How do you run Routines from Alexa?

I don’t see that option in my app? How do I do that?

In the Amazon Alexa app, go to settings>accounts>your voice. There was a section just for voice training previously, but it’s now part of the voice profile.

I don’t have that in my app. Just have Notifications, Music & Media, Flash Briefing, Routines, Sports Update, Traffic, Calendar, Lists, Voice Purchasing.

Are you on IOS or Android?

Desktop Alexa:

Mobile app Alexa:

I am on iOS under settings.

Might have to go the help tab. Then look for Alexa voice topics.

Hey so I read most of the back and forth here hoping to find my issue but it’s not here. So I’ll just go ahead and ask it.

I’ve been trying to figure out if, once intergraded, can I use my smart things app to automate a previously installed Routine on Alexa? For instance, “Alexa. Good Morning” has Alexa turn on some lights and read me my flash briefing. Can I create a smart things routine at 9am to turn on other lights, activate my “Alexa. Good morning” routine, then turn on a plug?

At the present time, Amazon does not offer any way to have a third-party device have Alexa perform an Alexa action.

Some community members use a separate android device with the “text to speech” (TTS) capability and have it literally speak to the echo to trigger events. It’s a hack, but it will work for some use cases. :sunglasses:See the following:

That’s so weird but actually genius! Thank you so much for passing that on. I’ve searched the topic a ton and haven’t come across that solution. Thanks again!!

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So I have a routine to turn on two Peanut smart plugs and set my ceiling fan to medium as a routine in SmartThings… I also have a routine to turn all those off… Those routines work fine in the ST app but will not work with Alexa…

What am I doing wrong here? These aren’t locks or security related so I would think they would work natively…


If those are the ONLY devices in your routines they should work. If you see a message in the SmartThings native integration app like :The following routines cannot be used… then you will need to use a custom skill like Ask Alexa to run them. Or if you have web core you could run them when a virtual switch is tripped within Alexa. There are many options to do this, but the native one MIGHT not be the best suited…

Have you exposed the ST Routines to Alexa via the Alexa SmartApp? You then need to discover new devices in the Alexa Phone App for the ST Routines to show up.

Also, please note that Alexa now has Routines too. Alexa Routines are different from ST Routines. They are used to perform a sequence of activities based on a voice command. I find them to be very handy for certain tasks.

Amazon Alexa (stand alone) app Routines can execute on a schedule also, not just by voice. The ST Routines will show up as Scenes in the Amazon Alexa app. You devices will need to be discovered with Alexa if they aren’t already. You can also have askAlexa execute ST Routines by voice control.

The naming can get confusing when one company calls it a routine and another calls that same thing a scene but then has routines also. The Amazon Alexa app is not to be confused with askAlexa app for ST that was created by @MichaelS.

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

What I do is say “Alexa Bedroom morning” she just makes the blip sound and doesn’t do anything. Screenshots should help.

Try saying “Alexa, Turn On Bedroom Morning” to see if that makes a difference.

You could also add the ST Routine (i.e. Alexa Scene) to an Alexa Routine. Which allows for more natural voice commands.

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Thanks mate… Will try that out tonight.

This was it… Had to say Turn On… I’ve since just created a routine in Alexa instead…



Glad to hear that solved it for you. Have fun!

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Another easy one for you…

What’s the easiest way to have Alexa turn on a pair of lamps at the same tome / together?

I had it working and then broke it somehow. I have two lamps with smart bulbs and a ceiling fan with light that both have smart control.

I just want to be able to say “Alexa turn on / off lamps.”

For the life of me I can’t get it working again.

Just create an Alexa ‘Group’ and add both lights to that Group. Then you can simply say “Alexa, Turn On yourGroupName

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