Google Assistant will now let you rename user-created routines

There are a few exceptions


Users have been able to create Google Assistant Routines in the past using the “When I tell my Assistant” trigger found under Starters. A downside was that in the name of using natural speech, the labels could become unwieldy. As of Saturday, it looks like Google has made some changes to make the process easier and more convenient, allowing users to name routines whatever they want.

In a Reddit thread reported by 9to5Google users note that an editing function has been added to Routines. Open one up and now, just by tapping on the pencil icon, you can name the routine whatever you want, regardless of the starting phrase. Google Assistant users on Reddit report that the most notable aspect of this change is that you no longer need to give time-based starters some sort of special tag phrase – you set up a “When time came” and call it what you want. Speaking of time, this follows another handy change that lets you fine-tune wizard routines with even shorter time frames.


The new controls are still rolling out to all users, and there are, as with the more granular sync controls, some limitations when it comes to Google Assistant’s default settings. Users still can’t change the names of prepackaged Bedtime, Commuter to Work, or Commuter to Work Routines. The addition of routine editing in Google Assistant is a welcome change, however, giving users a lot more flexibility and control.

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