If your Android device is your timer or alarm clock, you can make it a lot better by using Google Assistant-powered routines which are now available in Google’s Clock app and can control your smart-home or play audio of choice when you wake up each morning.
The most significant downside with alarms is that they are easy to snooze. This can happen multiple times, and before you know it, you are either running late for work or skipping breakfast, and hoping for a string of green lights on the road so you won’t be late for work.
Smart-Home routines can also help solve that problem, and in fact, automation is still the real superpower of smart-homes. A voice assistant can greet you every morning, raise the shades, turn on the lights, read the news, or even play music. Even if the alarm is snoozed, the booming music and lights will help you wake up.
But what if you don’t own a Google Home, Amazon Echo, or a Lenovo Smart Lock, or let’s say you don’t want such a device in your bedroom, then you’ll miss out on any of the audio parts of the routine.
Thanks to an update in the Google Clock’s alarm feature, as an Android user you can now set up routines without a Google Home in your bedroom, and it is fairly straightforward to use.
If you have an Android device, you can utilize the Google Assistant not only to set alarms but also to set Assistant routines that can command your device to play audio of choice each morning when you wake up. In this article, let’s have a quick look at how Google Assistant Routines can be used on Android devices with Google Clock.
How to Add Assistant Routines to Your Google Clock Alarms
To add a routine to your Android device, open the Google Clock app and tap “Alarm” at the bottom left corner of the screen.
But if you’ve got an already existing alarm, tap on its “Down arrow” or you can also tap on the plus symbol (+) to create a new alarm.
Either way, you should see the “Google Assistant Routine” option. Now, tap the plus symbol (+) to the right of the “Google Assistant Routine” option, to add an assistant routine to a specific alarm.
If this option is not available on the screen, you must set up Google Assistant in Google Search. Skip to the next section and follow the setup instructions from there.
Tap on the “Set Up Routine” button.
A list of routine options will be displayed on the screen. Use the options to tell Google Assistant exactly what you want.
You can check whatever options you want such as;
● Adjust media volume
● Adjust lights, plugs, and more
● Adjust thermostat
● Adjust scenes
● Tell me about the weather
● Tell me about my commute.
● Tell me about today’s calendar
● Tell me today’s reminders
● Adjust phone volume
● Read me a recent article about coronavirus (COVID-19)
You can also tap the “Change Order” option at the top-right corner of the screen to determine the order and placement of events, for instance, in the list above, you can choose to make the commute read before the weather.
When Google Assistant is complete, it will then play these;
Tap an option on the list under “And then play” to choose your preference.
If your Android device is regularly placed on silence mode, you should check the “Adjust media volume” option at the top of the list, or you may not hear anything because the phone is muted.
When you’re done, tap the Checkmark option at the upper right corner of the screen. Tap “Allow” so that Google Assistant can have access to your lock screen. This allows Google Assistant to play your routine even while your Android device is locked.
You’re all set! The next time you dismiss this alarm, your routine will kick in, and you’ll see your Google Assistant performing all those actions that you have created in this routine. But if you don’t hear anything, your device’s media volume is probably silenced, and you’ll have to modify the routine and enable the “Adjust Media Volume” option to prevent this issue.
Enabling Google Assistant Routines in Clock
If this option is not available in the Clock app, follow these instructions to enable it.
● Open the Google Search, and tap “yes” to set up the Google Assistant if prompted. If the prompt is not available, tap “More” and then tap “Settings.”
● In the setting screen, Tap on the “Google Assistant” option.
● Tap the “Assistant” tab, and scroll down.
● Tap the “Phone” option under “Assistant devices.”
● Then toggle on the “Google Assistant” option.
Follow these steps to complete setting up the Google Assistant. Head back to the Alarm app to finish setting up your routines when you’re done.