On Android or iOS, it is possible to configure Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri to automate certain tasks in your morning routine. For example, you can find out about the weather, listen to the latest news or even, thanks to a trick, make yourself coffee. Learn how to use Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri to automate your morning routine.
Although I am still using the iPhone 13 Mini, I was previously an Android user for long years. I gladly used the “Ok Google, hello” voice command. This triggered a series of actions, including reading information about my upcoming appointments, the latest news, and the current weather.
This feature, however, is only a small part of the possibilities for automating morning routines. Indeed, all modern voice assistants allow you to define your own actions via a morning voice command. The functions may differ a bit, but actually do exactly the same thing.
How to automate your morning routine on your iPhone
On iOS, you will need the “Shortcuts” application for this, which is already pre-installed on your iPhone. You will also need to have enabled the use of Siri. In this application, you will be able to create a new shortcut via the plus symbol at the top right and name it according to your preferences. You will then have to add certain actions to this shortcut, here are some possibilities to inspire you:
- View calendar events
- Check the weather forecast
- View travel time to work
- Open the “Stocks” application
- View a health report
- Listen to music on Spotify
The possibilities offered by Apple are really very varied. Especially if you have developed your connected home a little. For example, if you use a smart plug on your coffee machine, you can turn it on directly in the morning. If you have already prepared the coffee machine and it works with a switch, the device will start making coffee for you as soon as you wake up.
You can either trigger this routine by voice command or assign it a start time. Again, iOS is extremely complete, you can even automate certain actions when your iPhone detects the sound of a doorbell.
How to automate your morning routine on your Android smartphone
On your Android smartphone, the equivalent of Apple’s shortcut commands is called “Routines”. You will find them in the Google Home application and the principle is very similar. First open the Google Home app, then go to routines and select the routine you want to edit. Here you will be able to set the command “Ok Google, hello” as a trigger and then set the following actions:
- Turn off silent mode on your smartphone
- Turn on the lights
- Control smart home thermostats
- Read aloud information about weather, routes, reminders and calendar
- play music
- Start a radio station
These functions are of course really interesting if you use a connected speaker as an alarm clock or at least if you have one in your bedroom. So you won’t depend on your smartphone in the morning.
How to automate your morning routine with Alexa
With Amazon’s Alexa, the feature you’re looking for is called “Routines” and can be found in the Alexa app for iOS or Android. Although you set up the voice commands in the app on your smartphone, the routines are still available on every Echo speaker in your apartment. You will directly find a recommended sequence called “Alexa, start my day”. But with your own configuration you can also use more possibilities:
- Use Alexa as an alarm clock
- Read road traffic information on the way to work
- Read messages
- Announce the current weather
- Turn on the lights
- Open connected blinds
- Send messages to other Echo speakers
- Switch on the electrical outlets to prepare a coffee
Alexa’s Routines set up quickly and you’ll be able to take advantage of Alexa’s vast ecosystem of smart home devices. With a connected weather station, you can even get the current wind speed or temperature communicated to you.
If you’re not yet using your smart home setup to automate your morning routine, you’re really missing out! Indeed, in an automated way or by voice command, you can trigger a whole series of useful actions thanks to routines, shortcuts or processes. While your brain and body are waking up, your connected home will meet your basic needs or give you important information for your day.
What is your morning routine? Do you use the automation functions of the connected home or do you not know them yet? Are you interested in other home automation tutorials? Let us know in the comments!