You don’t always have time to enter text or make an emergency call. By creating an Android emergency routine, you can quickly seek help with Google Assistant. You can even create a simple voice command or even a quick press icon to make a call, text someone, or even start recording.
Why create an Android emergency routine
Sending an SMS doesn’t take long, but sometimes every second counts. If you were in a crowd of people and someone started shooting, you can just yell at your Google Assistant or quickly tap a single icon to contact multiple people and let them know you’re in trouble. If you’re scared during a traffic stop, you can tell the Google Assistant your emergency word or phrase to start a routine that records audio and / or video.
The great thing is that you can create multiple emergency routines for different situations. Assign one or more actions to take when the routine is triggered. Although hopefully you will never need to use it, it will be there if the worst should happen.
The best part is that you don’t need an expensive app. You’ll need to download a free app to activate the one-click action, but otherwise it’s all already on your Android device.
Activate Voice Match
The Google Assistant must learn your voice before you can create an Android emergency routine. If you are already using the Assistant, you may have already done so. If so, skip this step and go to the next section.
1. Open the Google app (it’s the app with the G icon) and tap Settings.
2. Access Voice.
3. Tap “Voice Match” and follow the steps to configure Google to understand your unique voice. Otherwise, the Assistant could start the emergency routine for anyone who says the right word / phrase.
Create an Android emergency routine
You will use the same Google app to create your emergency routine. Open the Google app and tap Settings, then “Google Assistant”.
Select the Assistant tab under your name and tap Routines.
Press the Add routine button (the blue + sign at the bottom right).
Then press “Add commands”. This is the command you are going to say to trigger the routine. Remember or write down what you type. Tap the back arrow when you’re done.
Tap “Add Action” to tell the Google Assistant what to do when you say the command. You can grab something on your own or choose from popular stocks.
Some commands must be entered manually, such as making a call. You can enter multiple commands in the “Enter a Google Assistant command” box:
- Call contact name (enter the name exactly as it is listed in your contact list)
- Send my location on behalf of the contact (you will need to enable location services)
- Start video recording
You can actually add all of these actions and contact multiple people. Just add each action one by one. These are performed in order. Ideally, send messages and locations before starting a recording to avoid any delay in communication from your contacts.
To send a text or other type of popular action, press “Choose from popular actions” and select “Send a text” in the Communication section. You will be prompted to choose a number and what the text should say. Tap Add at the top to add your actions.
When you are done adding, return to the “Add Action” window and press Save to finish.
Add icon in one click
If you don’t want to talk to your phone, you can create an Android emergency routine that activates when you tap a specific icon on your screen. These are known as action blocks.
Download the Application Action blocks. This integrates with the Google Assistant, but you’ll be creating blocks to perform actions rather than using your voice.
Once the application is installed, open it and press “Create an action block”.
Select an action from the list if you want to create a unique action for your block. Or, if you want to use the routine you created earlier, press “Create Custom Action”.
Enter the same name or phrase that you used to command your routine previously. Uncheck the “Always say action aloud” checkbox and tap Next.
Choose an image for your icon and the name it will have on your home screen. Press “Save action block”.
Finally, you will need to add it to your screen. You’ll see a sidebar explaining how to do this, but the process is simple. Go to your home screen and long press on an empty spot.
Select Widgets and drag “Action Blocks” to an available area on your home screen. Select your newly created action block when prompted.
For voice control to work, your screen must be on. However, quickly unlocking your screen and pressing the Google Assistant button to listen is faster than unlocking your screen and trying to perform your emergency actions manually. If you use Bluetooth, you can activate voice commands even if your phone is locked. To do this, go to the Voice settings of the Google app.
An action block lets you unlock your screen and tap the icon to perform your emergency routine. Both are quick to make, and you might even want to use both to be prepared for any situation.
Besides setting up an Android emergency routine, the Google Assistant can also do a lot of other things to improve your productivity. Check it out.
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