Alexa can alert you if something’s wrong!
Last month we told you about a cool Routine feature that lets you use sound to kick off a Routine, like an appliance buzzer giving you a text alert that the laundry is done.
Now they’ve upped the game with another sound alert: running water.Which is useful in so many ways!
Say you go away and your pipes freeze? Instead of coming back a week later to a disaster, you can set up a text alert and get a neighbor or plumber in there stat.
And it’s useful when you’re at home too, whether it’s to listen for an overflowing bathtub or for a kid who has a tendency to forget to turn off the faucet when he’s done washing his hands.
Here’s how it works.
- Go to the Alexa app and tap More on the bottom right.
- Tap Routines, and then tap the plus sign in the upper right to create a new one.
- Enter the routine name, say “Running water alert”
- Then, tap When this happens and select Sound Detection, then tap Water Sounds
- Choose which device you’d like to listen to for the sound—say, your bathroom for laundry, or the basement for frozen pipes. Then tap Next.
- Under Add action, you can create the response you’d like, like a text message saying that water is heard. You can also use the calendar to set the timing, such as when you’re on vacation.
- Tap Save and you’re done!