Alex. Alex. Alex. Calling Amazon’s virtual assistant for each command to continuously turn on various smart home devices can be tiring. But did you know that you can set up an Alexa routine and create a single voice command that triggers a series of different actions?
To design a routine, you need to use Alexa app. Once you have made one, you can use one Alexa speaker, Smart display, Or other smart home devices with Alexa built-in to trigger routines. You can also schedule routines, or trigger them via third-party smart home devices, dismiss alarms, or use the Echo button.
How to set up an Alexa routine
Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet and click more Tab at the bottom, then select Routine. You will find some preset routines Featured label. To create your own routine, click the plus icon and you will be prompted to choose a name for it.
Tap When this happens Select your trigger, and Add action Choose what should happen. For example: when I say “Alexa, good night”, the lights turn off, the bedroom curtains close, and Alexa says “good dreams”.
You can add as many operations as you need. Most of the operations are self-explanatory, from making a call to sending an email to triggering a music playlist.The smart home part is where you can trigger actions on your device, such as Smart light, Surveillance cameras, with Robot vacuum cleaner, Provided that you have added them through the Alexa app.If you haven’t already, just click more Tab and select Add device At the top.
You can edit or delete the routine at any time in the future, so it’s worth trying.If you can’t find what you are looking for, try custom made Options and enter what you want Alexa to perform.
If that doesn’t swing it, then consider using IFTTT (If This Then That).You can create a “small program” to pass IFTTT website And, if you link to your Amazon account, the applet you created will be displayed through the IFTTT option in the add operation list when you create an Alexa routine. This may be a good way to get Alexa commands to trigger devices or services that are not directly compatible.
You can find more information about Alexa routines and new ideas Here.
What can you do with Alexa routines
You can use routines to trigger the usual series of answers, announcements, and actions that Alexa can perform, but they can be layered to suit different purposes.After connecting the correct device, you can also trigger lights, cameras, TV, music, and all Interesting and useful Alexa skills You have already installed it. The possibilities are almost limitless.
Each of the options here are too many, so here are some example routines that you might find useful:
- Set the operation of disarming the morning alarm to trigger weather reports, news headlines and open curtains.
- Say “Alexa, goodbye” to turn off all smart lights, trigger your robot vacuum cleaner to start, and ask Alexa to reply “I’ll pick it up later.”
- Say “Alexa, quiet time” to turn on do not disturb for an hour, trigger a relaxing music playlist, and switch your smart light to a relaxing scene.
- Press your smart doorbell to trigger the sci-fi alarm sound and make your smart light flash red.
- Say “Alexa, Amy’s bedtime”, switch your smart lighting to a soft level, play soothing sleep sounds, and close the curtains.
Gear Reader Special Offer: Get 1 year subscription to WIRED, only $5 ($25 minus)This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you wish). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.
More exciting connected stories