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Google Assistant is fast becoming one of the most valuable and useful personal assistant services available to Android users today. The recent addition of Google Assistant Routines only adds to that usefulness.
The following new routines are now available in your Google Assistant mobile app:
These are fixed routines. You can’t add or remove them, but you can customize each so that they perform multiple actions at once when you say the trigger phrase (also customizable).
In this article, we’ll look at how to set up Google Assistant Routines and how four easy routines can automate your daily life.
Accessing Google Assistant Routines is easy. Just click on the blue icon in the upper right corner of Google Assistant.
Then, click on Settings.
In the Settings menu, click on Routines.
Here, you’ll see all available routines. Only one routine was available when Google first launched this feature, so it seems they’re slowly expanding the list. Or hopefully, users will be able to add their own routines to the list at some point.
You can open each routine to customize them.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these four key routines.
Think about all the things you do in the morning. Maybe you grab your phone and turn off silent mode. Then you scroll through the weather forecast. You probably review your schedule for the morning.
It’s a known fact that productive people have a good morning routine.
With Google Assistant, all you have to do is say “OK Google, Good morning” and you can have the Assistant do any (or all) of those actions.
Available actions under the Good Morning routine include:
The audio services like music and radio will access the default services you have installed on your phone. You can change these by clicking on the gear icon next to each action.
Part of your morning routine might be things you normally do on your way to work, like listen to the weather report or play your favorite podcast.
If you say “OK Google, Let’s go to work”, all actions you configured to happen under this routine will trigger one after the other.
Available actions under the Commuting to work routine include:
Available actions under the Commuting from work routine include:
Just think of all the fiddling with your phone you currently do in the morning or when leaving work. You might sit and check the weather, then launch your favorite Spotify channel and adjust the volume. This prevents you from leaving right away. Save a few minutes and let Google Assistant perform all those tasks for you as you’re backing out of the driveway.
If you need some podcasts for your commute, make sure to read Kayla’s list of podcasts for commuters.
There’s another time of day when you waste a lot of time adjusting things to your liking. That’s when you leave the house, or when you arrive home.
You adjust the thermostat to save energy, turn down your phone volume so it doesn’t interfere with family time, or maybe you have a habit of shouting out “I’m home!”
When you tell Google Assistant “I’m leaving” or “I’m heading out”, you can automatically control Smart Home devices or adjust the thermostat. Available actions under the I’m home routine (when you say “I’m home” or “I’m back”) include:
Yes, Google Assistant can even announce that you’re home via all of your Google Home devices!
When you go to bed, there are many things you probably do and you don’t even think about it. Maybe you listen to some music or soothing sounds for a while. You probably set your phone alarm. Many people turn down the thermostat so cut down on heating costs.
Google Assistant has you covered at bedtime as well.
Available actions under the Bedtime routine include:
When you’re exhausted at night, it’s wonderful to just say “OK Google, good night” and have everything taken care of for you. You just have to close your eyes and get some much-needed sleep.
Smart gadgets can help you sleep better, and now Google Assistant joins the list of technology to improve your rest.
If you haven’t used Google Assistant before, don’t forget to go into Settings and configure all your defaults. This way when you tell Google Assistant to “play music”, it’ll know what kind of music you like.
Also for “send a text” to work under the Commuting From Work routine, you’ll need to type in the number to text and the message to send.
You’ll also need to make sure all of your smart home devices are integrated with Google Assistant. You can access this under Settings, and then go to Home Control.
In the Home Control screen, just click on the blue plus icon to add a new device. Select your device from the list of compatible smart home hardware, and go through the authentication procedure.
You’ll only have to do this once. Once all your smart home devices are integrated with Google Assistant, you can start controlling them with your voice as often as you like.
Many people think that they wouldn’t be able to find any practical use for voice control. It does take a while to get used to talking to your phone. But after just a few days of using Google Assistant routines, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
Once you become familiar with its basic features, you can always return and use Routines to automate your daily life in ways you never imagined possible.
Google Assistant is also available for iPhone users, and there are plenty of reasons iPhone users should start using it too. If you’re just getting started with Google Assistant, I highly recommend reading Ben’s complete guide to using Google Assistant.
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The original showrunner and creator, Jay Carson, had planned to work with Apple on the series, but he has departed over creative differences. Kerry Ehrin, known for “Bates Motel,” is instead set to take over and is close to inking a deal with Apple.
Ehrin was the co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner of “Bates Motel.”
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