Creating a Routine with Alexa and your Ring Device

Routines are a series of commands you can set your Alexa to perform when it is connected to a Ring device (such as a doorbell or security camera), usually triggered by an event such as motion detection. Routines follow a simple formula: when this  happens (for example, your doorbell detects motion) do that  (your Alexa could announce "Motion at the front door").

Important!
To get started, first make sure that you've integrated Ring with Alexa. See how it's done.

Create a Routine using Alexa  

Once your devices are linked, to create a Routine in the Alexa app for your Ring Video Doorbell, Security Camera(s), or other devices:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap More (☰).
  3. Select Routines from the menu.
  4. Tap the + icon to create a New Routine.
  5. Tap When This Happens.
  6. Tap Device.
    • Choose the Ring device you are creating the routine for.
    • Select which capability you'd like to set up.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Tap Add Action.
    • Choose what action Alexa completes and what Ring device to control.
    • Select Send notification t o receive a push notification when motion or contact sensor is triggered.
  9. Tap Save.

Create custom Alexa announcements for your mailbox

Receive custom announcements letting you know when your mail has arrived from your Ring Mailbox Sensor on Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or other Alexa-enabled device. Just link your Alexa device to your Ring Mailbox Sensor, then create a Routine in the Alexa app using the steps below:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap More (☰).
  3. Tap Routines.
  4. Tap the + icon to create a New Routine.
  5. Enter a name for your Routine (for example, “you’ve got mail”).
  6. Tap When This Happens.
  7. Tap Device.
    • Select Mailbox Sensor.
    • Select When Motion is Detected.
  8. Tap Add Action.
    • Select Messaging (do not choose “Alexa Says”).
    • Tap Send Announcement and enter your custom announcement (for example, “you’ve got mail”).
  9. Select All Devices (or select specific Amazon Echos from the list).

Create a voice command for snoozing Ring Motion Alerts on your Alexa device

Follow these steps to create a voice command Routine that can snooze alerts from your Ring Video Doorbell or Security Camera.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap More (☰).
  3. Tap Routines.
  4. Tap the + icon to create a New Routine.
  5. Tap Enter Routine Name.
    • Type a new Routine Name (for example, "Snooze Ring Alerts").
    • Tap Next.
  6. Tap When This Happens.
  7. Tap Voice.
    • Type out what you'd like your voice command to be, in this case "Alexa, snooze alerts".
    • Tap Next.
  8. Tap Add Action.
  9. Tap Device Settings
  10. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  11. Tap On and select the Alexa devices for which you’d like to snooze alerts, or tap All Devices to select all.
  12. Tap the box next to Duration.
  13. Manually select how long you’d like to stop alerts on your Alexa device(s).
  14. Tap Next
  15. Tap Save.
  16. Wait about one minute for the Voice Routine to be ready to use.

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