How iPhone Alarm Works

How iPhone Alarm Works

The iPhone alarm is a feature that has become essential in our daily lives. Whether it's waking up for work, setting reminders for appointments, or timing your cooking, the iPhone alarm is a versatile tool that can help you manage your time effectively. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set an alarm on your iPhone and ensure it goes off at the right time.

Setting an Alarm

  1. Open the Clock app on your iPhone¹.

  2. Tap the Alarm tab¹.

  3. Tap the Add button¹.

  4. Set a time for the alarm¹.

You can also choose from the following options¹:

  • Repeat: Set up a recurring alarm¹.

  • Label: Name your alarm¹.

  • Sound: Pick a sound that plays when the alarm sounds¹.

  • Snooze: Turn on to see a Snooze option when the alarm sounds¹.

After setting your preferences, tap Save¹.

Editing an Alarm

If you need to change the alarm's settings, follow these steps¹:

  1. Open the Clock app and tap the Alarm tab¹.

  2. Tap Edit in the upper-left corner¹.

  3. Tap the alarm, make your changes, then tap Save¹.

Deleting an Alarm

To delete an alarm, swipe left over the alarm and tap Delete¹. Alternatively, you can tap Edit, tap the Delete button, then tap Delete¹.

Adjusting the Alarm's Volume

The alarm's volume can be adjusted in the Settings¹:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics¹.

  2. Under Ringtone and Alert Volume, drag the slider left or right to set the volume¹.

You can also turn on Change with Buttons to use the volume buttons on your device to change the alarm volume¹.


If your alarm doesn't sound or is too quiet, or if your iPhone only vibrates, check the following¹:

  • Set the volume on your iPhone. If your alarm volume is too low or too loud, press the volume up or volume down button to adjust it¹.

  • If your alarm only vibrates, make sure that your alarm sound isn't set to None¹.

  • If you connect headphones to your iPhone, the alarm plays at a set volume through the built-in speakers on your iPhone as well as wired and wireless headphones¹.

Remember, Do Not Disturb, the Ring/Silent switch, and Silent mode don't affect the alarm sound¹. Even if you use the Ring/Silent switch or Action button to turn on Silent mode or turn on Do Not Disturb, the alarm still sounds¹.


The iPhone alarm is a handy tool that can help you manage your time effectively. With its easy-to-use interface and customizable settings, you can set alarms that suit your schedule and lifestyle. So, whether you're a heavy sleeper who needs a loud alarm to wake up, or someone who prefers a gentle wake-up call, the iPhone alarm has got you covered.