Share and discover new Alexa routines
Currently, Alexa routines offer many possibilities to users who bet on Amazon’s voice assistant. They allow you to use a single voice command to activate, for example, the lights in the living room, start your favorite music or turn on the television to watch a movie. Here the limits are set by your imagination and, logically, there are some shortcomings in terms of integration of certain devices. But in general lines they give a lot of play.
Well, now Amazon has announced through its official blog that routines can be shared. This is very interesting and surely they serve to enhance its use in a similar way to what happened with the iOS shortcuts. If many users had to see how to perform different actions, surely they would never have spent the necessary time to achieve it. However, with a simple link they can be downloaded and installed.
Amazon has done something similar, the company has started allowing via a link These routines can be opened directly in the Alexa application and added if they interest you. What’s more, when clicking on them, when the Alexa app starts, certain additional options are given through yellow text fields that you can modify by adding which smart light you want to add or similar things.
The “problem” is that at the moment this option of sharing routines only available to users in the United States. If right now you access one of these URLs, the Alexa app on your smartphone opens, but then it does not recognize the routine as available. At least if you don’t have your Alexa account set up as a US device.
So for the moment we only have to wait for this change, something that seems illogical that it was not available much earlier, reaches the rest of the countries and does not take as long as Blueprints. So that we can all enjoy it and save time in the process of creating new routines for Alexa for many users who either do not know how to do it or do not come up with many ideas.
How to share routines and add those of others
When Amazon Activates Featured or shared Alexa routines, this is what you will have to do to add them to your list of routines:
- Use a mobile device to activate a featured or shared routine by scanning the QR code or clicking the shared URL
- Within the Alexa app, look for the options with yellow text to select the appropriate option
- Once ready, select the option to Activate or Save so that the routine is stored in your account
Ready, that’s how easy it will be to add routines. And to share them you will only have to go to the one you created or have in your Routines section and give it to share. The URL will be generated that will give other users access to it.