How to Use Alexa as Your Alarm Clock

Wake to music, Alexa's soothing tones, lights, news, and more

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Alexa has a lot of useful features, but one of the best is how any Alexa-enabled device can become your alarm clock. Here's how to configure an Alexa morning alarm, so you can wake up in just the way you want, from the basic to the complex.

To use Alexa as an alarm clock, you'll need to set up Alexa 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.

Using 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 be awake in four hours, say “Alexa, set a sleep timer for four hours,” and it'll go off four hours from the time of your request.

How to Set a Daily Alarm With Alexa

If you're getting 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 6am every Monday, you'd say “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for Monday at 6am.”

How to Set a Daily Alarm Using the Alexa App

  1. Open the Alexa app and tap the menu icon in the top left-hand corner.

  2. Tap Reminders and Alarms.

  3. Choose your device from the top, if you have multiple Alexa-enabled devices, tap the Plus (+) to configure your alarm.

    Two screens showing the Android Alexa app

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'll need to connect Alexa to a music service.

Some services will not work with Alexa on their free tier. Check your preferred music service's FAQs to see which will work.

  1. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner.

  2. Tap Things To Try > Amazon Music, then choose the music services you prefer.

    Alexa's music page in the Android app
  3. You now have a few choices, such as what genre you want to be woken up to. For example, if you want a 6am Monday alarm, say “Alexa, wake me up to pop music at 6am every Monday.” If you'd like a specific song, say, for example, “Alexa, wake me up to Never Gonna Give You Up at 6am every Monday.”

You can also configure this in the app using the same method as above.

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'll need to configure a routine through the app.

You can also add Traffic and Weather to this routine, to get all necessary information in one place.

  1. Open Alexa app, then tap the three horizontal lines to open the main menu.

  2. Tap Routines, then tap the Plus (+).

  3. Tap When This Happens > Schedule and set the time and day.

  4. Tap Add Action > News > Add.

    Alexa's Routines setting menu in Android

How to Cancel an Alarm

To stop an alarm, say "Alexa, stop alarm." You can also stop an alarm by requesting Alexa perform another task, such as playing music.