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Hate your alarm clock? Here's how to wake up to your favourite Spotify playlist
An upbeat song is much better than just the sound of a bell.

WAKING UP EARLY is probably one of the hardest things we have to do on a daily basis. Sometimes it can be tough to get out of bed, and on days like that, we need all the help we can get.

If your struggles are down to motivation, something that might help is the option to change your alarm sound from the standard beeping into something better like music or your favourite playlist.

There’s one main way to do that for iOS and Android, but if you have music saved on your iPhone (you do remember how to do that, right?), that’s another method you can take.

To do this, go into your clock app and either create a new time or edit one. When the settings come up, tap on sounds near the bottom and scroll up to the top. You will see a section called Songs where the option to choose one is there.

That’s the normal method. The other way is to wake up to your favourite music streaming service through a specialised app. If you’re a Spotify user, then something like Alarmify or NightStand Central will allow you to choose a playlist and start playing it when your alarm goes off.

Z Alarmify / App Store Alarmify / App Store / App Store

If you’re an Android user, then some alarms will support custom music, others like the standard Android Clock app won’t so it’s really a matter of what version you’re using.

Similar to iOS, Android also has a number of apps which offer the same music streaming functionality. Apps like Gentle Alarm (€2.45, dated but still useful) and Alarm Clock Xtreme and Timer (€1.50) offer this as well as many other features that make either well worth the purchasing price.

alarm sounds Alarm Clock Xtreme & Timer / Google Play Alarm Clock Xtreme & Timer / Google Play / Google Play

Obviously the choice of music is up to you, but it’s better if you keep it varied and upbeat so it doesn’t get repetitive or depressing. Playing the likes of Morrissey will probably make you want to stay in bed for longer instead of getting you out of it.

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