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Smart speakers are the new alarm clocks. Technology has finally reached the point where we can stop setting alarms on our phones like neanderthals and actually use a home-based device that feels like it belongs in this millennium. The cool thing about smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Nest (formerly known as Google Home) is that they give you the ability to create different features with your alarm.
Here are some of the best ways to use your Google Nest Hub or Mini smart speaker as an alarm.
How to set an alarm on Google Nest Hub and Mini
Use the following voice commands to set an alarm:
- OK Google, set an alarm for [time].
- OK Google, wake me up at [time].
- OK Google, set an alarm in 45 minutes.
- OK Google, set an alarm for [day of the week and time].
If you have multiple alarms you can create names for each by adding “called [name]” to the end of each command. For example, say “OK Google, set an alarm for 4:45 AM called ‘my first alarm'”.
How to set a daily alarm
You can set a recurring daily alarm that goes off every single day or you can create one that repeats on the same day each week.
Use the following:
- OK Google, set an alarm for [time] every day.
- OK Google, set an alarm for every [day of the week] at [time].
How to set a music alarm
You can wake up to your favorite song with Google Nest or Google Home by connecting it to a music streaming service (e.g. Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, etc.) and saying the following voice commands:
- OK Google, set [song name] alarm for [time].
- OK Google, set alarm for [time].
- OK Google, set [radio name] alarm for [time].
- OK Google, play music at [time]. Google Nest will ask you what you want to play.
Set character alarms
To set an alarm that uses the voice of your favorite characters, say the following:
- OK Google, set a [character name] alarm for [time].
According to Google Support, you can choose from the following characters:
- Lego City
- Lego Life
- Lego Friends
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- April O’Neil
Snoozing an alarm on Google Nest devices
You can also tell Google Assistant to snooze, although we definitely don’t recommend it because waking up when your alarm goes off is one of the best things you can do to help regulate your sleep-wake cycle. To snooze, say the following voice commands:
- OK Google, snooze. The default snooze time is 10 minutes.
- OK Google, snooze for [# of minutes].
How to stop an alarm
To stop an alarm, say the following:
- Stop. Yes, you can seriously just say the word “stop” without saying “OK Google” beforehand.
- OK Google, stop.
- OK Google, stop the alarm.
- OK Google, turn off the alarm.
- OK Google, I’m up.
How to check which alarms are already set
If you need Google Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Google Home, or Nest Mini to remind you which alarms you’ve already set, say the following:
- OK Google, what alarms are set?
- OK Google, when is my [alarm name] alarm?
- OK Google, when is my next alarm?
- OK Google, when is my [day of the week] alarm?
How to cancel an alarm on Google Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Mini
Say the following if you want to cancel your alarm:
- OK Google, cancel [name of alarm].
- OK Google, cancel alarm for [time].
Changing the alarm volume
If the default volume is to loud or too quiet, you can change it by going to the speaker settings in your Google Nest app. Click on “Alarms & Timers”. Use the slider to adjust the volume.
It’s important to note that this will only work for regular alarms. It won’t alter the volume of music alarms or character alarms. Those alarms will play at your Google Nest’s volume.
About Google Nest and Google Home
Google Nest is a brand of smart speakers owned by Google that were previously named Google Home. The speakers let you use voice commands to interact with the device and and services through Google Assistant, which is paired with the device (similar to Siri with Apple HomePod).
The Nest Mini is a small smart speaker that you can control using your voice. It’s two inches tall and four inches wide, has 3 microphones, and is available in four different colors.
Google Home is a discontinued mid-sized smart speaker that is six inches tall and four inches wide. It has two microphones and was available in four different colors.
Nest Hub is a a smart speaker with a 7-inch screen that is 4.5 inches tall and seven inches wide. It has 2 microphones and a touchscreen interface. It’s available in four different colors.
Nest Hub Max is a large smart display that measures seven inches tall and 10 inches wide. It has stereo speakers, a 10-inch touchscreen display, and 2 microphones. It has a camera with Nest Camera built in. It’s available in two different colors.