Create your own custom voice command with Alexa!
Create a phrase and choose what Alexa will do when it is said. A custom Amazon Alexa command is a great way to control your smart lights with your voice.
This guide will show you how to create an Alexa routine with a custom voice command in the Alexa app.
Routines in the Alexa App are a series of steps performed by Alexa when the routine is triggered or started. There are two triggers to start the routine:
When a routine is triggered, you can select the actions that will be performed. Here is a current list of actions that your Echo device can do:
You can create a list of actions from any or all of these categories in your routine. I created a routine with 21 actions without a problem so it is likely to meet your requirements.
With one command, Alexa can perform a series of steps on multiple lights in your smart home.
Alexa. I'm going to bed.
You can create an Alexa routine with just your Echo Device if you aren't controlling a smart home product. In this project, we are controlling smart home lights so you will need the following:
2. Smart light switch or smart light bulbs
No lights, no problem. You can quickly add or expand smart lights throughout your home with the Philips Hue Hub. Check out why I recommend the Philips Hue Hub.
Open the Routines section in the Amazon Alexa App menu.
When you open the routines section, you will see a list of all enabled or disabled routines. Press the "+" button in the top right corner to add a new routine.
First, create the trigger that will start the routine. This is in the "when this happens" area in the menu. Second, create a voice trigger or a time based trigger for your routine. For this routine, we are going to create a custom voice command.
Type in your custom phrase that will be the voice command you say to Alexa to start the routine. Don't put a period on the end of your phrase.
Now we will create the actions that happen when you say the trigger command. Select 'add action' and choose the 'Smart Home' list. You can then choose to control a device, group or scene.
Scroll through your device list and select the item you want to control. Next, select the actions (on/off, dim level, color, etc.) that you want to happen and select next. The final screen will show a confirmation that summarizes the device and actions that will be taken. Click next to place it in your routine.
Complete your routine by adding all of your actions to the routine. As a test, I successfully added 21 devices to one routine. This would be an uncommon situation, but it shows the capability of Alexa routines. Once you add all of the actions, click save to finalize your routine.
Your routine should be listed in the enabled routines section. Test your routine by speaking it to Alexa.
Alexa. I'm going to bed.
You can edit your custom routine by selecting it the Routines section of the app. Also, you can temporarily disable the routine so Alexa won't respond to it. Routines can control any of your smart home devices. Just have fun with it and be creative!
The Amazon Echo devices give you a lot of options to control your smart home lights with your voice. Here are some other guides on controlling lights by voice with Alexa:
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