There is a hard way and an easy way to set alarms on your Android phone. Guess which one you are using! Most people are setting them the hard way, so here’s a quick guide to make it super quick and simple.

The hard way to set alarms

  1. Swipe through all the screens looking for the Clock app.
  2. Tap the icon to open it.
  3. Swipe through the hours and the minutes or tap them to select the time.
  4. Tap the Save button to save the alarm

The easy way to set alarms

  1. Say “OK Google. Set an alarm for 8pm.”

That’s it. Just one step and you don’t even need to touch the screen or open any apps. It just does it.

Step by step

Let’s break it down into steps. First you need to have the Google search box on your home screen. This is the default anyway, so unless you have deleted it,it looks like this:

The Google search box on Android phones and tablets. Say

Notice that it says Say “OK Google”. It also has a microphone button that you can tap too. Google wakes up and starts listening for instructions.

Google listens for your voice commands

Now you can just say what time you want to set the alarm, such as “Set alarm for 7.30 am” or whatever time you want. It then begins setting the alarm:

Say

When it has finished the task, a second later, it confirms that the alarm is set like this:

The alarm has been set on the Android phone

It is so simple it is hard to imagine why anyone would want to do it the hard way, the way we used to before there was speech recognition.

If you want to see what alarms have been set or to delete an alarm, just say “OK Google. View alarms.” The Alarms app opens and displays the alarms. You can tap the cross to delete an alarm.

Check what alarms have been set by saying

What if your phone does not have an alarms app? There is a Google Clock app in the Google Play Store. Don’t install it if you already have a clock that responds to voice commands because the phone will get confused over which clock the set or show the alarms.