Use the 'Hey Siri I'm being pulled over' shortcut to record police encounters on your iPhone

The free 'I'm getting pulled over' Siri Shortcut has been created to help you feel safe if you are stopped by the police by recording the scene live.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

How does the "Siri, I'm getting pulled over" shortcut work?

When you trigger the shortcut, either by voice or tapping your iPhone screen, it will activate Do Not Disturb (turning off all incoming calls, messages, and notifications), send your current location to contacts you have previously selected, and start recording video.

The shortcut can be downloaded for free and installed on your iPhone using the Shortcuts app.

Shortcuts is an app that allows you to run several tasks at once on your device. If you want to learn more, we've written all about it here.

The "I'm Getting Pulled Over." Shortcut was created by Arizona resident Robert Petersen and aims to assist users during traffic stops by automatically recording their interactions with police officers if stopped.

How to install the "Hey Siri, I'm Getting Pulled Over" shortcut

Apple provides a large selection of pre-made shortcuts through the Gallery available within the app, but you can also install shortcuts created by third parties.

To do so, you need to allow third-party shortcuts to be installed on your iPhone.

Enable Untrusted Shortcuts on your iPhone

Before you can enable untrusted shortcuts, you'll need to have run a "trusted" shortcut. If you haven't done this yet, open the Shortcuts app and run one of the Starter Shortcuts by tapping on it.

  • Open your Settings app, scroll down and tap on Shortcuts.
  • Tap to toggle on Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.
  • Read the pop-up window to learn about potential risks, then if you are happy to continue, tap Allow, and then enter your passcode when prompted.
Enable Unstrusted Shortcuts
Enable Unstrusted Shortcuts

Where to download the shortcut

  • Open Safari on your iPhone and open this link.
  • The Shortcuts app on your iPhone will open automatically. Read through the list of features it offers, then scroll to the bottom and tap on Add Untrusted Shortcut.
Tap to Add Untrusted Shortcut
Tap to Add Untrusted Shortcut
  • You'll be prompted to start configuring the shortcut. First, enter the details of people you want to receive the message containing your location.
Tell the shortcut who you'd like to receive a message
Tell the shortcut who you'd like to receive a message
  • Next, choose which of your contacts will receive a copy of the video.
  • Tap on Done
  • Tap on the My Shortcuts icon at the bottom of the screen, find the newly installed shortcut, and tap on the three dots at the top right to do some more editing.
  • Scroll down until you see the Location action, tap on Allow Access Tap OK.
Allow the shortcut to access your location
Allow the shortcut to access your location
  • Repeat this process with the Messages, Camera and Photos actions.
  • If you want the video to be recorded from a different camera on your iPhone, tap on the blue camera name to change it to Front or Back.
  • Scroll down further until you come to Scripting. Here, you choose where you would like to save your video when the shortcut finishes. By default, you have the option of iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or do not upload. To remove an option, tap not the red delete icon.
  • Depending on which choices you made, you'll need to tap Allow Access so your iPhone can upload to those services.
  • Tap Done to finish customizing the shortcut.

How to activate the "Siri, I'm getting pulled over" shortcut

Once it's installed, running the shortcut is simple. The easiest way is to say:

Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over

You can also activate Siri by pressing and holding the side/home button on your iPhone, or opening the Shortcuts app and tapping the I'm getting pulled over shortcut to run it.

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.