Bixby Routines was introduced earlier this year along with the Galaxy S10 series and the feature is, of course, included in the Galaxy Note 10 lineup as well. It’s one of the more unique characteristics differentiating Samsung’s smartphones from the competition. It’s a deceptively simple tool that packs quite a punch and allows users to create a variety of automated tasks based on the IFTTT (If This Then That) principle.
With Bixby Routines, you can determine what actions your smartphone should perform when certain conditions are met. A condition can be a time of day, a location, a certain action on your phone, your battery level or battery charging status, and much more. As a simple example, you can set Bixby Routines so that your phone automatically starts playing music once it’s been connected to your car. Or you can tell your device to show you a different set of Lock Screen shortcuts at certain hours of the day.
Bixby Routines offers tons of possibilities and you can experiment with different conditions and actions to automate tasks based on your unique user experience. The system is quite customizable; it’s not limited to just one condition or action per Routine, so you can set a variety of parameters.
There are a couple of ways to access Bixby Routines. One is to open Settings and go to Advanced Features. The other is to swipe the status bar down and tap the Bixby Routines quick toggle (the text, not the toggle itself) and then tap Details.
Have you ever wished that your phone would automatically start playing music whenever you plugged in your headphones? If so then you might get some inspiration from the following Routine.
It automatically starts playing Spotify when your headphones are connected and creates an Edge lighting effect as an added bonus. Once again, this is a very customizable system. You could also create a Routine that only enables an Edge lighting effect when your headphones are detected without playing any music. Or you could drop the Edge lighting effect altogether and focus solely on the music playback aspect of the Routine, whether it be through Spotify or another music player/service.
Another Routine that I find useful lets you save battery life in case you fall asleep while watching Netflix, YouTube, or other video streaming services. Nobody wants to wake up to a fully discharged phone and miss that morning alarm. With this Bixby Routine, you can set your phone to minimize apps like Netflix and YouTube if they’re open during predefined night hours and your phone’s battery level is at a dangerously low level.
Of course, you can change things around and replace Netflix and YouTube with the video streaming platforms of your choice. You can base the Routine solely on time of day (night) or even add a location-based If clause.
Speaking of location-based Routines, you can create a Wi-Fi kill switch to have Wi-Fi automatically turned off whenever you leave a predefined location. Or you can create a Routine as an alternative to Google’s Smart Lock and Trusted Places, whereby your phone remains unlocked while you’re at home.