Google Assistant Routines Reportedly Receive Redesign, New Sunrise, and Sunset

Google Assistant is reportedly getting a new feature that will allow users to choose sunrise and sunset as triggers to start a routine. The routine settings page, accessible from the Google Home or Google Assistant settings, is also reportedly undergoing a redesign with a simplified view. The new option to start a routine with sunset or sunrise can be seen along with existing voice command and time options on the Routines Settings page in screenshots posted on Reddit. The restructuring also seems to leave the page with only two sections to create a new routine – ‘How to Get Started’, and ‘This Routine will be’.

According to the screenshots shared by a Reddit user, Assistant’s sunrise / sunset routine in the Google Home app will allow users to set routines related to the position of the sun. Google Assistant will be able to start your usual routine according to the time of day for a specific location. Users can also choose when they want the routine to start in relation to sunrise and sunset, such as 4 hours before sunrise, 15 minutes before sunrise, at sunrise, 30 minutes after sunrise, and so on.

Users will be able to set the routines to start on certain days of the week and also choose to receive notifications when the routine starts, screenshots show. Routines can be set up as reminders to send and read texts, adjust home appliances such as lights and plugs, set up phone settings, play and control media, and more. These are divided into specifications and you can add custom actions to them.

According to the Reddit post, the new releases are available in the latest beta release of the Google Home app (v2.35.1.5).

According to a 9to5Google report, however, the routine settings page under Google Assistant settings is undergoing a major overhaul in addition to getting the new sunsets of sunset and sunrise. Google Assistant gets ‘suggested actions’ at the bottom of the Routines page, according to the report.

The restructuring also makes it easier to draft existing routines by counting all the secondary actions it will trigger. The report claims that the restructuring is being extensively developed to the Google Home app for both Android iOS users.


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