If you’re like me and keep your phone quiet most of the time, at some point you’ll have missed the battery notifications your iPhone gives you when you hit 20%, 10%, and 5% charge. This can be quite problematic when you suddenly pick up your phone and only have 3% charge left, and has often made me wonder if there’s a better way to get notified of your battery life. battery when your iPhone is in silent mode.
Also, I’ve often thought that even the first 20% warning might come a little too late if you know you’ll need to recharge later – if you have a long drive later in the afternoon. , for example, you might find it useful for getting a 30% or 40% alert, so you should make sure to top up in advance.
Well, perhaps unsurprisingly given that the iPhone is one of the best phones out there, it turns out that Apple has thought of a simple solution to both of these problems. Using personal automation in the Shortcuts app, you can have Siri verbally notify you when your battery reaches a specific percentage, even when your iPhone is on silent.
Here’s how to set custom battery alerts using iOS Shortcuts.
How to Set Custom Battery Alerts Using iOS Shortcuts
1. Open the Shortcuts app. If you don’t know where it is, swipe up from the middle of the screen to open Spotlight, then search for “shortcuts”. When he appears, tap the app icon.
2. Tap Automation at the bottom of the screen. So tap Create Personal Automation.
3. Scroll down and tap Battery level to start creating a new automation that will trigger based on your iPhone’s battery level.
4. Move the slider to the battery percentage at which you want to be verbally notified. This may be a low number if you continue to miss standard alerts. Or it could be a higher number, if you want to be alerted in advance.
You can choose to be notified when your battery reaches the percentage, when it exceeds the specific percentage (if you wanted to stop charging, for example), or when it drops below the specific percentage. Once you have selected, press Next.
5. Press now Add action to tell your iPhone what to do once it reaches your chosen charge percentage. Tap the search bar which appears.
6. Type “talk” in the search bar, then tap Speak text.
7. Tap Text. Now enter what you want Siri to announce and tap Done.
8. Tap the blue chevron to see spoken options, including the rate (or speed) at which text is spoken, pitch of voice, and Siri’s language and voice.
9. Press the play button at the bottom right to hear the text read. Press Next when you are happy.
10. Disable Ask Before Running. A pop-up warning will appear asking you to confirm your choice. Tap Don’t Askthen tap Done.
And you are done! Now whenever your battery reaches the specified level, you will be notified aloud by Siri. Be careful, don’t ask Siri to say anything too rude, as this automation will work independently of silent mode.
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