How to Enable and Use Amazon Alexa App Alarms

Your assistant can keep you on schedule throughout the day

The Amazon digital assistant, Alexa, has a handy alarm feature that can be used with Alexa-enabled devices, such as an Echo Dot or Echo Show. Alexa alarm commands are easy to set up, reminding you when it's time to wake up, walk the dog, when it's someone's birthday, or anything else. Here's a look at how to set an alarm with Alexa.

Set up your first Alexa alarm with a voice command issued to your Alexa-enabled device, such as an Echo. After that, use the iOS or Android Amazon Alexa app to manage alarms and add more alarms.

Set up an Alexa Alarm

When you set up an alarm with Alexa, speak the voice command to your Alexa-enabled device. Alarms are tied to one device. So, if you set up an alarm with an Echo in your bedroom, it won't sound on the Echo in your kitchen.

You can set up a variety of alarms to accommodate your schedule and events. Alarms can include music and smart lights, as well.

To create an alarm with Alexa, use the following voice command examples, adjusting for your times, needs, and preferences. Speak the command directly to the Alexa-enabled device.

  • Alexa, set an alarm for midnight.
  • Alexa, set a repeating alarm for 7 a.m.
  • Alexa, set an alarm for 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
  • Alexa, set an alarm for 6 a.m. every day.
  • Alexa, set an alarm for 6 a.m. to Taylor Swift from Spotify.
  • Alexa, set an alarm for 6 a.m. to classical music every day.
  • Alexa, set a light alarm for 5 p.m. with [smart home lighting device] every day.

To stop an alarm, say Alexa, stop or Alexa, cancel. To snooze an alarm, say Alexa, snooze to silence the alarm for nine minutes.

These are just a few examples of Alexa alarm commands. Visit the Amazon alarm help resources for more ideas.

Manage Alarms With the Alexa App

After you set up an Alexa alarm, manage it using the Amazon Alexa app for iOS or Android.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.

    If prompted, log in using your Amazon account credentials.

  2. Tap More (the three horizontal lines on the bottom menu bar).

  3. Tap Reminders & Alarms.

  4. Tap the Alarms tab.

    The More, Reminders & Alarms, and Alarms sections in the Alexa app
  5. If you set alarms, you'll see those alarms here with an on/off toggle next to each. Tap this button to enable or disable a particular alarm.

  6. To edit an alarm, tap its associated time.

  7. In the Edit screen, change options for the alarm's time, date, repeat frequency, and sound.

  8. Tap Sound to see a variety of celebrity sounds.

    Editing an alarm in Alexa
  9. Tap Delete Alarm at the bottom of the Edit window to remove an alarm.

    To change the volume of the Alexa alarm, go to More > Reminders and Alarms > Alarms, and then tap Settings at the bottom of the screen. You can also change the sound here or set an ascending alarm.

Add New Alarms With the Alexa App

After you've added at least one alarm by speaking an alarm command to an Alexa-enabled device, create more alarms from within the app.

  1. Go to More > Reminders and Alarms > Alarms, and tap Add Alarm.

  2. Select a time, device, repeat setting, date, and sound.

  3. Tap Save on the upper-right of the screen when you're done. You've set your new alarm.

    Creating a new alarm in the Alexa iOS app