As some have showcased on this forum already, I’ve been using iOS Shortcuts to have nice home screen icons straight to a variety of places and actions within Obsidian:
Each of those shortcuts opens an Obsidian URI (I use the Advanced URI plugin, which gives us deeplinks for opening specific notes, creating new ones, running commands, etc).
Open note launches Obsidian into the Quick switcher with the command URI
Dreams inbox launches the specific note where I write my dreams every night with
New note creates a new note using the Lumberjack plugin with
Daily note (yellow icon) opens the daily note and puts the cursor on a new item line at the end again with Lumberjack and
These are all very simple Shortcuts to set up:
This is tremendously useful already, but there was one further improvement possible - bringing these icons to the lock screen as well, as iOS 16 glance widgets:
I achieved this thanks to an additional iOS app: ShortFlow.
ShortFlow allows us to set up those widgets and make them point to either an app, an existing Shortcuts workflow or a URL.
While I could use my existing Shortcuts workflows, I noticed that doing so first opens the Shortcuts app and then runs the flow. Not ideal. However, since those shortcuts open URLs anyway, I just reused those within ShortFlow:
All that was left was customizing the lock screen to add the widgets:
Et voilà! Lock screen to Obsidian shortcuts! I don’t think it gets better than this
(Note that ShortFlow supports up to 3 free widgets, and a max of 9 when paying a one time $4.99 upgrade)