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If you’ve never used Shortcuts, Apple made it difficult to download Shortcuts made by other users (with good reason. Only download Shortcuts from reputable sources unless you understand all the actions contained in the Shortcut).
Install any Shortcut from the Gallery in the app
Run the Shortcut from My Shortcuts
Go to Settings > Shortcuts
The previously hidden “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” toggle appears for you to enable
Download the Spicy Lyrics shortcut here. Submitting your email address ensures you get the latest updates and tips
The shortcut is going to want to access your Music, Google, and Genius.com. Click OK on all of these. You only need to do this the first time.
Make Spicy Lyrics run like an app from your Home Screen or Widgets.
To add Spicy Lyrics to your Home Screen and Widgets, just:
Open the Shortcuts app
Tap the ••• button on the Spicy Lyrics Shortcut
Tap the ••• button at the top of the Edit screen
Select Add to Home Screen/Show in Widget
Don't have an iPhone?
Don't get left out! Here are some solutions.
These devices will run Spicy Lyrics in the Shortcuts app
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Since this is a shortcut and not an app, there are things that sometimes function incorrectly.
Using Too Much
If you use it too many times in a row, you'll exceed the Google request rate and the shortcut will stop working. If this happens, just wait a few moments.
Spicy Lyrics can only show content that is available at Genius.com
If it's unavailable, try a Google search, then copy the lyrics and use the Paste function in Spicy Lyrics.
I have run into occasions where a Google Doodle got in the way of retrieving lyrics. If this happens, just try a Google search, then copy the lyrics and use the Paste function in Spicy Lyrics.
Years ago, I started a spreadsheet that contained a database of inappropriate words for me to play in my school's gym. I used to have to paste the lyrics into the spreadsheet and it would tell me any instances of these words. When iOS released Shortcuts, it was the perfect opportunity to take it to the next level with contextual highlighting. Needless to say, this tool has been years in the making and the word list is still growing. If you encounter words that should be highlighted, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. By signing up with your email, you'll be certain not to miss an update.