How to Set an Alarm on Your iPad Clock

Setting an alarm on the iPad
How to Set an Alarm on Your iPad Clock. Daniel Nations

  Of course there's an app for that.  The ability for the iPad to act as an alarm clock might sound like a no-brainer, but it is a feature that is easy to overlook as we use our iPad to stream movies, listen to music, check the web and play games.  And as you might expect, you can replace the ringing alarm with music and hit a virtual snooze button if you need a few extra minutes of sleep.  

There is no need to install an app to use the iPad as an alarm clock.

 Alarms are handled through the Clock app, which is one of the default apps that comes with the iPad.  There are two ways you can quickly set an alarm on your iPad:  First, simply use Siri to do the heavy lifting for you.  Or, if you want to tinker with the alarm settings, you can launch the Clocks app. 

Siri Is the Easiest Way to Set an Alarm on the iPad

How much easier can it be than simply telling your iPad to do it for you?  Siri is Apple's voice-recognition personal assistant and one of her many talents is the ability to set an alarm.  You won't be able to fine-tune the alarm, such as picking out an individual song, but if you just need to wake up, Siri will get the job done.  Find out more cool things Siri can do for you.

  1. First, launch into Siri by holding down the Home Button.
  2. When Siri beeps at you, say, "Set an alarm for 8 AM tomorrow," substituting in the time and day you want the alarm to go off.
  1. Siri will respond with your alarm already set for the proper date and time.  If you made a mistake, you can use the slider on the screen to turn it off.
  2. You can also tap the alarm to launch the Clock app.  Inside the clock app, you can tap Edit in the upper-left corner and then tap the alarm you just set to customize the alarm.  This is where you can set it to play a specific song.

    If you have any problems activating Siri, make sure you aren't at the iPad's lock screen and check to see if Siri is turned on in the iPad's settings. 

    Set an Alarm Using the iPad's Clock App

    If you have an older iPad that doesn't support Siri, if you have Siri turned off or simply don't like using it, you can set an alarm manually within the Clock app.  You may also want to use the Clock app if you want to wake to a specific song.

    1. Launch the Clock app.  (Find out how to launch apps even if you don't know where they are located.) 
    2. Once inside the Clock app, touch the button with the plus sign in the upper right corner. A new window will pop up allowing you to add an alarm.
    3. In the Add Alarm window, use the scroll bars to choose what time you want the alarm to go off.
    4. If you want the alarm to repeat, tap the repeat button and choose which days of the week the alarm should sound.
    5. Tap Sound to choose a new ringtone for the alarm. You can also choose any song you have on your iPad.
    6. If you do not want to allow yourself to snooze, move the snooze button from On to Off.
    7. If you have multiple alarms, it might be a good idea to name them. The Label button allows you to name an individual alarm.

    Once you have an alarm saved, your settings aren't set in stone.

    You can use the edit button in the upper left corner of the screen to modify any of these settings.

    You can also delete the alarm by pressing the edit button and then tapping the red minus sign next to any alarm. This will bring up the Delete button to the right, allowing you to confirm that you want to delete the alarm.

    What is Bedtime?

    The Clocks app has a few other neat features beyond setting alarms.  You can view a world clock, set a timer or use your iPad as a giant stopwatch.  But perhaps the most interesting thing it can do is help you keep to your sleep schedule.

    Bedtime sets a daily alarm clock and couples it with a reminder at night on when it is best for you to go to sleep.

      When you set up Bedtime, it will ask what time you want to set your alarm clock, allowing you to set which days the alarm goes off, so you won't need to turn it off on the weekend.  You then choose how many hours you want to sleep each night, how long before bedtime to remind you and what music you want for your alarm.  

    Bedtime keeps track of when you wake up through the alarm.  It will also work with any sleeping trackers that are installed into Healthkit.  This can allow you to pinpoint how much sleep you are getting and the quality of that sleep.