An Amazon Echo Show 8 displaying a family at a homeowner's front door.

Creating a Routine with Alexa and your Ring Device

Routines are a series of commands you can set your Alexa to perform when it is connected to a Ring device (such as a doorbell or security camera), usually triggered by an event such as motion detection. Routines follow a simple formula: when this  happens (for example, your doorbell detects motion) do that  (your Alexa could announce "Motion at the front door").

Important: To get started, first make sure that you've integrated Ring with Alexa. See how it's done.

Create a Routine using Alexa  

Once your devices are linked, to create a Routine in the Alexa app for your Ring Video Doorbell, Security Camera(s), or other devices:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap
    More
    (☰)
    .
  3. Select
    Routines
    from the menu.
  4. Tap the
    +
    icon to
    create a New Routine
    .
  5. Tap
    When
    This Happens.
  6. Tap
    Device.
    • Choose the Ring device you are creating the routine for.
    • Select which capability you'd like to set up.
  7. Tap
    Next
    .
  8. Tap
    Add Action
    .
    • Choose what action Alexa completes and what Ring device to control.
    • Select
      Send notification
      t o receive a push notification when motion or contact sensor is triggered.
  9. Tap
    Save
    .

Create custom Alexa announcements for your mailbox

Receive custom announcements letting you know when your mail has arrived from your Ring Mailbox Sensor on Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or other Alexa-enabled device. Just link your Alexa device to your Ring Mailbox Sensor, then create a Routine in the Alexa app using the steps below:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap
    More
    (☰)
    .
  3. Tap
    Routines.
  4. Tap the
    +
    icon to create a
    New Routine
    .
  5. Enter a name for your Routine (for example, “you’ve got mail”).
  6. Tap
    When This Happens.
  7. Tap
    Device.
    • Select
      Mailbox Sensor.
    • Select
      When Motion is Detected.
  8. Tap
    Add Action.
    • Select
      Messaging
      (
      do not
      choose “Alexa Says”).
    • Tap
      Send Announcement
      and enter your custom announcement (for example, “you’ve got mail”).
  9. Select
    All Devices
    (or select specific Amazon Echos from the list).

Create a voice command for snoozing Ring Motion Alerts on your Alexa device

Follow these steps to create a voice command Routine that can snooze alerts from your Ring Video Doorbell or Security Camera.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap
    More
    (☰)
    .
  3. Tap
    Routines.
  4. Tap the
    +
    icon to create a
    New Routine
    .
  5. Tap
    Enter Routine Name.
    • Type a new Routine Name (for example, "Snooze Ring Alerts").
    • Tap
      Next.
  6. Tap
    When
    This Happens.
  7. Tap
    Voice.
    • Type out what you'd like your voice command to be, in this case "
      Alexa, snooze alerts".
    • Tap
      Next.
  8. Tap
    Add Action.
  9. Tap
    Device Settings
  10. Tap
    Do Not Disturb.
  11. Tap
    On
    and select the Alexa devices for which you’d like to snooze alerts, or tap
    All Devices
    to select all.
  12. Tap the box next to
    Duration.
  13. Manually select how long you’d like to stop alerts on your Alexa device(s).
  14. Tap
    Next
  15. Tap
    Save
    .
  16. Wait about one minute for the Voice Routine to be ready to use.