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How to cancel an Alexa routine

Alexa has revolutionized the everyday lives of people all over the world. With this useful little tool, you can set reminders and alarms, order food, turn on lights, arm your home security system, and various other tasks to make your life run smoother.

You can even create routines that, with a trigger phrase, will set in motion various actions to start or end your day. But what if you want to cancel one of those routines?

Canceling an Alexa routine is a simple process that is completed through the official Alexa app on your smartphone. Once you’re in the app, click on the routine you want to cancel and then toggle it to disable the routine.

Canceling an Alexa routine is just one of the many ways you can adjust your personalized routines to your likely. You also have the ability to edit, delete, delay, and even share routines all through the app. 

How to cancel an Alexa routine

To cancel an Alexa routine, you will need to disable it in the Alexa app. This can be done by opening the Alexa app and clicking on the Routines section.

Select the routine you want to cancel and then toggle it to disable the routine. Once you have disabled it, the routine will stay in this state until you reactivate it.

How to cancel an Alexa routine that is currently playing

This is a bit trickier since Alexa currently doesn’t support the option to cancel a routine once it starts playing.

For example, you have a routine setup to turn on the lights at 7 am, play music at 7:30 am, and then read the news at 8 am.

If you tell Alexa to cancel when the lights turn on at 7 am, it will just cancel that action and not the entire routine.

The music will still play at 7:30 am, as well as any other actions that follow. A way around this is to simply disable or delete the action. 

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How to delete an Alexa routine

You can delete an Alexa routine by opening the Alexa app and then clicking on the routine that you want to remove. Locate the three dots at the top right corner of the screen and click on them.

A menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click on the Delete Routine link on the menu. This will permanently delete the routine from your account.

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How to stop an action in an Alexa routine

Unfortunately, there is no simple way to stop an action in an Alexa routine. Instead, you will need to either disable or delete the routine all together.

Alexa users have been extremely vocal about their desire to have a way to stop an action in a routine. But as of spring 2022, Amazon has yet to release a patch or fix for this problem. 

With that said, however, there is a workaround that some users have found to this annoying problem. Once you have the Alexa app open, click on the routine you want to edit and then click on the “Wait” link.

Then select the amount of time you want to delay the action. Then you can move the “Wait” to where you want the delay to occur in the routine.

How to stop music in an Alexa routine

The quickest way to stop music in an Alexa routine is to simply say the command, “Alexa stop my music.” when the music is playing.

Another option is to remove the music action from the routine all together. This is done by opening the Alexa app and clicking on the routine you want to edit. Select the action, such as playing music, that you want to remove and then simply delete it from the routine.

Once the music action has been deleted, that routine will no longer play music unless you add the action back to it.