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Google Assistant routines are the best way to make the most of your smart assistant with a simple command. There are six ready-made routines available, which you can customize to your liking. You can also create custom routines by assigning phrases to the actions you’d like Assistant to perform. Google Assistant routines work on phones, tablets, and smart speakers like Google Home Max.

Also read: Here’s an ultimate guide for using Google Assistant


Google Assistant ready-made routines

The six ready-made Google Assistant routines are turned on by default. You can view and edit them by launching Assistant, tapping the menu icon in the bottom-left corner, tapping your profile image, scrolling down, and selecting Routines.

You’ll find a breakdown of all six routines below. You can customize each one by setting a new phrase to launch it, disabling any of its actions, adding new actions, or changing their order.

Good morning routine

When you say, “Good morning,” or “Tell me about my day,” Assistant can:

  • Tell you about the weather.
  • Give you calendar details.
  • Mention any reminders you have.
  • Remind you if your phone battery is low.
  • Play the news.
  • You can add other functions, such as reading a poem, adjusting phone volume, adjusting lights, and more.

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Bedtime routine

When you say, “Bedtime,” or “Good night,” Assistant can:

  • Ask what time the alarm should be set for.
  • Tell you if your phone battery is running low.
  • Play sleep sounds.
  • You can add functions like lowering the volume, getting weather details for the next day, adjust smart devices, and more.
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Leaving home routine

When you say, “I’m leaving,” or “I’m heading out,” Assistant can:

  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats, and other smart devices, including door locks and security systems (if you have any).

I’m home routine

When you say, “I’m home,” or “I’m back,” Assistant can:

  • Adjust lights, plugs, the thermostat, and other smart devices (if you have any).
  • Broadcast that you’re home through a Google Home speaker (if you have one).
  • Tell you about your home reminders.
  • Adjust media volume.
  • Play music, news, radio, a podcast, an audiobook, or nothing.
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Commuting to work routine

When you say, “Let’s go to work,” Assistant can:

  • Tell you about your commute.
  • Get weather details
  • Tell you about today’s calendar.
  • MEntion any reminders
  • Adjust lights, plugs, the thermostat, and other smart devices (if you have any).
  • Adjust media volume.
  • Play music, news, radio, a podcast, an audiobook, or nothing.

Read next: How to choose your new Google Assistant voice

Commuting back home routine

When you say, “Let’s go home,” Assistant can:

  • Tell you about your commute.
  • Send a text.
  • Read unread texts.
  • Broadcast that you’re on your way home through a Google Home speaker (if you have one).
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats, and other smart devices (if you have any).
  • Adjust media volume.
  • Play music, news, radio, a podcast, an audiobook, or nothing (this is always the last action).

Google Assistant custom routines

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You can also create custom Google Assistant routines if the ready-made ones aren’t your thing. That means you can select the actions you want to trigger and match them up to your phrase of choice. For example, Assistant can show you the first event on your calendar, read you the weather report, and open Android Authority’s website when you say, “Rise and shine.”

Making a Google Assistant Routine

Here’s how you can set up that example in Assistant: launch Assistant, tap on your profile image at the top right corner, scroll down, and select Routines. From there, tap the + New button up top, which will bring up a page for you to set up the routine. Start by selecting the Add starter option and type in “Rise and shine.” Then tap Add action and type in all three actions:

  • Show calendar events
  • What’s the weather
  • Visit www.androidauthority.com

If you want to set up custom routines for your Google Home or Nest speakers, open the Google Home app, go to Routines, and tap on the + sign button.

That’s all there is to it! Once you say the magic word, or words (“Rise and shine”), the Assistant will trigger all the actions one by one. But depending on the phrase you choose, it could show you the top search results for that keyword before launching the routine. This happened to me while testing the feature, although it only occurred on the first few tries. After that, Assistant skipped the search results and went straight to the first action.

Next: How to build Google Assistant actions

The example above is just one of many. You can personalize every routine to your taste, adding in the actions that matter to you. If you’re going to try out the feature, a good idea would be to check out our Google Assistant guide, which will show you all the available software’s actions.