How to Use Amazon Alexa App Alarms

Your assistant can keep you on schedule throughout the day

A person pressing a button on a digital alarm clock.

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No matter if you need to be woken up at a certain time or receive an audible prompt when it's time to walk the dog, Alexa's alarm sounds are easy to set up and get the job done.

While these alarms have to be initially configured through voice commands on Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, they can later be added to or modified on your smartphone or tablet via the Alexa app itself.

Android and iOS users can take advantage of this functionality, ensuring that they don't sleep through that morning meeting or miss an important date. 

It is important to note alarms only sound on the device that is associated with the alarm. So, if you have more than one device (say one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom), the alarm only goes off in one place unless you set it up on multiple devices. So, although you can modify an alarm on your smartphone or tablet, the alarm will not actually go off on those devices. The alarms will only sound on the Alexa-enabled devices that you have tied them to.

Setting Up an Alexa Alarm

As mentioned above, Alexa alarms can only be set up on an actual device like the Echo initially, not through the Android or iOS app. Once you have at least one set up on a device, however, additional alarms can be created on the app.

Adjust the following commands to your particular needs and speak them to your device to set up a new alarm.

  • Alexa, set an alarm for midnight.
  • Alexa, set a repeating alarm for Tuesday at five a.m.
  • Alexa, set a repeating time for every weekday at five a.m.

Managing Alarms With the Alexa App

Once you've set up one or more alarms, they can be managed through the app by taking the steps below.

  1. Launch the Alexa app, which should have been installed on your Android or iOS phone or tablet when you first set up your Alexa-enabled device.

  2. If prompted, log in using your Amazon account credentials.

  3. Tap the Menu button, represented by two-and-a-half horizontal lines and located in the upper left-hand corner.

    alexa app home screen
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Reminders & Alarms option.

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  5. If you have more than one Alexa-enabled device, choose the one featuring the alarm in question from the menu found at the top of the screen.

  6. Next, tap the ALARMS tab.

    alexa app reminders and alarms interface
  7. A list of your device's alarms should now be visible, each accompanied by an on/off button. Tap this button to enable or disable a particular alarm. To edit one, tap on its associated time.

    alexa app alarms tab
  8. The EDIT interface should now be visible, containing several configurable options including time, date, repeat frequency (never, daily, weekly, weekdays or weekends) and sound. The latter offers dozens of options including various chimes as well as celebrity sounds from the sports and entertainment world. 

    alexa app edit alarm
  9. At the bottom of the EDIT screen is a DELETE ALARM button, which can be used to completely remove a specific alarm from your Alexa profile.

  10. Tap the Save button when you're done editing an alarm, located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. 

Adding New Alarms With the Alexa App

Now that you've added at least one alarm using your voice on an Alexa-enabled device, you can create more of them from directly within the app interface.

  1. Repeat steps 1 through 6 above to return the Alexa ALARMS tab.

  2. Tap the Add Alarm button, accompanied by a plus symbol and positioned directly under the tab headers.

    alexa app add alarm
  3. Select and choose the desired values for Time, Date, Repeat and Sound. The default settings will be the current day and time along with the Simple Alarm sound and a repeat frequency of Never.

    alexa app add alarm details
  4. Tap the Save button when you're done adding an alarm, located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Modifying Alarm Settings With the Alexa App

In addition to the alarm values described above, the Alexa app also lets you modify alarm settings including their overall volume as well as their bass, mid and treble levels. 

  1. Repeat steps 1 through 6 in the first tutorial above to return the Alexa ALARMS tab.

  2. Tap SETTINGS, located towards the bottom of the screen just above the Alexa icon.

    alexa app alarm sound settings
  3. Several audio-specific settings will now be displayed, most which have a direct effect on your alarms and how they sound. These include volume, which is adjusted with a slider, along with the Ascending Alarm feature which causes your alarm sound to grow increasingly louder until it either reaches max volume or is disabled. If you'd also like to modify the aforementioned levels, tap the EQUALIZER button.