Crippling Assistant Routines bug now fixed for non-Google smart speakers

By | 14th September 2018

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  • Assistant Routines are working again for non-Google smart speakers.
  • Routines had stopped functioning on third-party Assistant speakers just under a week ago.


Google appears to have swiftly fixed an issue that was causing Google Assistant Routines to not work correctly with third-party smart speakers.

Users with Assistant-powered speakers, like the JBL Link series, noticed last week that Routines were straight up refusing to work and Google’s only suggested solution at the time was for buyers to contact their retailer or the device’s manufacturer.

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While it initially seemed like this may have been a local hardware issue, plenty of users began reporting the exact same problem, including many Android Authority readers.

Thankfully, it seems that Google eventually realized this was a server-side bug, as Routines are now working again according to a multiple users (via XDA-Developers).

The best way to check if your speaker is back to full health is to try setting up a Routine of your own. Assistant Routines let you set up multiple actions based on a single command. This can be done from the Google Home app under the More settings option. For more on Assistant Routines be sure to check out our guide here.

Are Routines working properly on your Google Assistant smart speaker now? Let us know in the comments.

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