How to create and use scheduled routines on Google Home

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How to use Google Home scheduled routines

Google Assistant has learned a lot of new tricks in 2018, Custom Routines being one of the bigger ones, letting you schedule your Routines for a specific time and day.

This means you no longer have to manually trigger them with a command or action. For those of you with pretty consistent routines, whether it's getting out of bed at a certain time in the morning or an established pattern for after-work relaxation, Google's scheduling could prove particularly useful.

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Here's how to set up custom routines on Google Home.

How to create and use scheduled routines on Google Home

1. Make sure your Google Home app is up to date.

2. Hit the Settings button on the home screen then scroll down to the bottom and tap on More settings.

3. You'll then need to tap the Assistant tab an then hit Routines. Create a new one from scratch by hitting the big blue circle with the plus icon.

4. You'll then see options to "Add commands" and "Set a time and day". The first is mandatory, but don't worry, you won't have to use it to trigger the routine. That said, it's a good idea to come up with something sensible should you want to do it manually. Once you've done that, set the time and the days on which you want your routine to take place. You can also choose to be notified on your phone when the routine starts. Once you've set up the timing logistics, tap the back button.

How to create and use scheduled routines on Google Home

5. Now you can start the fun bit. Tap on Add Action to start choosing what Assistant should do. You have the option to type a command in manually ("Set the volume to 50%", "Ask for the news" etc) but we recommend selecting the Popular actions button to get a better idea of what's possible.

Pro tip: Hit the cog icon by each command to see a breakdown of the specifics. For example, when adjusting your lights, hit the cog to tweak each individual connected light separately.

6. Once you've added some actions, it's time to think about any media you want. Hit the back button and then tap Add media. Again, hit the cog icon for each of these to choose what you specifically want to play. For music, you'll need to actually type the command in, but you don't need to write the whole, "Ok Google, play The Rolling Stones". Just type "The Rolling Stones" or "Morning playlist". Oh, and just so you know, it will always use your default music service.

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