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Our smart technology works best for us when it automates the essential parts of our day. Sure, you might seeas the follower of your individual commands, but did you know that you can program her to automate the crucial parts of your routine with a few simple voice prompts?
Giving Alexa one command at a time can be inconvenient when you're pressed for time (we know how chaotic it can get when getting ready for work). Fortunately, you can create routines on yourso that you can have performed at one time. For example, when you wake up in the morning, you can have Alexa , read you the daily headlines and start the coffee pot by simply saying, "Alexa, good morning."
Alexa routines is to make your day seamless and productive. Here's what you need to know to get started. You can also learn , and .can also include making the lights brighter in the morning, reporting the traffic for your daily commute and playing your favorite songs -- basically . The goal of
How to create an Alexa routine on your Amazon Echo
1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your mobile device.
2. Tap Routines.
3. Tap the plus (+) sign in the top right corner.
4. Select When this happens and choose how you want to trigger the routine. These are your options:
- Voice: Your voice command will begin the routine. For example, "Alexa, I'm awake" or "Alexa, start my day."
- Schedule: Set a time for Alexa to begin your routine. You won't need a for this.
- Device: Alexa will complete the actions using your Amazon Echo Hub.
- Location: When you arrive somewhere, like home, Alexa can .
- Alarm: When you dismiss an alarm, your routine will begin.
- Echo Button: to start a routine.
5. Next, tap Add action and select everything you want Alexa to do during this routine.
6. Choose From to select which of your Amazon devices will control the routine.
7. Hit Create.
Hey, Alexa, help me wake up
Alexa can start your morning routine before you're even awake. Set a schedule that tells Alexa to slowly start turning up lights and start brewing your coffee. Once you're awake, say, "Hey, Alexa, good morning" to trigger your morning routine. Set actions so that the Amazon Echo will read you the weather, give your email summary, run down what's on your calendar for the day and let you know what's going on in the news.
The Amazon Echo (4th gen) is a solid smart speaker with excellent sound. In fact, it's our favorite smart speaker of all on the market. It combines all the the smarts of Alexa with a speaker that sounds great, too.
The speaker will connect with dozens of smart home devices -- from lights to locks to sensors -- that can be setup with voice commands. The Echo is even useful while you're away, as Alexa can send alerts if your smart speaker's microphones detect the sound of glass breaking or a smoke alarm. While the list price is $99.99, you can often find the Amazon Echo (4th gen) on sale for much cheaper. Read our Amazon Echo (4th gen) review.
Alexa can make your commute more enjoyable
Your favorite morning commute playlist is essential to waking up (aside from all the coffee you just drank). You can tell Alexa to start playing your wake-me-up music, and if you commute through a busy city, it could also be useful to have Alexa read the traffic report.
Use a voice command like, "Hey, Alexa, I'm commuting to work" to activate Alexa. You might also want to add an action that tells Alexa to turn off your smart lights and plugs too, just in case you forgot.
Alexa can turn on the lights when you get home
Wouldn't it be nice to arrive home to a well-lit house, rather than trying to navigate up the dark stairs leading to your front door? You could set up a voice routine, but we like the location routine for this one.
You'll just need to select Location from the options and enter your home address so that getting near your home will trigger the routine. Once you've done that initial setup, you can add actions to the routine like turning on the porch lights when you arrive home.
Alexa can help you fall asleep faster
Once you're cozied up in your bed and ready to snooze, start your bedtime routine by using another trigger phrase -- it can be something like, "Alexa, I'm ready for bed." For this routine, you'll want to make sure you've enabled the action that lets Alexa turn off your lights.
If you typically have a, use the Music action to play rain sounds or relaxing music. You can play songs and playlists from your Library, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and TuneIn. Don't forget to set a timer to turn the music off so it's not playing all night.
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