Alexa works with a whole zoo of smart home gadgets that can do anything from closing your blinds and garage door to simple things like controlling lights and switches.
You’ll follow the same steps in the Alexa app to set up a routine with smart devices, but instead, you’ll select Smart Home as the trigger or the action.
In the Alexa app, go to Routines and Create Routine or + in the top right corner. Next, name the routine and select the trigger. This can be a smart home device like a motion sensor, door sensor, smart lock, or anything else added to your Amazon ecosystem.
Next, select an action, or what you want to happen after that trigger.
You’ll need to make sure your device is connected to Alexa before including it in routines. Gear like smart light bulbs, smart plugs, and smart locks, for example, are easy ones to include into routines.
In the Alexa routines menu, select Smart Home under the actions menu. Here, you’ll be able to see all your smart home devices that Alexa recognizes. You can choose any of these to act with the routine.
Here’s what our example looks like:
“Hey Alexa, I’m done for the day.” This voice command is the trigger that causes the smart light bulb outside of the home office to turn off. We selected the light bulb in the Alexa app, then the “power” option, then “off.”
Check out our branded guides for help connecting Alexa to your security system:
With the help of the subscription-based service Alexa Together, you can remotely access a loved one's Alexa devices to set up routines. Now you don't have to wait for your next visit or try to describe each step over the phone to help older family members enjoy the perks of home automation. Be sure to check out our guide to smart home tech for seniors to explore the possibilities.