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How To Auto Scroll On iPhone?

Every part of your body can suffer fatigue and your fingers are no exception. If they’re not scrolling, then they must be tapping on swiping, and this truthfully can be tiring. Auto Scroll enabled on your iPhone is a great way to free up your fingers, allowing them some time to rest or better still, get them engaged on something else. 

Especially if you read a lot either on your browser, word processing applications or just about anywhere on your iPhone, then you really are in need of this feature. In this article, you’ll learn how to auto scroll on iPhone the easiest way possible. Continue reading to find out.

How To Auto Scroll On iPhone

To auto scroll pages on your iPhone would mean to have the content you’re consuming scroll upwards as you read downward on autopilot. That’s like having someone else do it for you while you read and go through every part of the content at your own pace – the part I like best.

You won’t realize how much of a job your finger does for you until you’re faced with reading a long article that may seem bottomless. You not only get bored in the process, but can get pretty worked up by the article. But having newer parts of the content appear by themselves , be it News or surfing your favorite web forum, can become a game changer.

There are a couple of ways available to achieve this on your iPhone, some of them have a little bit of technicality to them which often have scared people away, but I’ve had very tiny easy steps you can follow to achieve auto scroll on your iPhone prepared for you. Follow the below methods;

1. Auto scroll using the Shortcut app

The Short has in recent times become the most acceptable way to do stunningly amazing things on the iPhone. The Shortcut app seems kind of hidden for some people and some do not even consider it an IOS app. What if I told you it comes pre-installed on your iPhone at least since the release of IOS 12. 

Don’t worry though, you can’t be faulted for not knowing the app. The now Shortcut app used to be something else in the past and wasn’t even owned by Apple. It was originally Workflow and down the line Apple bought it and made it Shortcut. 

That’s enough background for the Shortcut app that makes auto scrolling possible I suppose. With the Shortcut app, you can simply have a touch of a button carry out multiple tasks at the same time. While you’ll have a rich list of shortcuts on the app to select from, users are also allowed to get creative on their own and make whatever shortcut they wish. 

Hence, we’ve seen shortcuts that are as simple as ABC, performing regular functions. On the other hand, some shortcuts have involved programming languages like JavaScript and so are more sophisticated in their function. In fact, there are endless possibilities with the shortcut app.

Auto scroll can be achieved using the Shortcut app, it includes one of those JavaScript enabled shortcuts. Don’t worry, you’re not going to be writing any codes, not even a tag. All you have to do is download and launch the premade shortcut app and you’ll be good to go. 

First, you need to make sure you’re running IOS 13 or later and have the Shortcut application. It comes pre-installed anyway, but often gets deleted. If you can’t find yours, head over to the App store to get it installed. Secondly, you need to make shortcuts that are not native to the app usable on the app. Follow the below guide;

  • With the Shortcut app installed. Open iPhone Settings
  • Scroll down to the Application section
  • Tap on Shortcut from the list
  • Toggle on the switch to the right of ‘Allow Untrusted Shortcuts’

Toggling that on makes you able to use shortcuts other users have created on the app. With that done, next is to download and launch the user-created shortcut. However, bear in mind that for the purpose of this article, I’ll be showing how to auto scroll on the Safari app. Follow the rest of the guide below;

  • Tap on this link to get the Safari auto scroll shortcut made by the RoutineHub. The link should open the shortcut app when clicked, but if it brings you to a web page, tap on the ‘Get’ button you find on the web page.
  • Now in the Shortcut app, on the ‘Add  Shortcut’ screen precisely. Scroll down and tap on ‘Add Untrusted Shortcut’
  • Tap on Continue at the bottom of the page and on Done on the next page.
  • Launch the Safari app and open any web page of your choice.
  • Just at the bottom of the app, tap on the Share button
  • This pulls up a new screen of options. Tap on Safari Auto Scroll
  • Select from the prompt the desired scroll speed. Presets from 5 milliseconds to 100 milliseconds are available. If you’re a slow reader or like to take your time, be sure to select 100 milliseconds and if you like it fast paced, choose between 10, 20 or 50 milliseconds.
  • Whatever the scroll speed, this will make the page you’re on scroll up by one pixel every 5 milliseconds, 50 milliseconds or 100 milliseconds as the case may be. Of course you can make things more custom, selecting a desired Pixel your page moves for the set milliseconds.
  • To do this, tap on Custom MS & PX. Afterwards give access to the shortcut to affect how the page behaves. You only have to do this once for each page you wish to have to scroll up automatically. 
  • To stop the Auto scrolling effect on the page, just refresh the page or revert to the previous page.

You’ll notice this will work for the Safari app and web pages you visit. While there may be other shortcuts that may be used to achieve the same end on other apps, you may have to do the due diligence of searching for the one that works best for you.

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2. Auto scroll using Voice Command

You can have pages scroll up with just a command. This is still easier than the stress of scrolling endless pages with your finger. Best part is that it really doesn’t require much. Only make some changes to the accessibility settings on your iPhone and you’re good to auto scroll using voice command.

Follow the below guide;

  • Open iPhone Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Accessibility
  • Tap on Voice Control
  • Tap on Set up Voice Control
  • Tap on Customize Commands
  • Tap on Create New Command
  • You’ll be asked to enter the phrase of choice that will trigger your set  command. You can input; Scroll up or just up. You can also scroll down, just represent it with a phrase of choice.
  • Tap on Action
  • Tap on Run Custom gesture
  • On the gesture screen swipe up on the screen or down to scroll up the page or down  respectively. 
  • Tap on Save

And you’re good to go. Simply issue the command phrase you have set up on a page it’ll automatically scroll up or down, depending on which command phrase you speak.


Can Auto Scroll Be Enabled On iPhone?

Yes, you can easily enable auto scroll on your iPhone. Although some people have taken to jailbreaking to make this possible on their device, there are still safer ways to do this without the need to jailbreak. 

Auto scroll undoubtedly makes life easier, makes reading and using your iPhone more enjoyable and most important of all, gives your fingers some time to rest.]

The easiest way to enable the auto scroll is to use the Shortcut app, run a user-created shortcut and enjoy the auto scroll feature on any page of your choice. 

Conclusion

Both ways on how to auto scroll on iPhone as have been discussed in this article are hands-free. Meaning you don’t have to make any swipe gesture on your digitizer to scroll content on any page. But one of them requires a little bit of activity while in use – auto scrolling using voice command. In my opinion, I think I prefer the Shortcut app method, since I don’t do anything extra, the page just keeps scrolling on its own. What about you, what’s your most preferred method to auto scroll?

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