On Monday, Amazon announced the addition of a new feature to all Alexa-compatible devices that will allow you to use it as an alarm clock but with an exciting twist.
You will now be able to set your alarm to wake you up with music from the streaming service of your choice, be it Amazon’s own Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited or third party services supported by Alexa-powered devices such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and SiriusXM.
Truly baffling that you can’t make Alexa play music as your alarm without pairing with your phone
— Rob Go (@robgo) February 8, 2017
Some Alexa-device users even found some innovative workarounds to set up their alarms to music.
Set my alarm tone to a recording of me saying “Alexa resume music” So my echo starts blasting tunes and makes me get up. Not how it was intended to be used but still, not bad
— Josh Laidler (@JoshLaidler) December 4, 2017
Well, with the introduction of the new feature, Amazon has finally addressed that particular user grievance.
It is no different from how you play music on your Alexa-friendly devices by asking it to play music by singer or band name, song name, playlists, genres, mood and in case you don’t know or remember the song name or singer, Alexa is happy to play it for you using the song lyrics.
It must be mentioned that requests using lyrics and mood is only possible with Amazon Music.
With the exception of Fire TV, the feature works on all Alexa-easy devices and is not just restricted to the Echo range of speakers.
Let’s take a look at how you can get Alexa to set up your music alarm using each of the options the feature allows you.
Set up alarm by Album: If you wish to wake up to music from a particular album, say for example Ed Sheeran’s Divide (÷) this is how you do it.
“Alexa, wake me up to the album Divide by Ed Sheeran at 8 am.”
Now, if you wish to wake up at a different time the next day, or wake up at the same time but to music from a different album, change your request accordingly.
However, if your wake-up time is standard and you are okay to wake up to music from the same album every day, all you need to do is put in a onetime request until you want to change it.
“Alexa, wake me up every day to the album Divide by Ed Sheeran at 8 am.”
The request can even be worded differently like, “Alexa, set an alarm for 8 am to the album Divide by Ed Sheeran.”
Set up alarm by News: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m. using NPR news on TuneIn,” or “Alexa, wake me up at 7 am to NPR news on TuneIn”
Set up alarm by Song: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m. using Perfect by Ed Sheeran”
Set up alarm Genre (recurring request): “Alexa, wake me up to heavy metal music at 7 a.m. every day of the week.”
If you have Amazon Music, you can even use song lyrics or mood from the mood playlist.
Using Lyrics: “Alexa set an alarm for 8 a.m. to the song that goes, “Down every road there’s always one more city”
Using Mood: “Alexa, wake me up with relaxing music at 6 a.m”