Unless you're deeply into the Google Home Settings menu, you may not know what the most powerful feature of the Smart Speaker is.
It is called Routines and allows you to execute multiple actions with a single voice command. For example, you can let Google Assistant announce the weather, a personalized traffic report, and news updates as you get ready to work, or dim your smart bulbs and play relaxing music a few minutes before bedtime. These routines even work with the Google Assistant app on iOS and Android – no smart speaker is required.
You can also schedule routines at certain times without voice commands, effectively making a Google Home spokesperson a high-tech alarm clock that can wake you with music, information, and smart home automation.
To get started with Google Home routines and learn how to get the most out of them:
Google Home Routine Basics
9659006] To start building routines, open the Google Home app for Android or iOS, press the menu button in the upper left corner and then select "More Settings". Now scroll to the "Services" section and select "Routines".
In this menu, you'll see several ready-made routines for things like leaving home, commuting home, and falling asleep. Tap one of these routines to change it, or press the + button to create a routine from scratch.
Each routine must be able to be triggered by at least one voice command, and pre-built routines are supplied with standard commands. t remove. For example, the phrase "let's go to work" is always associated with the "go to work" routine, and "good night" is always associated with the bedtime routine.
However, you can add more trigger sets to each routine. In the "When" or "If I say …" area, touch the arrow key and then tap the + button on the next screen. Enter the trigger phrase you want to use, and then click OK. For custom routines, you can also specify a day of the week and an automatic event time.
To change what actually happens when you pronounce a trigger phrase, look at the "My assistant should …" section and highlight all the actions you take want to execute. You can also tap the gear icon to continue changing these actions. For example, if you tap the gear next to "Tell me my way to work", you can specify a home address. Tap the gear next to "Set lights, plugs, and more" to set up controls for each smart home devices you've connected to Google Home.
Do you want to add an action that is not on the list? Select "Add Action" below, and then enter the voice command that Google Assistant should process. For example, you can get your favorite sports team's score ("Tell me about [team name]" works best for that), ask for a motivational quote, send a message to any Google Home spokesperson in the house, or start playing news on a Chromecast in nearby.
Please note that Google Assistant runs routines in the order in which they should appear in the "My assistant should …" section. To rearrange, click "Change Order" at the top of the list, then hold and drag to move it.
Finally, Google Assistant can end a routine of music, news, radio, a podcast, or an audiobook. Simply select the desired audio type and press the gear icon to fine-tune.
When you're done creating a routine, you'll need to press the hook in the top right corner to save it.
Things to Try
What are routines good for? Here are a few ideas:
- Create a weekday alarm that turns on bedroom light, keeps you informed about the weather and your agenda, and then plays news or music. (For a gentler wake-up call, create a separate routine, 10 minutes before your main program, that will wake you up with some relaxing sounds.)
- Use routines as an abbreviation for otherwise verbal commands. For example: "I am cold" instead of "Increase the thermostat by two degrees" or "Let the beat fall" instead of "Listen to thumb radio radio on Pandora".
- Use the "abandoned" routine to check you're commuting; play a podcast; Make sure the lights are off, the doors are locked, and the thermostat is turned off for the day.
- Create a "chill-out" routine that uses Chromecast to put a relaxing YouTube video on TV (such as an aquarium or crackling fireplace), turn off the Chromecast, download relaxing music on Google Home, and dim all Lights nearby.
- Create a "workout" routine that pumps out loud-speaker music from the speaker and your favorite exercise video loads on YouTube via Chromecast.
- Create a "Focusing Help" routine that activates Do Not Disturb mode on your Android phone and plays back white noise on your office speakerphone.
Problems and Workarounds
While the setup process is fairly simple, it has a few quirks that you need to work around. Some examples:
Issue: For example, in music playback, the "And and play …" option works only with your standard music service, and at least Google Play Music does not allow playlists to mix. This means that you will always hear the same song during your morning or evening routine.
Workaround: To correct this confusing oversight, use the "Add Action" function to play music instead of "And" then play … "option, from here you can use Google Assistant Music from any service and ask them to mix a playlist, just make sure that this action appears at the end of the order.
Issue: Some smart home controls, such as: Dimming the lights to a certain percentage – are not available through Google's pre-built routines.
Workaround: Again, you must manually enter the command using the Add Action function.
Problem: There is no option for scheduling routines
Workaround: As annoying as it is, you just have to create a new routine from scratch ies, the "When …" section displays the "Set a time and day" option, where you can set up recurring events that are triggered for a particular speaker.
Issue: You can not trigger routines with motion sensors, locations, or other contextual events
Workaround: Unfortunately, there is currently no way around this limitation. But since Amazon's rival Alexa Assistant can trigger routines on echo devices based on smart home events, hopefully it will not take long for Google to respond.