While there is lots to love about Things 3 and it’s capabilities with automation, it’s also got one huge problem if you’re trying to automate it with Shortcuts on iOS. Things 3 offers separate purchases for iOS and iPadOS, which means they’re different applications and get different intents in Shortcuts. The result of this is that you must create each automation twice and detect which device you’re on before running an automation.

Today I’m going to show you how to create a Shortcuts automation that will work with Things 3 on iOS and iPadOS.

[Download the Things device detector](https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/2133d3a4c82d414c976c7a41de04d5be)