How to Set an Alarm on an iPhone

A detailed guide on how to set an alarm on an iPhone or iPad, and how to make a custom alarm sound.

Updated: June 3, 2022

Setting an alarm on an Apple device is quick and easy. If you need to wake up for work, set a reminder to do something, or ensure you leave the house at the right time, you can use the default alarm feature on the iPhone. Via the app, you can set unlimited alarms that repeat daily or have a custom sound.

In this article, we'll answer:

How to Set an Alarm on iPhone

Here's how to set a new alarm on an iPhone or iPad in 5 simple steps:

  1. Go to the "Clock" app
  2. Tap the "Alarm" tab
  3. Tap the "+" button in the top right corner
  4. Scroll to the time you want to set the alarm for
  5. Tap "Save"

If you choose, you can set more preferences for your alarm, including:

  • Repeat: Tap this to choose if your alarm is repeated. For example, if you want your alarm to go off every Monday to Friday.
  • Label: Tap this to change the name of your alarm. For example, you can call it "Wake up for work alarm".
  • Sound: Tap this to change the sound of your alarm. You can either choose a song from your library, a ringtone from the Apple default sounds or purchase a new sound via the Tune Store.
  • Snooze: Toggle the grey button to turn off snooze. To keep snooze on, make sure the toggle is green.

You can also set a sleep/wake-up alarm via the iPhone. This is different from setting a normal alarm. It uses your health data to create a custom sleep/wake schedule for you.

You can also use this function to set sleep goals and create a wind-down routine. To set this up, click "Set Up" under the "Sleep/Wake Up" section and follow the instructions.

Where Is the Alarm on an iPhone?

Need to find the alarm on an iPhone or iPad? Here's how:

  1. Search for the "Clock" app
  2. Tap the "Alarm" tab at the bottom of the screen

If you already have alarms set on the iPhone, these will display in a list here.

To set a new alarm, tap the "+" button in the top right corner.

How Do I Know if My Alarm Is Set on My iPhone?

Follow the steps below to check if your alarm is set on your iPhone or iPad via the app:

  1. Go to the "Clock" app
  2. Tap the "Alarm" tab
  3. A list of alarms should appear. You'll know if your alarm is set if the alarm toggle is green. If the alarm toggle is grey, your alarm is not set.

Or you can use Siri to see if your alarm is on.

Here's how to check if your iPhone alarm is set using Siri:

  1. Ensure you have "Hey Siri" enabled
  2. Say, "Hey Siri, is my alarm set?"

If your alarm is set, Siri will tell you how many alarms you have set, what time they are set for, and what the title of the alarm is (if any).

If your alarm is not set, Siri will tell you, "All your alarms are turned off".

How to Make a Custom Alarm Sound on an iPhone

You can change the sound your alarm makes easily on an iPhone or iPad. You can either choose a song from your library or download a custom sound.

To make a custom alarm sound, you'll either need:

  • Songs downloaded in your Music library
  • Access to Apple Music
  • Tones downloaded on your iPhone or iCloud

Here's how to get custom alarm sounds on iPhone:

  1. Create a new alarm via the "Clock" app
  2. Tap "Sound"
  3. To change your alarm to a song, under "Songs" select "Pick a song", find your chosen song, and tap the song to make it your alarm sound
  4. To change your alarm to a new tone, tap "Tone Store" to visit the iTunes store and download a custom sound
  5. To change your alarm to a ringtone, scroll through the list of default sounds available under "Ringtones" and tap your chosen sound

How Do I Stop Snooze on iPhone Alarm?

There are several ways to stop snooze on an iPhone alarm or iPad. You can either:

  • Turn off snooze when setting your alarm, so your alarm does not snooze automatically, or give you the option to snooze when it goes off
  • Turn off snooze if you pressed it accidentally or no longer need it because you've woken up

Here's how toturn off snooze when setting your alarm:

  1. Toggle the "Snooze" option off, so it appears grey instead of green

To turn off snooze if you pressed it accidentally when your alarm went off, you can either:

  • Go to the "Clock" app and turn off the alarm
  • Hold down the snooze countdown that appears on your lock screen and press "Stop"
  • Ask Siri to turn off snooze by saying, "Hey Siri, turn off snooze"

Author: Burak Özdemir

My name is Burak, and I used to have difficulties waking up in the morning due to unreliable alarm clocks. Over the past few years, I've dedicated part of my life to finding the best alarm clocks and sharing my knowledge with people through this blog.