Routines allow you to trigger a sequence of actions (anything from controlling your smart home devices, to playing music, or reading the news) with a single custom phrase. My “good morning” routine turns on the lights in my room, starts my coffee pot (connected to a tp-link smart plug) and tells me the news & weather.
Here are some detailed instructions from Amazon Customer service:
Open the Alexa app on Android or iOS.
Tap the hamburger button in the top-left corner.
Tap the plus sign in the top-right corner
5. Tap ‘When this happens’ and select ‘When you say something’ or ‘At scheduled time’.
a. If you select ‘When you say something’, type in a phrase, such as "Good morning" or "Movie time." b. If you select ‘At a scheduled time’, set a time and choose which days it should repeat.
6. Click Save to continue.
7. Next, tap Add action. a. For actions, you can choose between News, Traffic and Weather, which will play just like in your Flash Briefing. However, you can also choose Smart Home actions. These actions include turning on a scene or controlling individual devices, such as turning on or off smart lights, or multiple devices such as locking the door AND turning off your smart lights. b. Click Add to finish adding an action and repeat until all actions are added to the routine.
8. Finally, choose which speaker the routine will play audio from. If you use a scheduled routine, you will have to select a speaker, but if you create a routine based on a phrase, you can specify that you want it to play audio from whichever speaker you speak to.
9. To finish setting up a routine, click Create. Once a routine is created, you can edit it by going back to Settings > Routines in the Alexa app and tapping on a routine. You can remove or rearrange actions, add new actions, change the time or day the routine runs and change the phrase. You can temporarily disable the routine from here by tapping the toggle next to Enabled, and if you tap the three dots in the top right corner, you can manually play a routine or permanently delete it.