a nuisance. Learning how to remove shortcuts can help you navigate your phone with ease.

Related: Shortcuts App Intro: Selecting, Editing & Creating Basic Shortcuts on an iPhone

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How to Delete Shortcuts Using the Shortcuts App

There are two types of shortcuts available on your phone. Shortcuts can be found in the iPhone Shortcuts app as well as via Siri Suggestions.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app.

    Search for My Shorcuts app
     
  2. Under My Shortcuts, tap Select in the top right corner.

    My Shortcuts app
     
  3. Select the shortcut(s) that you wish to delete.

    Select a shortcut to delete in My Shortcuts app
     
  4. Tap Delete in the bottom right corner.

    Delete a shortcut in My Shortcuts app
     
  5. Confirm to Delete Shortcut.

    Delete a shortcut in My Shortcuts app

It is also possible to tap and hold the shortcuts in the My Shortcuts tab and then select delete. If you are signed in to your iCloud account, the shortcut will be deleted from all of your iCloud devices. To learn more about using Apple Shortcuts App on your iPhone, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

How to Delete Shortcuts from Your Home Screen

If your shortcut is bookmarked on your Home screen, deleting it in Shortcuts won’t remove it.

  1. Press and hold the shortcut icon until a drop-down menu appears.

    Tap and hold shortcut on iPhone
     
  2. Select Delete Bookmark.

    Delete shortcut from iPhone Home Screen
     
  3. Confirm to Delete Bookmark.

    Delete shortcut from iPhone Home Screen

How to disable Siri Suggestions on the iPhone?

Siri is set up to automatically make suggestions based on your regular activities and the time of day to make your life easier. These suggestions act as shortcuts to activities such as sending a message to someone you text often or playing a frequently listened to playlist in Apple Music. You can use Siri Settings to disable Siri Suggestions.

  1. Open Settings.

    Open settings on iPhone
     
  2. Select Siri & Search.

    Siri and Search Settings on iPhone
     
  3. Under Siri Suggestions, use the toggle to disable suggestions while Searching, Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Sharing.

    Siri and Search suggestions toggle
     
  4. You can also scroll down in Siri & Search to see a list of apps compatible with Siri Suggestions. When you tap them, you can use the toggle under On Home Screen to disable suggestions from the App and more.

    Siri and Search suggestion settings on iPhone

The Shortcuts App and Siri Suggestions can be a great way to customize your iPhone to suit your needs. However, it can get overwhelming to have too many iOS shortcuts. Now you know how to delete shortcuts in order to optimize your iPhone experience.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.