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Can ActionTiles activate an Alexa Routine?

andysims 5 months ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 months ago 1

I have several Amazon Echo Routines which I use to play music in my backyard. For Instance, I say "Alexa, Smooth Jazz" and the Amazon Echo connected to my backyard sound system begins playing my smooth jazz station on Pandora. How do I create an Actiontiles tile that will start this routine? Is this possible? I can find instructions for activating a SmartThing routine with Amazon Alexa but I can't find anything that shows how to activate an Echo (Alexa) routine with SmartThings or Actiontiles.

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We are not aware of any method by which SmartThings can trigger an Alexa Routine. Per the Alexa App, currently a Routine can only be triggered by a Voice Phrase or a Schedule.


This Topic is being discussed in the SmartThings Community and is worth following (and searching) for relevant related info:  https://community.smartthings.com/t/faq-can-i-trigger-an-echo-action-without-speaking-to-it/117918?u=tgauchat


Amazon may, now or in the future, offer API calls to trigger Routines (or perhaps via a third-party integration like IFTTT), but ActionTiles is not exploring any direct API calls outside of SmartThings at this time.