How to use Alexa as an alarm clock with Amazon Echo

Ever since Amazon’s Digital Assistant, Alexa, was introduced, the way we use to control our homes as changed a lot. In this article, we will tell you how the Alexa Alarm Clock has wholly wiped out other devices like your smartphones that you were so dependent on, in the earlier days. Today, you can use Alexa to control various things such as switching on your coffee maker as soon as you wake up, sending you reminders about paying bills, buying groceries and more.

The Amazon Echo is a smart-speaker system that you can use to set your alarm clock. The best part of this feature is that Alexa offers you a lot of customisations while helping you fix your alarms. You can choose from the default settings, or you can select your favourite tunes and messages as alarms so that you can wake up with a positive frame of mind every day.

Basic alarm settings

You can instruct Alexa to wake you up at a particular time every day. For example, you can say, “Alexa, pleases set the alarm for 6 AM”. The next morning when the device rings to wake you up, you can stop the alarm with a simple command, “Alexa, Stop.” You could also snooze the alarm by telling the device, “Alexa, snooze.” The device comes with a pre-set snooze time of 9 minutes; you cannot alter that. You can set the alarm and tweak it the way you want, in the “Reminders & Alarms” section in your Alexa device.

Ad-hoc alarm settings

Sometimes, you may need to set the alarm for specific time intervals. You may want to have a power nap for an hour, or you may need a reminder to wake up 2 hours after your meals to take your pills. While cooking too, you may want to set the alarm after 2 or 3 hours, especially if it is a long process. With your Alexa device, powered with the smart speaker of Amazon Echo, all of these can be done very quickly.

Now, you don’t have to depend on your smartphones and key in the various alarms that you want. All you have to do is to set your Alexa accordingly and speak out the necessary instructions for the device to understand and interpret it accurately. The only thing that you need to remember is to assign different names to your timers so that when it is no longer needed, you can tell your device to Cancel XYZ timer.

Let a celebrity wake you up every day

This idea sounds innovative and too good to resist! Thanks to Alexa, you can wake up to your favourite celebrity’s voice every day. This will keep you fresh and motivated all through the day. In the Reminders & Alarms section, you will notice the manage alarm volume and default sound links.

Tap this option and go inside it to explore the different settings. You will find the notification sound heading option here. Choose the Celebrity option from the Alarm Default Sound Menu. You will see the list of voices that are already inbuilt in the Alexa device. Choose the voice of the celebrity that you want if you want to wake up to the soothing morning greetings from the person you admire.

Setting Alexa as Alarm to wake up to music

This is a must-try alarm clock feature for music lovers. Amazon recently launched the wake up to music feature on its Alexa device, due to which you can wake up to music playing from various streaming devices such as Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, TuneIn, Pandora, Amazon Music Unlimited, Sirius XM and iHeart Radio. You have lots of options to play your favourite music from and wake up to some relaxing sounds as soon as you wake up.

If you know the lyrics of the song, you can tell the device, “Alexa, play XXXX at 6 AM”, where XXX would be the lyrics. If you are not very particular about any song but would still love waking up to music, you can instruct the device, “Alexa, play music at 6 AM”. This way, the device selects soothing music to wake up accurately at the time that you want. This kind of music-based alarm works on all Alexa devices. A major highlight of this music-based alarm is that it is straightforward to use. Alexa can understand simple commands, and you don’t have to know rocket science to operate the device or set the alarms.

Wake up to a lit room

Sometimes, you may not want the regular alarm or music to wake you up, but you may want to wake up to a differently coloured room. A signal is something that wakes you up every morning. That can be in any form. The Alexa can be used to set to change the lightings of your room as well. However, for using this service, you have to invest in some high-quality smart plugs that help you control the light.

Apart from the above, you can make your customised routines on your Alexa device. You can choose the routines section in your alarms and create a list of the activities that you want your device to do as soon as you wake up. You can use the Routines section for the invention to wake you up to your favourite radio show, switch on your coffee maker, read you the headlines, change the lighting of your room and more.

Now, thanks to simple Alexa alarm commands, you can wake up to the exciting and soothing messages that keep you energised all day along. You have to read the manual to understand when you need to control the app directly. On the other occasions, using your voice is more than enough for you to set your alarms and manage your home as smartly as possible. All, just by sitting where you are! Say goodbye to setting alarms on your smartphones and resetting them again when you need to change them.

Welcome to the world of Alexa and smart alarm setting!

Rajan
 

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