How to Change the Snooze Time on an iPhone

Get around your iPhone's default 9-minute snooze setting

What to Know

  • iPhone offers no straightforward way to adjust snooze time. Instead:
  • Set multiple alarms, or
  • Use a third-party alarm clock app.

Although there's no way to actually change the iPhone's nine-minute alarm snooze time, this article offers several workarounds to make it shorter or longer.

Set Multiple Alarms to Create Your Own Snooze Time

It's easy to schedule different alarms to go off at your desired snooze interval time. To do this, you'll first need to disable the snooze setting on your current alarm. In this example, we'll set our snooze interval to 5 minutes.

  1. Open the Clock app, tap Alarm at the bottom, and then tap the + in the top right to create a new alarm.

  2. Set your preferred wake-up time, for example, 7 a.m.

  3. Disable the Snooze setting, then tap Save.

  4. Tap the + again and create a new alarm for 7:05 a.m. Disable the Snooze setting and tap Save.

    iOS alarm
  5. Add any additional alarms at whatever intervals you prefer.

Third-Party Alarm Clocks

Third-party iPhone alarm clock apps offer customizable snooze alarms, allowing you to bypass Apple's alarm clock entirely.

Here's a look at how to change the snooze time in some popular third-party alarm clock apps.

Progressive Alarm

Progressive Alarm features lovely Tibetan singing bowl sounds that gradually increase in volume to gently wake you up. To change the snooze setting in Progressive Alarm:

  1. Open Progressive Alarm, and tap Options.

  2. Tap Snooze Time.

  3. Choose your preferred Snooze Time (up to 30 minutes).

    how to create a snooze time on the Progressive Alarm Clock app.


Dubbed the “World's Most Annoying Alarm App," Alarmy has a host of features to help get you out of bed. And, while you may have to solve math problems or photograph your room to turn off the alarm, it's easy to customize your snooze time.

  1. Open Alarmy and tap your preferred alarm.

  2. Tap Snooze.

  3. Choose your preferred snooze interval, then tap Done.

    how to create a snooze on the Alarmy app.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is a popular smart alarm that uses patented sound technology to track your sleep. In addition to its many sophisticated features, you can also adjust your snooze time.

  1. Open Sleep Cycle and tap Profile at the bottom.

  2. Under Settings, tap More.

    snooze options on the Sleep Cycle app.
  3. Under Alarm, tap Snooze.

  4. Tap Regular, then choose your preferred interval (up to 20 minutes).

    Sleep Cycle app, showing how to change the snooze interval.

Why Nine Minutes?

With a nine-minute snooze, Apple pays homage to old-fashioned alarm clocks, whose gears made it impossible to set a 10-minute snooze. Because more than 10 minutes lets people fall back into a deep sleep, nine minutes became standard.

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