If you have a device that supports Google Assistant, such as a brand new Pixel 4a or a Nest Hub, and one of the more than 50,000 smart home devices that it is compatible with, you have access to a powerful feature that can make your life a little easier: Google Routines.
Routines trigger useful actions such as automatically turning on the lights when you get home from work, playing your favorite music or podcasts while exercising, or telling you the relevant information of the day when you wake up. Routines also integrate with popular apps (like Netflix or YouTube) and smart devices (like smart lights).
What types of Google routines are there?
You have two options here: ready-made routines and custom routines. Finished routines cover common scenarios and fit well when you wake up, when you go to bed and when you go to commute to work (or vice versa). If you need a routine for another situation, or if the ready-made options do not offer all the exact steps you need, go with a custom one. In any case, you need to install the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device to access and manage the feature.
Depending on the specific routine you choose, your assistant can perform actions such as removing the phone from silent, turning lights on or off, telling you location-based reminders, adjusting your smart thermostat, and resuming an audiobook or playlist you were listening to at an earlier time. . Once your routine is set up, all you need to do is trigger that say command phrase, like “Hello Google, good morning.”;
How to set up a Google routine
It is easy to set up a complete routine. Just open the Google Home app, tap “Routines” and then “Manage routines.” Under the “Finished” option, select the routine you want along with the corresponding actions you want to set.
Setting up a custom routine is not much more difficult, but it does require a few extra steps. Open the Google Home app, tap “Routines” and then “Add a routine.” From here, it’s up to you to fill in the details of when your routine will run, what the command phrase will be and what will happen when you trigger it.
It is also possible to plan a custom routine and take only one extra step. When you first set it, you just specify which day and time you want the routine to run on and which days it should be repeated.