If you’re not familiar with Alexa routines, they’re a series of tasks that Alexa can perform by saying just one phrase. For example, instead of telling Alexa to turn off the lights, turn on the music, and turn on the TV, you can say something like, “Alexa, it’s movie time,” and the assistant will do all those tasks for you.
These routines can help you save time on mundane or repetitive tasks and stay organized by using the full power of Alexa. Routines can be custom made to suit your lifestyle or sourced from others. Here we will describe various routines that can help you.
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Before we get started, you can do everything through the Alexa app to set up a routine. First, open the app, tap More on the bottom menu, then tap Routines. From here you can manage your routines or create new ones. Each routine requires a name, a trigger phrase, and at least one action. You can have as many steps in a routine as you like, but the more steps you have, the longer it will take Alexa to complete them completely.
Let’s dive into possible routines for different personalities.
Alexa routines for exercise lovers
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Alexa can help exercise enthusiasts in a number of ways. You can even check out the exercise and health skills app. Plus, Alexa has some built-in health skills, like a 7-minute workout.
gYou can set an all-day fitness routine that will remind you to start with small exercises. First, start the routine with a simple quip to Alexa: “What a great day to exercise.” You can then have Alexa verbally say “stretch” to you, encouraging you to stretch slightly before starting your workout. After that, she will trigger a practice skill or give you a command, such as “Perform 20 jumps.” With each set, Alexa can play a segment of the song or wait a while before issuing the next exercise command. Finally, you can end the routine by having Alexa tell you to hydrate, stretch, or just congratulate you.
Routines suitable for gourmets
For all foodies, Alexa is made for you. An Echo device in the kitchen can help you accomplish so much with recipes, timers, lists, and more. You can even ask Alexa to give you an example recipe using what you already have in the fridge.
For a routine, however, let’s say you want a specific activity during dinner. You can say, “Alexa, it’s dinner time” to this feeding routine, and it could turn on Do Not Disturb on all your devices for a set amount of time and play music at a low volume. A theme can be a generic genre playlist or your own unique playlist.
Players can also use routines
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Players can also use Alexa routines because Amazon Alexa connects to so many devices. For example, you can use it to power up your Xbox, TV, and more. Also, even if you can’t connect to a specific item, you can use smart plugs to turn devices on and off with Alexa.
For this simple routine, you need smart lights and a smart TV that connects to Alexa. You can then have Alexa turn off the lights in your room and turn on specific lights (like Nanoleaf tiles) or a light strip in a specific theme. After that, the routine can turn on the TV and your gaming system so you’re ready to play.
Ideal routines for families
Next are family routines. These could be routines that give the whole family loads of information or entertainment throughout the day. Again, depending on your family’s preferences, you can adjust this to your specific needs.
This routine could start by reporting the current weather and prompting Alexa to say random facts — something fun for kids or informative for adults. After that, you can have Alexa launch a specific playlist of family-friendly music. You can then tell Alexa to say, “Time to get everyone up and ready.” Alexa can also play music throughout the day after this initial part of the routine.
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Routines are great for kids and students. You can set routines for waking up, getting ready, or going to bed to keep kids organized throughout the day. You can run these routines by time and day instead of by phrase.
For example, a nighttime routine may start on a weekday at 8 p.m. First, Alexa can call out to the children’s speakers: “Time to brush your teeth and get ready for bed.” It can then set a timer or play a 2-minute song. After that, Alexa can say, “Put your homework in your bag and put away your toys.” Finally, Alexa can turn off the lights and turn on the sound of rain or read a quieter bedtime story.
Routines for pet owners
Pets need a lot of maintenance to keep them healthy and active. Fortunately, Alexa can help in many ways. One of the best features of Amazon Alexa is that it can detect sounds, which you can set as a trigger for your routine.
Sure, you can create a routine that tells you to feed and walk your dog during the day, but you can also set sound detection to start your routine. After your dog barks, Alexa can bark back. Then Alexa can start playing soft music to soothe your pup and send a notification to your phone to open the smart home’s indoor camera. This routine can help calm some of the more anxious pets. If you like this idea, check out some of these other ways to use Alexa for pets.
You can create a routine regardless of what type of person you are or what activities you do on a daily basis. Use these ideas as starting points and create routines to simplify and organize your days.