What are Google Home routines and how to set them up?

Google Home routines

The ideal smart home system anticipates your every move. It knows you arrive home from work at 6 pm and always turn on the hall light and adjust the heating. As it adapts to your life, working without you lifting a finger. Sounds futuristic? Not quite! Google Home routines make this is possible.

 

The Google Home app allows you to create different “routines” for performing multiple actions with a single Google Assistant command. Two types of routines are available: Home and Away.

 

Using Google Home routines can make you more efficient as it takes care of tasks. They can turn everything off at bedtime, adjust your smart thermostat before you get in the door from work, or make it seem that you’re always there (even when you’re on holiday).

 

Here is how to use Google Home routines to automate some of the boring yet necessary tasks you do every day!

 

 

How to get started with Google Home routines

First, download and open the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. If you haven’t yet set up a routine, tap “Set Up Home & Away Routines.”

 

An introduction page will appear that explains how routines work and what they enable you to do. Tap Set Up to begin.

 

Google Assistant allow you to complete multiple tasks automatically by using routines. You can schedule a routine for when you need it, or start it at any time with a command.

 

Also, you can set up Home and Away routines, which start when the first person comes home or when everyone is away.

 

 

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Using a ready-made routine

The best starting point is to use one of the seven ready-made routines (Workday, Good morning, Bedtime, Leaving home, I’m home, Commuting to work, Commuting home). Before we look at each preset, here’s how to select one:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap Routines and choose the routine that you want to edit.
  3. By default, ready-made routines already have existing triggers that can’t be deleted. If you want to add an additional trigger, tap When I say to my Assistant, then Add another, and Done.
  4. Go back to the routines screen, then tap Add action. Choose a routine category. Next, choose an action and tap Done.
  5. Tap Save.

 

Workday routine

If you hate forgetting to do certain tasks, the workday routine is for you. It will automatically remind you of every task you need to get done during your working day. You’ll never forget to buy milk, eat lunch, or pick up the kids when the after-school club ends. Your Assistant can:

  • Regularly tell you the time throughout the day, so that you don’t lose track of upcoming meetings
  • Tell you about today’s calendar
  • Tell you of your customised set of reminders
  • Recite prompts over the device at a chosen time, such as:
    • ‘It’s time to stand up and stretch. Let’s take a break for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘It’s time for lunch! Remember to wash your hands!’
    • ‘Go have a snack.’
    • ‘Let’s go grab a glass of water. And why don’t you go and wash your hands?’
    • ‘Hope you’re having a great day! Want to go for a walk?’
    • ‘Time to start wrapping up your working day and plan for dinner!’

 

Good morning routine

Just Say ‘Hey Google, good morning‘ and your Assistant can:

  • Take your phone off silent (only when initiated via an Android device)
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Tell you about today’s:
    • Weather
    • Commute
    • Calendar
    • Reminders
  • Adjust the media volume

 

It can also play:

  • Music
  • News
  • Radio
  • Podcast where you left off
  • Audiobook where you left off
  • or Nothing.

 

Bedtime routine

There are plenty of ways Google Assistant can help you sleep better. With the Bedtime routine, you can automate several tasks at once, making getting some shut-eye even easier! Say ‘Hey Google, bedtime’ and your Assistant can:

  • Put your phone on silent (Android devices only)
  • Tell you about tomorrow’s:
    • Weather
    • First calendar event
  • Set an alarm
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Adjust the media volume

 

It can also play:

  • Music
  • Sleep sounds
    • Note: Sleep sounds will play for one hour if not turned off.
  • or Nothing.

 

Leaving home

As you can personalise this routine to your preferences, you can leave home knowing that all the lights are off. Only you can edit this routine. If you want a routine that other people in the home can edit and that can start when everyone is away, use the Away routine.

 

Say ‘Hey Google, I’m leaving’ and your Assistant can:

  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more

 

 

I’m home routine

You can personalise this routine to your preferences. Arrive home knowing it’s warm and the hall light is on. That said, no one else can edit it. If you want a routine that other people in the home can edit, and that can start when someone comes home, use the Home routine.

 

Simple Say ‘Hey Google, I’m home’ and your Assistant can:

  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Broadcast to speakers and displays that are in your home
  • Tell you home (location-based) reminders
  • Adjust the media volume

 

And then play:

  • Music
  • News
  • Radio
  • Podcasts
  • Audiobooks
  • or Nothing.

 

Commuting to work

You can only initiate this Google Home routine using an Android or iOS device. Not supported on Google Nest or Home devices. Say ‘Hey Google, let’s go to work’ and your Assistant can:

  • Tell you about today’s:
    • Commute
    • Weather
    • Calendar
    • Reminders
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Adjust the media volume

 

And then play:

  • Music
  • News
  • Radio
  • Podcast
  • or Nothing.

 

Commuting home

You must initiate this Google Home routine using an Android or iOS device. Not supported on Google Nest or Home devices. Say ‘Hey Google, let’s go home’ and your Assistant can:

  • Tell you about your commute
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Send texts
  • Read unread texts
  • Broadcast to your speaker or display that you’re on the way home
  • Adjust the media volume

 

And then play:

  • Music
  • News
  • Radio
  • Podcast
  • or Nothing.

 

 

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How to create a custom routine

You can also create custom Google Home routines that enable you to operate your smart home exactly as you want.

  1. Open the Google Home app
  2. Tap Routines, then Add (near the bottom of the screen)
    • Under ‘How to start’, tap Add starter and choose the trigger that you want for your routine. Voice command: Add the voice commands that you want to use for your routine.
    • (Optional) Time: Get your routine to activate at a specific time.
    • (Optional) Sunrise/sunset: Choose whether to get your routine to activate at sunrise or sunset.
    • (Optional) Dismiss an alarm: Automatically start your routine when you dismiss an alarm on your speaker or display.
  3. Under ‘This routine will’, tap Add action, and choose a routine category, next choose an action, and tap Done.
  4. Tap Save.

 

 

How to edit a routine

To change the triggers or actions of a routine, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap Routines.
  3. Choose the routine that you want to edit.
  4. Under ‘How to start’, tap the trigger that you’d like to edit.
  5. Under ‘This routine will’, tap the action that you’d like to edit.
  6. Tap Save.

 

To delete or reorder existing triggers and actions, tap Edit. You can also tap an action to edit its individual settings.

 

 

How do the Home and Away routines work?

Your Away routine will start when everyone’s away from home. When someone returns, your Home routine will start. You can also activate these routines with a voice command or the Home app.

 

Anyone who has been added to your home in the Home app can edit Home and Away routines. To set up Home and Away routines, simply:

  1. Open the Google Home app
  2. Tap Set up Home and Away routines.
  3. Tap Home or Away.
  4. Select the devices and settings that you want the routines to adjust.
    1. Select the ones that you want to change when the first person comes home.
    2. Select the ones that you want to change when everyone’s away.
  5. (Optional) Select the devices that you want to use to determine if someone’s at home.
  6. (Optional) Set up your phone’s location to be used for presence sensing.
    1. You’ll need to enter your home address and confirm it by placing a pin on a map.

 

 

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You can set up further personalisation

Completely optional, but you can link other Google products with the Home app to remind you of events and birthdays.

 

One person using a speaker or display

Personal results must be turned on to get your personal information, like calendar events and reminders.

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network or linked to the same account as your speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app.
  3. At the top right, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  5. Go back to the home screen.
  6. Tap your device.
  7. At the top right, tap Settings, then Recognition and sharing Recognition and personalisation, next turn on Allow personal results.

 

Multiple people using a speaker or display

If multiple users are using the same speaker or display, everyone who wants to get personal info must link their Google Account and voice to the device, including the person who set it up. If you’ve already linked your Google Account and voice, skip these steps.

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap Home, then Settings, next Google Assistant, then Voice Match Other devices.
    • If you have more than one home, tap the home that you want to add Voice Match to.
  1. Tap Get started and follow the in-app steps.
    • Note: To turn on Voice Match automatically for new devices in the same home, turn on ‘Automatically enable on future devices’.

 

 

Use Google Home routines to free up your time

As you can use Google Home routines in a variety of ways, your should be able to reclaim time and achieve more each day. Imagine waking up with the perfect temperature while listening to your favourite podcast, or returning after a long day at the office to a warm, cosy home.

 

Google Home routines, of course, have another and more important role. They help to keep your house safe and enable you to save energy by turning off your smart home devices. So why not use Google Home routines to further automate your life.