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Taming Alexa: How to Stop or Modify Routines Easily

Alexa routines, automated sets of actions performed by Amazon’s voice assistant, can simplify your life significantly. However, there may come a time when you need to stop or adjust these routines. This article serves as your assistant, providing a clear walkthrough of the necessary steps to take control of your Alexa routines.

Alexa routines are triggered actions executed by Alexa when certain conditions are met. They can be initiated through voice commands, specific times, or changes in device status. For instance, you can set a routine to switch off the lights and secure the doors every night at 11 PM or play relaxing music when you utter the phrase “Alexa, I’m home.”

The quick answer to stopping an Alexa routine is through the Alexa app on your device. But there’s more to learn, so let’s delve into the details.

Halt an Alexa Routine

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap “More” (☰) at the bottom right of your screen.
  3. Select “Routines.”
  4. Choose the routine you wish to stop.
  5. Tap on the switch next to “Enabled” to turn it off.

Halt via voice – Not Supported

You cannot directly stop an Alexa routine with a voice command. Voice commands can trigger routines, but once they’re running, they typically proceed until completed. However, you can use a voice command to trigger a different routine that might counteract the actions of the first. For example, if a routine turns on all lights, you can create another routine that turns them all off and trigger it with a voice command.

Modify an Existing Alexa Routine

In case you want to modify rather than stop a routine, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Go to “More” and then “Routines.”
  3. Select the routine you want to modify.
  4. You can edit the actions, triggers or even delete the routine from here.

Remove a Device from an Alexa Routine

If you need to remove a device from a routine, here’s how:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Navigate to “More” and then “Routines.”
  3. Choose the routine from which you want to remove a device.
  4. Tap on the action involving the device and then tap on “Delete Action.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop Alexa from saying OK routine?

To stop Alexa from saying “OK” after running a routine, add the action “Alexa says,” choose “Customized,” and leave the text field empty in the routine settings. This will override Alexa’s default confirmation.

How do I remove a device from an Alexa routine?

To remove a device from an Alexa routine, open the Alexa app, go to the specific routine, tap on the action involving the device you want to remove and tap “Delete Action.”

Can I temporarily disable an Alexa routine?

You can temporarily disable an Alexa routine by turning off the “Enabled” switch in the routine settings.


Controlling your Alexa routines—whether stopping them, altering them, or removing a device—is simple and user-friendly from your Alexa app. This guide presents an accessible method to ensure your Alexa routines work precisely how you want them to. Don’t forget your smart home experience can be tailor-made to fit your lifestyle, and it’s all right there in your hands. For more information and guidance on maximizing Alexa’s potential, check out the Alexa Archives.

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