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App start shortcut

An action block that starts an app from a shortcut.

The fiber will proceed immediately without pause.

Privacy warning! When a shortcut has been created or captured, it’s stored in the flow, the data within it is foreign to Automate and may contain sensitive information. Be wary of sharing a flow using this block.


Tap the Pick shortcut to pick and configure a shortcut from available apps.

If an app isn’t listed, but can create shortcuts, it means they can only be create from within the app, and not through the launcher. To “capture” such shortcuts, navigate to the app using the Home or Recent button, without canceling the App start shortcut editor. Create the shortcut from within the app and it should appear both on the home screen and in the App start shortcut editor. The home screen shortcut can then be removed. Capturing shortcuts are not possible on Android 8+.

Note! This documentation can also be found in the Help & feedback menu of the app.