Imagine that by just saying “Alexa, start my morning”, your nightstand Echo Dot can tune in to your favorite Spotify playlist, raise automated smart blinds to let in the sun and set your home’s thermostat on that perfect winter morning 75 degrees. It’s all thanks to one of Alexa’s most useful features, Routines. If you’ve never used Routines and want to learn how, here’s a helpful guide to get you started.
First, what are routines?
The concept behind Routines is that you can customize Alexa so that you can speak a single sentence and she will complete a whole series of actions that you predetermined in the Alexa app. For example, if you say the phrase “Alexa, good night,”
Why are routines useful?
With Routines, users of Echo devices no longer have to give Alexa multiple commands, such as ‘Alexa, turn off the living room light’, ‘Alexa, turn down the thermostat’ and ‘Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.’ . , you can group the devices – which are in different rooms if you want – in the app, which tells Alexa to control them all at once. You can even choose your guideline. For example, you can set it up so that when you say, “Alexa, I’m leaving,” you can have Alexa turn off all the lights in the house at once, except for the main entrance light.
In addition, Alexa devices also allow users to group multiple smart products into one category. For example, you can group all your living room lamps and light fixtures into one group instead of asking Alexa to turn on each lamp one at a time. This makes it even easier to merge groups of devices into one routine.
What do I need to use routines?
To access Amazon Alexa Routines feature, you must own one of Amazon’s Echo devices, such as thesame , or . You can also buy third-party products with Alexa built-in, such as the Sonos One speaker. Once you’ve paired your Echo device with other smart home items such as plugs, switches, light bulbs, and door locks, you can start tailoring commands and routines to your schedule and lifestyle.
How do I create a routine?
To create your first Amazon Alexa routine, just log in to your Alexa app on Android or iOS and tap Menu icon in the top left corner of the screen. Crane Routinesand then click on it More ticks in the upper right corner. Tap on When this happens. From there, you can choose to have a routine happen when you say something (“Alexa, good morning”) or at a scheduled time. You can also create routines based on location or other factors (such as pressing an echo button).
Suppose you want an alarm to go off and the lights come on every day at 7am, you can set that without using your voice in the app. Then you add the actions, telling Alexa if you want her to lock the front door, read your Flash Briefing, turn off the music, or all of the above. You can also set a routine for when you get home from work, such as turning on the light and adjusting the thermostat. Alexa will initiate these actions as soon as she keeps track of your arrival at your home address.
After the routine is created, you can go back and edit it at your leisure. Feel free to remove actions or add new ones, change the time of day or phrase associated with it, or temporarily turn off the routine altogether.
What Can’t I Do With Routines?
Amazon continues to improve its Routines feature, and there’s little you can’t do, especially since you can even include IFTTT applets in your Alexa routines. Since Amazon has also added location-based routines, which allow you to set up routines based on your geographic location, you can do even more. You can have Alexa perform numerous actions, from reading a summary of your email to controlling smart devices. Currently, you can have up to 99 routines in your Alexa account.