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  1. Be able to disable and enable routines from a routine

    Be able to enable and disable routines from a voice trigger routine. For example “we’re going on holiday’ could disable routines that are not required when we are away and enable other routines that are, such as routines that make it look like we are home. Or ‘it’s summer’ could enable routines for summer that for example don’t switch on heating and switch off the winter routines that do.

    13 votes

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  2. Routine conditions for weather

    Allow conditions for scheduled routines. Example: Turn on Christmas Lights at sunset but only if chance of rain is zero percent.

    3 votes

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  3. Allow development skills to be used in routines.

    Allow development skills to be used in routines. If we develop a skill, and haven't published it yet, but it is enable and active on our devices then we should be able to use it within a routine (obviously on our own devices).

    126 votes

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  4. Turning on/off display automatically

    Now it's only possible to turn display off (black) when saying an Alexa command. I'm looking for a routine to make the display turn off and awake automatically. Why? I use Alexa as support for my mother which is suffering from dementia. She uses Alexa commands but she sometimes forgets that she can say "Alexa, turn off", so that she pulls the plug in order to get the display turn black...or she says "Alexa, go sleeping" but would forget to wake up Alexa in the morning with the effect that all the reminders would not work.

    Besides that I would…

    7 votes

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  5. Allow us to reduce the routine delay to 1 second.

    I would like to order the sequence in which lights in my home turn on. For example my home has a long hallway with 6 smart controlled spotlights. I would like to automate the sequence in which they turn on depending on which motion device I trigger first at either end of the hall. Currently I can realistically only have them all turn on at the same time, because a 5 second delay is too slow by the time I have walked the hallway.
    Perhaps this is an issue with the granularity in which Echo can issue commands and then…

    3 votes

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  6. Allow users to invoke skill intents in routine

    Recently, the ability to launch 3rd party skills from routines was added. The implementation, however, was minimal. All the user can do is launch the skill. They cannot launch a specific intent.

    To unleash the potential of 3rd party skills in routines, users should be able to specify skill intents in the routine: "Tell skill x to y"

    222 votes

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  7. Launch a routine from a skill

    Just as it is important to be able to launch a skill from a routine (this is priority #1), it is also important to be able to make an API call to get a list of routines available under a given account, and then launch one of them from within a skill. One particular use case here relates to the issue of being in-skill for an extended interaction, and the ability to control smart home devices. If routines are available within a skill, it would be an amazing shortcut - wouldn't have to use the smart home API to develop…

    5 votes

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  8. allow sunrise/sunset daytime and night time for routines

    I would like to be able to trigger a routine at sunrise/sunset.
    I would also like to have the time of an action be night time or day time based on my homes location. ie Door bell turn on an outside light only at night time.

    14 votes

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  9. Add 1 - 59 Second delay timer in routines

    At the moment the minimum delay timer is 1 minute it would be really helpful to have 1 - 59 Second delay timer in routines too

    64 votes

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  10. Written commands in routines

    Add ability to add a written command to a routine that would act as if the user spoke a voice command.

    E.g.
    Routine scheduled at 7:00 AM:
    - turn on Light
    - tell you something new
    (New): - perform “Alexa, what is the weather in Boston?”
    (New): - perform “Alexa, open Headspace”
    (New): - perform “Alexa, connect bluetooth”

    This would enable skills in routines while leveraging the existing abilities of the Echo, just by allowing written commands to be interpreted as voice commands on a schedule. This should be fairly simple to implement with what it is already is capable…

    117 votes

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  11. SecuityPanelController used with Routines

    The SecurityPanelController (SPC) class is not supported under routines when it is a natural that it should. Many people would like to use geofencing to arm/disarm their security system but the SPC is not supported. This is really strange as we have hundreds of thousands of users and this is one of the first things they ask for when they enable our SPC skill.

    Amazon technical support said I should post a feature request.

    2 votes

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  12. Ability to copy a routine

    I have some routines which I would like to use again, but with small changes. So, I should be able to copy/clone an existing routine, to make the process easier.

    52 votes

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  13. Location trigger for routines

    I would like to be able to trigger a routine by actions like "leaving home" and "arriving home" which would be triggered by the Alexa mobile app based on my location.

    8 votes

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  14. Trigger other routines in a routine

    I would like to be able to chain routines. One beneficial use of this is to create a "base" routine which performs some actions, and which would be the first step in other routines.

    66 votes

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  15. Routines running on specific echo-device

    My goal would be to create a rule "Alexa, turn on the light", which does not turn on the light in all rooms, but just in the room the echo-device is in.
    To solve this, it would be great if i can create routines with multiple-triggers - not only the voice command, but also the device i am talking to.

    Secondly the commands should not be unique, so i can create more than one time the routine "turn the light on"

    74 votes

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  16. Alexa Routines to have a "Post HTTP" option for simple automation.

    Simple voice control of DIY devices could be achieved if the Routines section of the Alexa App had an option to do an HTTP POST.

    eg/ I have a home-made lamp (based on an ESP8266) which I currently control using a custom skill that drops the JSON payload to a Linux server which interprets it then does a HTTP POST to the lamp's URL with the required mode as a parameter. ("mode=candles"/"mode=off"/"mode=purple"...etc)

    I could (and other hobbiests and educators could) much more easily have implemented this with an Alexa Routine identified by "make it candle time" with a line in…

    31 votes

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  17. Multiple commands to trigger routines

    Ability to have multiple trigger phrases for a routine instead of just one. So you can account for nuances in language requests.

    IE "Alexa, it is ********" also works with "Alexa start the show"

    2 votes

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  18. Routines with multiple triggers

    Right now a routine is triggered by a voice command or specific time. However, some routines are to be triggered by voice and time.

    For example:
    Alexa, good night. Will turn of the lights, etc.
    But you want this routine to run at certain time, say 22:00, in case you forgot or because you don’t want to say even the command, etc.
    Currently to achieve this you would have to recreate the entire skill by hand, as were is no copy function either, but this time change the trigger. This is extremely annoying and worsens as the actions in the…

    42 votes

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  19. Really need to dramatically increase the utility of my amazing Dots to allow invoking skills from Routines.

    Add ability to invoke skills from within Routines. Badly needed to correct this deficiency.

    Love my Dots. Will love them more when you fix this! 😄

    5 votes

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  20. Logic in routines

    There should be a way of implementing logic into routines or other voice commands to behave different in certain occasions, by the end-user. Maybe through a simple drag and drop interface, ...
    For example, if I say “Alexa, turn the lights on”, depending on the time of the day the brightness and color(-temperature) very to feel more intergrated.

    42 votes

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