May 13, 2020 Rodney Cowled
Smart Home Routines

Smart Home Routines: Automate Your Day

It’s morning, you’ve just woken up & you’ve already got a list of thing do.

  • Silence alarm
  • Bedroom lights on
  • Bathroom lights & fan on
  • Coffee maker/kettle on.

Telling your smart speaker to do each of these, one command at a time, can become very tiresome. Fortunately, there are smart home routines for this.

What are Smart Home Routines?

Smart home routines are a list of actions to be completed together. Usually executed by a smart speaker or smart home hub.

Instead of barking these commands one at a time, a smart home routine will take care of the lot, with one command.

Or no command at all – Smart home routines can be triggered by other events; like time of day, temperature, your location, motion alerts, & etc.

What can you do with Smart Home Routines?

There are virtually endless possibilities for smart home routines. The only limits? Your imagination & other your smart home tech.

Smart routines can you used to dim smart lights, play your favourite music, fire up your heater & even feed your pets.

Smart Home Routine Examples – What I’ve tried.

  • Water your garden: I’ve got several routines which control the irrigation of my garden, turning on sprinklers when needed.
  • Start & End Your Work Day: My smart office routine will turn on the office lights, play some music & scent the air with a smart diffuser.
  • Outdoor Entertaining: I say “garden party” & on comes the outdoor speakers, the garden lighting & a fountain.
  • Movie Mode: A screen rolls down, a projector turns on & the smart lights dim.
  • Arm the Fortress: When leaving my home, my smart locks lock, security cameras start recording, motion sensors arm & Alexa starts guarding my house for the sound of breaking glass.

How to setup a Smart Home Routine

Smart home routines for both Google Home & Amazon’s Alexa are both configured via their corresponding smart home applications.

Amazon Alexa Routine

In the Alexa app you select “Routines” under the main menu, then “+” to add a new routine. From here you need to choose 3 things:

Alexa Smart home routines
Alexa App Routine Setup Menu
  • Enter Routine Name: Give your routine a name
  • When this happens: Choose what triggers your routine
    • e.g. a specific phrase or a time of day.
  • Add Action: Define what happens when the routine is triggered
    • e.g. your list of morning activities (listed above)

Google Home Routine

In the Google Home app you select “Routines” on the main menu, then “manage routines”, then “+” to add a new routine. From here you need to complete:

Google Smart Home Routines
Google Home Routine Setup Menu
  • When I say…
    • add the voice command to trigger the routine
  • The Google Assistant Should…
    • Define what happens when the routine is triggered (e.g. your list of morning activities listed above)

The options are nearly endless, give them a try & let me know if you’ve got questions.

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