Controlling your Smart Home using Amazon Alexa and Google Home: List of commands for Switches and Scenes

March 1, 2018


Our next article in the series explains and tests the commands for Switches and Scenes. With switches you can control all plugged in devices, for example Fans or TVs. Scenes can be configured on your Smart Home Server or in the Voxior App. Want to prepare everything for breakfast? You could invoke a “Good Morning scene” or maybe you would like to enjoy your evening while reading a great book - why not leave just one light on and dim the others and close the blinds to make your reading corner cozier? As you can see, scenes are a great way of controlling multiple devices with one command.


An interesting find for Google Assistant users is, that it supports querying the status. You can now ask Google, whether the device is turned on or off with a simple question: "Hey Google, is the <switch> on/off?"



How to control a Switch


Alexa commands

To turn on/off a switch:
“Alexa, turn  on/off”
“Alexa, turn on/off ”
“Alexa, set on/off ”


Google Assistant Commands

To turn on/off a switch:
"Hey Google, turn <switch> on/off"
"Hey Google, turn on/off <switch>"
"Hey Google, set <switch> on/off"


To Query the switch status:
"Hey Google, is the <switch> on/off?"



How to control a Scene


Alexa commands

To activate / turn on a scene:
"Alexa, turn on "
"Alexa, activate "

To deactivate / turn off a scene:
"Alexa, turn off <scene>"
"Alexa, deactivate <scene>"


Google Assistant commands

To activate / turn on a scene:
"Hey Google, turn on <scene>”
"Hey Google, activate <scene>"


To deactivate / turn off a scene:
"Hey Google, turn off <scene>"
"Hey Google, deactivate <scene>"

Another useful command is the one for turning all the scenes in a room on/off. For the Google Home users setting up the lights for this command is as simple as assigning (adding) them to a specific room. You can do that with the Google Home mobile app. In this case, the naming of these devices doesn’t matter, while the Room name of course does. To turn on/off all devices in a room/group say: "Hey Google, turn on/off <room>".


Users of Amazon Alexa should create a Group in the Alexa App. Devices of a specific room should be added to this group as well as the Echo, which is in the room. If the Echo, which is in this room, hears the “Alexa, turn off <group>” or “Alexa, turn off lights” command, it will turn the lights of that room on. The naming of the devices and the room name is not important.




We keep a constantly updated list of commands, in our Help center. You can find the articles with Voice commands for lights, blinds, thermostats, switches and scenes there.



Have we missed any of the commands which work? How are they working for you? What are your thoughts?


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