How to Use Siri Shortcuts to Record a Police Encounter

Being stopped by police can be a difficult and even scary experience. Hopefully, the incident can be resolved smoothly and peacefully, but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious, just in case. That’s why you may want to take certain steps, including texting someone your location and recording the encounter. You can do all that, and more, with your iPhone and a handy Siri shortcut.

Reddit user Robert Petersen created a shortcut called “I’m getting pulled over” that will pause any music playing on your phone, turn down the brightness, and activate “Do Not Disturb” mode. The shortcut will also send a message to someone with your status and location and start recording a video of the encounter. Here’s how to set up and use this shortcut.

First, make sure the Shortcuts app is on your iPhone. The app should already be there as long as you’re running iOS 12 or higher. But if it’s missing, download and install it directly from the App Store. Next, you’ll need to allow untrusted shortcuts. However, before you can do that, you need to run at least one shortcut.

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