How to Set Alexa Alarm to Music

Wake up to your favorite song on your Amazon speaker

What to Know

  • Using your Amazon speaker, ask Alexa to set an alarm for the time, days, and the song or artist you want to hear.
  • Create a Routine in the Alexa app to trigger the song or artist to play at a certain time of day.

This article explains two ways to set a music alarm with Alexa for your Amazon smart speaker. Using your voice or a few taps, you can hear your favorite tune wake you up every morning.

Set a Music Alarm With Alexa

If you’ve been searching the sound section of Alarms in the Alexa app, you’re probably scratching your head by now as to where the music option is. As of this writing, there no option in the Alexa app to select new music as your alarm sound. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it!

To use music as your alarm sound, simply ask Alexa using your Amazon smart speaker. Tell Alexa what time to set the alarm and which song, artist, genre, station, or playlist you want to hear. You can say things like:

  • “Alexa, set an alarm for 6 AM tomorrow to play Taylor Swift.”
  • “Alexa, wake me up with ‘Vogue’ by Madonna at 6 AM every day.”
  • “Alexa, set an alarm to play 80’s music at 6 AM tomorrow.”

Just like you can specify the song or artist you want to use as your alarm sound, you can also denote the music service. So if you have more than one service connected, include your preference in your command.

  • “Alexa, set an alarm for 6 AM tomorrow to play My Favorite Playlist on Apple Music.”
  • “Alexa, wake me up with Lady Gaga Radio on Pandora at 6 AM each weekday.”
  • “Alexa, set an alarm to play Missy Elliott on Amazon Music at 6 AM tomorrow.”

Now You Have Music Options in the Alexa App

Bonus! Once you instruct Alexa to set a music alarm, that song, artist, or station will display as a Sound option for future alarms in the app. 

  1. Open the Alexa app, tap More, and select Alarms & Timers as you normally would. 

  2. On the Alarms tab, choose one to edit it or tap to add a new alarm.

  3. Select Sound and then the My Tones tab. You’ll see those music options now display in their own Music section for you to pick moving forward.

    Options in the Alexa app on the iPhone.

Set a Music Alarm With an Alexa Routine

Maybe you’re away from your Amazon speaker or simply want an alternative to the above. Rather than using the Alarm feature, you can set up an Alexa Routine to play what you want, when you want.

  1. Open the Alexa app, tap More at the bottom, and select Routines.

  2. On the Your Routines tab, tap the plus sign to add one.

  3. Optionally, you can give your Routine a name by tapping the first plus sign.

    Set an alarm with an Alexa routine on an iPhone.
  4. Then, tap When this happens and select Schedule > At Time. Choose the time of day and days of the week for your music routine and tap Next.

    Steps to finish the alarm routine in the Alexa app on the iPhone.
  5. Tap Add action and select Music & Podcasts. Enter the song title, artist, or station. Optionally, check the box for Provider to use a specific connected music service. Tap Next.

    Setting an action for the alarm in Alexa on an iPhone.
  6. Under From at the bottom, tap to select the device where you want to hear the music.

  7. Tap Save at the top.

    Final steps for the Alexa alarm routine on an iPhone.

You’ll then see your new routine in the list with any others you have set up previously. And when the time comes, you should hear that song, artist, or whatever you picked play.

Until the Alexa app offers a way to add new music as your alarm sound, you do have options. So get Alexa’s help to hear your favorite music automatically each day.

  • How do I set an Alexa alarm with music to gradually increase in volume?

    Adjust the volume of your Alexa alarm to music by selecting More > Alarms & Timers > Alarms > Settings in the Alexa app. Under the Volume slider, move the toggle to the on position next to Ascending Alarm.

  • How do I set an Alexa music alarm using Spotify?

    Make sure you've already completed the steps to connect Spotify to Alexa from Settings > Music & Podcasts > Link New Service. If you want your music alarms to play music from Spotify only, choose Spotify as your default music provider. Go to Settings > Music & Podcasts > Default Music Service > select Spotify > and tap Done.

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