Back at Google I/O, Google announced two new features for Google Assistant – custom routines and schedules. Both of the features focus on automating the things you do regularly but in different ways. Google assistant can now do things automatically at a scheduled time.
The first feature – custom routine lets you trigger multiple commands with a single custom phrase. For example – you can say “Hey Google, I am awake” to unsilence your phone, turn on the lights and read the news.
The second feature – schedule can trigger a series of commands at a specific time on specific days, without you needing to say a thing. It looks like scheduling has started rolling out to users by way of the Google Home app. To make a schedule, you have to follow the simple steps mentioned below:
- Open the Google Home app
- Go to settings>Routines
- Create a new routine with the + button
- Scroll to the “Set a time and day” option to schedule things ahead of time
For the scheduled routines to run, a Google Home unit needs to be selected to run the actions. Once a device finishes running a routine, it will give an audio acknowledgment and notify you on your phone.
Google is going to roll out the feature in the next few days. So if you don’t see “time and date” option then do not worry. You can make lots of things happen with this new feature. Let’s say if you want your bedroom lights to turn on every morning at 7 then it’s possible. Whether you want to double-check the door lock or dim the downstairs light at 12 am – it’s possible if you have got all the smart home hardware required then it will be able to handle it.
It’s possible that you might be using third-party apps. Like some lights have apps with built-in scheduling options. Though with Google Assistant, you will find everything under one roof while letting you fire off more complicated sequences all at once. Now getting more done in the real world with Google assistant is possible.