How do I make my Android phone play music as my alarm?

One of the great features of Android phones is the ability to set any song, audio file, or recording as your alarm sound. This allows you to wake up to your favorite music or a custom alert instead of the default alarm tones. On Android, you are not limited to the built-in alarm sounds and can pick music from your music library or other audio files stored on your device. With just a few simple steps, you can make your Android phone play any song, sound, or recording when your morning alarm goes off.

Locate Alarm Settings

To set a song as your alarm on an Android phone, you first need to locate the alarm settings in the Clock app. Simply open the Clock app on your Android device and tap on the “Alarm” tab at the bottom (Google Support, 2023). This will bring you to the alarm screen where you can view, edit, and create alarms.

On the alarm screen, you will see any alarms you have already set up displayed in a list. Tap on an existing alarm to edit it, or tap the “+” icon to create a new alarm (Android Police, 2023). Tapping an existing alarm or the “+” icon is the first step to customizing your wake-up call.

Select Sound

To change the default alarm tone to a song from your music library, you first need to tap the Sound option when customizing your alarm. This will open up a menu showing ringtones, music, and other audio files stored on your Android device.

From there, tap on the Music or Audio files category to browse songs you have downloaded or synced to your phone. You can scroll through your music library and tap on a song to preview it. When you find one you like, tap “OK” to set it as your new alarm ringtone.1

Setting a favorite song as your alarm tone can help make waking up a bit more pleasant. Just be careful not to choose a song you eventually grow to dislike – you may end up dreading your alarm!

Set Volume

You can adjust the volume specifically for your alarm under Alarm Volume. To change it:

  1. Open the Clock app and tap on the alarm you want to edit.
  2. Tap on the 3-dot menu in the upper-right corner and choose Settings.
  3. Under Alarm Volume, drag the slider left or right to lower or raise the volume.
  4. Tap on the play icon to test the volume and make sure it’s loud enough to wake you up.

Setting a separate volume for your alarm prevents it from being affected if media or call volumes change. You can set alarm volume loud enough to wake you without having a blaring ringtone volume all day. Test it out and adjust as needed to find the right alarm loudness for you.


Enable Vibrate Function

To add vibration to your music alarm, you need to enable the vibrate function. When creating or editing an alarm in the Clock app, tap on the alarm to open the edit screen. Here you will see a “Vibrate” option that can be toggled on or off. Make sure this option is enabled by tapping on it to turn it on. This will make your phone vibrate along with the music when the alarm goes off. The vibration provides a physical alerting sensation in addition to the audio alarm.

According to the MakeUseOf article, toggling the “Silent” option to on while leaving vibrate enabled will create a vibrate-only alarm. So vibration can be added to music or used on its own. Just remember to check the vibrate option when editing an alarm.

Set Snooze

The snooze function allows you to temporarily silence an alarm for a set period before it rings again. This lets you get a few extra minutes of sleep when you’re not quite ready to get up yet.

On Android, you can customize the snooze duration to your liking. To adjust it:

  1. Open the Clock app and tap on the alarm you want to edit.
  2. Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner to open the alarm settings.
  3. Tap “Snooze length.”
  4. Select your desired snooze duration, such as 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes.

Now when your alarm goes off, you can tap “Snooze” to make it quiet for the set period before ringing again. This lets you customize the alarm to your morning routine.

Source: Set, cancel, or snooze alarms – Android Help

Name Alarm

Giving your alarm a descriptive name can be very helpful for organization and identifying alarms easily. Here are the steps to name an alarm on Android:

Open the Clock app and tap on the Alarm tab. Tap on the downward arrow next to the alarm you want to name. This will open the alarm details. Tap on the field labeled “Label” and enter the name you want for your alarm. For example, you could name it “Wake Up Alarm” or “Work Alarm.”

Once you’ve entered the name, tap the back arrow or back button to return to the alarm list. You will now see the custom name next to that alarm.

Naming your alarms makes it much easier to see at a glance which alarm is going off or to quickly identify an alarm you want to edit or delete. With descriptive names like “Weekday Alarm” or “Saturday Alarm,” you’ll always know which is which.

For more details on how to name alarms on Android devices, check out this Google support page: Set, cancel, or snooze alarms – Android Help

Set Repeat Days

You can customize which days of the week the alarm will repeat on. This allows you to set an alarm that rings on weekdays for your work schedule or only on certain days like Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

To set repeat days:
– Open the Alarm app and select the alarm you want to edit.
– Tap on the “Repeat” option.
– This will open a menu where you can toggle each day of the week on or off to control when the alarm is active.

– Tap the boxes next to the days you want the alarm to ring on.
– You can also select “Weekdays” to quickly enable Monday-Friday or “Weekends” for just Saturday and Sunday.

Once you’ve selected the desired repeat schedule, tap “OK” and the alarm will now only ring on the chosen days. You can always come back and edit the repeat days later if your schedule changes.

Setting repeat days allows you to create alarms that fit your own routine without having to repeatedly set new alarms each week. Just configure it once to match your needs. (Source: Alarmy Help Center)

Save Alarm

Once you’ve set the time, sound, repeat days, and other alarm settings, the final step is to save your new alarm so it is enabled on your Android device. To save the alarm:

Tap the “Save” button in the top right corner of the alarm settings screen. This will save all the alarm details and activate the alarm. If you tap the back button or navigate out of the screen without tapping Save, the alarm will not be enabled.

You can view all your saved alarms by opening the Clock app and selecting the “Alarms” tab. Here you will see a list of all your upcoming alarms and can toggle them on or off. New alarms will appear in this list once saved.

According to Google support, you can also long press on an existing alarm to edit or delete it after saving.

Customize Further

There are additional ways to customize your alarm beyond just selecting a sound. For example, you can increase the volume gradually over time to make the alarm more gentle at first but eventually loud enough to wake you. On many Android phones, this feature is called “alarm volume ramp-up” or “gradual increase”. To enable it, open the Clock app, edit your alarm, and look for the setting to turn on gradual volume increase.

Another useful customization is to set your alarm to automatically snooze or repeat multiple times until you turn it off. This ensures the alarm keeps going if you sleep through it the first time. Find the “snooze” or “repeat” options when editing your alarm to set how many times you want it to repeat.

You can also customize the vibration pattern if your phone supports it. Look for “vibration” settings to pick between steady, short pulse, long pulse, and more patterns. Picking an irregular vibration can help the alarm stand out.

So in summary, beyond just picking a song for your alarm, explore options like volume ramp-up, snooze/repeat, and vibration patterns to really tailor the alarm experience on your Android phone.

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