How to Use Alexa as Your Alarm Clock

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

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:

  1. Open the Alexa app and tap the More menu in the lower-right.

  2. Tap Reminders and Alarms.

  3. Tap the Plus (+) to configure your alarm.

    The More menu, Reminders & Alarms, and Add Alarm button in the Alexa app
  4. Set the time for your alarm using the dials at the top of the screen.

  5. Select the Device, repetition, day, and the sound you want for the alarm.

    To set a daily alarm, tap Repeat and select Daily.

  6. Tap Save to finalize the alarm.

    Creating an alarm in the Alexa iOS app

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.

  1. Tap the More menu in the lower-right corner.

  2. Tap Things To Try.

  3. Select Music.

    The More menu, Things to Try, and Music options in the Alexa app
  4. Select Amazon Music.

  5. Tap Select Music Service.

  6. Select Link New Service, or choose one of the available options.

    Linking a music service in the Alexa app for iOS
  7. Follow the on-screen prompts to link your account to Alexa.

  8. 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.

  1. Open the Alexa app, then tap the More menu.

  2. Tap Routines.

  3. Select the Plus (+).

    Creating a new routine in the Alexa app for iOS
  4. Tap When This Happens.

  5. Choose Schedule.

  6. Tap Select next to Repeat.

    Setting a trigger for a routine in the Alexa app
  7. You can set your alarm for individual days or use a shortcut like Every Day, Weekdays, or Weekends.

  8. Tap Select next to At Time.

  9. Choose a time for your alarm and select Next.

    Setting a frequency and time for a routine in the Alexa app
  10. You'll return to the previous screen. Select the plus sign next to Add action.

  11. Scroll down and select News.

  12. A confirmation screen will appear. Tap Next.

    The "Add Action," News, and Next items in Alexa
  13. Under From, select Choose Device.

  14. Tap the name of the device you want to play the news from.

  15. Select Save.

    The "Choose Device" and "Save" buttons for a routine in the Alexa app

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.