Creating an Alexa Routine

Virtual Buttons were designed to trigger Alexa Routines. Without Alexa Routines, Virtual Buttons are aimless and lonely. And, we certainly don't want that! So, right after you enable the Virtual Buttons skill and link it to Patreon, it's time to create an Alexa Routine for your Virtual Buttons to play with.

Watch the above video for a quick overview of what Alexa Routines can do and why they exist. In our case, you use a Virtual Button as the "When This Happens" part of a routine.

Creating a Simple Test Routine

To get you started, follow the steps below to create a simple routine:

  • Launch the Alexa app on your mobile device
  • Tap the more/menu icon (usually lower right part of screen) and select Routines
  • Select the + icon in the top right corner
  • Select When This Happens, then select Smart Home and choose the Virtual Button 01 device. Select Save
  • Select Add action, then select Alexa says, and then choose Tell me a joke. Select Next in the top right corner.
  • Select Choose Device, and then select the Alexa device you want to speak. Select Save in the top right corner.

That's it. You now have a routine that will make Alexa tell a joke whenever Virtual Button 01 is pressed.

To try this out, open the Access Code email you received when you linked Virtual Buttons to your Patreon account and click on the long link found near the bottom of the email. Barring any errors, your Alexa should happily tell a joke every time you click on the link. (Feel free to come up with more practical things for Alexa to do.)

If, in addition to telling a joke, your Echos also announce that "Someone is at Virtual Button...", please read the How do I get my Echos to stop saying "Somebody is at Virtual Button..."? section of our FAQ.

With your new test Routine all set up, you can now start trying out examples found in the following posts.

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