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Make Alexa Have a Celebrity Wake You Up in the Morning

There’s no shortage of third-party skills you can add to an Echo device, but there are fun features already included. Here’s how to set celebrity sounds as an alarm.

There are a plethora of third-party skills for your Echo device and Alexa that you can add for carrying out various tasks. However, Amazon is constantly sending out updates that provide it with new features.

One of those features is the ability to set an alarm to have a celebrity to wake you up instead of generic beeping sounds. And better yet, it doesn’t require adding another Skill. At the time of this writing, there is just a handful of celebrities to choose from including Dan Marino, Jason Schwartzman, Alec Baldwin, the cast from the Amazon original show Grand Tour, and Missy Elliott. Hopefully, there will be more celebs added this year.

To set it up, you’ll need to use the Alexa app for Android, iOS, or the Alexa web interface. For this example, I’m using the Android app, but the process is nearly identical on the other platforms.

Alexa: Set a Celebrity as Your Alarm

  1. Launch the Alexa app and go to Timers & Alarms. Then Select the Alarms tab and then Manage Alarm Volume and Default Sound.

Alexa Android App

2. Under Notification Sounds tap on Alarm. Then on the next screen tap on the Celebrity option.

Celebrity
3. Now you can choose the celebrity that you want to set as the default each time your alarm goes off. Each celeb name you select plays what they say when the alarm goes off; that will help you pick the perfect one. Even if you don’t want to use a celeb sound, it’s worth listening to each one for fun.

Celebrity Sounds

When you follow the steps outlined above, that sets the sound you choose as the default. So, it’s worth mentioning that you can change the sound each time you set an alarm. Just tap on Alarm Sound and that brings you to the list of sounds you can choose, including celebs. After making your selection, make sure to save the changes.

For more on neat things you can do with Alexa, check out our list of Alexa Easter eggs and also our archive of Echo articles.

Do you own an Amazon Echo Device? Give this fun feature a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.


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