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Set up and use the Google Assistant bedtime routine



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When you are tired and ready to go to bed, the last thing you want to drag yourself through your usual nightly routine of turning off the lights, mute your phone, and set an alarm. Use the bedtime routine in the Google Home app to automate it!

“Routines”

; are a feature built into the smart speakers and displays in the Google Assistant and Nest. They allow you to create a series of actions to be performed with a single command. They can be extremely powerful if you take some time to set them up. The bedtime and good morning routines are particularly useful.

Open the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and tap the “Routines” button at the top.

Google Home app routines

Select the option “Manage Routines” from the menu.

google home manage routines

Google put some pre-built routines in the “Done” section. For this guide, tap the Bedtime routine.

Choose the bedtime routine

There are a few different sections on this page that determine what the routine will do. At the top, tap the text under “When”.

Commands to start the bedtime routine

Here you can select commands to start the “Bedtime” routine. A few commands are already listed, and you can tap Add to add more.

Add a custom command

When you have finished entering commands, tap OK.

Save custom commands

The next section defines what the Google Assistant will do and in what order. There are a number of actions that you can turn on and tap the gear icon to optimize how it works.

Select Actions and tap the equipment to set it up

Tap “Add Action” to add your own custom action.

Add a wizard action

You can type in any phrase you’d say to the Google Assistant. For example, you can enter “turn off living room television” to automatically turn off your television at night. Tap OK when you’re done.

Enter a custom command and tap OK

Next we can adjust the order in which these actions are performed. Tap Change Order.

Change the order of the wizard commands

Tap and hold the handle (four stacked lines) next to an Activity and drag it up or down to adjust the order. Select “Done” when you are done.

Change the order of commands and finish typing

Finally, you can choose to play some kind of media after the wizard commands. Select one of the options and tap the gear icon to set it up. Everyone has a slightly different action:

  • Music: Enter a playlist, artist, song, or genre, and the length of time you want the music to play. The music will be played on your default music service.
  • Sleep noises: Choose from a list of sleep sounds that will automatically stop after a while.
  • Nothing: No audio is played after the Assistant commands.

Bedtime routine audio options

Tap the Save button at the top of the screen to save the routine.

Save bedtime routine

Now all you have to do is say “Hey Google, bedtime” (or any of the other commands you entered) and the routine will run.




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