There’s no denying that:
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, we’re relatively heavy sleepers, so we usually need an alarm to match. Although the default alarm tunes from your app can wake you up, they are pretty dull and repetitive.
So what can you do about it?
You can set some music as your alarm on Android. So if you want to wake up to your favorite hit song, or even a custom tune, it’s more than possible!
To set a song as an alarm on Android, it needs to be on your phone first. Not only that, 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.
With the help of third-party apps, you can set your favorite music from Spotify as your alarm.
Isn’t that amazing?
Whatever method you choose to set a song as an alarm on Android, we are here to guide you. Both methods won’t take long, so don’t worry.
Related: Simple Alarm Clock Apps for Android
How To Put an 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.
Connect Your Android to Your PC
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.
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 there is an SD card as well, but for now, open up your internal storage instead.
Upload Your Song
There are a few folders you could put an 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.
There is only one MP3 here right now, but that’s all you need since it’s the song you want. You can drag and drop any MP3 you want into this folder, and then it’s ready to use.
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.
How to Download an 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 want to download a song right to your storage? You can do that too, and it’s even easier than moving an MP3 from your PC to your device.
Download a Third-Party App
If you download an app like Audiomack, you can download almost any song you can find.
Even Google Play Music works for this, and after you download a song, you can use it for an alarm tone with most apps.
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.
How To Setup Your Favorite Music As Your Alarm on Android
Using an 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 the alarm, you can change the song it plays with just a few taps, and no need to dive into your settings.
1. Open your default clock app.
If you don’t have your clock on your home screen, you can easily find it in your app drawer, under C.
2. Add a new alarm.
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.
Once you’ve picked the time you want, confirm the time, and then take a good look at the new alarm you’ve set. In the details below, you can see the ringtone section.
Here is the default alarm tone, but that’s not what we want, so give it a tap, and you can change it.
3. Select Your Ringtone
There should be more than a few default songs to pick from here, but select the MP3 you added earlier.
After a tap, hit OK to confirm your selection to have that song play when your alarm goes off.
Use Third-Party Apps
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 music. If we had to pick just one, we’d go with Clock from Google.
This excellent app allows users to use music from YouTube and Spotify as an alarm for their Android devices. If you don’t have the Spotify app, you can download it by clicking the Google Play button below.
Here are a few quick and easy steps to set music from Spotify as an alarm:
1. Download the Clock App.
2. Add a new alarm.
3. Customize your alarm Tap the Add Alarm button, and beneath the Repeat option is a bell symbol and the tune that you’re using. If you select this, you can change what song plays when the alarm sounds.
4. Under the Spotify tab, you can choose music and playlists to set as an alarm. If you have a premium Spotify account, you can search for specific songs to use.
Setup a Radio Alarm
Now that you know how to set your favorite song as an alarm, what if you want that song to rotate automatically? You can listen to the same song for days on end, but eventually, you might 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. Download a Third-Party App
2. Add a New Alarm
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.
After you tap on the alarm or tap on your new one, scroll down to select a music stream.
3. Select Ringtones
You can even select an MP3 to play instead of a stream, but if you decide to pick a stream, you can choose over 500 different streams to use.
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.
We recommend streaming music over Wi-Fi, but as long as you do so sparingly, streaming over your data connection will be fine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I set my alarm tone to my favorite song?
Of course! You can use Spotify, YouTube, and your mp3 files as an alarm.
Can I set an online song as an alarm tone?
If your favorite song is available from Spotify and YouTube, it is not a problem. You’ll need to download the Clock App from Google, set a new alarm, and connect your Spotify or YouTube premium account to the app.
Can I use music from Spotify as an alarm?
If you’re using the Clock app from Google, yes, you can. However, if you’re not using a premium Spotify account, you can only set random songs from a playlist as an alarm.
Setup Your Alarm Tunes – Wake Up to Your Favorite Song
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? If you’re a pretty heavy sleeper, you should give Alarmy a try and see if you can sleep through it.
What kind of music do you like to listen to when waking up? Let us know in the comments below, and while you’re there, leave any other questions you might have!