Saturday, May 21, 2022

Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

Unless you’ve dug deep into the settings menu for Google Home, you might not know about the smart speaker’s most powerful feature.

It’s called Routines, and it allows you to execute multiple actions with a single voice command. For example, you can have Google Assistant announce the weather, a personalized traffic report, and news updates while you get ready for work, or have it dim your smart light bulbs and play some relaxing music a few minutes before bedtime. These routines even work with the Google Assistant app on iOS and Android—no smart speaker required.

You can also schedule Routines to run at specific times without voice commands, effectively turning a Google Home speaker into a high-tech alarm clock that can wake you up with music, information, and smart home automations.

Here’s how to get started with Google Home’s Routines, and how to make the most of them:

Google Home Routine basics

To start building Routines, open the Google Home app for Android or iOS, press the menu button in the top-left corner, and then select “More Settings.” Now scroll down to the Services section, and select “Routines.”

googlehomeroutines1 Jared Newman / IDG

Within this menu, you’ll see several ready-made Routines for things like leaving the house, commuting home, and going to bed. Tap on any of these Routines to modify them, or hit the + button to build a Routine from scratch.

Each Routine must be triggerable by at least one voice command, and ready-made routines come with default commands that you can’t remove. The phrase “Let’s go to work,” for instance, is always associated with the “Commuting to work” Routine, and “Good night” is always associated with the bedtime Routine.

You can, however, add more trigger phrases to each Routine. Under the “When” or “When I say…” section, tap the arrow key, then tap the + button on the next screen. Type in whatever trigger phrase you’d like to use, then hit “OK.” For custom Routines, you can also specify a day of the week and a time for the event to occur automatically.


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