How to create your own Alexa routines: A step-by-step guide – XDA Developers

Smart speakers can make your lives easier by smartly automating some simple, everyday tasks. Amazon’s Echo devices, in particular, are well known for this as they work in tandem with a ton of smart home products and allow you to get things done with your voice. While it’s relatively simple to call Alexa to trigger different actions, it’s often tiring to give a command and wait for her to process the action before giving your next command. It’s particularly inconvenient when you’re, say, rushing to get ready for work or a dinner date. Well, that’s where the Alexa routines come into the picture.

With Alexa routines, you can create a single voice command to trigger a series of actions. For instance, you can say “Alexa, start my day” in the morning after you wake up to turn on the lights, switch off the air conditioner, and even prep the coffee machine. Sounds convenient, right? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to check out in this article. Here’s how to create Alexa routines to smartly automate everyday tasks:

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Getting started with Alexa routines

If this is your first time playing around with Alexa routines, then the easiest way to get started is with Featured routines on the Amazon Alexa app. This particular app is available on both Android and iOS for free, and you probably already have this if you own and use an Amazon Echo device.

Here’s where you can find the Routines section on the app:

  • Open the Amazon Alexa app and select More from the menu at the bottom.
  • Now, look for Routines and select it to enter the section.
  • Once you’re in, select the Featured section to see a bunch of recommended Alexa routines to choose from.
  • You can select and enter any routine from the list to see what actions can be triggered with that particular command.
  • Choose Enable from the top right corner of the screen to enable the routine. Once done, you’ll now see that particular routine in the Your Routines section.

That’s it, you’ve now successfully enabled your first routine. Alexa will now trigger the series of actions assigned to that particular routine when you give her the command. It’s that simple. Enabling the ‘I’m Home’ routine, for instance, will make Alexa play the news from your Flash Briefing, followed by “relaxing music” for 2 hours.

How to create a custom Alexa routine

Alternatively, you can also create custom Alexa routines to truly personalize the triggers for a particular set of actions. Here’s how you can create your Routines in the Amazon Alexa app:

  • To create your own routine, open the Amazon Alexa app and select More from the bottom menu.
  • Now, select Routines and look for a Plus icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select that to enter a page on which you can start creating your own routine.

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