A routine is a collection of operations that can be started by a single command or run automatically at predetermined intervals. Sunset rituals can be especially helpful for automating tasks or managing smart home technology as dusk falls. Here’s how to program Alexa to perform a sunset routine:
Here is an Overview of Alexa Sunset Routines
Open the Alexa app: Make sure the Alexa app is installed on your mobile device in the most recent version.
To Access Routines: tap “More” in the lower-right part of the Alexa app and then “Routines.”
Create a new routine: Tap the “+” icon in the top-right corner to start a new routine.
Choose your trigger: Selecting a trigger Choose “When this happens” to specify the circumstance that will cause your routine to run.
Choose: Choose “Sunset“: Go to the “Schedule” section and select “Sunset.”
Select a location: When the moment of sunset approaches, Alexa will ask you to pick the place for which you wish to start the routine. If necessary, you can add a special location or use your present one.
Set actions: Add activities that will take place when the sunset routine is activated after setting the trigger. The use of any appropriate smart home device operation, such as turning on lights, modifying thermostat settings, playing music, sending notifications, etc., falls under this category.
Once all the appropriate actions have been configured, save the routine by tapping “Save” in the top-right corner.
Now, Alexa will automatically start the routine and carry out all the tasks you’ve set up whenever sunset time comes. By repeating the routine’s name aloud or by using the Alexa app, you can also run the routine manually.
For the most recent details on setting up sunset routines, I suggest consulting the most recent Alexa documentation or the app itself.
Try this sunset routine…
You can easily create an Alexa smart lighting routine that turns on your indoor and outdoor lights when the sun sets and it gets dark outside.
Triggering Alexa lighting routines with sunset is great because it means you’ll never have to adjust timing of your evening routines again to make sure they kick off as soon as it starts to get dark.
Pro Tip #1: You can set a routine to kick off up to 60 minutes before or after sunrise or sunset (say you want your outdoor porch security lights on 15 minutes before sunset just to be safe). When you’re doing step #5 above, you’ll see a “Time Offset” option that you can easily adjust.
Pro Tip #2: If you haven’t already, get started with smart lights! With this guide to Alexa Hue Lights anyone can easily set up smart lights and figure out which ones are right for you.
How to Setup Alexa Routine at Sunrise or Sunset
- Create a new Alexa routine
- Tap “When this happens” to choose your routine trigger
- Tap “Schedule
- Tap “Sunset” or “Sunrise”
- If there are days of the week when you don’t want the routine to happen, de-select those days. Tap “Next” in the upper right corner
- Tap “Add action” to set the actions (like turning on your porch light) you want to happen when the sun sets or rises
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