The Shortcuts app that came as a part of Apple’s iOS 12 update lets you create automated routines for your iPhone, including your phone performing multiple tasks at once by saying a phrase or tapping a button.
The app was primarily created to let users create their own shortcuts, but it can also download pre-made shortcuts from third-party apps or developers.
Robert Petersen is a man that used the recent update to create his own third-party shortcut known as ‘Police’. The shortcut has since been renamed into ‘I’m Getting Pulled Over’, and it aims to assist you during traffic stops by automatically recording your interaction with police officers.
The shortcut works by saying ‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’, and it actuvates the Do Not Disturb feature, turns off all incoming calls, messages, and notifications so the police officer won’t be startled by your phone ringing and act aggressively.
The shortcut will also send a text message with your current location to all the contacts you’ve selected beforehand, and your phone will start recording a video with the front camera (you can also customize the shortcut to record with the rear camera instead).
Now this is what you have to do to download and activate the ‘Siri, I’m Getting Pulled Over’ shortcut.
You first need to enable Untrusted Shortcuts on your iPhone.
The next step is to open your Settings app and tap on Shortcuts.
The next step is to Allow Untrusted Shortcuts by toggling it on. Note that you’ll have to create and run at least one ‘trusted’ shortcut before you do this.
The third step is to allow the shortcut.
Now, this is how to download the shortcut:
First, click on this link from your iPhone’s Safari browser.
Next, click on ‘Add Untrusted Shortcut’.
Then choose will contact will receive your message with your location, click continue, select which contacts will receive a copy of the video, and then select ‘Done’.
The next step is to back on the My Shortcuts tab, select ‘All Shortcuts’, and tap the three dots on the ‘I’m Getting Pulled Over’ shortcut.
Go on ‘Location’, select ‘Allow Access’, and select ‘Allow While Using App’.
Next, scroll down to the Messages, Camera, and Photo sections, tap on ‘Allow Access’, and then select OK.
The final step is to scroll down to the ‘Choose from Menu’ scripting settings, and choose where to store your video when the shortcut ends. Click ‘Done’ to complete your settings when complete.
All you have to do to activate the ‘Siri, I’m Getting Pulled Over’ shortcut is to activate Siri by holding down the Home button or lock button, and once Siri is listening, all you have to say is ‘Im getting pulled over.’.
The shortcut will activate, and you’ll record your encounter with the police officer.