Open User Profiles in a 3rd-Party Twitter Client with Workflow

Shortcuts no longer supports shortcut file imports and links no longer function. Any links to shortcuts in this post have been updated to use iCloud links.

Here’s a useful action extension for Workflow that will open a user’s profile based on a link in either Tweetbot or Twitterrific.

This works with either a link to a Twitter user’s profile, such as or a direct link to a tweet, and it doesn’t matter if the link points to the desktop or mobile domain.

An animated GIF of the workflow in action

It’s largely unnecessary to have the workflow ask which Twitter client you use, since most people likely just use the one day-to-day, so you should modify the final steps of the workflow to automatically open your preferred app.

For some reason, this workflow doesn’t want to run on my iPad with the iOS 9 Public Beta 2. I’ve tested it on iOS 8 devices and it works fine, so if you’re using the latest beta of iOS 9 then you may find it doesn’t work. But, you know, that’s why it’s a beta.