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How to Retain a Routine But Disable it on Individual Devices

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How to Retain a Routine But Disable it on Individual Devices
« on: November 23, 2021, 11:25:21 am »
Hello. I have a routine set up that vocalizes the current date and time. I see where the skill is set up and enabled. But what I can't seem to find is where it is enabled and set for each Echo device. I want to "turn it off" for certain devices but keep it running on others and be able to change the time. Can anyone help? Many thanks!

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Re: How to Retain a Routine But Disable it on Individual Devices
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2021, 02:04:39 am »
Hello. I have a routine set up that vocalizes the current date and time. I see where the skill is set up and enabled. But what I can't seem to find is where it is enabled and set for each Echo device. I want to "turn it off" for certain devices but keep it running on others and be able to change the time. Can anyone help? Many thanks!

Unfortunately that can't be done. A routine is enabled for every device on your account. You can't disable it for only certain devices. It's either on for everything or off for everything, and nothing in between.

Re: How to Retain a Routine But Disable it on Individual Devices
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2021, 08:36:26 pm »
Unfortunately that can't be done. A routine is enabled for every device on your account. You can't disable it for only certain devices. It's either on for everything or off for everything, and nothing in between.
Thank  you.

Actually, I discovered that first of all, the detailed settings are not available on the Windows version of Alexa. But if you go to the iphone Alexa app and if  you enter the routine itself and scroll to the bottom, you will find a "From" clause that specifies the device. You can create the same routine for each device you have in your account if you wish and if you wish to disable that routine, you can do so by swiping the "Enable/Disabled" button at the very top of the routine.

Re: How to Retain a Routine But Disable it on Individual Devices
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2021, 06:55:42 pm »
Unfortunately that can't be done. A routine is enabled for every device on your account. You can't disable it for only certain devices. It's either on for everything or off for everything, and nothing in between.
Yes, Alexa routines are very primitive compared to Google Home. Home allows one routine to perform multiple commands at different specified times.

For instance, I have routines that I use for normal work days, that wake me, give me weather, turn on lights, heaters or air conditioning control, start and turn off a coffeemaker, turn off lights, etc. and this is done over various times. With Alexa, I have to do this with many separate routines and if I'm not going to be working like a holiday or vacation, I have to go find all these routines a disable them. It's a pain.

In Home, I just have one routine for work days and I can do everything because you can set the times for everything to occur in each command, so all I have to do is disable one routine.

I have used both of these systems extensively and each have advantages and quirks. Alexa timer functions are better because you can set a timer on a device and hear it on another, but Home is better when it comes to stopping a timer because all you have to say is "Stop". You don't need a wake-up word.

Both systems bug the heck out of me for their incessant and unneeded additional speaking, such as repeating nearly every command you give them. It is quite obvious that when I ask a light bulb to be turned on or off in the room I'm in, I know whether it has happened. Additionally, Alexa often just starts babbling on about things I have absolutely no interest in: "By the way, did you know that I can talk excessively about topics that you don't care about?"

These companies really need a consultant who understands logic.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2021, 07:05:51 pm by TE5LA »