5 Best Google Home Routines

Google Home is Google’s developed smart speakers that help you not merely in listening to music and news but it also acts as a communication channel between you and your smart devices via Google Assistant. It helps you in operating your smart home appliances very conveniently.

Google Home

What is a Google Home Routine?

A Google Home Routine refers to a command or a phrase with the help of which you can make your Google Home perform all the actions you want without the need of having lengthy conversations with it. Many people (especially the ones who are not tech smart) often wonder that it is really very difficult to operate devices like Google Home. They assume that you need long-form training before getting started with it and you might even need to have a full-fledged conversation with your smart speakers in order to convey your message properly. In this way, they think that it is such a wastage of time to use any such gadgets.

Google Home Routines

However, this is just not true because Google Home allows you to enable routines that can be triggered by a simple command or phrase known as the Trigger Phrase and your smart speaker will automatically know what it has to do after listening to this phrase. In this article, we will try to learn the 5 Best Google Home Routines that you should enable right away in order to hand over your daily routine chores to your smart devices without going through any lengthy procedures. So let us find out together what these routines are all about.

1- Bedtime Routine:

Google Home’s Bedtime Routine is all about the tasks that you are most likely to perform before going to bed but the good thing is that now you do not have to perform those tasks manually. If you want to set up this routine, just launch your Google Home Application. Go to Routines, then Manage Routines, then select the Bedtime Routine and check all the checkboxes against the actions that you want this routine to perform.

Google Home’s Bedtime Routine

Once you have set up this routine, the next thing you will need to do is to activate it before going to bed. In order to enable the Bedtime Routine, say, “Hey Google, Bedtime” and your smart speakers will start performing all the activities that you have checked in your routine. These activities include putting your phone on silent mode, dimming your lights and adjusting the thermostat, informing you about the weather, calendar, setting morning alarms, adjusting media volume, playing music, sleep sounds, etc.

2- Good Morning Routine:

Google Home’s Good Morning Routine includes all the tasks that you perform right after getting up in the morning. We often feel sleepy or too lazy after getting up and that is exactly why we need someone who can take the responsibility of performing all the actions that are necessary to be taken as soon as we get up. Well, the Good Morning Routine of Google Home is here to serve this purpose. If you want to set up this routine, just launch your Google Home Application. Go to Routines, then Manage Routines, then select the Good Morning Routine and check all the checkboxes against the actions that you want this routine to perform.

Google Home’s Good Morning Routine

For enabling this routine after you have set it up, you will need to say, “Hey Google, Good Morning” and Google Home will be all set to perform all those tasks that you have enabled along with this routine. These tasks include taking your phone off the silent mode, adjusting your lights and thermostat, telling you about the weather, calendar, reminders, adjusting media volume, playing news, music, radio, etc.

3- I’m Home Routine:

Google Home’s I’m Home Routine deals with all those tasks that you want to be done as soon as you come back home from anywhere. It is quite understandable that whenever you come back home from somewhere, you feel too tired to do anything on your own. So, what can be better than a Google Home Routine to do everything for you? If you want to set up this routine, just launch your Google Home Application. Go to Routines, then Manage Routines, then select the I’m Home Routine and check all the checkboxes against the actions that you want this routine to perform.

Google Home’s I’m Home Routine

In order to activate this routine after setting it up, just say, “Hey Google, I’m Home” and Google Home will immediately get to its work i.e. it will start doing all those activities that you want your I’m Home Routine to perform. These activities include adjusting your lights and thermostat, broadcasting in your home that you are back so that your homies may know, telling you about the reminders based on your location i.e. it will tell you about your kitchen-related reminders as soon as you will step into your kitchen and so on, adjusting media volume, playing radio, music, news, podcasts, etc.

4- Commuting to Work Routine:

Google Home’s Commuting to Work Routine is a specialized routine solely dedicated to the time when you are about to leave for work. Google Home has a similar routine known as the Leaving Home Routine but this is a more generalized routine whereas the one which we are talking about will deal with only those tasks that you must perform before leaving for work. If you want to set up this routine, just launch your Google Home Application. Go to Routines, then Manage Routines, then select the Commuting to Work Routine and check all the checkboxes against the actions that you want this routine to perform.

Google Home’s Commuting to Work Routine

For enabling this routine after setting it up, you will have to say, “Hey Google, Let’s Go to Work” and your efficient routine will start doing all the tasks that you have enabled it to do before you leave for work. These tasks include telling you about today’s weather, calendar, reminders, the distance you have to travel in order to reach your office from home, adjusting lights, thermostat, and media volume, playing music, radio, news or podcast, (you can also listen to these things in your car on the way to your office if you are having your Bluetooth on) etc.

5- Commuting Home Routine:

Google Home’s Commuting Home Routine is a specialized case of the I’m Home Routine because Commuting Home Routine is all about the tasks that you want to be done while you are on your way back home from work. If you want to set up this routine, just launch your Google Home Application. Go to Routines, then Manage Routines, then select the Commuting Home Routine and check all the checkboxes against the actions that you want this routine to perform.

Google Home’s Commuting Home Routine

In order to activate this routine once you have set it up, all you have to say is, “Hey Google, Let’s Go Home” and Google Home will start doing all those things that you want to be done on your way back home as well as those tasks that you want to get done before you reach home. In this way, this routine can be considered as the most powerful and handy Google Home Routine. The tasks that this routine is capable of performing include telling you about the best route to your home as well as the traffic density on your way back home, adjusting the lights and thermostat at your home, sending text messages to anyone you want, reading the messages that you have not read while you were at your workplace, broadcasting to your family at home that you are on your way back, adjusting media volume, playing radio, music, news, etc. in your car.

Note: Apart from these built-in routines, Google Home also provides you with the flexibility to create your own customized routines and set up their trigger phrases as well. You can also schedule these routines to occur automatically at the specified time without even uttering any trigger phrase.

Ayesha Sajid


Ayesha is a software developer by profession and is currently working as a lead developer with Code5. Programming Skills: Asp.net, C#, C/C++, Java, Golang, Android, UML, SQL and Html.