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Bedtime Routine forcing a morning alarm?

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I've had the same routine for a long time.  All of a sudden there's an error that Google can't understand.  

My routine turns off lights and starts a playlist on google music (because the build in sounds had previous problems).  

Running the routine on my phone rather the google mini, I can see that the assistant is prompting me "what time shoud i set the alarm for?"  I never had an alarm, there is no action that should prompt the assistant to create an alarm. Did google make it mandatory to set an alarm when using the Bedtime Routine?

Can I delete the build in routine and create a new one that uses the same start phrase?


Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi Brianusa1,


This is not the experience we wanted you to have, let me help you. A few things: which Nest speakers are we working with? When did your issue begin? Were there any recent changes made?


It would help a lot if you could do a sequential reboot first: 


  1. Unplug the power cord of your router followed by your Nest speakers.
  2. Plug them back in after 3 minutes tops.
  3. Restarting your phone might also help.


If the concern persists, try to edit your ready-made routine:


  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app.
  2. On the Home screen, tap Routines.
  3. Select the Routine to edit.
  4. Edit your Routine:
    • To edit a starter or an action: Tap it.
    • To add a voice command starter: Tap Add starter > When I say to my Assistant.
    • To add a non-voice command starter: Tap Add starter > a non-voice starter.
    • To add an action: Tap Add action.
  5. Right below, tap Save.


About the built-in routines or what we call the ready-made routines, cannot be deleted. You can only edit the actions within it.


Tell me how it goes.




Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi  there,


Buzzing in — I just wanted to follow up if you were able to try the steps provided. Please let us know as we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.



Community Member

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how to resolve.  I tried several things and the spurious alarm prompt went away.

 I believe that rebuilding the routne is what solved the issue.  However, I also changed the device that plays the music from a group (of two minis) to a speaker pair (stereo).  


Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey Brianusa1,


I'm glad that you're able to work this out and thank you for sharing it in the Community. As we got our resolution here, I'm going to mark this one as resolved and will be closing this thread after 24 hours. Please feel free to open up a new thread if you have other questions or concerns.