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Alexa Tip: Creating Routines

Amazon recently rolled out a sort of visual scripting language for Alexa devices that allow customers to group commands into automated sequences. For example, when you say “Alexa, good morning” you could have a bunch of things happen at once like report on traffic, provide a weather report, turn specific lights on, and start the coffee maker.

The feature is limited to specific occurrences and actions currently, but this feature is expected to expand quickly.

Here’s how to create your first Routine:

  1. In the Alexa app, open the menu and select Routines.
  2. Select the + icon in the top right hand corner.
  3. Select When This Happens, and then choose how to trigger the Routine.
  4. Select Add action, and then choose which device to control and what action it completes.


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