Set and manage alarms and media alarms

You can set general alarms, play your favorite music, or choose a character as an alarm with just your voice. Alarms will sound for 10 minutes if not stopped or snoozed.

You can turn off a timer and general or media alarms without saying, “Hey Google.” Just say, “Stop.” This is available on Google Nest or Home speakers and displays in English-speaking countries.

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters or Do not disturb.

Learn more about Digital Wellbeing

Note:

  • Alarm sounds are only played from speakers or displays. Alarm sounds don't play on other Cast devices (TVs, other speakers) that are associated with your speaker or display.
  • Alarm tones can be changed on Nest displays once you start an alarm. You can’t change general alarm tones on speakers.
  • Alarm will sound for 10 minutes if not turned off.

Alarms

General alarms
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
Set new alarm

"Set alarm for 6 AM tomorrow"

To set an alarm by touch (Nest displays only)

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and tap Alarms .
  2. Tap Set an alarm.
  3. Choose a time for the alarm and tap Set.
  4. Customize your alarm to:
    • Make the alarm repeat.
    • Change the alarm tone.
    • Include a sunrise alarm.
    • Play your morning routine after your alarm goes off.
  5. When finished, tap Done.

Note: You can see your current alarms and change your alarm defaults by swiping up on your display, tapping Alarms  and then Settings 

Set alarm with name "Set an alarm for 7 AM called Medicine"
Set recurring alarm "Set alarm for 7 AM every day of the week"
Ask about existing alarm "When is my alarm set for?"
"When is my Friday alarm?"
"When is my medicine alarm?"

Ask about all alarms

"What alarms are set?"
Cancel an existing alarm "Cancel my alarm"
"Cancel my medicine alarm"
Stop a ringing alarm

"Stop"

To stop an alarm, you don’t need to say “Hey Google,” just say “Stop.” (English language only)

To control by touch:

  • Google Home - Tap the top
  • Google Nest Mini (2nd gen) - Tap the center
  • Google Home Mini (1st gen) - Press and hold either side
  • Google Home Max - Tap the line on the top or right side
  • Google Nest Audio - Tap the center
  • Google Nest displays - Tap Stop on the screen
  • On a Google Nest Wifi point - Tap the center
Snooze

"Snooze for 10 minutes"
"Snooze"

Media alarm

You can set your favorite music as an alarm. Select a song, artist, genre or playlist from your default music service in the Google Home app. If you have a premium account with your default music service, you can also use the premium options the service offers.

Note: This feature is currently available in English (US) on all speakers and displays, and English (UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, India), Spanish, French (France and Canada), German, Italy, and Japanese on all speakers as well as the Google Nest Hub Max.

To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then:
Set media, music or radio alarm

"Set J-pop radio alarm for 6 AM tomorrow."
"Set birthday music alarm for 7:30 AM Monday."

Set recurring media, music or radio alarm

"Set Beethoven music alarm for 7 AM every day."
Ask about existing alarm "When is my alarm set for?"

Ask about all alarms

"What alarms are set?"
Cancel an existing alarm "Cancel my alarm."
Stop a ringing alarm

"Stop."

To control by touch:

  • Google Home - Tap the top.
  • Google Nest Mini (2nd gen) - Tap the center.
  • Google Home Mini (1st gen) - Press and hold either side.
  • Google Home Max - Tap the line on the top or right side.
  • Google Nest Audio - Tap the center. 
  • Google Nest displays - Tap Stop on the screen.
Snooze “Snooze for 10 minutes.”
"Snooze."

Note: If your speaker or display isn't connected to Wi-Fi at the time of the media alarm, a general alarm will sound instead.

Character alarms

You can set fun alarms from some of your favorite characters for an entertaining and easy way to get your day started.

Note: This feature is currently only available in English in Canada and the US on Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, Google Nest Audio, Google Nest Hub, and Google Nest Hub Max.

You can set the following characters as an alarm:

  • Lego City
  • Lego Life
  • Lego Friends
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • Leonardo
    • Michelangelo
    • Raphael
    • Donatello
    • April O’Neil
  • Hatchimals

Use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child or add supervision to your child’s existing Google Account.

To do this:

Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:

Set Character alarm

"Set a [character name] alarm for 6 AM tomorrow."

Set recurring Character alarm

"Set [character] for 7 AM every day of the week."

Ask about existing alarm

"When is my alarm set for?"

Ask about all alarms

"What alarms are set?"

Cancel an existing alarm

"Cancel my alarm."

Stop a ringing alarm

"Stop."

To control by touch:

  • Google Home - Tap the top.
  • Google Nest Mini (2nd gen) - Tap the center.
  • Google Home Mini (1st gen) - Press and hold either side.
  • Google Home Max - Tap the line on the top or right side.
  • Google Nest Audio - Tap the center.
  • Google Nest displays - Tap Stop on the screen.

Snooze

"Snooze for 10 minutes."
"Snooze."

Note: If your speaker or display isn't connected to Wi-Fi at the time of the media alarm, a general alarm will sound instead.

Sunrise alarms
On Nest displays, you can set alarms to gently wake you up. When a sunrise alarm is set, the screen will gradually brighten until it is time to wake up.
  1. Set an alarm by saying "Hey Google, set alarm for 6am tomorrow," or by swiping up from the bottom of your display, tapping Alarms , and then setting a time.
  2. Choose whether you want the alarm to repeat and select a tone for the alarm.
  3. Turn on Sunrise alarm.
  4. To customize your alarm, tap Sunrise alarm:
    • With compatible smart lights, you can have the lights in your room brighten during your sunrise.
    • Adjust the sunrise window for a faster or slower paced sunrise.
    • Select a pre-alarm. With a pre-alarm, soft sounds like birds chirping will play in the last minutes prior to the alarm tone.
  5. When finished, tap Done.

Change alarm volume

Change general alarm volume

For speakers 

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest or Home speaker.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Select your device.
  4. At the top right, tap Settings  and then Alarms & Timers.
  5. Adjust the volume.

For displays

  1.  Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Select your device.
  4. At the top right, tap Settings  and then Audio and then Alarms & Timers.
  5. Adjust the volume.

Change media alarm volume

The media alarm plays back at the volume of media. Learn how to change the media volume by voice or touch. 

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