Are you a staunch music lover to the point that you want songs playing throughout your night’s sleep? Just any speaker won’t be safe to allow that. Using your smartphone to play songs the whole night would drain its battery. Plus, you should not sleep with a plugged-in device near you.
Can Alexa be a savior in such circumstances? Can Alexa keep playing music all night? Let’s find out.
Further reading: How Long Will Alexa Play Music Before Turning Off?
Can You Keep Alexa On All Night?
Unlike other electronic devices, it is safe to keep an Alexa device plugged in all night. Alexa devices like Amazon Echo Dot and other generations are safe to use.
They consume very low power consumption when on standby, i.e., just 2W to 4W, whereas when they are being commanded (talked to), they consume 6W, which is sufficiently low. Alexa works on standby mode most of the time when it’s on and only wakes up when someone wakes it up through the wake word.
This is why Alexa stays plugged in through the night without any safety issues.
Can Alexa Play Music All Night?
Alexa can play music all night if there is an arrangement that allows you to play music throughout the night.
It even has smart home controls that allow your play sounds all night. This can do through Alexa Routines.
To set Routines on Alexa, go to the Alexa app. Go to More and then tap on Routines.
If you want to create a new routine, tap on the + sign in the top right corner. This will give you three options:
- Enter routine name
You can give a name to your routine like ‘playing music all night.’
- When this happens
Next, you need to tell Alexa when you want the routine to be activated and through what means. The options include voice command, Schedule, Alarm, Smart Home, or the Echo Button.
Press on + to choose any of these options. If you choose the Voice option, you need to type in the command to activate it manually. For instance, “Alexa, activate my routine 1”.
- Add Action
Finally, the user would have to add the desired Action. These actions include controlling your smart home devices like smart plugs, smart lights, thermostats, and even smart speakers as well.
For the current situation, allow yourself to add a smart speaker like Echo to your routine. You can add music, podcasts, or radio to it you want to listen to you as part of your routine.
Activating skills on Alexa is another way to listen to sounds all night. Some of the skills that work all night include
- Sleep Sounds: Rain Sounds
- Mind Music Sleep
- Sleep Sounds by sleep Jar
- Guided Meditation
Open your Alexa app, go to skills and search for these skills to activate them.
But wait! Did you mean strictly music and no sounds?
Can Alexa Play Music All Night?
Well, if music strictly means your favorite songs on your playlist on your favorite music streaming app.
It is no doubt that Alexa can play music for a few hours after you leave the song playing at night. However, sometimes due to inactivity, it is experienced by some users that the songs stop automatically.
There are various reasons for the same. Alexa do so when
- There is no activity
- When Alexa had played all the songs on the playlist
- When all the artist’s songs you selected are played
- If you have put a self-timer on Alexa, turn it off automatically after a few hours.
- The home Wi-Fi isn’t on all night. Alexa needs an internet connection at all times to work.
- The device from which Amazon Prime Music or other streaming service is selected is turned off.
But what if there is no such thing. You put your songs on your playlist on shuffle. Why did Alexa stop playing then?
Well, if you have been using Amazon Prime Music, there are certainly fewer chances something like this would happen. Solution 1 says, play your favorite playlist from Amazon Prime Music and wait until the blue light on your Echo goes out. Now ask, “Alexa, loop.” With this, no matter the number of songs in the playlist, Alexa will keep playing the songs repeatedly.
Fixes To Alexa Not Playing Music
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The normal fixes for Alexa not playing music may also help. You never know Alexa stopped playing music for some other reason that has nothing to do with its capability to play music all night.
Sometimes, Alexa stops playing music midway due to inevitable glitches. You can try these troubleshooting fixes to allow Alexa to play music all night:
- Check internet connection
There is a possibility that the internet speed at night isn’t enough to stream music. The speaker should be connected to the same bandwidth and channel for Alexa to work more efficiently. Too many devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network can also cause problems. To make Alexa work, try disconnecting all the other devices to reduce the congestion. Keep the Alexa device away from other connected devices to reduce interference.
Replacing the Alexa device closer to the home router can also solve problems related to connectivity.
- Reenable Alexa skill
Are you using a Skill to play music on Alexa? In such a case, the music stopped due to some glitch in Skills.
To reenable the Skill, visit the Alexa app, go to More> Skills & Games> Disable. Disable the currently enabled music skill. Now, search for the skill again and enable it to make it work properly.
- Restart the Alexa device
Sometimes rebooting Alexa can also help. This can be done by unplugging the Alexa device from the power socket. Plugging it in back again. Thereafter, connect the Alexa to Wi-Fi afresh.
In worst-case scenarios, you may have to factory reset your Alexa device. However, before doing this, you should once take the help of amazon customer service support to solve your problem.
Commanding Alexa, loop after you have played your favorite playlist allows Alexa to play music all night, provided there should be no sleep timer activated. Alternatively, this can be done by setting Routines for every hour using the Alexa app.