How to Make the Amazon Echo Stop Playing Music After a Certain Amount of Time

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Whether you like to listen to music while you fall asleep or just don’t want to be bothered manually turning it off when you’re done, the Amazon Echo has a built-in “sleep timer” function that will turn your music off automatically.

Sleep timers are available on a handful of devices that play music. Sleep timers automatically turn the music off after a certain amount of time has passed, so if you set a sleep timer for 60 minutes, the device will automatically shut off after 60 minutes as you fall asleep.

On the Amazon Echo, the device itself doesn’t shut off completely, but any music or other audio will automatically stop playing. Setting a sleep timer is insanely easy: all you have to say is “Alexa, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes” (or however long you want it to last). Once 30 minutes has passed, the music, podcast, audiobook, or other sound will stop playing.

Unfortunately, when you open up the Alexa app on your phone, you’ll see the sleep timer card on the main screen, but it won’t show you how much time is left on the sleep timer unlike a regular timer can.

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However, you can cancel the sleep timer at any point by simply saying, “Alexa, cancel sleep timer”.

Craig Lloyd writes about smarthome for How-To Geek, and is an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.