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AppAlarm & The Stock Android Music App

So you want to wake up to your own music playlist, but the stock music app in Android doesn’t seem to want to auto-play. Well guess what, AppAlarm can do that, you just need to set it up correctly…

1) Open the stock music app and create your playlist. If you just want to play all the music on your phone, you can skip this step.

2) Open AppAlarm and goto the alarm you wish to edit.

3) Tap “App To Launch” –> “Create Shortcut” –> “Music Playlist,” then select your playlist.

4) AppAlarm will not be able to recognize which app the playlist shortcut represents, so on the resulting dialog, press the “Select App” button and find the “Music” app (if you use a different app to play music playlists, select it instead).

5) In the alarm options screen, scoll down and find the option labeled “Force App Restart On Launch.” Make sure this option is CHECKED. This will cause AppAlarm to “kill” the music app before launching it again, which will in turn, cause the music app to “forget” that it was in paused state.

6) Set the rest of the alarm’s option to how ever you’d like.

7) Go back to the alarm list screen, long-press on your new music alarm, and press “Test Alarm.” If you have more than one app installed that handled music playlists, you will probably get a dialog box asking you which app you want to launch. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE “REMEMBER MY DECISION” CHECKBOX, otherwise, when it’s time for your alarm to go off, it will get stuck on this same dialog.

After all this, you should be ready to go. Remember, it’s always a good idea to test new alarms to make sure they work correctly.

Got any suggestions, problems or questions? Post them in the comments!

  1. Anonymous
    April 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm


  2. Anonymous
    August 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm


  3. anonymous
    September 11, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Stopped working properly with froyo

  4. April 29, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Do you know how to run SL4A scripts with your app?

    • April 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

      I don’t actually know what SL4A is, but you’re welcome to take a look at the code for AppAlarm and implement it yourself (https://github.com/ghackett/AppAlarm). Is there anyway to start an SL4A script with an intent?

      • April 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

        It’s Scripting Layer for Android, used to go by the name Android Scripting Environment. But I found a way, it provides a method to make shortcuts for scripts.

  5. June 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Gr8 post thx.

  6. July 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Found a bug. If not logged in to Pandora, alarm fails with null pointer exception. Doesn’t trigger backup alarm.

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

      this is still a problem even when logged into pandora

  7. Anonymous
    July 27, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Starting Monday, app does not launch Pandora properly on moto droid froyo.

  8. Anonymous
    August 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    It stopped working mid 2011. Don’t believe earlier reviews. It’s currently busted and useless.

  9. Kevin
    August 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Does not work with Android 2.2 (froyo)… Please provide fix

  10. Victor
    September 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Great app!
    Suggestion: it would be great if you could add something to the backup alarm; ”play backup alarm if there is no headset plugged in”.
    Because I want to wake up with the build in FM radio player, the headset works as an aerial. (and it doesn’t work when the aerial is unplugged –> backup alarm!

  11. November 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    It’s working now I figured out if I set 2 duplicate alarms on my htc mytouch 3g slide one to play the pandora radio station and other to open pandora, it fixes whatever wasn’t working now please add auto update for people like me that want to wake up at twilight every day or some may perfer sunrise, if u can set it to update time from the us naval observatory that site has pretty accurate sunrise and twilight info. I like getting up at twilight but I constantly have to update time because every day it changes a few mins.

  12. November 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    If u reply to mine use this one, I forgot to check inform on other.

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