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How to set up Alexa Occupancy Routines on Amazon Echo Show


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Erin L

Erin L

How to set up Alexa Occupancy routines so your lights or music turn on when you enterIf you have a new Amazon Echo Show 8 and you want to try some of it’s new features, you might be watching this video because you’ve realized they’re not intuitive or easy to set up. So in this video I’ll show you how to set up Occupancy Routines, which will allow your Show 8 2nd generation to do things like turn the lights, play music ow whatever… on when you approach.

How to set up Alexa Occupancy Routines on Amazon Echo Show

To enable occupancy routines, first make sure to turn on Home Monitoring directly on Echo Show 8. Start on your Echo Show Device:

    • Swipe down from the top of screen and select Settings.
    • Tap Camera and set the Home Monitoring toggle to On.
    • Once set up, your Echo Show 8 will appear as a camera in your Alexa app, or just 
say, “Alexa, show me [device name]”
    • To view the camera in your Alexa App:
    • Go to Devices.
    • Choose Camera.
    • Select Echo Show 8 (or whichever device you want to respond)

Next, simply:

  • Go to the More button on the bottom right of the app and select Routines.
  • Select the + icon in the top right corner.
  • Enter routine name.
  • Select When This Happens, then choose Smart Home and Echo Show 8.
  • Choose either People are detected for an occupancy routine or People aren’t detected for a vacancy routine, and click Save.
  • Add an action (choose from available categories like ‘smart home’ or ‘music’).
  • Click Save.

That’s it. Now you can get the weather forecast when you walk by, have the lights turn on, of just have your favourite music start up.

If you want to learn more about Amazon’s Echo range of smart speakers, smart speakers with screen, and smart digital assistant, you can check out my reviews of each of these devices (Amazon Echo Show 10,  the 4th gen Echo and Echo Dot) here on the blog or the YouTube channel. If you have been waffling on whether or not to get one of these devices and want to know what it can do for you in your home, be sure to check out 15 Things you can do with Alexa.

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Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

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