How To Setup Your Favorite Song As Your Android Alarm

How To Setup Your Favorite Song as Your Android Alarm

For a lot of people, music is their life. It’s what moves them, and gets them out of bed in the morning, literally, in this case. I’m a fairly heavy sleeper, so I usually need an alarm to match. However, If you want to wake up to your favorite hit song, or even a custom tune; it’s more than possible.

Before you can change your alarm to your favorite song, it needs to be on your phone first. Not only that, but it needs to be in one of the few correct spots in your storage. Whether you download it through your device or move it from another one; either option will only take a minute.

Time: 3 Minutes

How To Put a MP3 on Your Android Device

Let’s start with how to transfer an MP3 from one device to another. Instead of using the internet, how about a data cable? If you have a USB data cable that works with your device, you can turn any MP3 on your PC into an alarm in just a few quick steps.

  1. First, power on your device and connect it to your PC via a USB data cable. If USB debugging is enabled, your device will open a folder on your PC automatically.

    Directory Alarms

    If it doesn’t connect, you can find your Android device’s internal storage where you find your PC’s internal storage. In the picture above you can see that I have an SD card as well, but for now, just open up your internal storage instead.

  2. There are a few folders you could put a MP3 into so your stock alarm, or alarm app of choice, can find your music, but let’s go with the Alarms folder since it’s the easiest one.

    Path Alarms

    I only have one MP3 here right now, but that’s all I need since it’s the song I want. You can drag and drop any MP3 you want into this folder, and then it’s ready to use.

  3. Now that your chosen MP3 is in place, you can safely disconnect your phone after you close out of all the folders you opened. You can select any MP3 you’ve put in the Alarms folder to be your new alarm tone.

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Time: 3 Minutes

How to Download a MP3 for Your Android Device

Being able to move the MP3s around is all well and good, but what if you don’t have a data cable, or just want to download a song right to your storage? You can do that too, and it’s even easier than moving a MP3 from your PC to your device.

  1. If you download an app like Audiomack, or Swift Downloader, you can download almost any song you can find.

    Download Alarms

    Even Google Play Music works for this, and after you download a song, you can use it for an alarm tone with most apps.

  2. The way each song downloading app works is different, but after spending a few minutes with any of the three above, or even another app; you can download songs in seconds to wake you up whenever you feel like it.

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Time: 1 Minute

Method 1: Using a MP3 with Your Standard Android Clock

Believe it or not, the stock clock on your Android device has a decent amount of functionality packed into it. When setting an alarm, you can change the song it plays with just a few taps, and no need to dive into your settings.

  1. If you don’t have your clock on your homescreen, you can easily find it in your app drawer, under C. Open it up, and make note of the time, we’re going to try and do this in less than a minute.

    Default Alarms

  2. Make sure you’ve tapped the alarm clock symbol so you’re on the alarm screen, and not just the current time. Once you have, you can click the red plus at the bottom (depending on your version of Android) to add a new alarm.

    New Alarms

  3. Once you’ve picked the time you want, confirm the time, and then take a good look at the new alarm you’ve set. Near the bell in the center, you can see a title.

    Default Alarms

    This is the default alarm tone, but that’s not what we want, so give it a tap and you can change it.

  4. There should be more than a few default songs to pick from here, but select the MP3 you added earlier.

    Choice Alarms

    After just a tap, it’ll be selected, and then hit OK to confirm your selection to have that song play when your alarm goes off.

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Time: 2 Minutes

Method 2: Using a Different Alarm Clock App

If you don’t feel like using the stock Android alarm clock, there are plenty of other apps on the Google Play Store that let you use your own music. If I had to pick just one (which I will now), I’d go with My Alarm Clock. Don’t let it being mine stop you from downloading it, it can always be yours too.

This app has a pro version, but you can still play your own music as an alarm in the free version. For this app, it doesn’t matter where your music is on your phone, you can select it.

  1. You can download My Alarm Clock if you don’t already have it, but you can also download the Pro version for $0.99. The file is under 20MB, so it won’t take long to download.

  2. Once you’ve installed the app, open it up. If you’re on the free version, you’ll see a few ads and occasionally be asked to install other apps. You can ignore these without consesquence.

    My Menu Alarms

  3. To set an alarm you can either tap the bell symbol in the lower left corner of the screen, or find your alarms through your settings.

    Settings Alarms

    No matter what way you get to your alarm screen, you’ll have the ADD ALARM button at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Tap the ADD ALARM button, and beneath the Repeat option is Sound & Music, if you select this, you can change what song plays when the alarm sounds.

    My Choices Alarms

    You can select from any sounds in the app, and any music on your device with just a few taps. Once you’ve picked what you want, just pick the time you want the alarm to go off, and save your selection.

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Time: 2 Minutes

Method 3: A Radio Alarm

Now that you know how to set your favorite song as your alarm, what about when you want that song to rotate automatically? I can listen to the same song for days on end, but eventually, even I want to listen to something different.

To scratch that itch, there are radio alarm apps that select music streams to play instead of just one song or tone. You might even find your new favorite song if you use one of these.

  1. Focusing on just one app for now, download Alarm Clock Radio for free. The initial file size isn’t larger than 3MB, but be warned, a radio alarm clock will use up a lot of data with music streaming.

  2. Open up the app and read any messages that display at first, but then check them so they don’t show up again at a later date.

    Radio Menu Alarms

  3. Tap the alarm clock symbol at the bottom of the screen to go to the alarm screen. There’s an alarm already here for testing purposes, but you can make your own at any time. For now, I’m going to take a look at the test alarm.

    Radio Test Alarms

    After you tap on the alarm, or tap on your own new one, scroll down to select a music stream.

  4. You can even select a MP3 to play instead of a stream, but if you decide to pick a stream you have over 500 different streams to choose from.

    Radio Streams Alarms

    You can choose up to two (one for your initial stream, and another for a backup when the first stream isn’t operation), and then confirm them to have them play as your alarm.

    Streaming music is only recommended over Wi-Fi, but as long as you do so sparingly, streaming over your own data connection will be fine.

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It’s easy enough to set almost any song you want as an alarm, but what if your favorite song, or a radio station isn’t enough to get you up in the morning? I’m a pretty heavy sleeper most of the time, and if you’re suffering from the same case; give Alarmy a try and see if you can sleep through it.

What kind of music to you like waking up to? Let us know in the comments below, and while you’re there, leave any other questions you might have!

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Comments (17)

  1. John Marino Gay Twilight CA on

    My favorite song is Cajmere – Percolator (Jamie Jones Vault Remix). I dance around nude in my room watching the bubbles in my fish tank. My dad said this is smart. I get drunk and pass out on the floor! Long live Hitler!

  2. Mike on

    Is there a way to have the audio file play more than the short few minutes….can I make it play the duration of the audio if it were 30 minutes or so?

    • Judy on

      Hi Mike,
      I know it can be done on a HTC, but there are differences in functions/facilities across manufactures and/or devices. It is really a case of trying it on your device, What phone do you have.?

  3. chardon713 on

    Samsung Galaxy Tab. 
    In Alarm app I added some mp3 songs as additional alarm tones, easily using your Method #1.
    I added 5 songs, but now wish to delete 3 of them .. but can’t see how to do this.
    I tried clearing app data and cache .. but the list of alarm tones remains.
    I looked in MyFiles … but no sign of any folder/s that contain alarm tones

    What can I do to get rid of these unecessary tones?

    • Judy on

      Hi There,
      Have you tried looking in music? Whenever I download music or anything audio related, that is where I always find it. Hope this helps.=-)

  4. Brian Tan on

    Does not work on Nexus 5 stock 6.0.1 MOB30P. Place mp3 in Alarms folder, but clock/Alarm app only show standard alarm tone.

    • Judy on

      Hi Brian,
      Have you tried using a file explorer such as ES File Explorer? After opening ES File Explorer, navigate to the folder you have placed your custom alarm media files and then click on the file you want, and in the “Open with” prompt select “ES Media Player”. Now, open the menu in the top right, and pick “Set ringtone” (the entry with a bell icon) in the dialog that appears, choose “Set alarm”. Hope this helps. =-)

  5. David on

    OK, talk to me like I am five. I want to wake up to the creciendo in the third refrain of my favorite song. Can I isolate a few bars and use them as my alarm?

    • Judy on

      Hi David,
      The apps in the article don’t have that specific feature and I am not aware of one that does. But, if I run into one that does I will let you know. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  6. Jojojoo on

    Thanks for the tip.
    Also, you have a nice taste of music!
    Awaken aztec god of fitness.

    • Judy on

      Hi There,
      You are most welcome and thanks for the kind words. Don’t forget to keep reading for more useful tips and tricks. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  7. Maxime on

    Hi I’ve got a Moto G 2nd gen, I can add the music (in mp3 format) I want to my Alarms list, even preview/listen to it when I select it, but when the alarm goes off, no sound is played whatsoever. The regular alarms work, only the ones I added don’t play properly (and my volume isn’t turned down). Is there some property I overlooked? I believe I’ve been throughful, I don’t understand why it won’t play.

  8. Mahlon Bouldin on

    Thanks for the excellent article. I’m having a problem with “My Alarm Clock”, though. When I assign a song to play from as the alarm, I can only select from the first album in my Music Folder. None of the other songs will play. Any idea as to why this might be?

  9. Mahlon Bouldin on

    Ah-ha! Nevermind. I see that the music files have to be .mp3 to play. All of my music is Apple Lossless except for that first album.

    • Trevor on

      You can take a look at this app to see if it cures your problem. I am not sure what filetype the apple drm free files are. It’s a paid app so read some reviews and do some digging before you spend the 6 dollars.

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