Google Home's Routines Feature One Step Closer To Being Released

Joanna Estrada
March 14, 2018

Google has now launched Routines in the US. The latest iteration of the feature is more capable than before, able to control connected and compatible smart home devices (like light bulbs and thermostats) as well as retrieving information. It is also being reported that the Google Assistant "Routines" will replace the already available "My Day" feature from the services list.

To access routines, go to settings in the Google Home or Google Assistant app, and you'll find them under Home Control, Music, and Shortcuts. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the USA, as first spotted by Android Police. This includes, "good morning, bedtime, leaving home, I'm home, commuting to work, and commuting home", all of which can be customized to the user's liking and preference.

These routines will also change depending on who's talking to the Google Home, so if you have loaded your profile it will give calendar alerts specific to your account. The commuting routines can only be ingressed from one's phone, as one is likely to be on the go when making use of them. Routines are unique to each user's individual voice, so multiple members of a household can set up their own routines.

The complete array of the available actions with routines is made available on the Google's routines support page.

Good Morning replaces My Day (which is still available in the United Kingdom and Australia) which gave you updates about weather, traffic, news, and your calendar. Then you can play music, news, radio, or catch up with a podcast or audiobook.

The same can be said for "leaving home", where users can use it to enable home security cameras, motion sensors, turn off the lights and thermostat, and so on.

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