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How to set a routine using Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa has a feature called Routine that enables users to club a bunch of separate commands in a single command. Here's how you can set a Routine.

Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker
Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker (Amazon)

Using an Amazon Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker is a pretty simple thing. All you need to do to get any task done is ask Alexa to so so. For instance, you can ask Alexa to turn off the bedroom lights and it will dutifully oblige. Or you can ask Alexa to wake you up at 7AM to Bon Jovi songs and it will do so without a hitch.

But did you know there is a more efficient way of getting chores done using Alexa, one that doesn’t involve you giving a bunch of commands one by one?

Well, for those of you who aren’t aware, Amazon Alexa has a feature called Routine that allows users to club a bunch of commands in a single command. 

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This feature is particularly useful for the commands that are periodic. For instance, if your morning routine involves waking up at 7AM, turning on the lights, turning off the AC and listening to the morning news announcements, you can set a Routine, wherein you use a simple phrase to club these commands in one. By saying “Alexa, good morning” (or any other phrase that you like) you can have Alexa do the above-mentioned tasks and even more based on your settings.

So, here’s how you can set a routine using Amazon Alexa:

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Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Step 2: Go to the More menu at the bottom right corner of the app.

Step 3: Select Settings then select Routines.

Step 4: Select the plus sign + that says Create Routine.

Step 5: Now Enter routine name.

Step 6: Select When this happens to choose how you want to trigger the routine.

Step 7: Under Voice type in something like “Alexa, good morning” or “Alexa, Goodnight”.

Step 8: Select Add Action and select everything you want to include under the routine.