If you are an Android user, then pick up your phone, long press your phone’s home button and bang! Google Assistant (your mobile personal assistant) will gently ask you, ‘Hello, how can I help?’. Just like this, leaving our small tasks like calling a person, sending an SMS or setting up an alarm, days after days digital assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri are becoming a part of our life. We use a lot of tech throughout the day of our life, daily. And we can leave some of the duties of our daily life to these AI (Artificial Intelligence) and make the work done more quickly and efficiently.

Today, specifically we’re talking about making routine using these assistants. What they will do is, they will shortcut a bundle group of actions and tasks by just ordering a voice command. Let me give you an example of how this routine would work. Suppose you’ve just woken up in the morning and tells Alexa ‘Alexa, Good Morning‘, and instantly all the lights are turned on, a morning motivation playlist starts blaring from the speaker. Or on an iPhone, you tell Siri that, ‘Siri, I’m going home.‘ and instantly Siri starts to send a text message to all of your family members, opens up the navigation screen to your way home on Apple map. The fun part of making a routine is, you can customize your AI(!) routine according to your daily routine and daily needs. So, let’s read this article and learn how to make your own routine shortcuts for Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri.


Routines in the Amazon Alexa app.

Routines in the Amazon Alexa app.

At first, in order to create a routine on Alexa, you need to download the Alexa App from Google PlayStore or iOS Appstore. Then you need to input your Amazon credential. There you go. And if you own an Amazon-powered device, then you also have to connect it to the internet. Right now routine is compatible only on Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show and Echo Dot.

Now to begin all the procedure, fire up the app and click on Menu, at the top left corner of the app and pick ‘Routine’. After that, the app will run you through some demo instruction. Then you will be ready to start. To start, hit the ‘Plus‘ ‘+‘ icon in the top right corner. Then tap ‘When this happens‘. Here you can specify the time or voice command that will trigger the action. In order to use your voice command, tap ‘Voice‘. But you can also make a routine under other circumstances as it can automatically run at a scheduled time (tap Schedule) or when you push an Echo button, (select Echo Button) or something you want to happen to other smart devices (select Device).

Amazon Echo India
When the buttons or voice commands are ready to set, then choose Add Action. It will let you assign what Alexa should do in response. You can add actions from categories like music, news, calendar, messaging or controlling your other smart devices. Add as many activities you want and when you are finished, tap Create. And if you don’t like something in the routine, then you obviously can edit or delete your actions or tasks. Let’s add a Voice command ‘Alexa, Let’s party‘ and let the smart assistant dim the light of your smart home and launch a playlist of your favorite party songs!

Google Assistant

Google Assistant routine

Google Assistant routine

As like the Alexa, Google Assistant Routine works in the same way. You have to control it through Google Assistant app for both Android and iOS. Otherwise, if you have a Smart Google Home device, then you also have to connect them.

Once you download the app on your Android or iPhone, you got to give your credential to log in. Then go to More > Setting > Assistant to go to the Routines. Then discover the provided samples like Good morning or Bedtime. Then you can see some options or actions to choose from. You can make changes by check or uncheck any particular action to exclude from the routine. And when you are ready to create your own routine, then click on the ‘Plus‘ ‘+‘ icon on the bottom right corner of the app. First, pick Add commands to specify the voice command which will launch the actions. Also, you can set a certain action which will launch at a certain time of the day by selecting ‘Set a time and day‘ button.

Google Assistant
Next, you have to select some responses by hitting the option, ‘Add action‘. You can choose from default activities like reading the weather news or the top news or turning on/off your smart light. Alternatively, you can assign some specific voice command to do the action you want. If you select certain action, you’ll have to tap on the ‘cog‘ icon to include additional information like, if you want to send a text message, then you’ll have to add the text and number of the recipient. You can also add some media action by tapping ‘Add media‘ if you want Google Assistant to start music, radio or news. And if you need to specify some certain songs or radio channel then again you’ll have to tap that ‘cog‘ button to specify the music.

Now, if you are happy with the routine, then hit the tick icon on the top right corner of the app. And if sometimes you need to edit or delete the routine, then go the setting section of the Assistant app and pick the routine to edit or trash it.


Siri Assistant

Siri Assistant

For Siri, the routine is called Shortcuts. It can be created on any iOS device and run them from iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch or HomePod. But unfortunately, macOS is not in the list of supported devices. To start from the beginning, you need t download the Shortcuts app from the Apple App store. It is not available for either Android or Amazon platform.

Then launching the app will bring you some example of how to work with it. Tap Gallery to see those examples. The examples include sending a message with the location to some specific numbers, running a playlist, setting a reminder and more. To make your own shortcut, tap Library followed by the ‘Plus‘ ‘+‘ icon on the top right corner of the app. You can build your shortcuts by checking or unchecking the list at the bottom of the screen. Or you can find some actions by searching at the search bar. What Siri does well apart from other personal assistant is, it can pass data between apps and features. For instance, you would like to create a shortcut which will by command open a specific app, share the current weather in your location.

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