Set up and manage routines

Get daily help with your personal routines. Simply say one command and your Google Assistant will do multiple things. 

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters or Do Not Disturb. Learn about Digital Wellbeing.

Step 1. Set up personalization

One person using Google Home

Personal results must be turned on to hear personal information, like calendar events and reminders.

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Nest or Google Home display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. At the top-right corner of the screen, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.

  5. Go back to the home screen Home.
  6. Tap your device.
  7. At the top-right corner, tap Settings .
  8. Under 'More', tap Recognition and Personalisation.
  9. Turn on Allow personal results.

Note: If multiple people are using the same Google Nest or Home device, everyone who wants to hear personal information must link their Google Account and voice to Google Home, including the person who set up Google Home. 

Multiple people using Google Home
If multiple users are using the same Google Home, everyone who wants to hear personal info on their device must link their Google Account and voice to Google Home, even the person who set up Google Home. If you've already linked your Google Account and voice, skip these steps. 
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  4. Tap Assistant settings  Assistant  Voice Match  Add a device.
  5. Make sure that any devices to which you want to link your voice are ticked.
  6. Tap Continue  I agree.
  7. Follow the in-app steps.
  8. To hear personal information, you must turn on Personal results. Tap I agree and proceed with the Voice Match setup.
  9. To invite others to set up Voice Match for tailored results, tap Invite, choose your communication method, and send the invite. To skip this step, tap No thanks.
 

Step 2. Set up a Routine 

Use a ready-made Routine

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Routines  and then Manage routines.
  3. Under "Ready-made", choose the routine that you want to use and then tap the boxes next to the actions that you want.

Note: You can adjust the settings for individual actions by tapping Settings gear next to the action. 

Good morning

Say "Hey Google, good morning…"

And your Assistant can:

  • Take your phone off silent (only when initiated via an Android device). 
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Tell you about today's:
    • Weather 
    • Commute
    • Calendar
    • Reminders
  • Adjust the media volume

And then play:

  • Music 
  • News 
  • Radio 
  • Podcast where you left off
  • Audiobook where you left off 
  • Nothing

Bedtime

Say, "Ok Google, bedtime…"

And your Assistant can:

  • Put your phone on silent (only when initiated via an Android device). 
  • Tell you about tomorrow's:
    • Weather
    • First calendar event
  • Set an alarm. 
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more
  • Adjust the media volume

And then play:

  • Music 
    • Set a sleep timer for X minutes (you must be playing music)
  • Sleep sounds. Note: Sleep sounds will play for one hour if not turned off. 
  • Nothing

Leaving home

Say, "Ok Google, I’m leaving…"

And your Assistant can:

  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more 

I'm home

Say, "Ok Google, I'm home…"

And your Assistant can:

  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more 
  • Broadcast to Google Homes that are in your home
  • Tell you home (location-based) reminders
  • Adjust the media volume

And then play:

  • Music 
  • News 
  • Radio 
  • Podcasts
  • Audiobooks
  • Nothing

Commuting to work

Say, "Ok Google, let's go to work…"

Note: Must be initiated via an Android or iOS device. Not supported on Home devices.

And your Assistant can:

  • Tell you about today's:
    • Commute
    • Weather
    • Calendar
    • Reminders
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more 
  • Adjust the media volume

And then play:

  • Music
  • News
  • Radio 
  • Podcast 
  • Nothing

Commuting home

Say, "Ok Google, let's go home…"

Note: Must be initiated via an Android or iOS device. Not supported on Home devices.

And your Assistant can:

  • Tell you about your commute
  • Adjust lights, plugs, thermostats and more 
  • Send texts
  • Read unread texts
  • Broadcast to Google Home that you're on the way home
  • Adjust the media volume

And then play:

  • Music
  • News
  • Radio 
  • Podcast 
  • Nothing

Create a Custom Routine

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Nest or Google Home speaker or display.
  2. Tap Routines and then Add a routine.
  3. Under “When…"
    1. Tap Add commands (required) and then Add and then enter the phrase that you want to say to trigger the routine and then OK and then Save. 
  4. Under “Assistant will…”
    1. Tap Add action and then Enter what the Assistant should do. You can enter any Google Assistant command or choose from popular actions and then Add.
      Note: You can't assign multiple voice queries to an action.
  5. [Optional] Under “And then play…”
    1. Tap Add media.
    2. Tap the circle next to the media source.
      Note: 
      You can customise what plays by tapping Settings gear next to the source.
    3. Tap Add and then Save.

Schedule a custom routine

Note: Scheduled custom routines are only available in the US. 

You can schedule custom routines to automatically start on your smart speaker. Just set the desired day and time. 

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Routines and then Add a routine.
  3. Under “When…"

    1. Tap Add commands (required) and then Add and then enter the phrase that you want to say to trigger the Routine and then OK and then Save.
    2. Tap Set a time and day (optional) and then "Choose a time for this routine".
    3. Choose a schedule under "Choose which days it should repeat".
    4. Select which speaker under "Choose which speaker will start it".
    5. You can choose whether you want to get notified on your phone when it starts by ticking the box
    6. Tap OK.
  4. Under “Assistant will…”

    1. Tap Add action and then Enter what the Assistant should do. You can enter any Google Assistant command or choose from popular actions and then Add.
      Note: You can't assign multiple voice queries to an action.

  5. [Optional] Under “And then play…"

    1. Tap Add media.
    2. Tap the circle next to the media source.
      Note: You can customise what plays by tapping Settings gear next to the source.
    3. Tap Add.
  6. At the top-right corner, tap Save.

 

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