How to Use Alexa Routines To make Amazon Echo Work Smartly?

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One of the fantastic things about Amazon’s smart Echo speakers is that they can automate multiple tasks with just a single voice command. This is commonly termed as Alexa Routines, for instance, turning on music tracks, switching off the lights, reminding you of the date of meetings, etc.

If you know the settings better you can automate multiple actions even without uttering a single command.

However, setting up Alexa routines needs a certain level of creativity and accurate efforts. If the routine settings go wrong at any point, it will begin to trigger unwanted actions without your knowledge.

Why Use Alexa Routines Daily?

The simplest reply to this surreal query is that it makes your day better and convenient.

Wouldn’t you want to spend your entire day without having to bother about pity homely chores?

If you have artificial intelligence which can take over the control of all your daily basic tasks, wouldn’t that make you more efficient?

Of course, it would! You will now be able to focus on your indispensable works with more zeal.

You just set a task, then you can forget about it and relax. Alexa will remind you of the task at its designated time, that’s the beauty of it.

5 Commonly Tried Alexa Routines Explained

#1: Turn on a Playlist:

Suppose you are habituated to listen to a specific music track in a playlist. But you cannot right away recollect the playlist since there are so many in-store.

So you can do one thing. You can simply set an Alexa routine which will automatically turn on the chosen playlist. Just say, “Alexa, Playlist”.

You don’t have to mention the particulars of the playlist, that’s the relief. Isn’t it?

Even though you can manually play a Spotify playlist on Alexa or Pandora station on Alex, but setting the routine makes the job easier.

#2: Waking up Yourself Comfortably:

Just imagine, in the morning, Alexa slowly warms up the room with the lights coming on. Then Alexa starts brewing your morning coffee (all you need is a smart Alexa plug). And last but not least, it updates your news reports, weather, traffic, and calendar details to you.

All that without a single word spoken!

Isn’t that wonderful? Well, the truth is Alexa can perform many similar actions with routines.

#3: Schedule Task for Kids

Are you a busy parent with your restless kids around endowed with busy household duties? Then Alexa routines are a lifesaver.

With the routine settings, Alexa will remind your kids to wake up; go to school, finish their homework. It can even tell them stories, play them any song. Just announce your Kids name, and Alexa will do everything set in its routines.

#4: Make Someone Laugh:

Apart from scheduling tasks, Alexa can turn out to be a funny comrade as well.

The routines that you set often seems to be funnier than you expected.

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#5: It Makes Look like You are Home to Someone When You are Not At Home

You can set a recurring Alexa routine that can play music on and off; set the room temperature to optimum level; turns the lights on and off.

So even when you are not home, and someone is about to visit your place, you can make them feel comfortable without being present in person.

How to Set up Alexa Routines in just 90 Seconds or Less?

Now once you know how effective and effortless your life becomes with Alexa Routines, it’s time to know how to do that.

Simply follow the steps articulated below:

Step 1. First of all, open up you’re Alexa app on your Smartphone.

Step 2. Now press the three-line hamburger icon from the upper left position.

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Step 3. Next, from the sideway expanded panel, tap the “Routines” option.

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Step 4. Tap the (+) icon from the top right corner of the phone screen to open up a fresh routine tab.

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Step 5. Now; tap the “When this happens” option to trigger the routine activities and follow the on-screen instructions. For instance, you can set a routine at 6 pm when you say, ”Alexa I’m home”.

 

Step 6. Next tap the “Add Action” to set the exact task that should happen at your response.

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The task could be turning on or off the lights; turning on the playlist, etc.

Step 7. Finally, tap the “Save” option from the upper right corner of the screen this time to set the routine in action.

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How to Delete the Alexa Routine?

If you want to get rid of the incessant Alexa routines buzzing at your ear all the time, you can surely delete it.

Here is how you do it:

Step 1. Simply follow the steps 1-3 mentioned in the previous section of setting an Alexa routine.

Step 2. Now choose the routine you wish to update.

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Step 3. Tap the three-dot icon at the upper right corner of the screen and then choose “Delete Routine”.

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How to Update your Alexa Routines?

In case you want to edit your routines, like adding an extra action, surely it is possible.

Read the guideline below and you will know it:

Step 1. Tap the routine that you wish to update.

Step 2. To disable the routine, toggle off the “Enabled” option. It will then fade out and will show “Disabled” option.

Step 3. If you wish to change the trigger, like “Alexa I’m home”, tap the trigger. It will bring up a new tab where you can edit it.

Step 4. Now to remove an action, just long tap the (-) icon adjacent to the specific action, and it will automatically disappear.

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How to Test Alexa Routine by Playing it?

Once you have set it all according to your plan, now it’s time to check how it sounds or works in real. Isn’t it?

So this is what you have to do:

Step 1. Open the routine tab the same way mentioned earlier above.

Step 2. Tap the particular routine you wish to check.

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Step 3. Tap now the three-dot icon at the upper right corner of the tab and select “Play Routine” from the next blackout tab.

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Now just relax! All that you needed to do is done by now.

When the time will come, Alexa routine will automate the task all by itself.

Conclusion:

Hopefully, you have enjoyed reading the article above. Just try to stick to the guidelines as exactly as explained since you are new to it.

One more thing to add while ending the discussion is that there is a feature called “Delay” feature. If you want to postpone or delay any particular Routine, you can use this feature according to your need.

Anyways, there are plenty of other tricks and trades to Alexa routines. The whole of it cannot be summarized in a single article. That is something you have to explore and figure out yourself. The more you use it, the deeper you will know its settings.

So enjoy and have fun with your Routines.

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