Google Home Routines: Automate Your Home During A Vacation


Hello everyone. Thanks for tuning in again. We’re going to get started today by showing you how
to automate your home for a vacation. Now all of this is going to be based on
having a Google Home in your home, and then of course from there you’re going
to have to have some of these other smart devices that I’m going to show you.
For now, on an Android or an iPhone, you go to the Google Home application,
head down to more settings, and then go into the routine section. Now from there
what you’re going to do is create a new routine, and that’s in the bottom right
there. You can see the plus button. I’m going to hit that and once inside of
there, you do have to add a command here, and what we’re going to do first is
automate our lights, essentially while we’re gone. So I’m calling it vacation
lights on, and that command doesn’t really matter unless you want to use it
verbally. Now what does matter is setting a time end day and I’m choosing all the
days of the week, and I’m going to choose a time when I think it makes sense here.
So I’m choosing to turn on my lights at 5:30 p.m., and then I’m going to choose
my basement home speaker. That’s just my standard Google Home. You could choose a Google Home Mini if you wanted, and all of the lights basically will turn on when I choose
here, at 5:30 on all of these days. Continuing on, I’m going to add an action
here, and that action, I’m going to choose from popular actions. What this gives
you access to is all of the lights and plugs and some other devices that you’ve
set up in your Google Home before, in your Google Home application, and you can see you can just click on each of them and you can turn them on. You can also
use scenes if you’d like, if you have certain colored lights that you want to
change to certain colors, that option can be used instead of adjusting lights,
plugs, and more here on the same screen. Right here on this screen, you can see
the adjust scene, so I could go into there and I could choose any of these
scenes that have been set up in my Philips Hue, my Samsung SmartThings, my LifX bulbs, a number of different services here. So for right now, I’m just
going to leave this. I’m going to turn on all those lights that you saw, and I’m
going to scroll down and ask the Google Home here to tell me about the weather.
It doesn’t really matter what I turn on here, it’s just going to kind of fill
dead noise space in my home, and of course that’s always a good thing. So you
can see that you could trigger multiple of these events over the day while you
were gone if you wanted to. Really the point of this routine is to turn on my
lights. So there we go, I’ve added all of those different actions. If I wanted to I
could add media, so that’s radio or music or other things, but we’re going to do
something a little different now. I’m going to create a second routine that’s
actually going to turn off the lights, and of course you could you could create
multiple of these light routines at different times with different sets of
lights, and you could call them for example vacation lights on one through
ten if you wanted to. Again, I’m choosing the day, the time, and we’re just going to
go back here, and now I’m going to add the action, and I have to choose the popular
actions again, choose my lights and plugs, and here I’m going to turn them all off.
Once I’ve done that again, we’re going to hit the add button at the top. I could
add some of these other verbal functions if I wanted to, but for now we’re going to
hit add. We’re turning the vacation lights off, and I’m saving that routine.
So what I now have is my lights turning on and off automatically every day at a
certain time. Now I’m going to create another routine here, and we’re going to
call it vacation speaker on. What I’m going to do with this is basically fill
my home with noise throughout the day. It won’t be anything crazy. I’m just going
to actually add in radio noise in the background so that if someone comes to
my door, that’s what they’re hearing, or if someone comes to my house that’s what they’re hearing. Again I’m choosing the basement home speaker, but in this
case, you could actually choose both of your speakers in your home and you could choose to trigger them at different times. So I’m going to click
add media. I could choose music, but ultimately I want this to play
essentially for as long as I can, so I’m going to choose radio, and I’m choosing a
local radio station. It’s that simple. I have to hit add and then I’m back on
this page and I could go ahead, I could add actions again, I could turn
on lights, if I wanted to, so we could do this all at the same time, but I’ve
decided to do my lights at a different time here than turning on the radio and creating all this noise in my home, but one thing I do want to do is adjust my
media volume. So I do want to make sure that every day it’s at a volume that
someone can hear if they come to the home. So there, I’ve set it to 75 percent
and then it will play the radio. I’m going to save that routine, and we now
have vacation speaker on, and you see I named it one. So we’re going to create a
second one, and of course this is going to be the speaker off, so I’m going to
jump through this pretty quickly. Once I’ve created that, I’m going to set the
same time and days, and I’m not going to add media. What I’m actually going to do
is just type in a command, which is stop. That’s all you need to put in the
command here. You don’t need to say stop music or anything else. It’s just the
term stop, and I could make it do other actions again of course if I wanted to,
but I’m just going to add this and then I’m going to set the time and day. Now of
course be careful that you choose the right speaker to stop, make sure it
matches the other one that you had started earlier in the day, and all of
this will work perfectly. So there you have it. Now you have your lights turning
on and off at a certain time, your radio turning on and off at a certain time, and
now we’re moving on to something that’s a little deeper. Now I have a Harmony Hub
in my home, so I already have a routine called time for TV, and I can just say
time for TV or TV time, and you can see the command ask Harmony Hub to turn on the TV. Now Harmony comes with this as a natural activity, but you can see I have a watch TV activity already set up in Harmony Hub. If you don’t have Harmony set up ,and you need some help around that I do have a
video on the channel that I’ll put top-right right now. Of course I have
to set a time and day while I’m on vacation, so you would do this the day
you leave for vacation, and so I’m just going to set a time period, and I’m going
to set this later in the evening. In this case, we’re going to trigger this on at
about 7:00 p.m. every day while I’m gone. You choose the speaker, but it
doesn’t really matter which speaker turns your TV on and off here.
So now I’ve added true automation to a routine I already had, which was called
time for TV. Now I’m going to open up the TV off, which you can see is ask Harmony
to turn off the TV, and really all I have to do here is again add the time that I
want this to run, and just set that time and day here, and I’m done with this
routine. So by the end of this, I have my TV running for a couple of hours every day and it’s in the evening, and that’s along with all of these other
things that I have. So my TV’s turning on at 7:00, it’s turning off at 9:00, my
lights are on at 5:30, and off at 11:30. I also have my radio on at 8 a.m. in the
morning and it’s playing all day until 5 p.m.. So you can see there’s a lot of
activity going on in the house. Now of course from there I wanted to
give you a few more options if you have some other devices in your house. So
option one if you have a Samsung, Neato, or iRobot vacuum, you can actually use IFTTT and Google Home to schedule your vacuum
to turn on. Now of course with most of those you can create a schedule to turn
that on as well, but the other option is actually your gardening system. So
there are a couple of systems here that I’m going to show you are on IFTTT, and you can go ahead and you can trigger those on and off. So
let’s go to IFTTT, you can see the different sets of devices here.
The Rachio is the one we’re going to focus on for today. You know we can see
in IFTTT, there’s a number of triggers and actions, but ultimately
we’re looking to start a zone and so if you have multiple zones, you can select
which ones to start on which days, and you can also stop the watering on the
device. So what we can actually do here on IFTTT is create an applet
that you’re able to trigger with your Google Home through Google
Home Routines. So what I’m going to do is head up to the top right and choose new
applet, and then I’m going to choose the Google Assistant service, and then for
this one, I’m just going to choose say a simple phrase. And from there what I want to say is make it rain. So make it rain is the statement that I say after my
wake word with Google Home, and then I’m going to choose the Rachio service.
Now for the purposes of this demo, I don’t actually have one of those in my
home, so what I’m going to do is create a notification and then I’ll show you the
demo actually working here. So I’m just going to send a notification from if
this than that, and it will just say we’re making it rain. Now obviously I
could create this and then a stopping the rain applet, and therefore I would
have both sides of the routine that you just saw me make with my TV, my lights,
and my radio. So here in Google Home, the action I have to write is just what I
wrote in if this than that. So I’m just going to add that to a routine, and again
you could schedule that however you wanted. You could start different zones
on different days, all of that can be done here, so I think with all of that
created, what I want to do for a demo is show you just my phone actually
receiving that notification. So I will start the make it rain routine. “Make it
rain.” “Okay” “Performing action.”

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