Top 11 Cool Things About Ama­zon Echo Alarms You Should Know

Mehvish

Waking up to custom Alarm voices is one of the many uses of any smart speaker. All the smart speakers offer alarm, be it Google Home or the Amazon Echo devices such as Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or Echo Show. One might wonder whether there is anything special about alarms on Amazon Echo. Let’s find out the amazing things that you can do with Amazon Echo Alarms.

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Alexa digital assistant powers the Amazon Echo. You can interact with Alexa through voice commands to set a music alarm, create a routine, snooze alarm, and other things.

First, let’s see how to set and use the alarm feature in Amazon Echo.

1. How to Set an Alarm on Amazon Echo

You can create an alarm with Alexa through voice commands. The basic command is ‘Alexa, set an alarm for [time].’ For instance, Alexa set an alarm for 8.30 AM. You can set multiple alarms, and all will ring at their set time.

Other commands for setting up alarm are:

  • Alexa, wake me up at 7 AM
  • Alexa, set an alarm for Wednesday 7 AM

The Alexa app is useable to create an alarm, as shown below in the Manage alarms section.

Tip: Use the Alexa app to set up a calling facility on Amazon Echo. Find out more about Amazon Echo calling and messaging.

2. How to Set Recurring Alarms on Echo

The above commands will create a one-time alarm. If you want, you can set an alarm for every day. To create repeating alarms, use the following voice commands:

  • Alexa, set an everyday alarm for 7 AM
  • Alexa, set a repeating alarm for Wednesday at 7 AM
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Just include the terms repeating or every day in your command. Interestingly, you can create repeating alarms for weekdays and weekends as well. The alarm for weekdays will ring only on weekdays and the weekend alarm will wake you on Saturday and Sunday only.

For instance,

  • Alexa, set a weekday alarm for 7 AM
  • Alexa, set a weekend alarm for 10 AM

3. How to Stop Echo Alarm

There are three ways to stop an alarm on the Echo device. First, when the alarm on your Echo starts ringing, say, ‘Alexa, stop’ to turn off the alarm. Second, press the action button (the one with a dot on it) on your Echo device to stop the alarm.

Note: Sometimes, due to various reasons, the Echo alarm won't turn off. Find out how to troubleshoot alarms on Echo.

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Tip: Thinking of mounting your Echo Dot on a wall? Check out 7 amazing Echo Dot wall mounts.

Lastly, you can use the Alexa app on your phone to turn off the alarm without voice. For that, follow the instructions given below.

4. How to Snooze Alarm

What’s an alarm if you can’t snooze it? To snooze an ongoing alarm, say ‘Alexa, snooze.’ The alarm will then wake you again after 9 minutes.

5. How to Cancel or Disable Alarms

To cancel an upcoming alarm, say ‘Alexa, cancel alarm for 8 AM’ or ‘Alexa, cancel alarm.’ If there are multiple alarms, Alexa will ask you which one to cancel. Select the one that you want to disable.

6. How to Know About Active Alarms

You can know about your active alarms through various voice commands. For instance,

  • Alexa, how many alarms do I have
  • Alexa, what are my alarms
  • Alexa, when is my next alarm

You can also view your alarms through the Alexa app, as shown below in the Manage alarms from mobile section.

7. How to Manage Alarms From Phone

Besides using the voice commands to manage your alarms, you can use the Alexa app to create, view, and delete or cancel your alarms. Here’s how to achieve the same.

Step 1: Open the Alexa app.

Step 2: Tap on the three-bar icon at the top. Choose Reminders & Alarms from the menu.

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Step 3: You will find all your registered alarms listed here.

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To create an alarm, tap on Add Alarm. Then set the alarm conditions as per your need such as time, repeat time, and more. Tap on Save to activate the alarm.

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To cancel or disable an upcoming alarm, turn off the toggle next to the alarm.

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To modify or delete an alarm, tap on it, and change the settings.

8. How to Change Echo Alarm Sound and Volume

Amazon makes it quite easy to change the alarm tone of your Echo device. You will need the Alexa app registered with your Amazon account to change the alarm sound. You can choose between celebrity sounds and general alarms tones.

Here’s how to do that.

Step 1: Launch the Alexa app on your phone

Step 2: Tap on the three-bar icon and select Reminders & Alarms from the menu.

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Step 3: Tap on Settings under the Alarms tab. Tap on the Echo device whose alarm tone and volume you want to change.

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Step 4: Use the volume slider to set the alarm volume. Tap on Sound and select a tone of your choice. You can also enable the Ascending alarm option.

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Even more importantly, you can set a different tone for each alarm. For that, tap on the preferred alarm inside Reminders & alarm followed by Sound. Choose a celebrity voice or any general alarm tone.

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9. How to Set a Music Alarm on Amazon Echo

Similar to Google Home, Amazon Echo also lets you wake up to your favorite song with the help of music alarms. You can set a song or radio station from any of the supported music services such as Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. Here are the commands that you can use:

  • Alexa, wake me up to [song name] by [artist] at [time]
  • Alexa, wake me up to [song name]
  • Alexa, wake me up to country music
  • Alexa, set an alarm to Enrique

By default, when you issue a voice command to set a music alarm, Echo will find the media in Amazon Music. You will have to change your default music service in Alexa if you want to select songs or playlist from other services such as Spotify. We have covered in detail how to set Spotify as default music service in Amazon Echo. The same steps can be used to select any other service.

Pro Tip: You can wake up to news as well. Just say, ‘Alexa, wake me up to [news service] at [time].’

10. How to Use Routines With Echo Alarms

You can give a boost to your alarms with the Routine feature of the Echo. When you stop an alarm, you can set Alexa to perform certain actions using Routines. Those include playing radio stations, announcing weather and traffic details, controlling your smart home devices such as turning on light, and much more.

Here’s how to set a routine for your alarm.

Step 1: Launch the Alexa app on your mobile.

Step 2: Tap on the three-bar icon at the top. Choose Routines.

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Step 3: Tap on the add icon at the top.

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Step 4: Tap on Enter routine name and give it a suitable name.

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Step 5: Then tap on When this happens. Select Alarms. Tap on Next.

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Step 6: Tap on Add action. Here select the things that should take place when you tell Alexa to stop the alarm.

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Step 7: After selecting, you will be taken to the New Routine screen. Tap on Choose Device. Select your Echo device and hit Save.

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11. What Happens to Alexa Alarms If There Is No Internet

Alexa needs the internet to work. But if there’s no internet or the internet is slow, the alarm on your Echo will still ring except in the case of a music alarm, where a general tone will sound. However, if the Echo is turned off due to no power supply, the alarm won’t work.

Echo Is Powerful

Setting up an alarm is just one of the things that Echo speakers can do. In reality, they are truly powerful speakers. You can connect them to your phone and use them as a Bluetooth speaker. You can even use it to drop-in instead of calling people. What do you like about your Echo device? Share with us in the comments below.

Next up: Alexa Skills enhance the working of Amazon Echo. Check out 13 Skills that you must install on your Echo from the next link.


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