How to create an emergency routine on your Android

The Google Assistant can be of great help in emergency situations.

Google Assistant is a very complete personal assistant that can help you to know what the weather will be like tomorrow or to ask for a table in a restaurant. However, the assistant’s utilities go further, and in this article we will explain how to create an assistant routine for emergencies so that your Android performs certain actions automatically if you are in danger.

This feature of the Google Assistant is not very popular, but this does not mean that it is not helpful or that it malfunctions. In fact, as we will see below, Assistant routines can become authentic lifeguard in dangerous situations or emergency.

How to create an emergency routine on your Android

Google Assistant routines are used to automate certain tasks you want to perform on your Android at certain times of the day through a voice command. For example, you can enable the wizard to tell you the time that the multimedia sound of the device will make or turn on just by saying “good morning”.

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Google Assistant can help you with your routines in emergency situations.

In this case, we are going to take advantage of this automation of tasks to apply it in emergencies, for example, after having an accident at home. If after the accident you are unable to use your mobile normally, you can order the phone to perform certain actions saying “Ok, Google: emergency”.

Before explaining how to create this routine, we remind you that you must have the Voice Match option enabled. To do this, go to the Google app> Settings> Voice> Voice Match and configure it so that Google Assistant knows how to recognize your voice. After having performed this step, you must carry out the following process to create an emergency routine on your Android:

1º- Open the Google app and follow the direction Settings> Google Assistant> Assistant> Routines.

2nd- Click on “Add a routine”.

3º- The first thing you should do is tell Assistant which voice command will trigger the routine. To do this, enter “Add Commands” and write the keyword that you will tell the assistant so that they know what to do. In our case, we have chosen the word “emergency”, although others such as “Problems” or “help”.

4th- After adding the voice command, it’s time to tell the Google Assistant what actions your Android should take when you activate the routine. Click on “Add action” and choose if you want to select any of the most popular actions or enter the specific action yourself from “Enter a command”.

In our case, the first action we have chosen is “Send a text message”, in which you can enter the number to which it will be sent and the content of the message, although you can also choose to call a contact. In addition, we have also chosen disable silent mode, to find out about any notification or call, and by adjust screen brightness to 0, to keep the battery of the mobile phone as long as possible.

These are the actions we have chosen for our emergency routine, but you have total freedom to choose what your Android should do when you notify him that you’re in trouble. Add all the actions you consider necessary.

5th- Click on “Save” and the emergency routine will be configured on your Android. From now on, thanks to Google Assistant, you can get your mobile to carry out certain help actions just by saying “Ok, Google: emergency”. For the Google Assistant to start, remember that the phone screen must be on.

As we show you in the following screenshots, just by saying “Ok, Google, emergency”, our Assistant has activated the routine and has proceeded to send the message, activate the sound and adjust the screen brightness to a minimum.

As we mentioned earlier, we have focused the article on an emergency based on a home accident. However, you can configure this type of routines for the different situations you need. On the other hand, If you use Google Assistant when driving, remember the 8 tips that Google gave you to do it safely.

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