Following ongoing protests over police brutality and greater scrutiny of police behavior, an iPhone shortcut designed to record a user’s interactions with police has seen renewed interest.
It’s called the “I’m being pulled over” shortcut, and it works like this. After downloading and installing the shortcut, the user simply needs to say “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over” to activate it. The shortcut will then automatically pause music, dim the brightness on the iPhone, turn down the phone volume, turn on Do Not Disturb, and send a notification to a contact of your choosing that you are being pulled over, as well as your current location. The shortcut will then activate the front-facing camera and begin recording. Once the recording has stopped, a copy of the video is then sent to a specified contact, the brightness and volume are returned to their original settings, Do Not Disturb is turned off, and the user is given the option to send the video to DropBox or iCloud.
The iPhone shortcut was first created in 2018, but has since been updated to fix lingering bugs. It has also gained popularity since the death of George Floyd.
To get the shortcut, iPhone users must first download the Shortcuts app. Go to Settings, and tap “Shortcuts.” Toggle the “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” switch to on. Then download the “I’m getting pulled over” shortcut using this link in the Safari browser on you iPhone. Hit “Get Shortcut.”
From there, tap “Add Untrusted Shortcut,” and select the contacts you would like to send the notification and video to. When finished, hit Done.
The iPhone shortcut was created by reddit user Robert Petersen, and has seen a flurry of attention in the last several weeks. “I just wanted a way for anyone to have proof of their version of events in the unlikely scenario that something unexpected happens during a police interaction,” Petersen told KCTV in 2019. “And if one in 10,000 people find my shortcut useful at all I’ll be glad.”