Back to Google I / O, Google announced two new features for Google Assistant, both focusing on automating things you do on a regular basis: custom routines and schedules.
The first allows you to trigger multiple commands with a single custom phrase – like saying "Hi Google, I'm awake" to insecure the phone, turn on the lights, and read the news. Scheduler can meanwhile trigger a number of commands at a certain time on certain days without having to say anything.
While custom routines started almost immediately after I / O, planning has been curious absent. It is starting to roll out today.
As noted by DroidLife, scheduling has begun to roll out to users using the Google Home app.
To create a schedule:
- Open the Google Home app
- Go to Settings> Routines
- Create a new routine using the + button
- Scroll to the option "Set a time and day "to plan things for the time being
If you do not do it see the" time and day "option, but check the day or two. Google rolls it out over the next few days (usually done if there is any mistake it missed) so it can come up without much fanfare.
Do you want the lights in the bedroom to turn on every morning at 7 o'clock on workdays? You can do it. Do you want that song from Six Flags ads to play every day this morning to get you over the wave and / or drive your roommates up a wall? Secure! Do you want to double check the door lock, dim the lights, and make sure the entertainment center is out at 2 o'clock? If you have all the smart home hardware required, it should be able to handle it.
While many things you can use Google Assistant for can already be planned through their respective third-party apps (most smart lights, for example, have apps with embedded scheduling options), this moves to bring everything under one roof while you turns off more complicated sequences simultaneously. And if something breaks? You know where to see.