Getting out of bed can be a constant daily battle but having a good alarm clock can sometimes help a great deal. You may not realize it, but you can set Pandora to act as your alarm, which we’ll show you how to do today.

One of the benefits of using the Pandora app on your smartphone or tablet is that you can set it to turn on at certain time to play your favorite station. This alarm function is unique in that it’s akin to waking up to an alarm clock radio rather than the normal, boring alarm on your phone.

To set an alarm using Pandora, first fire up the app and then tap open the “Settings”. On Android, the settings can be found in the upper-right corner of the app.

On the iOS app, the settings can be accessed from the bottom-right corner. Once you have opened the settings panel, you can tap on the “Alarm Clock” function in either version of the app.

Once in the settings, it’s just a matter of tapping open the “Alarm Clock” option.

Here in the iOS version, you will need to set the time, station, and volume to which you want to wake. Additionally, you can set the snooze time, which defaults to five minutes.

On the Android app version, there’s an additional feature, which will let you repeat the alarm on the days you need to use.

The Android app’s alarm clock is almost exactly the same as the iOS version, except you can choose to repeat them.

For example, as seen here in this screenshot, you can decide what day or days Pandora wakes you.

The Android app will let you repeat the alarm for every day you need it.

Once you’ve set up your Pandora alarm, you need to turn it on. Once on, you will need to plug your device in and Pandora will need to remain on for the alarm to function. Pandora will appear on your screen in alarm clock mode, which will dim considerably so it doesn’t shine brightly in your darkened room

Your device needs to be connected to a power source or it will run the device down. On the right, we see that everything is blue and good to go.

From hereon, you can wake up to any station or type of music you desire. Furthermore, if you want to really make sure you wake up, you could output your device to larger speakers in another room via a Bluetooth connection.

Note, if you want to turn off your Pandora alarm clock, simply tap the screen and you will be given that option.

Conversely, if you like to fall asleep to music, you can also set Pandora’s sleep timer so it shuts off after a certain duration. To do this, again open the settings on your app and simply choose how long you want your station to play. You can let Pandora play for up to an hour in 15-minute increments.

After your timer’s duration expires, Pandora will turn off. Bear in mind, you can use the sleep timer in conjunction with the alarm function, so you can not only wake up to music, but fall asleep to it as well!

Let’s hear from you now, do you have a favorite way you like to wake up in the morning, such as a preferred alarm clock app? Please leave your questions or comments in our discussion forum. We appreciate your feedback.


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