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A shortcut for texting location and video to a friend when detained by the police

Shortcuts guru and friend of the site Matthew Cassinelli has shared an iOS shortcut for users who are being detained by the police. The shortcut texts a preset message to a trusted contact, before recording a video.

Cassinelli’s version tweaks an earlier shortcut that was making the rounds by adding GPS coordinates and a street location.

You can download the shortcut here. In order to install it, you’ll need to make sure you’ve enabled the Allow Untrusted Shortcuts option under Settings > Shortcuts. (If you don’t even see such an option, you may need to go to the Gallery tab in the Shortcuts app and install a shortcut from there first.)

Updated 6/8/20 to correct the link to the original shortcut.