I have a Nest Hub which I have set up as a bedroom alarm clock with alarms which play one of my local FM radio stations. It has worked fine for months playing the local FM radio station via TuneIn. A few months ago the alarms started playing one of the standard alarm sounds as opposed to the radio station. I factory reset the hub and put in new alarms for the radio station and now it plays the radio station at the alarm time (see picture) but when you hit snooze or cancel it just keeps playing the radio station. You can verbally tell it to stop playing and it will, but if you pressed snooze originally it will come back on 10 mins later. Has anyone else seen this problem and does anyone know how to solve it? I've sent in data under a previous post, but after lots of back and forth with some Google folks they have now gone silent and have not produced a fix. Come on Google!!!!
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Sorry for the delays. Seems like we've been seeing quite an increase in reports around this issue and thanks for sharing your feedback on this thread. The team would love your help to look into this issue further. In order for the team to explore further, we need to gather additional feedback from affected customers.
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Many of us in the thread have been having this issue for about as year now and we're still waiting for a fix - it's very frustrating.
We've been asked to do the same thing 3 or 4 times - factory reset, remove and readd Home, send the same info to Google. It's a shame for the guys responding as they're taking the hits for Google breaking what worked fine and not fixing it.
Hopefully Muddi will continue to keep the Comms going....even just to say that we've not been forgotten.
Others have but the Google products on eBay and bought Alexa.....I'm getting close to doing the same.
As a result of this - I did not buy the new Pixel when launched.
After replacing the hub and pointlessly trying multiple variations, I gave up and bought the Alexa, Alexa works perfectly. Flawlessly, No excuses, Dump the Google hub...we are owed full refunds.
I found a work-around to my problem, where the radio alarm does not play and I only get a standard alarm. When I tell Google to set a radio alarm, I now say the word "STREAM" before I give the call sign of the station. So in my case I listen to Q94 (WFBQ) for my alarm, which is the Bob & Tom Show, based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. So to set my alarm I now say..."Hey Google, set a radio alarm for 6:00 AM". Once she asks what I would like to hear, I say "Stream Q95", to which she replies, "Streaming WFBQ Radio for 6:00 AM."
I don't know why saying "Stream" in front of the station name is what makes it work, since I never had to do that in the past, but I was desperate and trying different things, and it just so happens that has been working for me for the past couple of weeks. Fingers crossed it continues to work going forward. 🤞
A video of this is not going to make it any clearer I'm afraid.
Here is steps to reproduce the issue we experiencing.
1. Give the nest mini speaker the command "ok Google, set radio alarm for weekdays at 7 30 am"
2. Google assistant will ask "and what would you like me to play?". Reply with the name of your favourite radio. Example "rte lyric fm"
3. At the first execution of the alarm on a weekday at 7.30 am the radio alarm will work.
4. On the second and every subsequent execution of the alarm it will not be a radio alarm . It will play the alarm melody. The very thing a radio alarm is not supposed to be!!!
Hope this helps
Muddi - We've given you tons of data on this issue, and all you do is keep asking for more. ENOUGH!!! You all are more than capable of reproducing the multiple issues with radio alarms that people have pointed out in this and the previous thread. Just try it yourself and you'll see. Is anyone at Google working on fixing it????
Seems that when I set a new radio alarm it works once or twice - max. Never more the 2 mornings in a row. It then reverts to the alarm tone.
On the one or 2 days that I get the radio alarm I cannot 'snooze' it and I have to tap stop twice to turn it off.
I live in Australia - Triple M Classic Rock Digital Radio
Happy New Year everyone.
I think we've exhausted the Q&A once again.
Be prepared for some radio silence from Google and then, in about March, someone will asks us if the issue is resolved yet and we'll start all over again.
I started posting reviews on retail store sites about the issue and lack of support - don't buy this product if you want a radio alarm and don't expect any support from Google. Pretty sure that's what's triggered this round of interest.
My review goes something like this, you might want to start posting similar to your country reseller (WallMart, BestBuy etc. I'm in Australia and so I can post on JB HiFi, Officeworks, Harvey Normal, Bing Lee etc ...the larger resellers in AUS:
I have 4 Google nest Hubs - they all worked perfectly. Specifically, the family use several for Digital Radio Alarms. But, back in July, the alarm could not be snoozed any more. A week or so later, there was no Radio Alarm at all - just default beeping.
I tried rebooting, tried resetting.
Contacted Google who suggested rebooting and then suggested resetting, then suggested rebooting the modem (???) - then there was 'radio silence'.
Several other owners have the same product with the same issue - yet no support out of Google.
Now, after 6 months, a reply from Google asking what the problem is - shocking support.
So, if you want a hub for a digital radio alarm - buy Alexa instead because your google hub won't do it and don't expect any kind of support from google"
Here's a useful link for BestBuy:
Here's one for NewEgg:
when I try to setup a media alarm on my google nest hub display it only allows me to select from a list of sounds and seems to ignore the song I ask for. When I say the same command to my google nest mini it creates the alarm and plays the song no problem. Why is this feature available on the speaker, but not the display? Will the display get support to play music alarms? My display and speaker are both English Canada.
Thanks for reaching out. I understand your concern, waking up to a great alarm can help set the day. I would be more than happy to help look into your question. First, I have some quick questions to get a better understanding of this situation.
"Set <radio station> radio alarm for 6 AM tomorrow."
"Set <song or artist> music alarm for 7 AM every day."
Thank you for your patience, I look forward to your response.
Thanks for your response. My responses are inline below.
Do you need to set the language in the google home app or on each device?
This is what I have done
Here I found English (United States) is selected with the option to add another language. The bottom of the screen says "The Assistant on your phone will use this language, and English (Canada), the device language you set in Language & Region settings"
I checked under Devices to see if I could manage language and region settings but I couldn't find this.
Are you still having trouble with this? I've never tried setting a media alarm on my mini speakers, but for my hub (1st and 2nd gen, set to US English, physically in UK) I do the following:
"Hey Google, set a media alarm"
"Okay, set it for when?"
"Got it, and what would you like me to play?"
"<song> by <artist> / <playlist>"
"You've got it. I'll play <media> at <time / day>
It is worth nothing though that I discovered, at least when using a song or playlist, it still functions as a regular alarm in that it will only play for however long you've set your alarm to go off for before snoozing, and you will see the same alarm screen with the 'snooze' and 'stop' buttons. I'd hoped it would work more similarly to my mini hifi system - where I set a time for it to turn on and what to play and then it does that until I turn it off - so I could wake up to a chosen playlist and then continue to listen to that playlist as I got up and started my day, but that isn't the case.
I've found two workarounds for this. The first is to modify the preset morning routine to play my chosen music, then set the alarm to trigger that (go into the detailed settings of the specific alarm, you should see a toggle option for 'morning routine').
The second is to skip the traditional alarm altogether and create a new routine in the Home app as follows:
Action: <play music>
<name of playlist>
Device: <Nest hub>
I've ended up opting for the second because it means I can have my playlist start and continue uninterrupted, and there are no typical alarm buttons to tempt me, plus I can control my 'alarm' from the Home app - the inability to do this with normal alarms was always a bugbear for me, but could be the reverse for someone else.
I hope that helps!
Sorry for the late response, but I wanted to drop in here to help.
I understand that these issues can be confusing but I definitely wanted to stop by and see how I could help.
Just wanted to double check to see if you were still needing help on this? If so, what troubleshooting steps have you tried?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yes this is still an issue. I'm not sure this is ever going to work on this device as it has been years and the feature works on other google devices, but not the google home hub gen 1. All of my attempts have been documented further up this thread.
I am not in Canada, so not 100% sure this will work for you, but I was having the exact same problem here in the U.S. with my Google Nest Hub. This is what I posted previously in this thread, and it has been working great for me for the past several weeks:
When I tell Google to set a radio alarm, I now say the word "STREAM" before I give the call sign of the station. So in my case I listen to Q94 (WFBQ) for my alarm, which is the Bob & Tom Show, based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. So to set my alarm I now say..."Hey Google, set a radio alarm for 6:00 AM". Once she asks what I would like to hear, I say "Stream Q95", to which she replies, "Streaming WFBQ Radio for 6:00 AM."
I hope this works for you. Hopefully it is only a temporary work-around until Google Supports get the problem fixed once and for all. Seems like every time they release an update for these devices, it breaks something that used to work properly. Very frustrating. Good luck and Happy New Year! 🥂👍
But the problem is that you can't snooze or kill the radio alarm once it goes off, like you could before. That's the real problem we've been complaining about on these threads for the last 6 months!