If you are also facing the annoying Allow to share data with (null) notification on your Apple devices running iOS/iPadOS 15 or the Apple Watch running WatchOS 8 then bear with me in this fixing guide and I’ll show you how you can fix this issue. There are no doubts that the new updates are pretty cool and had bring a ton of new features and improvements with them, but it can’t be denied that there is also a fair share of issues/bugs that are present as well. In that shade of bugs and issues, a new problem is emerging making the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users go through an annoying notification saying “Allow to share data with (null)“.
This notification is associated with the Shortcuts app on the devices, asking for permission every time you use your set shortcut. There are a number of iPhone and iPad users who have reported (1, 2) on the Apple Communities about this. If you are also encountering this issue on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch then I am going to show you some workarounds to fix this.
There are currently two working fixes to this issue that has been reported by most of the users to have worked for them. So, here are the two ways to fix the “Allow to share data with (null)” notification issue.
Fix 1: Tweak the affected shortcut
This workaround has been seen working for many users and mostly those who were running the iOS 15.3 or the WatchOS 8.4. But it should also work for other users running on other versions of iOS 15/iPadOS 15 or the WatchOS 8. This workaround incorporated renaming the affected shortcut to something else and creating a new shortcut to run the previously renamed shortcut. Here’s how it’s done:
- Begin with the shortcut that you are facing the issue with and rename its siri propmt to something else. E.g. change Soft Light to something like “sftlt“, making its siri prompt to “Hey Siri, sftlt“.
- Now, head over to the Soft Light shortcut and rename it to the same name i.e. sftlt.
- Now create a new shortcut which we will use to run the shortcut that we have previously renamed. Create and name this shortcut the same that was the name of the original shortcut i.e. Soft Light in my case.
- Also make sure the Siri prompt of this newly created Shortcut is also “Hey Siri, Soft Light” or as per what you have set the name of your new Shortcut.
- Now, wait for a couple of seconds os that the Apple Watch can synchronize the shortcuts with your iPhoen or iPad.
Once done, this should solve the issue of your Apple device getting the “Allow to share data with (null)” notification.
Fix 2: Reset permission of the affected shortcut
Resetting the permission of the shortcut may help in fixing this issue. As the shortcut is not able to remember the permission, resetting the permission settings of that particular shortcut can help in resolving the issue.
- Open the Shortcuts app and tap on the three-dots of the affected shortcut to open its options.
- Now, tap on the settings icon from the top right corner to open the settings of the shortcut.
- Switch to the Privacy tab.
- Tap on the Reset Privacy option.
- Once done, again open the shortcut and click on Allow when asked for permissions.
This should fix the issue and the shortcut should not ask again and again for permission.
Here comes the end of this fixing guide and I am hoping that the aforementioned two workarounds will help you in fixing the “Allow to share data with (null)” notification error. Apple has not yet recognized this issue and hence it can take a lot longer for this issue to get an official fix. This issue is related to a specific shortcut which can be anyone in your case. Hence Assigning a new shortcut to run the faulty shortcut can solve this issue. Otherwise, you can also try resetting the p[privacy settings of that Shortcut.
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