The Amazon Echo, and presumably the new Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, now have the ability to set repeating alarms. This has been a simple feature that has been missing from Alexa’s ever growing repertoire of abilities for far too long. Prior to this update, you could only specify a time for an alarm, which you would have to manually re-enable each time it went off. Now, you can simply say “Alexa, set an every day alarm for [time]” to have your alarm repeat every day. You can also specify a single day of the week for the alarm to repeat by saying “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for [day of week] at [time]” or if you prefer the alarm to only sound on weekdays or weekends, you can say “Alexa, set a [weekday/weekend] alarm for [time].” Alarm repetition can aslo be configured within the Alexa app or web portal, where you can also set the sound of each alarm, as well as the volume. This update comes just in time for the Echo Dot’s release on March 31st, especially because Amazon is pushing the device as the ultimate nightstand gadget. Alarms through Alexa on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are still not supported, which is unlikely to ever change since neither have a built in speaker to use for alarms if your TV is turned off when an alarm would sound. See Amazon’s help page on the topic for a full outline of all the various alarm and timer options available.
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