Smart & Connected Life Smart Home How to Use Alexa as Your Alarm Clock Wake to music, Alexa's soothing tones, lights, news, and more by Daniel Anglin Seitz Writer Dan Seitz is a tech writer with 10 years of experience writing about apps, gaming, and more. His work has appeared on Uproxx.com and other outlets. our editorial process LinkedIn Daniel Anglin Seitz Updated on October 02, 2020 Smart Home Amazon Smart Home: Alexa & Amazon Echo Your Best Year Ever: College Tech Tips Appliances & Lighting Google Tweet Share Email Amazon's personal digital assistant Alexa has a lot of useful features, but one of the best turns any compatible device into your alarm clock. Here's how to configure an Alexa morning alarm routine, so you can wake up in just the way you want. To use Alexa as an alarm clock, you need to set it up properly. You should also place your Alexa-enabled device somewhere you can hear it and it can hear you; test the range before you set this up. How to Use Alexa as an Alarm Clock to Wake From a Nap If you need a one-off alarm for your nap, you can just ask Alexa for one. If you need to wake in four hours, say, “Alexa, set a sleep timer for four hours,” and the alarm goes off four hours from the time of your request. How to Set a Daily Alarm With Alexa If you get up at the same time every day, you can set your alarm right now. Simply say, “Alexa, set a repeating alarm” for the day and time. For example, if you need to be up at 6 a.m. every Monday, say, “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for Monday at 6 a.m.” How to Set a Daily Alarm Using the Alexa App Here's how to set a daily alarm using Alexa and an Alexa-enabled device: Open the Alexa app and tap the More menu in the lower-right. Tap Reminders and Alarms. Tap the Plus (+) to configure your alarm. Set the time for your alarm using the dials at the top of the screen. Select the Device, repetition, day, and the sound you want for the alarm. To set a daily alarm, tap Repeat and select Daily. Tap Save to finalize the alarm. How to Use Alexa as an Alarm Clock That Plays Music If you have a subscription to a music service like Spotify or Deezer, you can easily wake up to music, but first, you need to connect Alexa to your preferred music service. Some services won't work with Alexa on their free tier. Check your preferred music service's FAQs to see if it works. Tap the More menu in the lower-right corner. Tap Things To Try. Select Music. Select Amazon Music. Tap Select Music Service. Select Link New Service, or choose one of the available options. Follow the on-screen prompts to link your account to Alexa. To set a music alarm, use a voice command like, "Alexa, wake me up at 8 a.m. with '90s music," and your Amazon device will create the reminder. How to Wake Up to News With Alexa You can also set Alexa to wake you up to what Amazon calls a "Flash Briefing," which is a short set of audio news pieces. To do this, you need to configure a routine through the app. Here's how: You can also add Traffic and Weather to this routine, to get all the necessary information in one place. Open the Alexa app, then tap the More menu. Tap Routines. Select the Plus (+). Tap When This Happens. Choose Schedule. Tap Select next to Repeat. You can set your alarm for individual days or use a shortcut like Every Day, Weekdays, or Weekends. Tap Select next to At Time. Choose a time for your alarm and select Next. You'll return to the previous screen. Select the plus sign next to Add action. Scroll down and select News. A confirmation screen will appear. Tap Next. Under From, select Choose Device. Tap the name of the device you want to play the news from. Select Save. How to Cancel an Alexa Alarm To stop an alarm, say, "Alexa, stop alarm." You can also stop an alarm that's going off by requesting Alexa to perform another task, such as playing music.