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How to create a routine to play shuffle mode videos on wakeup

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Hello, I want to have my tv turn on at a certain time in the morning and play in shuffle mode some videos.

I have the Google Home App on an Android phone. The TV is an Android TV with built-in chromcast
- Way 1: Ideally I would like an automation that would start random playing videos located in a USB stick attached to the TV at wake up time. I have no idea how to do this.
- Way 2: Play a youTube playlist.
I have been successful with Way 2, by creating a routine that has step 1: turn on TV and step 2: custom action. Then in the custom action I have typed: PLAY YOUTUBE <Channel name> <playlistname> on Android TV
This has sort of worked, but it always starts with the first video and does not play in shuffle mode. I have tried inserting the word shuffle in the syntax, and the result has been disastrous. With the word shuffle included it just looks for any video on youtube that has names matching my playlist name plus the word shuffle.
Even the syntax I've used does not work with all playlists and channels... For example if you create a new playlist, it won't work because I think it does a straight forward search in youtube and new items don't show up in results.
If you have any ideas of how I could do this please give me step by step instructions. I'm total novice.



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Community Specialist

Hi dariointernet, 


Thanks for reaching out and providing detailed information on your issue and the steps that you've done — these are of great help!


I totally understand that this is a good feature to use with your routines, but it isn’t available. We appreciate people who are keen on sharing their thoughts with us. We're always looking for ways to improve. I'd suggest you submit feedback about it, here's how


Let us know if you have other questions or concerns otherwise, we will be locking this thread after 24 hours.