Set Alarm and Timer On Amazon Echo Using Alexa

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo can do a lot of things which includes waking you up, set timers to complete a task. Amazon Echo will help you set multiple timers and it’s been a hassle-free task with it. Setting alarms on Amazon Echo might not be any new feature. But the way of setting alarm and timers on it has been made easy with Alexa.

Setting a Timer on Amazon Echo:

As Amazon Echo can understand you better, you can give voice commands to wake you up. For instance, the commands to set a timer may be like:

  • “Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes” (an amount of time)
  • “Alexa, set a timer for 6:00 a.m.” (exact time)

Setting a timer  at an exact time almost looks like setting an alarm. When you set a timer for an absolute time, it’s more like a reminder. It will go off only once and gets deleted by itself. Now Alexa has built-in with itself to set an actual reminder. Alexa on Amazon Echo helps you set multiple timers. You may think that it may confuse you with multiple timers. But absolutely No! You can name thee timers according to your task to be done at that time. Like, you can give a command saying, “Alexa, set a timer at 5 p.m. for laundry”.

One of the best features about Amazon Echo is that when your laundry timer goes OFF, it will make the timer sound along with the light up of the Echo. Anyway, it says, “Your laundry timer is done”.

You can even cancel a particular timer if your task is completed before the timer reminds you.

  • “Alexa, cancel the timer for breakfast”

But how to get all these done on the Amazon Echo?

Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your phone

Step 2: Tap on the menu icon on the top-right corner of the screen to see the “Alarms and Timers”

menu icon for alarm and timers

Step 3: Click on “Alerts and Alarms”

alerts and alarms

Step 4: Then tap on “timers” tab on the top-right


Step 5: It will display a list of all the timers set by the user including the name of each timer or else the screen will be empty with no timers set.

list of timers set

Step 6: Tapping on the time will allow you to either pause or cancel the timer.

pause or cancel timer

Unfortunately, you can’t create timers with Alexa app directly, you can do it from an Echo using your voice. Neither your voice nor the app can help you cancel the timers.

Setting an Alarm on Amazon Echo:

Setting an alarm on Amazon Echo is similar to that as you do to set a timer on it. You can use the voice commands to set or even cancel an alarm.

  • “Alexa, set an alarm for 5 a.m.”
  • “Alexa, set an alarm for 20 minutes”
  • “Alexa, cancel the alarm for 5 a.m.”

There is a tiny difference between the timer and alarm on the Amazon Echo. The timer, by itself, deletes the timer that is set for a particular time once it is reminded. Whereas the alarm doesn’t delete the timer set for a time. The timer is just disabled but doesn’t delete the alarm.

How to set the alarm?

Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your phone

Step 2: Tap on the menu icon on the top-right corner of the screen to see the “Alarms and Timers”

Step 3: Click on “Alerts and Alarms”

Step 4: Then tap on “Alarm” tab on the top of the screen


Step 5: The screen will display a list of alarm you have set before. You can turn those alarms ON/OFF manually if required. You can even manage the volume and sound by tapping on “Manage alarm volume and default sounds” which you can see on the top of the alarm timers list.

manage alarm volume and sound

If you want to edit a particular alarm, you can tap on that alarm and edit the time. Or can even delete the alarm completely.

edit or delete alarm

This is how you can set and manage alarms and timers on Amazon Echo using Alexa. You just need to have the Alexa app installed on your smartphone to get all these done on the Amazon Echo.

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