Do you have an album or playlist that you listen to on repeat? Or maybe you have kids, and all they want to listen to is that Abba album that you hate over and over again. And even. Are you tired of throwing Apple Music and searching for that recording every time you want to play it? Well look no further! Today we will see how to add any music to your home screen and play it just by tapping an icon.
As we do so often with these amazing tips, we’re going to use Apple’s Workflow app to do the dirty work. The first step is to download the app if you haven’t already, or launch it if you have already. You can pick it up from the App Store here.
Workflow is Apple’s iOS automation app. It allows you to create workflows to quickly complete all kinds of tasks in multiple tedious steps, as well as to do things that cannot be done by any other means.
Today we’re going to use it to create an ultra-simple workflow. We’ll tell him to play a playlist. One of the cool features of Workflow is that you can access your workflows from so many places. They can appear in the sharing box, they can appear in Today view, and they can be launched from the Home screen. This is the one we will be using today.
Create a playlist
First of all, we need to create a playlist in the Music app. Workflow can play a playlist, but it cannot play an album. So the workaround is to create a playlist that contains only the album you want to listen to. Of course, you can use any playlist for this as well.
Once you have created this playlist, open Workflow and tap the + in the upper right corner of the screen to create a new Workflow. Normally I would share a pre-built workflow to customize, but this one is so simple that it’s easier for you to create it yourself.
With the new blank workflow on your screen, find the action Get the playlist in the left sidebar and drag it onto the main section. Then slide into the action Play music. You can manually scroll through the list to find them or use the search box at the top to narrow your search.
That’s it for the workflow steps! I told you it was easy, right? Then press your Get the playlist action and choose your playlist from the list that appears. If you’ve never used the Workflow app before, you’ll need to give it permission to access your music library. I created a playlist called Siesta, which contains Brian Eno’s playlist Background music for airports. It is the most relaxing album ever made.
Add your workflow to the home screen
Next, we’ll add this workflow to your iPhone or iPad home screen. Bonus tip: If you have the Workflow app on multiple devices, you can set it up to sync your actions through iCloud. Then you can easily share the same actions across all your devices.
We will add the workflow to the home screen. IT will stay there, like any other icon, only when you tap on it, it launches and runs your new workflow. That is, it plays the playlist you have chosen. First of all, we need to prepare the workflow. Tap the settings cog icon to display this panel:
Next, give your workflow a name (album or playlist title is good) and an icon. In the Icon section of these settings, you will see a tab labeled Home Screen. If you want, you can add a photo to your workflow, which will be used as the home screen icon. The obvious move here is to take a screenshot of the album art in the Music app, crop it into a nice square, and then upload it here.
Once done, you need to press Add to Home Screen . This will launch Safari. The workflow itself cannot add an icon to the home screen, so it creates a URL link to your workflow and sends it to Safari. Then you can use Safari to add that link to the home screen, just like you can with any bookmarked web page. It’s a smart workaround, although it does make the initial setup a bit longer.
To save the icon to your Homepage from Safari, press the
Share arrow, then choose the Add to Home Screen icon from the bottom row of icons. That’s it. You have finished.
Now whenever you want to play this album / playlist, just tap the icon and it will be played. Unfortunately, you end up with the Workflow app open on your screen, but it’s still a lot better than having to search the playlist every time. Or worse, try to get Siri to understand what you want to listen to.
Give it a try. And if you like it, try making a folder of shortcuts to your favorite music.