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  1. Do not remove device from routine

    Do not remove a device from a routine if it fails to access the device. If I have a lamp turned off and run a routine that tries to turn it on or off, Alexa deletes the device from the routine.

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  2. Actionable based notifications

    Alexa - I’ve noticed it’s 10 o’clock and the house alarm is not set, would you like me to set it for you?
    User - Yes (sets alarm)
    User - No (does nothing)

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  3. An advanced web editor for routines

    My idea has two parts:
    1. Add a web editor for routines also on alexa.amazon.* that works like android/iOS app editor
    2. Add also an "advanced mode" where you can directly write code and, maybe, add more complex logic, variables ecc...

    1 vote

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  4. Allow skills developers to invoke developing skills from routines

    Currently, only published skills can be invoked from routines. This creates difficulties in skills testing because it is impossible to test how a skill will behave being invoked from a routine. It would be easier if a routine will be able to invoke a skill in published and developing mode as well.

    2 votes

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  5. Add more than one statement as alternative voice command in the same Alexa Routine

    It will be better for the user, to add more than one statement as alternative voice command in the same Alexa Routine instead of creating separately.

    For example:

    A user creates a routine named "I'm home". The tasks under this routine will be executed when the user says to Alexa "Alexa, I'm home".

    However, the user may also say

    "Alexa, I'm back" or
    "Alexa, I return home" or
    "Alexa, I enter in sweet home" or
    "Alexa, I enter home" or
    "Alexa, I'm back to my room" or
    "Alexa, I just arrive" or
    "Alexa, I arrive home" or
    "Alexa, I reach…

    3 votes

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  6. Correct / Allow for any smart device as a trigger

    Your routines will not allow for any of my light switches or plugs to be used as a trigger, hence switch goes on anounce something as action. This restriction makes no sence and cannot seem to be able to find any smart switches or plugs that will show in the routines device triggers screen.

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  7. Routine Trigger > Alarm > When Alarm is set & Reference the alarm's time

    This would be amazing and work so well with many people's routines from all I hear from the community, youtube, family and friends.

    Lately "when alarm is dismissed" was added as a routine's trigger. Please consider adding "when alarm is set" and combine it with referencing the alarm time.

    E.g. Trigger: "When alarm is set" > Action: "Turn on light" 30 minutes before alarm rings.

    This can not be achieved with "schedule" since alarms can be set at different times.

    Its pretty much 2 feature requests, I know, but it would increase any alarm based routine by aaa lot :)

    1 vote

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  8. Insert a skill at the begin of a routine

    I can only use a skill at the end of a routine? Why? I want to start with a skill inside my routine, but I get everytime a message, that this skill must be at the end of a routine.

    2 votes

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  9. Allow controlling local servers through ssh

    My idea is to issue a command to Alexa that'll make it ssh into a server connected to the same LAN and issue commands (e.g., "sudo reboot", "sudo shutdown now") or run scripts.

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  10. Allow custom skill to recommend and set routines instead of users if permitted

    Alexa Routines are nice but it's still too tech-y to set up. If a custom skill has some actions suitable for using as routines, it would be great for a custom skill to recommend, ask permission from user, and set routines instead of users. This will reduce user's conflictions and increase skill usage.

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  11. Music & Media Action - Ability to Select Speaker

    In routines option for Music and Media action. I'd like the ability to control which speaker the action plays on. Instead of the only option being for the whole routine. For example having a routine play a spotify playlist on 1 speaker speaker while white noise skill on another speaker. All from one voice command. This would allow for more flexible routines based on bed-times and wake-ups.

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  12. Have an action to set a timer

    I'm constantly setting the same timer and would like a routine to make it simple.
    Eg I want to see a tea timer of 4 minutes
    I could just have a routine called make tea - which announces "setting a 4 minute tea timer" then it starts a 4 minute timer.
    The wait or delay doesn't accomplish the same as a timer keeps ringer until I stop it

    1 vote

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  13. Add "Connect" Command to Routines

    Add functionality to connect echo to bluetooth devices. Voice command "Connect" needs to be available for routine execution. Please consider Germany with translated command "Verbinde"

    Currently the Echo is not automatically reconnecting on every Bluetooth device. The voice command is solving this but does not provide the user experience I expect. If I turn off external speaker for energy saving reasons at night, I cannot automatically play on the external device next morning as this is not connected.

    2 votes

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  14. Routines schedule have hourly monthly every minute options

    Currently in routines there are repeated schedule options that can only be only configured by daily basis.

    There is no options by bi-weekly, monthly, yearly or at certain date, hourly, every 5/10/N minutes.

    I want to configure a alexa routine to wish a birthday for my family at certain date every year by turning all my RGB lights on and play some birthday music.

    Basically need more schedule options for different intervals by year, monthly date and time. Like a cron job.

    1 vote

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  15. Monthly schedule

    Allow routines to operate in longer schedules and not just days of week. For example, do something every month (e.g. discharge emergency lights to make their batteries live longer)

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  16. Add option to allow routine to immediately continue after any action

    When you add a Music routine without specifying a length, you effectively halt the routine, no actions after that will run. I don't know if there are other actions that do this. If there were an checkbox or something in each action to "Allow routine to immediately continue" after the current action starts, this would fix the issue. Thanks, have a great day.

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  17. Open Web page in routines

    A routine that invokes showing a Web page on a visual device screen would be useful for lots of different applications.
    Smart home integration for ip cameras is my intended use of this feature.
    As most ip cameras are difficult or impossible to show on echo show type devices. This new feature would enable the screen to show the Web site containing the camera stream from a trigger via node red or other mqtt and smart home devices. Without any voice commands needed to be issued to the device directly.

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  18. Add option to request user input and parse to other steps

    When creating a routine, have an option to add a step where Alexa seeks user input (voice) so that additional information or steps can be configured. Would work well with integration of logic gates in routine builder as well, and ability to parse user input to future steps.

    Ex. ‘Goodnight’ routine that turns off living room lights/tv and asks about turning on bedroom tv.

    User: Alexa, I’m heading to bed.

    Alexa: Do you want me to turn on the bedroom TV for you?

    User: Yes

    Routine runs standard commands to turn off living room lights and tv, as well as…

    1 vote

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  19. Add support of garage door devices in routines

    Many users of our smart garage controller device requested the ability to use garage door commands in Alexa routines to enable scenarios like:


    • Ensure that all garage doors are closed at sunset

    • Control garage doors by pressing Echo button

    • Turn on and off smart lights when doors open or close

    • Open/close doors based on your location

    • Create voice aliases for various garage door commands and grouped actions

    According to Alexa developer support (CASE 7219455151) this capability is not currently supported.

    3 votes

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  20. Change the volume of all devices

    Change the volume of all devices, so you can change the volume of all devices at the same time not only a single device. For example if you wrote a routine called “night time” you could set all devices to a lower preset volume so as not to be so loud. Alternatively in the morning you could say “morning and all devices volume could be increased to a preset volume. And so on

    10 votes

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