How to set up geofencing for Alexa

Geofencing may sound like a high-tech term, but today’s smart devices make it easy: choose specific things for your smart home to do based on where you are. Voice assistants like Alexa allow you to customize a wide variety of actions based on your specific location. Along with the right devices, this can add some cool features to your smart home.

Set up a geofencing routine in Alexa

If that functionality sounds like something you’d like to set up, here’s all you can do and how Alexa enables geolocation. Follow these steps and you’ll have your own location-based activities up and running in no time!

Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your preferred device.

Note: Alexa will use this device to judge your location when working with geofencing routines. That means location-based services must be turned on for this device, and it must be a device that you always have with you when you leave home. That makes a smartphone the best bet.

Step 2: Select the Plus in the lower right corner of the Alexa home page. In the menu that opens, select routines.

Routines in Alexa.

Step 3: select the small Plus in the upper right corner to start creating a new routine. This allows Alexa to configure all kinds of actions with connected smart devices.

For geolocation to work, you’ll need to have devices that are compatible with Alexa and have been set up in the voice assistant app. Fortunately, a lot of devices work with Alexa (and even more as Matter support rolls out), so you shouldn’t have much trouble setting up your routine. If necessary, you can go to Devices in the Alexa app to make sure the necessary devices are set up and can be controlled by Alexa.

Alexa's homecoming routine.

Step 4: Create a routine name that allows you to easily identify it, something like “leave the house” or “come home”.

Step 5: Select When this happens. Now, you will be able to choose from a variety of different triggers to start your routine. Select Location continue. Please enable location-based services on your device if necessary.

Location in Alexa Routines.

Step 6: Next, choose an address. You can enter an address, set a permanent home or work address, or just use your current location if you’re home. When you have chosen an address, choose whether the routine is activated when the device arrives either Sheets.

Step 7: Back in your routine, you will select add action and choose what the geofencing routine will do. Your options really open up here, but it’s a good idea to select Smart House to review the devices you can work with. For example, if you have a smart bulb in your porch light, you can set the location to your liking. Homethe device for arrives, and the action of turning on the smart light. That way, when you and your device are close, it will always turn on the light when you get home. You could also set up another routine for the light to turn off when you leave, automating the entire process.

Let’s say you have a compatible smart lock that works with Alexa. You can set your routine to Sheets and the action of locking your smart padlock, ensuring your home is always locked when you’re away.

There are many more possibilities, depending on the type of devices you have and what you want to configure. Explore the actions you can take and think about what will be most helpful to you.

Smart Home in Routine Actions.

Step 8: When you’re done, select Save money to save the routine. Since your activation is based on location, keep your location-based services activated on your device, and Alexa should do the rest!

Alexa geofencing limitations

  • If your Alexa has multiple users, it’s important to create separate profiles for them. Geofencing like this works based on device location, so multiple users can have their own geofencing routines as long as they have separate profiles and devices.

  • Geolocation is not available in all regions. If you can’t access this option, search for your region to see what Alexa services are available.

  • Skills targeting children generally can’t use any location-based data, so they aren’t suitable actions for geofencing.

  • Geolocation through Alexa does not usually work if your phone is in sleep mode or turned off. You may need to adjust these settings if you find that geolocation is not working properly.

  • If something goes wrong, make sure your phone is up to date and restart the Alexa app. Sometimes Alexa geolocation stops working when a particular update arrives, so keep an eye out for updates for the app and operating system you’re using.

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