Alexa Routines now let you play music and adjust the volume

Amazon has added the ability to control audio as part of an Alexa Routine. Routines allow you to predefine a series of actions to occur at a scheduled time or when you manually initiate the routine by saying a specific triggering phrase that you’ve set. Now you can make a specific track, playlist, or podcast play as part of a routine. Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Deezer, and TuneIn are supported in routines. You can add an artist, playlist, album, station, or podcast from any of those services to a routine. Additionally, you can set the specific volume you want a device to be as part of a routine. Even if you have no interest in automating audio playback, the new volume control aspect of routines can be used on its own to normalize the volume of your Echo devices, say, at a specific time in the evening so you don’t wake others in your home when you ask Alexa for something in the middle of the night.

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6 comments
  1. hs says:

    A nice to have would be the ability to control multi-room music groups with separate volume controls for each device. I find that I need to adjust the volume level of each Echo device separately each time I play music throughout the house.

    • Tampa8 says:

      You can. The volume is your alarm volume when using groups.

      • Tampa8 says:

        Further explanation. I noticed when I lowered my alarm volume for one of my devices, when starting a group it’s volume was too low. I put it back to where it was and the volume was louder. But then if you make it louder or softer by voice or turning the ring the set alarm level does not change.

  2. Karen says:

    Hmm, I thought Alexa could only play My Music and not a playlist from My Music

  3. Ray says:

    This is an excellent addition. On so many occasions, I’ve had Alexa blurt out “OK” at a high volume as I ask her to turn off the lights when retiring — much to my wife’s annoyance. I love how Amazon just keeps making Alexa better and better. (Take note Apple/Siri.)

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