What Should I Do if My iPhone Shortcuts Request Unnecessary Permissions?

Is your iPhone shortcut asking for unnecessary permissions after you download it? But if you don’t know what to do when a shortcut asks for unnecessary permissions, don’t worry. This blog post is solely written to solve your problem.

I promise that if you read this blog post carefully, you will understand the difference between necessary and unnecessary permissions and learn the best course of action if a shortcut requests unnecessary permissions.

So, without wasting much time on the introduction, let’s jump into the main topic.

If iPhone Shortcuts Request Unnecessary Permissions, What’s Best To Do?

Whenever you download a shortcut to your iPhone, you need to grant some necessary permissions for it to work properly. For example, if you use the ‘R Download’ shortcut on your device, you will need to grant storage and gallery permissions as it is a media downloading software.

Now you might ask, which permissions are unnecessary, and how do we recognize them? Let me explain what I mean. Suppose you download a shortcut on your iPhone related to media downloading, and it asks for permission to access your call list. Think about it, what is the relationship between a media download shortcut and your call list? If there is no clear connection, then there is likely a problem with this shortcut. Do you understand what I’m trying to convey? I hope my message is clear to you.

Above, I have explained in detail what necessary and unnecessary permissions are. If you don’t know this, you will never be able to identify a shortcut that is requesting unnecessary permissions from you.

Now, if a shortcut is requesting unnecessary permissions from you, let me explain the best thing you can do.

Some Solutions:

  • Deny Permissions: If a shortcut requests unnecessary permissions that seem unrelated to its function, simply deny the request.
  • Research the Shortcut: You should research whether anyone else has reported this specific shortcut with unnecessary permission requests. If others have reported the same issue, it’s best to avoid using that shortcut.
  • Verify Its Developer: You need to check who developed that specific shortcut. If it was created by an unknown developer with no reputation in the market, you should avoid using that shortcut.
  • Report The Shortcut: It is advisable to report shortcuts that request unnecessary permissions. You can report them to Apple or the platform where you found them.
  • Delete The Shortcut: You can delete that specific shortcut from your device. In my opinion, this is the best course of action.


Hopefully, you now know what to do if you are asked for unnecessary permission by an iPhone shortcut. However, if anyone doesn’t understand something I’ve explained, feel free to contact me. I will try to communicate with you personally to ensure you understand everything. Also, don’t forget to visit this website regularly, as we frequently upload quality content about iPhone shortcuts. 

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