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Adding a workflow to Launcher

Launcher is an app that offers quick shortcuts for launching apps, websites, music, and contacts from Notification Center.

The power of Launcher comes from its ability to create up to six separate widgets of launchable actions (“launchers”), each of which can be set to show or hide at certain times or locations. In combination with Workflow, you can set up widgets full of workflows that are contextual to your current location or the time of day, making it easy to run the right workflow at just the right moment.

For example, you could have a set of business-related workflows in a widget that only shows up when you’re at the office, a widget with workflows you only use at home, and a widget that displays on Saturdays and Sundays for running workflows you only use on the weekends.

Adding a workflow to Launcher

To import one of your workflows as a launcher, open it from My Workflows and tap the settings button in the upper right corner. If you have Launcher installed, you’ll see an “Add to Launcher” option underneath “Add to Home Screen”. Tap it and Launcher will open, automatically placing your workflow launcher in the next open spot.

Once you’ve added your workflow, you’ll be able to tap on its icon to edit the launcher. You can change the title, toggle whether to include this launcher as a Home Screen Quick Action, and see the full URL that’s opened when the launcher is used.

In addition, there’s a button in the top right corner to duplicate the launcher. If you have more than one widget, you’ll be presented with a menu for choosing which widget to copy the launcher to.

Once you’ve finished editing, tap the checkmark on the top right to save your changes.

Note

You can duplicate launchers into another widget to move them, or your can drag and drop launchers from widget to widget like you can on the home screen – just drag carefully to the right or left and hold for a second to scroll over to the other widget.

Changing a widget’s settings

Once you’ve added a launcher to a widget, take a moment to customize the widget’s overall settings. Tap the gear icon in the bottom left to enter the widget settings.

Here, you’ll see a menu showing the current Status and Settings on the widget. In the settings, you can change the widget’s name and toggle whether the name should appear in the widget. If you’ve paid for the Pro in-app purchase, you can also hide the launcher labels (so only the launcher icons are displayed), change the size of the launcher icons to fit more per line, or choose to have music controls available as part of the widget.

The most powerful widget settings, however, are the options for “When to Show” and “Where to Show”. With When To Show, you can customize each individual Launcher widget to show up only on certain days of the week or at certain times of the day. With Where to Show, you can choose from “Everywhere”, “Within”, or “Outside”, so that certain widgets only show up at a chosen location such as at work or home.

These settings make Launcher extremely customizable and allow you to create dynamic widgets that show and hide depending on your context.

Adding multiple widgets to Launcher

Within one Launcher widget, you can add up to 24 launchers (36 if you shrink the launcher size, a pro feature).

If you’ve filled up all the spots or simply want multiple widgets with a handful of launchers each, you can hit the button on the bottom right to create a new widget. You’ll be prompted to add a widget, remove a widget, or reorder widgets.

Tap “Add Widget” and you’ll be prompted to choose whether to create an empty widget or copy one of your existing ones. The newly-created widget will be given a numbered name and added to the right of the current widget, just a swipe away.


Check out Cromluent Labs’ website for the full documentation on Launcher.