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How To Setup Your Favorite Song As Your Alarm on Android

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!

Before:

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.

Now:

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.

Step 1: 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.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - 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 there is an SD card as well, but for now, open up your internal storage instead.

Step 2: 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.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - Path Alarms


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.

Step 1: Download a Third-Party App

If you download an app like Audiomack, you can download almost any song you can find.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - Audiomack App
Audiomack
Google Play

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

1. 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.

Default Alarms
Stock Clock App

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.

New Alarms
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.

alarm ringtone
Default Ringtone

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.

Choice Alarms

After a tap, hit OK to confirm your selection to have that song play when your alarm goes off.

2. 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.

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Spotify

Here are a few quick and easy steps to set music from Spotify as an alarm:

1. Download the Clock App.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - Clock App

2. Add a new alarm.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - Add 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.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - Customize Alarm

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.

3. 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

radio alarm logo
Radio Alarm Logo
Google Play

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.

How to Set Your Favorite Song as Alarm on Android - Radio Test
Test Alarm

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

3. Select Ringtones

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Select Streams

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


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!

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27 Comments

  1. 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. 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?

    1. 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. 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?

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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. 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?

    1. 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. =-)

    1. 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. =-)

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. I use to be able to set new alarm ringtones for my galaxy s7 but then it asked for storage or another. I picked storage and now it won’t let me choose any songs on my mp3. and on settings> app> default. It won’t go back to how it was, it shows up as pictures instead of music? Need help

    1. Hi, Travis. Could you clarify a couple things so that I can help you out? What shows up as pictures instead of music? Is it labeled “pictures” or something else like “gallery”?

  10. The streaming has only one station I like at all needs to be able to add your own streaming service you pay for already, Spotify, Google Music, or others.

    1. You must have very discerning taste! You can use Google Assistant to set an alarm using a streaming service like you mentioned. Just set Google Assistant’s default music app to the one you want to stream from and ask Google Assistant to set an alarm for the time you wish and uses the playlist or artist you want. For example, “Hey Google, set an alarm for 6am that plays The Rolling Stones.”

  11. I’m having a hrd time understanding. Can you download songs from youtube also when I used the app AudioMack It didn’t have the songs I liked after searching them up.

  12. I downloaded a song on audiomack and it’s only available within the app. When I use my alarm clock app or just the regular clock ito add music it doesnt pull up the song I downloaded. What the hell? I miss the old days when you could just record a song.

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