Google knows a lot about you, maybe even more than you may feel comfortable with. Now with Google Assistant, you can have it do what you want, and in the order you want. For example, by saying one or a few words, Google Assitant can do a lot.
By setting up a Google Assistant Routine, you save yourself time and energy. Instead of opening each app yourself, why not have Google do it for you. You will need to dedicate some time to set them up, but once you’re done, you’ll see that it was time well spent.
What is Google Assistant Routines?
Google Assistant Routines are commands you set up that allow you to provoke various actions with a few words. When you go into settings to create your own routines, you’ll see that there a few of them that are already created. You can either leave them as is or you can edit them to your liking.
How to Edit/Erase Pre-existing Routines
To create your own routines, open the Google App and tap on the hamburger icon at the bottom right. Tap on Settings, followed by Settings under the Google Assistant section.
Once you’re in Settings, you’ll see various tabs such as Personal info, Assistant, Services, and Home. Tap on the Assistant tab and swipe until you come across the Routines option.
In Routines, you’ll already have some of them created. It’s up to you if you want only to edit them or erase them. If you’re going to delete them, tap on the arrow pointing right and the trash icon will at the top right. Google will show you a message asking you if you are sure that you want to erase the routine.
If you want to keep a routine and modify it a tad, tap on the arrow pointing right. To change the trigger words tap on the already created words under When and tap on the x to the right of the word. That will eliminate the words that were already there.
Tap on the blue circle to add your new trigger words. Under the section My Assistant should, you’ll see an option in blue that says Add action. You can add a specific action you have in mind, or you can choose from a list of popular options.
To the side of My Assistant should, you’ll also see an option to change up the order of the actions. If you decide to change the order, long-press on the option you want to move and slide it up and let go once you’ve placed where you want it to go.
Some actions will have additional options such as letting you add media once the previous has been performed. If you add a media action, you can add media options such as music, sleep sounds, news, audiobook, podcasts, and radio.
Google Routines also allows you to be more specific. If you add music, tap on the cog wheel and type the kind of music you want to add.
The only difference you’re going to see if that you won’t have any info to edit, you’ll need to enter everything yourself. To save your creations, tap on the check mark at the top.