Google Assistant Routines are what makes your smart home ultimately all click together. Now, these can be anything from a very simple routine like you comming home and having your garage door open at your custom command, to complicated ones, like you saying ‘bedtime’ and the assistant performing a ton of actions. So first of all, before going a bit too deep – let’s see how a routine is created in this short youtube video I made for you:
So first of all, you need to access the routine settings (you can do that on a Nest Hub as well, btw). So first, activate assistant on your device and say or write ‘routine settings’. This takes you to the same menu as in the video, where you can tap “+” or “new” and add a new routine.
A routine needs a command/trigger to activate, there’s three types:
We’ll do a voice activated routine (the video also shows you how to put a shortcut on your screen). So click new, add voice trigger ‘some command’ and click next. Now with the action you have a ton of features to select from – what you’ll be most interested in is the adjust scenes – that’s where you can set up things from the NEDIS app mentioned in previous part and the other you’ll be most interested in is the “try adding your own”. This allows you to type whatever command you’d say to the assistant.
Both are shown in the video, although my cell is setup in czech, you’ll figure what to click.
Once you get the hang of it, it will be quite easy, but now, to illustrate, here’s my bedtime routine:
Let me explain the routine for you. Usually, I have my HTPC in living room running and playing either Spotify or Kodi and as I mentioned earlier in previous part there’s a way to integrate your HTPC with Google Assistant. This routine pauses my PC (I leave it on), then it turns off my TV by telling assistant “TV OFF”.
The next instruction is to check that all smart devices are off “Adjust lights, plugs and more”. Now I want some light to leave the living room, so I set the lights to 3% and go to upstairs bathroom to brush my teeth and you know, do the regular business, so it sets the lights in bathroom to 20% and last but not least, 3 minutes from starting the routine, I should be done, so it turns off all lights in 3 minutes.
Pretty neat, huh? Now, if you experiment with your routines, feel free to share them here in the comments box! I am very interested in seeing what you can do!
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