How to set an alarm on Google Home

This is super straightforward, but there’s a number of ways you can use the alarm function – set it day by day for peace of mind or set up a regular alarm for work or schooldays.

Say, “Hey Google, set an alarm for 7.30 tomorrow morning” for a one time alarm and the Assistant will confirm the time with you. You can name alarms e.g. “Hey Google, set an alarm for 10am, named take your pills“. If you have a Google Home device with a display, you can also get a visual on what alarms are set by saying, “Hey Google, show me my alarms.”

 

You can say, “Hey Google, cancel my alarm for 7.30” or “Hey Google, cancel all my alarms”if you change your mind.

To set up regular alarms, say, “Hey Google, set an alarm for 8.15am every day” or similar, and the Assistant will repeat back to you the recurring alarm. Again, to check what you have coming up, say “Hey Google, what alarms are set?”

If you’re groggy in the morning you can ask, “Hey Google, what time is it?” and you can also say “Hey Google, snooze alarm” which pauses it for 10 minutes or, “Hey Google, snooze alarm for seven minutes” to specify the time.

The alarm sounds for ten minutes if you don’t do anything – to stop it say, “Hey Google, stop” or tap the top of the Google Home, the side of the Mini or the line on the top/right side of the Home Max. Right now you can’t change the beeping tone – get on this please, Google.

Google has also added interactive alarms for kids, giving users the ability to set up an alarm using messages from characters from Lego and Nickelodeon, instead of Assistant. These alarms will have music, jokes, facts, words of encouragement and other messages from characters in the shows.

For example, you can have one of the characters from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles help remind the kids it’s time to finish playing and get in the bath. Just say, “Hey Google, set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8pm.”

How to set a music or radio alarm with Google Assistant

If you want to wake up to a specific song or radio station, it’s simply a case of adding one more word to the command. So, you can instruct your speaker, “Hey Google, play a music/media/radio alarm at 8.30am tomorrow” and the Assistant will ask you what you want it to play – or, alternatively, “Hey Google, set an alarm for 6am that plays [radio station name]”.

It works with songs, playlists and radio stations. As with the beeping alarm, it will only play on the speaker you’ve set it on. The music will be taken from the default streaming service you’ve set up on your Google Home account, and if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, the regular alarm tone will sound.

How to set a music or radio alarm with Google Assistant

If you want to wake up to a specific song or radio station, it’s simply a case of adding one more word to the command. So, you can instruct your speaker, “Hey Google, play a music/media/radio alarm at 8.30am tomorrow” and the Assistant will ask you what you want it to play – or, alternatively, “Hey Google, set an alarm for 6am that plays [radio station name]”.

It works with songs, playlists and radio stations. As with the beeping alarm, it will only play on the speaker you’ve set it on. The music will be taken from the default streaming service you’ve set up on your Google Home account, and if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, the regular alarm tone will sound.

How to use the Google sleep timer and play bedtime sounds

Another simple one – you can ask Google Assistant to play ambient sounds or music and you can also set a sleep timer so it stops playing after a certain amount of time. Try, “Hey Google, play ambient sounds/noise,” or, “Hey Google, play Mogwai for 20 minutes.”

You can also just say, “Hey Google, help me relax,” or if you already have a playlist, podcast or audiobook going, you can say, “Hey Google, stop in fifteen minutes,” and, “Hey Google, turn loop on” to loop the track till finish. And there’s always, “Hey Google, tell me a story,” or, “Hey Google, sing me a lullaby” for maximum chill. Easy.

How to create a morning or nighttime routine with Google Home

Google Home Routines include preset routines – multi-action, multi-device setups that require only one voice command – and two of those are, “Hey Google, good morning” and, “Hey Google, it’s bedtime”.

If you’ve set up Voice Match, you can set up customized Routines for individual users. For the morning routine you could, for instance, have Assistant turn your Android phone off silent, play music/radio/news, tell you the weather and today’s commute and adjust smart home devices like lights and thermostat to pre-set settings. This is, of course, much friendlier to tweak from your bedside table if you’ve got a Google Smart Display, featuring the new Home View control.

For night time, you could have Assistant set an alarm for the following morning, turn Cast-enabled or Bluetooth speakers and TVs volume down, adjust the lights and temperature to your personalized settings for bedtime, tell you tomorrow’s weather, and play sleep sounds or music on a timer, as above. Pretty cool, right?

 

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