How to Use Google Assistant with Android Alarms

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If you’re an Android user, there’s a good chance you’ve put its alarms feature to good use. Did you know, however, that you can tie Google Assistant to an alarm and have it perform specific actions when you dismiss it?

Here’s how to tie Google Assistant to an alarm and some interesting things you can do with it.

How to Use Google Assistant with Alarms

To start, we need to bring up the alarms menu. To do that, bring up the apps list and tap on “Clock.”

Alarm Assistant Clock

Once you’re on the alarms page, tap the name of the alarm you want to edit. If you don’t have an alarm set up yet, tap the Plus button at the bottom of the page, then set the time you want the alarm to go off.

Alarm Assistant Button

When the alarm’s details are showing, you’ll see a button near the bottom of the settings called “Google Assistant Routine.” It sounds complicated, but don’t be too intimidated; in fact, some of the base features can be toggled on and off via tick-boxes!

Click the plus icon next to this setting to go into the Google Assistant settings. You’ll see a lot of options pop up, so let’s break them down.

The Options for Google Assistant Alarms

Alarm Assistant Options

“When I dismiss my alarm” is pre-set actions that will fire off when you turn your alarm off. You have some pre-set actions you can choose from, such as having Google Assistant tell you what the weather will be, how congested the roads are, and any reminders for the day. If you have smart lights, plugs, thermostats, or smart devices that accept scenes, you can toggle them here, too.

At the bottom of the list is “Add action.” Here, you can type in a command for Google Assistant to perform. Type in the command as you would give it verbally to Google Assistant; for instance, “broadcast wake up everybody” will make Google Assistant broadcast the message “wake up everybody” to every connected device. You can also browse popular commands to see the range of actions you can perform.

Now that you’ve set up your actions, you can tap “Change Order” at the top right to shuffle the order of the actions. For instance, you may want Google to tell you your reminders before it talks about the weather.

Finally, there is the “And then play” section at the bottom. This always plays after all of the previous steps, and you can select between the news, a podcast, an audiobook, or nothing. You can tap the cog next to some of these options to refine them; for example, the news setting lets you select and deselect which news sources are used to create your news feed.

Once you’re done, tap the arrow at the top left to save your settings. Now you have your own custom alarm routine!

No Cause For Alarm

Many Android users know about their phone’s alarm, but not many know that you can have your phone tell you the weather when you wake up. Now you know how to program a routine to fire when you dismiss an alarm on Android.

What Google Assistant routine did you set up? Let us know below!

Simon Batt
Simon Batt

Simon Batt is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.

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