This wikiHow teaches you how to use an Alexa-compatible device to set useful timers using simple voice commands. Setting timers with your voice is one of the most useful everyday functions of Alexa. You can set more than one timer at a time, know the status of the timers, and assign them a name or a label if you wish. You can also manage timers from the Alexa app.
Method 1 of 2: Use voice commands
Step 1. Say "Alexa"
Say the wake command in order to wake up Alexa so she can hear the next command.
The default activation command is "Alexa", but if you have changed it to "Echo", "Amazon" or some other command, then use the one you have set
Step 2. Ask Alexa to start a timer for an amount of time
Say "Alexa, start a timer for …" and say the length of time you want Alexa to control. For example, if you want to set a timer for 5 minutes, you would say "Alexa, set a timer for 5 minutes."
- You can also say "Alexa, set a timer." He will ask you "For how long?".
- You can set a timer for up to 24 hours.
Step 3. Give the timer a name when you set it
You can give the timer a name when you put it in Alexa. This measure can be especially useful in situations where you need to set multiple timers and don't want to confuse them. For example, "Alexa, set an oven timer for 1.5 hours."
Step 4. Ask Alexa for the status of the timers
You can ask Alexa to tell you the status of all active timers that are running. For example, you can say "Alexa, check my timers" or just "Alexa, timers", and Alexa will list the remaining time for each of the timers.
You can get the status of a given timer by specifying the name of the timer. For example, if you want to check how much time is left for the timer named "Oven", you should ask "Alexa, how long until the timer for the oven?"
Step 5. Stop or cancel an active timer
To stop or cancel a timer, you can say "Alexa, stop the timer." This action will cancel and stop the current timer before it is turned on. You can also say "cancel" instead of "stop."
- You can stop a certain timer by specifying its name. For example, to cancel the timer named "Oven", you would say "Alexa, cancel the oven timer."
- Cancel all current timers by saying "Alexa, stop all timers."
Step 6. Silence a timer that has been turned on
If a timer comes on and starts chirping, you can silence it by saying "Alexa, stop."
- Saying "silence" instead of "stop" will not stop the timer, it will only decrease the volume.
- You can also press the action button on your Echo device to silence the timer.
Method 2 of 2: Use the Alexa App
Step 1. Open the Alexa app
On an Android or iOS phone, open the Alexa mobile app and log into your Amazon account. It's the light blue app with a white speech bubble outline.
Make sure you are logged into the same Amazon account with which you registered the Alexa device
Step 2. Press ☰
It's in the upper left corner. This action opens a pop-up menu on the left side of the screen.
Step 3. Press Reminders & Alarms
It is the fourth option on the menu, under the "Lists" option.
Step 4. Press
and choose the correct Alexa device.
Press the down arrow at the top of the screen and choose the Alexa device on which you created the timer.
Step 5. Press the TIMERS tab
It's in the upper-right corner of the page.
Step 6. Press the timer you want to manage
This action will display the options for the timer. You can cancel or pause it.