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How to use Google Home and Assistant for a smart alarm

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How to set an alarm on Google Home

Google Assistant speakers can easily be used as smart alarm clocks. This is perfect for people who want to reduce the number of gadgets they have on their bedside tables.

Set your Google device up as an alarm clock and it will wake you up to the latest news, music or radio. It can be used to create new morning and evening routines, by pairing it with smart lights or playlists. Or perhaps your coffee maker for early starts.

Google Assistant speakers with displays like the nest hub feature clock displays that can be customized. You can use the regular Google Home smart speakers, like the nest home mini.

Below we will guide you on how to use your Google Assistant speaker, whichever one you choose, to set up new alarms.

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alarm reminder on google nest hub

How to set the alarm on your Google speaker

There are several ways to use the alarm feature.

You can set alarms on a recurring basis, such as for work or school. Let’s look at both.

Set an alarm once through Google Assistant

You can say to set an alarm. For example, “Hey Google” will tell you the exact time.

You can also name your alarms. You can, for example, say : “Hey Google! Set an alarm for 9am called ‘take your pill’.

You can see the alarms that are set on your Google Home device if you say, “Hey Google. Show me my alarms.” 

If you decide to change your mind, you can use : “Hey Google” “Cancel my alarm at 7.30 am”, or “Hey Google” “Cancel all my alarms for the day”.

Set a regular alarm with Google Assistant

Set regular alarms by saying , “Hey Google! Set an alarm at 8.30am each day”, or something similar. The Assistant will then repeat the alarm back to you.

Google will ask you “Hey Google what alarms have been set?” 

You can ask Google “What time is it?” if you are groggy. You can also ask “Hey Google snooze” for 10 minutes, or “Hey Google snooze for seven minutes”, to specify the exact time.

If you do not stop the alarm, it will continue to sound for ten more minutes. To stop the alarm, say “Hey Google stop”, or tap on the top/right of the Home Max, the Mini or the line at the top/left of the Mini.

Google Home alarms for children

Google has added interactive alarms to its Assistant for kids. Users can now set an alarm by using characters from Nickelodeon and Lego instead of Assistant.

The alarms can include music, jokes and facts, as well as words of encouragement from the characters.

You can use a character from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to remind the children that it is time to stop playing and go in the bathroom.

You can say , “Hey Google! Set an Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm at 8pm.”

Google Nest Home Mini

How to set an alarm for music or radio with Google Assistant

You can add one more word to your command to wake you up to a particular song or radio station.

You can tell your device to “Play a music/media/radio alert at 8.30am tomorrow”. The Assistant will then ask what you would like it to play. To “Set an alarm for 6am which plays [radio name]”.

This works with radio stations, songs, and playlists. It will only play the music on the speaker that you have set. Music will come from the default service that you have set up in your Google Home account. If you are not connected to Wi Fi, you will hear the standard alarm tone.

Play bedtime sounds and use the Google sleep timer

You can ask Google Assistant for ambient sounds or music. You can also set up a sleep timer to stop the sound after a specified amount of time.

You can also say “Hey Google play ambient noises/sounds” or “Hey Google play Mogwai 20 minutes.” 

If you have an audiobook, podcast or playlist running, you can just say Help me relax,. Or, if the track is already playing, say Stop in 15 minutes,and Turn loop on, to loop it until you reach the end.

There’s also “Hey Google. Sing me a lullaby.” for maximum relaxation. Easy.

Good night display google home

Create a Google Routine in the mornings and evenings

The Home app contains some pre-set Google Home routines, which are multi-action and multi-device setups requiring only a single voice command. Two of these are “Hey Google good morning”, and “Hey Google it’s time for bed”.

You can create custom Routines for each user if you have set up voice match. You could have Assistant, for example, turn off your Android phone’s silent mode, play music/radio/news and tell you today’s commute. It can also adjust smart home devices such as lights and thermostats according to preset settings.

It’s much easier to do this from the comfort of your bedside if you have a Google Smart display, but it works with any device that has Assistant.

You can have Assistant play music or sleep sounds on a timer. It will also tell you the weather for tomorrow and adjust your lights and temperature according to your preferences. It’s pretty cool, isn’t it?

Philips Hue: How to Set Gentle Sleep and Wake

You can also use this feature to integrate your Phillips Hue light with your bedtime routine and your morning wake-up routine, dimming or brightening the bulbs as you drift off.

The gentle sleep and wake process will last 30 minutes and mimic sunrise and sunset.

You’ll first need to get your Hue light talking to Google Assistant. (Read our guide on Connecting Philips Hue with Google Home to learn more).

When you are in the same room with the lights, use “Ok Google. Sleep my lights.”, or “Hey Google. Wake my lights.” to begin the process.

You’ll have to specify if you’re in another room. “Sleep all the lights in [room]“. If you only want to sleep one light, then say “Sleep the lights in [light name]”. .

To sync the Google Home alarm with the Gentle Wake Up feature, say “Turn On Gentle Wake Up” in the same room or “Turn On Gentle Wake Up in (room name)” elsewhere in the home.

This only needs to be done once. After that, it will sync with your alarm.

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