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We show you how to set up routines with Alexa without problems

Do you know how to establish routines with Alexa? The function “Routines” of the virtual assistant Amazon is available from September 2017. This feature allows Alexa to perform multiple tasks with a single voice command. But, despite the fact that you have to time the market, do you know exactly how to take advantage of it? It is why we are here! Below, we’ll explain everything you need to know to establish routines with Alexa in a easy way and useful.

First of all: What are the “Routines”?

The concept behind “Routines (Routines) is that you can customize Alexa in such a way that, when you speak a sentence, it may proceed to perform a whole series of actions before you have a default in the application from Alexa. For example, if you say the phrase “Alexa, good night”, the virtual assistant could switch off all the lights, close the doors and turn the heating system off of the ground floor, according to your preferences. You can also create a routine that is completely separate for the morning, if you want that Alexa turn on the coffee maker, the lights, and read you the weather forecast saying only: “Alexa, good morning.”

Why are they useful?

With Routines, the users of the devices Echo no longer have to get down to “recite” a series of commands to Alexa, such as “Alexa, turn off the lamp of the living room”, “Alexa, turn your thermostat down”, “Alexa, set a alarm for 7 to.m.”… Instead, you can group all devices located in different rooms— in the application, making it so that Alexa will take care of all at once. You can choose the order you want. For example, you can set it so that when you say: “Alexa, I’m leaving”, turn off all the lights in the house at the same time, with the exception of the lamp located next to the main entrance.

In addition, the enabled devices to Alexa now allow users to group multiple smart products in a single category. For example, you can group all the lamps and lights of the living room in a category, instead of asking Alexa to the go turning on or turning off one by one. This makes it even easier to put together groups of devices in a single routine.

What do I need to use this function?

To access the function Routines of Amazon’s Alexa, you must have one of the devices Echo of Amazon, as the new Echo, the Echo of the previous generation, or the Echo Dot, Show, Plus, or Spot. You can also buy products of third parties that have built-in Alexa, as the klaxon Sonos One , or the new LG Instaview Smart Fridge. After, you connect through the application of Alexa your Echo appliance to other intelligent articles for the home, such as electrical outlets, switches, light bulbs and door locks. Then you can begin to customize the commands and the utinas to suit your schedule and lifestyle.

How do I create a routine?

To create your first routine with Amazon Alexa, simply log in to your application Alexa on Android or iOS, and tap on Start (in the three horizontal lines), then tap Routines, and click on the plus sign. Tap in When you, so that you can opt to Alexa perform a routine, whether it’s when to say something (“Alexa, good day”) or at a scheduled time. For example, if you want to activate an alarm and the lights turn on every day at 7 a.m., you can set up this routine without having to use your voice for that after it is carried out. Then, you add the actions to perform, telling Alexa if you want to lock the front door, you read the main news of the day, turn off the music or all of the above.

Once you create a routine, you can return to it and edit it to your entire convenience. Feel free to delete actions or add new ones, change the time of day, or the phrase associated. Of course, you can also disable the routine, either temporarily or completely.

What can’t I do?

Currently, the routines are limited to the controls of your household devices smart, as well as updates of news, weather and traffic. This means that you can’t ask Alexa to start playing a podcast, for example. In general, the routines should provide an experience of the Alexa more pleasing to the users of Echo, with fewer commands required for everyday actions.

*Updated by Maria Teresa Lopes January 15, 2019.

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