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31 iPhone 15 Pro apps with the best Action Button shortcuts

Published Nov 16th, 2023 8:04AM EST
iPhone 15 Pro profile shows the Action button.
Image: Jonathan Geller, BGR

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One of the newest features on the iPhone 15 Pro models is the new Action Button, which replaces the Ring/Silent switch. This change lets you customize this button with whatever action you might want. Although Apple already suggests a few built-in possibilities, there are several third-party apps that make use of the Shortcuts app to improve your routine by bringing a (sometimes) complex operation with a press and hold of a button.

For example, right after the iPhone 15 Pro launched, we’ve seen a person ordering their Starbucks coffee using the Action Button. Although triggering the actions sounds easy, what happened was that they bypassed the app and website entirely by having their favorite beverage ready without browsing or needing to actually order after creating the entire process with the Shortcuts app.

With that in mind, BGR brings some of the best apps with shortcut-ready tools for your iPhone 15 Pro Action Button.

How to set the Shortcuts app as your Action Button option

  1. Ensure the Shortcuts app and that your favorite apps are downloaded on your iPhone
  2. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  3. Scroll down and select ‘Action Button.’
  4. Choose ‘Shortcut’ from the list of actions.
  5. Pick from some ready-to-use App Shortcuts

Best app with built-in Shortcuts on the Action Button picker

iPhone 15 Pro Max Action Button
iPhone 15 Pro Max Action Button Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

There are plenty of apps that have shortcut actions ready, so you can take advantage of them with the iPhone 15 Pro Action Button with just a press and hold. These are some of them:

ChatGPT: The official app of OpenAI. You can basically replace Siri by pressing the Action Button and asking what you want to know to ChatGPT instead.

HalideAn app for RAW, Manual, and Macro image capture. You can select the mode you want to start shooting your photos and videos, making your creative process easier.

StarbucksSelect your favorite beverage and get it ready at your favorite local store.

Airscrobble: Identify music and scrobble to with just a press and hold of the Action Button.

There are even more options:

  • AlbumsA music library management tool for Apple Music
  • AmbreRecipe organizer
  • Calory: A macros, fat, calories tracker
  • CardPointers: A credit card rewards app
  • Crumbl: The official app for Crumbl Cookies
  • Doneit: An app to manage tasks and projects of any complexity 
  • Drafts: A digital notebook meant to quickly capture notes.
  • Endel: AI-powered sounds to focus, sleep, relax
  • Focused WorkA productivity timer
  • GoodLinks: An app that saves links for reading later
  • Liftin’: An app for weightlifting
  • Longplay: An indie music app
  • LookUp: A reference and learning app 
  • Movie Tracker: Keeps track of movies and tv shows to watch
  • Music Tracker: Keeps track of songs to listen to
  • Musicharbor: Helps you stay on top of new music
  • Rewind: Personalized AI powered by everything you’ve seen, said, or heard
  • Sleep Cycle Kids: Nap schedule, tracker & sleep sounds
  • StreaksThe habit-forming to-do list app
  • SokaAn app for bucket lists
  • Tape It: A professional songwriting app
  • Tasks: A daily planner app
  • ThingsA personal task manager
  • Tide Guide: Provides NOAA surf, weather, and alerts
  • Timery: A time-tracking app
  • WaterMinder: A water intake app
  • Zenitizer: A meditation app

How to create your own Shortcuts for the iPhone 15 Pro

iPhone 15 Pro Action button shortcut assigns a menu to the button.
iPhone 15 Pro Action button shortcut assigns a menu to the button. Image source: YouTube
  1. Open the Shortcuts app: Find and tap on the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.
  2. In the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, Tap + in the upper-right corner of the screen. (An empty, untitled shortcut appears in the shortcut editor.)
  3. Tap New Shortcut, tap Rename, type the name of your shortcut, then tap Done.
  4. Tap Add Action, and a list of action categories appears.
  5. Tap a category (such as Media or Web), then tap an action in the list to add it to your shortcut. (You may have to scroll to see all the available actions in a category.)
  6. To add another action, swipe up on the search field at the bottom of the screen, then choose an action.
  7. When you’re finished adding actions to your workflow, tap Done, and the shortcut is added to your shortcuts collection in both the All Shortcuts and My Shortcuts categories.
  8. Return to “Action Button” in the Settings app, where you can now assign your custom shortcut 

Wrap up

With these apps, I’m sure you’ll find the iPhone 15 Pro Action Button even more useful. Personally, I love triggering an action that starts playing, on shuffle, all my downloaded songs on Apple Music.

Do you have a favorite action you use on your iPhone 15 Pro? Let me know at

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.