â€œRoutinesâ€� might be Google Assistantâ€™s most powerful feature, especially if you have smart devices around your home. You can automate several tasks with a single command. To make Routines even easier to use, you can add home screen shortcuts.
Google includes several pre-made Routines in the Google Home app, but you can create your own custom Routines as well. Thereâ€™s everything from automating your workdayÂ to improving bedtimeÂ to adjusting the lights based on whether youâ€™re home or away.
One downside to Routines is that theyâ€™re supposed to be started with a voice command. Thatâ€™s fine most of the time, but in some situations, itâ€™s not ideal. The easiest method is to create a home screen shortcut that will immediately run the Routine with a tap.
Note: Home screen shortcuts are only supported on Android devices. At the time of writing, you cannot add a shortcut to an iPhone or iPad from the Google Home app.
First, open the Google Home app on yourÂ AndroidÂ device, then tap the â€œRoutinesâ€� button in the top section.
Select the Routine that you want to create a shortcut for.
Tap the phone icon in the top bar.
A pop-up window will appear with a home screen icon for the Routine. You can tap and hold the icon to place it manually on your home screen or select â€œAdd Automaticallyâ€� to have it placed for you.
Now, with the icon on your home screen, you can simply tap it to run the Routine. A Google Assistant screen will appear and execute the commands.
Thatâ€™s it! This is a great way to put your most-used Routines within easy reach.
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