Set music alarms with Alexa or Google Assistant
(Pocket Ribbon) – Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, although different platforms, often offer similar features, such as music alarms.
Music alarm clocks let you ask Alexa or Google — depending on the devices you have — for a song, genre, or playlist to get you out of bed in the morning, rather than waking up to those awful standard alarm sounds that phones provide. .
Here’s how music alarms work on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and how to set them up.
Set a music alarm with Alexa
Ask Alexa to play an alarm with a song, genre, etc. Available for any Amazon Echo or Alexa device
Ask Alexa to play a music alarm clock
You can ask Amazon Alexa to play a specific song, playlist, artist, or genre as your alarm. The feature supports various music services, so it can call up alarm tones from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. Music alarms work on any Alexa-enabled device — not just Amazon Echo-branded smart speakers. The only exception is Fire TV, which does not support alarms.
To set a music alarm, just say, “Alexa, wake me up at 7 a.m. for Adele” or “Alexa, wake me up to 70s music at 8 a.m.” or “Alexa, wake me up to ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ “at 5 o’clock”. You can be as specific or vague as you want. You can even set a music alarm to lyrics, in case you don’t know the song title. However, that only works with Amazon Music.
A music alarm clock also does not need to be configured every night. If you wake up at the same time, you can ask Alexa to wake you up at a specific time “every day”.
Choose the default music service in the Alexa app
Note: This step is not required to play music alarms. It only tells where Alexa should get music alarms from.
If you need to set up your Echo or Amazon Alexa device first, check out Pocket ribbon’s handy guide on how to do that. Open the Alexa app > Menu > Settings > Music & Podcasts > Default Services. After choosing the service you want, select Done.
When you choose a default music service, Alexa will always use it to play your music for alarms, streaming stations, and requests.
Set a music alarm clock with Google Assistant
Ask the Assistant to play an alarm clock with a song, artist, etc. Available for all Google Home or Nest speakers
Google Assistant to play a music alarm clock
Like Alexa, you can just tell the Google Assistant to set a music alarm on your Google Home or Nest speakers. They do not work on Cast devices. Say, “Okay Google, set an alarm for 7 a.m. with Beyonce playing,” and the media alarm on your Google Home or Nest speakers or screens will wake you up. You can set a music alarm for any artist, song or playlist.
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You can also set a recurring music alarm by saying “Ok Google, set Ed Sheeran music alarm clock at 7:00 AM every day” and if you want to see which alarms are set, you can say “Ok Google, what alarms are set?”.
The Assistant will pick up the music service you set as default and the alarms will go off for 10 minutes if not stopped or snoozed. To stop the alarm, simply say “Stop”. To snooze an alarm, just say “Snooze” or “Snooze for 10 minutes.”
Choose default music service in Home app
Note: This step is not required to play music alarms. It just tells you where the Assistant should get music alarms from.
If you need to set up your Google Home or Nest device first, go to Pocket-lint’s handy guide on how to do that. After setting up your Google Home or Nest device, open the Google Home app > Tap the Settings icon > Tap Music.
Here you can select your default music service. You need to link all accounts, such as Spotify or Apple Music. Once linked, you can select your default service by tapping the circle on the right.
To link your account, tap Link, sign in and complete the flow. Whichever music service you choose, the Google Assistant will always play your music alarms from that service in the future.
Written by Maggie Tillman and Elyse Betters. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.