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You can now start and stop an Opal Session using iOS Shortcuts and Shortcut Automations. A shortcut on iPhone, iPad, or Mac is a quick way to get one or more tasks done with your apps. The Shortcuts app lets you create your own shortcuts with multiple steps. You can read more about it in the Shortcuts User Guide here. To set up an Opal Shortcut on your device, follow these steps:

  • Open the Shortcuts App on your iPhone or iPad, which is natively installed on your phone
  • Navigate to "Automations"
  • Create any Automation you want, search for Opal when you select an Action

What do Opal Shortcuts do?

You can start and stop an Opal Session using iOS Shortcuts and Shortcut Automations. Alone, this is an added redundancy to our screen-time blocking that removes apps from the home-screen in the first place. However, shortcuts can be extra powerful when paired with Automations. Some examples include:

  • Start Opal when I arrive at my office (location based)
  • Start Opal when I open the TikTok app

For more information and ideas on how to use iOSΒ Shortcuts and Opal, please head here.

‍Going further: using Focus Filters

There are a few ways you can go further:

  • Select a "Focus Filter" to choose which App Groups will be blocked
  • Sync Opal with Focus Mode

For more information on how to use Focus Mode and Focus Filters with Opal, please head here.

That's it! If you have any problems with Shortcuts and Focus Filters, please let us know using the instructions here.

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