Routines allow you to trigger a sequence of actions (anything from controlling your smart home devices, to playing music, or reading the news) with a single custom phrase. My “good morning” routine turns on the lights in my room, starts my coffee pot (connected to a tp-link smart plug) and tells me the news & weather.
Here are some detailed instructions from Amazon Customer service:
Open the Alexa app on Android or iOS.
Tap the hamburger button in the top-left corner.
Tap the plus sign in the top-right corner
5. Tap ‘When this happens’ and select ‘When you say something’ or ‘At scheduled time’.
a. If you select ‘When you say something’, type in a phrase, such as "Good morning" or "Movie time." b. If you select ‘At a scheduled time’, set a time and choose which days it should repeat.
6. Click Save to continue.
7. Next, tap Add action. a. For actions, you can choose between News, Traffic and Weather, which will play just like in your Flash Briefing. However, you can also choose Smart Home actions. These actions include turning on a scene or controlling individual devices, such as turning on or off smart lights, or multiple devices such as locking the door AND turning off your smart lights. b. Click Add to finish adding an action and repeat until all actions are added to the routine.
8. Finally, choose which speaker the routine will play audio from. If you use a scheduled routine, you will have to select a speaker, but if you create a routine based on a phrase, you can specify that you want it to play audio from whichever speaker you speak to.
9. To finish setting up a routine, click Create. Once a routine is created, you can edit it by going back to Settings > Routines in the Alexa app and tapping on a routine. You can remove or rearrange actions, add new actions, change the time or day the routine runs and change the phrase. You can temporarily disable the routine from here by tapping the toggle next to Enabled, and if you tap the three dots in the top right corner, you can manually play a routine or permanently delete it.
How does one create a routine that involves turming on Netflix or another app on your Fire TV?
Triggering a certain app on your Fire TV device is not a supported action in a Routine at this time. But I think it's a great idea, and I encourage you to leave feedback in your Alexa app (Menu > Help & Feedback) for consideration in further improvements.
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Having trouble setting up a smart home routine. The trigger is "Alexa Goodnight" and the action is to turn OFF a specific light. However when setting up the routine and selecting the light, the choice shown is only to turn the light ON. I can not change the choice to turning the light OFF. When I try to set up the routine, the light is in the OFF state. Is that my problem?
I'm surprised that routines don't allow you to enter a simple list of commands rather than limit the function to 8 actions. Each night I go through the same series of commands, one after the other:
Alexa, What is the score of the Atlanta Braves Game?
Alexa, Open sleep sounds and play ocean
Alexa, Set sleep timer for 1 hour
Alexa, wake me up at 5:30 Am
Alexa, turn off all lights
If I can say those 5 things every night, why can't they go into a routine, or a script, or a macro? Why is a routine limited to just #5 (turn off all lights)? This seems like it would be very easy to do.
I want to create a routine based on a smart door open/closed sensor switch that turns on a light when a door is opened but, when I select "Device" as a trigger, I get the error message: "unable to find any supported devices", yet my smart door switch, connected thru the Smart Life skill, shows in Smart Home devices.
I created a morning routine to turn on kitchen lights, play my flash briefing and then play an iheart radio station. It all works until after the flash briefing finishes Alexa says it can't find wqxr on iheart radio. So i know the command was set up properly & immediately after I get the error message I request Alexa to play wqxr and it finds it on iheart radio and proceeds to play properly. Not sure how to fix this. Anyone have a suggestion?
I have created several similar routines that turn smartplugs on/off according to a schedule. When I want to edit the routine for a particular smartplug to change the off time, for example, how can I find the routine that is associated that plug? When I open a plug’s info there’s no button to view/edit its routines, there’s just a list of all my routines. This seems like something everyone would need to do, so the procedure must be simple, but I can’t figure it out. Please help. Thanks