Android: How to set an alarm clock on your Nexus device

Google Nexus LogoIf, like me, you’re just starting to get into Android through Google’s fantastic Nexus products, you’ll probably have spent some time looking for the alarm clock functionality. Trust me, it’s well hidden! I initially went looking through the Nexus settings, but had no luck. Guess what? Once you discover where to look, setting up multiple alarms on the Nexus is actually a doddle. Let me talk you through it! These instructions should hold steady on any Nexus device, though I’m using a Nexus 7 with Android 4.3.

Set up your first alarm

The Nexus Clock App

Click on the clock at the top of your home screen. This should take you into the clock config screen. (Alternatively, click the “All Apps” button – the circle on the bottom of your home screen – and then open the Clock app from there.) Next, click on the alarm clock icon in the lower left corner.

This should bring up the following screen. It may contain a preconfigured alarm, or it may be empty.

Nexus: Empty Alarm Screen

Click on the + button in the top right corner to add a new alarm. You should then see the following screen:

Alarm app - setting the time

Simply use the numberpad to type in the exact time you want to be woken up at. There are a couple of shortcuts for :00 and :30 which might come in handy. Click OK when you’re done.

That completes the basic alarm setup, but you can choose the ringtone and the repeat settings for the alarm in the following screen:

Alarm repeat settings on Nexus

You may also set a label for the alarm, however unlike the IOS alarm app, this isn’t displayed prominently, so it may not be of much help to you. If you want to add a label anyway, click into that field and type a name for the alarm.

That’s it, you’re done!

Disabling an alarm

If you want to temporarily disable an alarm (say you’re on holiday for a week and you want to lie in), you can simply toggle the on-off switch at the right hand side of the alarm. See the photo below:

Alarm configuration screen on Android 4.3

Deleting an alarm

Deleting an alarm on the Nexus is easy – you simply hold your finger on the alarm you want to delete. This should highlight the entry in blue, then the top toolbar will display a trash can icon. Click the trash can and your alarm will be deleted.

How to select an alarm and delete it on Android

That’s it for my Nexus/Android alarm configuration guide. If you’re an IOS user, here’s a photo guide showing you how to set up your IPhone alarm clock.

1 comment

  1. Unlike other phone alarm clocks, the nexus 5 alarm clock does not work if the device is switched off??? :/ Why is that so?

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