What Is Google Assistant Routines?

Google Assistant Routines is a new feature which enables a user to trigger more than one action with a single command or phrase. Google Assistant routines offers six default routines, you can customize them according to your preferences. Moreover, you can ask Google Assistant to do things by assigning a phrase to an action

For example: Let’s say you assigned “Hey Google” phrase when you want your Google Assistant to tell you the temperature, scheduled appointments and turn on Bluetooth.

Google Assistant Routines works on Google Home Speakers, your phones, and tablets. To view and customize Google Assistant Routines, launch Assistant by tapping on the blue icon located at the top right corner. Go to Settings and then navigate to “Routines” option.

You will get the list of six routines. You can edit them by adding a new phrase to launch, you can change the order of action, add new actions, disabling actions that you don’t want.

Here is the list of six default routines:

  1. Good morning routine
  2. Bedtime routine
  3. Leaving home routine
  4. I’m home routine
  5. Commuting To work routine
  6. Commuting back from work routine

1. Good Morning Routine:

You can start your day with “Good Morning,” or “I am awake”. Your assistant can do following things:

  • Adjust the settings of your smart devices connected to the speaker.
  • Disable Silent Mode.
  • Information about your commute, the weather, calendar events, reminders.

There are other tasks that you can add or delete.

2. Bedtime routine

If you say “Bedtime” or “Time To Hit The Bed,” Assistant can perform following tasks:

  • Turn on silent mode.
  • Tell you about next day’s schedule and weather.
  • It will ask if you want to set an alarm.
  • If you have smart devices added, it can ask if you want to adjust lights, plugs, or more.

3. Leaving Home Routine

When you are leaving your home, you can simply say, “I am going home” or “I am leaving.” Your Assistant will Adjust lights, or change settings of the smart devices linked.

4. I’m home Routine

Whenever you are home, just say “I’m home,” or “I’m back.” Your Google Assistant will tell you:

  • Your list of errands.
  • If you have smart devices linked, it will adjust the lights, plugs and other devices.
  • If you have set certain music or certain station to play when Home, it will play it.

5. Commuting to Work Routine

If you activate your Assistant by saying, “Off To Work,”  it can tell you things such as, how’s the weather? information about traffic during commute, schedule and appointments of the day. It will also adjust lights, plugs and more if you have your smart devices connected.

6. Commuting Back Home Routine

If you activate your assistant by saying, “Let’s head home.”. Your assistant can perform following tasks:

  • Inform you about the traffic while you commute.
  • Read unread mail or text, it can also send a text.
  • Adjust lights, bulbs, and plugs, if your smart devices are connected to your Assistant.
  • Adjust the media volume.

See Also: Siri vs Alexa vs Cortana vs Google Assistant

Customize Google Assistant Routines:

If you don’t like these default routines, then you edit them and use different ones. In other words, you can delete or add the actions performed when you say a certain phrase.

To do that, follow these steps:

  • Click on the blue icon located at the top-right corner, go to “Settings” and locate “Routines”.
  • To add a routine, click blue “+” icon.
  • Now, select “Add commands” option and type the phrase which you want to use, then tap “Add action”, now you can add actions such as, Show scheduled appointments, how’s the weather? read my text or more.

So, that’s how you do it! As soon as you wake your assistant with the set phrase, it will perform certain actions associated with it in the sequential order. You can customize each and every routine according to your choice and preferences, provided you know which actions can be triggered using Google Assistant.

If you have any queries regarding Google Assistant routines, leave them in the comments below.

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