Sesame Siri Shortcut: Instructions for Setup

We've had many users express interest in using Sesame with Siri Shortcuts ever since iOS 12 was released, and we're pleased to announce that Siri Shortcuts for Sesame is now available!

Siri Shortcuts is a new iOS feature that allows you to create shortcuts for your favorite actions on iOS. You can access these shortcuts from the Shortcuts app, from the Shortcuts widget, by adding your shortcut as an icon to your home screen, or by saying "Hey Siri" followed by your shortcut phrase. In this tutorial, we will show you how to unlock Sesame using all of the above methods. Simply repeat the tutorial for the lock action to have everything set up for lock, unlock, and status request!

NOTE: Please update your Sesame app to version 1.40 or later to begin testing Siri Shortcuts for Sesame. Please also make sure your iPhone has been updated to iOS 12.0.0 or later.

NOTE: The Wi-Fi Access Point is required to use Sesame with Siri. Please make sure to enable notifications and integrations after linking your Sesame to the Wi-Fi Access Point to use Siri Shortcuts for Sesame.

 

Enable Notifications and Cloud Integrations

1. Open the Sesame app and select your Sesame, then click Status

select sesame status

2. Click on Change Settings

change sesame settings

3. Toggle Notifications and Integration to ON

turn on sesame notifications and cloud integration

NOTE: It's important to enable notifications because the Sesame app notifications will provide more accurate status updates than the Siri Shortcuts. Please refer to the Sesame app notifications for the results of your commands. Cloud integration MUST be enabled for Sesame to show up in Shortcuts.

 

Set Only Voice/Phrase Shortcut for Siri

If you only want to set a voice/phrase shortcut for Sesame and want to skip everything else, you can use this method.

1. Open your phone's Settings and find Siri & Search

go to siri and search in settings

2. Click on All Shortcuts

select all shortcuts

3. Search for Sesame or scroll down to the Sesame section and click on the plus sign to add the shortcut to Siri

search for sesame siri shortcut and click plus sign

5. Record or type the phrase you'd like to use for this shortcut

record sesame shortcut phrase

6. Click Done

finish adding your sesame siri shortcut

7. You will see you new shortcut under My Shortcuts with your chosen phrase

view sesame siri shortcut under my shortcuts

 

RUN SHORTCUT FROM SIRI

1. Say "Hey Siri" followed by your shortcut phrase

hey siri open sesame shortcut

2. if successful, you will receive a notification from Sesame app plus a response from Siri

sesame siri shortcut notificationsesame shortcut siri response

Note: The Sesame app notification will provide more accurate information on the result of your command than Siri, so it is recommended to refer to the Sesame notification for the status rather than Siri's response when using the Sesame Siri Shortcuts.

 

Set Up Shortcut in Shortcuts App

Using the Shortcuts app allows you to create a shortcut for Sesame, customize the icon, include this shortcut in widgets, add a voice phrase for this shortcut, and add an icon to the home screen. Many of these features are optional, so feel free to skip the options you won't be using.

CREATE SHORTCUT

1. Open your Shortcuts app and click Create Shortcut.

siri shortcuts for sesame tutorial

create new siri shortcut

2. Search for Sesame and click Unlock Sesame.

search for shortcut

sesame siri shortcut

3. Click on the Settings icon to edit settings for this shortcut.

edit settings for sesame siri shortcut

4. Click on the name to change the shortcut name, then click Done once you're finished.

change siri shortcut name

open sesame siri shortcut

5. Click on the icon to change icon color and glyph - there are even lock/unlock icons which are perfect for Sesame shortcuts! - then click Done when finished.

change sesame siri shortcut icon

unlock icon for open sesame shortcut

6. (Optional) Next, you can add this shortcut to Siri and activate it with a voice phrase. Simply click Add to Siri, record your phrase, then click Done.

add sesame shortcut to siri

record phrase for sesame siri shortcut

open sesame shortcut phrase for siri

7. (Optional) Next, you can add this shortcut to your home screen and activate it by clicking the icon. Simply click Add to Home Screen, follow the instructions provided, name your icon, then click Done.

add sesame shortcut to home screen

click share button to add shortcut to home screen

find the add to home screen button

name your open sesame icon

open sesame siri shortcut icon on home screen

8. If you added the icon to your home screen, you will need to reopen your Shortcuts app. Otherwise, complete your shortcut by clicking Done twice.

exit sesame shortcut settings

exit sesame shortcut detail screen

9. You're done! You can repeat these steps for Lock Sesame, or proceed to unlock your Sesame using shortcuts below.

 

RUN SHORTCUT FROM SHORTCUTS APP

Once your shortcut is finished, you can run it at any time by opening the Shortcut app and clicking on your shortcut. There will be a stop icon that lets you terminate the shortcut. Once the shortcut is successful, you will receive a notification from the Sesame app and a response from the Shortcut app.

run sesame siri shortcut

sesame shortcut running

successfully unlocked sesame using shortcuts

 

(Optional) RUN SHORTCUT FROM SIRI

If you clicked Add to Siri when you set up your shortcut, you can ask Siri to run this shortcut for you. You can also set this up at any time by going into the Shortcut app, clicking on the three circles on your shortcut, then clicking on the settings icon.

To ask Siri to activate this shortcut, simply say "Hey Siri" followed by your shortcut phrase. Siri will run the shortcut and you will receive a notification from the Sesame app and response from Siri once finished.

ask siri to unlock sesame

siri successfully unlocked sesame smart lock

 

(Optional) RUN SHORTCUT FROM HOME SCREEN ICON

If you clicked Add to Home Screen when you set up your shortcut, you can activate your shortcut by clicking on the icon. You can also set this up at any time by going into the Shortcut app, clicking on the three circles on your shortcut, then clicking on the settings icon.

To ask Siri to activate this shortcut, simply click on the icon. The icon will open your Shortcuts app and run the "Unlock Sesame" shortcut. You will receive a notification from the Sesame app and a response from the Shortcuts app when done.

run open sesame shortcut from home icon

shortcuts app running unlock sesame shortcut

sesame successfully unlocked by shortcuts

 

(Optional) RUN SHORTCUT FROM WIDGETS

You will need to add the Shortcuts widget to your widget list if you haven't already. You also must have left the Show in Widgets toggle to ON in your shortcut settings. You can also change this setting at any time by going into the Shortcut app, clicking on the three circles on your shortcut, then clicking on the settings icon.

First, add the widget to your widget list. When you click on your shortcut, there will be a stop icon that lets you terminate the shortcut. You will receive a notification from the Sesame app and see a check mark on your shortcut when done.

1. Swipe right on your home screen to access your widgets, then click Edit.

edit widgets

2. Find the Shortcuts app and click on plus sign next to it, then click Done.

add shortcuts widget to your iphone

3. Click on your shortcut in the widget to run it. When it's done, you will receive a notification from the Sesame app and there will be a check mark on your shortcut.

run sesame shortcut from widgets

If you have any questions about using Siri Shortcuts with Sesame, please email us at sesame@canyhouse.co. We'd be happy to help!

Warmly,
CANDY HOUSE, Inc.
sesame@candyhouse.co

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