(Pocket-lint) – Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant while different platforms, often offer similar features, such as music alarms.
Music alarms allow you to 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 wake up to those awful standard alarm noises phones offer.
Here’s how music alarms work on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and how to set them.
How to 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
You can ask Amazon Alexa to play a specific song, playlist, artist, or genre as your alarm. The feature supports several music services, so it can pull alarm tones from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. Music alarms work on any Alexa-powered device – not just Amazon Echo-branded smart speakers. The only exception is Fire TV, which doesn’t support alarms.
To set a music alarm, just say, “Alexa, wake me up at 7AM to Adele” or “Alexa, wake me up to 70s music at 8AM” or “Alexa, wake me up to ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ at 5AM”. You can be as specific or as a vague as you like. You can even set a music alarm by song lyrics, in the case you don’t know the song’s title. That only works with Amazon Music, however.
A music alarm also doesn’t have to be configured every night. If you wake up at the same time, you can ask Alexa to wake you up “every day” at a certain time.
Choose default music service in Alexa app
Note: This step is not required to play music alarms. It just specifies where Alexa should pull music alarms from.
If you need to set up your Echo or Amazon Alexa-enabled device first, check out Pocket-lint’s handy guide about how to do that. Open the Alexa app > Menu > Settings > Music & Podcasts > Default Services. After you pick your preferred service, select Done.
When you choose a default music service, Alexa will always use it to play your music for alarms, streaming stations, and requests.
How to set a music alarm with Google Assistant
- Ask Assistant to play an alarm with a song, artist, etc
- Available for any Google Home or Nest speakers
Google Assistant to play a music alarm
Like Alexa, you can just tell Google Assistant to set a music alarm on your Google Home or Nest speakers. They don’t work on Cast devices. Say, “OK Google, set an alarm for 7am that plays Beyonce,” and the media alarm on your Google Home or Nest speakers or displays will wake you up. You can set a music alarm for any artist, song, or playlist.
You can also set a recurring music alarm by saying “Ok Google, set Ed Sheeran music alarm for 7AM every day” and if you want to see what alarms are set, you can say “Ok Google, what alarms are set?”.
Assistant will pull from the music service you’ve set as your default and alarms will sound for 10 minutes if not stopped or snoozed. To stop the alarm, you can just 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 specifies where Assistant should pull music alarms from.
If you need to set up your Google Home or Nest device first, check out Pocket-lint’s handy guide about how to do that. Once you have set your Google Home or Nest device up, open the Google Home app > Tap on the Settings icon > Tap on Music.
From here, you can select your default music service. You’ll need to link any accounts, such as Spotify or Apple Music. Once linked, you can select your default service by tapping the circle to the right.
To connect your account, tap Link, then sign in, and complete the flow. Whichever music service you pick, Google Assistant will always play your music alarms from that service going forward.
Writing by Maggie Tillman and Elyse Betters. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.