Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, top view, showing the light ring and the volume, mic mute, and action buttons.

How to Set Sleep Timer on Alexa Echo 2 Speaker

The generation 2 Amazon Alexa Echo smart speakers now provides a sleep timer that you set and stop with your voice!  You use it by asking Alexa to play an internet radio station, podcast, flash briefing, or some other streaming service. Then, once the media is playing, you ask her play for just the time you say.   And of course, use the wake word your speaker is set to respond to.

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, in setup mode, displaying an orange light ring. How to set sleep timer on Amazon Alexa Echo 2.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, in setup mode, displaying an orange light ring.




How to Set Sleep Timer on Amazon Alexa Echo 2 Speaker

Here are some sample commands that we checked to work with our gen 2 Echo speaker.

  • Alexa, set sleep timer five minutes. [The speaker plays for five minutes, then stops.]
  • Okay Alexa, set sleep timer thirty minutes. [The Echo 2 plays for thirty minutes then goes silent.]
  • Alexa, set sleep timer one hour. [She sets a sixty minute sleep timer, plays for an hour, and then goes silent.]
  • Hey Alexa, create sleep timer ninety minutes. [Sets a sleep timer for 90 minutes, then the speaker goes quiet.]
  • Alexa, cancel sleep timer. [Cancels sleep timer if one is pending.]

When setting a sleep timer, you can use verbs like Set and Create   in your voice commands.  When removing a sleep timer, use verbs like   Cancel.  If you ask to cancel a sleep timer when none are set, Alexa will respond, “There’s no sleep timer set.”

When you set a sleep time with one of the above commands, the Echo Generation 2 answers back as follows: “Okay.  I will stop playing in [specified time].” That is, if you say something like, “Alexa, set sleep timer ten minutes,” to your speaker, she replies, “Okay.  I will stop playing in ten minutes.”

Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen voice activated speaker, removed from cardboard holder packaging. How to set sleep timer on Amazon Alexa Echo 2.
Amazon Echo 2nd gen voice activated speaker, removed from cardboard holder packaging.

Note that you cannot set a sleep timer unless it is playing some audio.

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References for How to Set Sleep Timer on Alexa Echo 2

  1. Echo (2nd Generation) – Smart Speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric, Official Product Page from Amazon.com 
  2. The Complete List of Alexa Commands So Far, from Cnet

Revision History

  • 2019-04-12: Added key phrase targeting and removed ad code.
  • 2017-12-10: Fixed some typos.
  • 2017-12-10: Originally published.
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