Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Set an Alarm on a Mac Never miss another deadline or appointment by Jennifer Allen Writer Jennifer Allen has been writing about technology since 2010. Her work has appeared in Mashable, TechRadar, and many more publications. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Jennifer Allen Updated on September 11, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email Every Mac computer includes a handy alarm clock feature with more functions than most bedside versions. While few people are likely to use their Mac as a way to wake up in the morning, it is a great way to wake you up or remind you of an appointment if other methods aren't available. Here's how to set an alarm on your Mac. These instructions work for any Mac with macOS. How to Set an Alarm Using Calendar Using the Calendar app is one of the most straightforward ways to set an alarm. From the Dock, select the Calendar app. If Calendar is not on the Dock, open Launchpad to find it listed in the app library. You can also press Command+Spacebar on the keyboard, then type Calendar. Select the date for which you would like to add an alarm. Double-click the space corresponding to the time of day you want to add the alarm. For example, if you want an alarm for 3:30, select the space between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Enter a name for the event or reminder. Add a location if you want a reminder of where to go. You can also add notes, attachments, or the names of people attending. Select Add Alert. Select the Alert drop-down menu and choose when you want to be reminded. Select Custom to set a custom length of time. To add multiple alerts, hover over a previous alert and select the Plus sign ( + ) next to it. To remove an alert or event, either right-click the event and select Delete, or select the event and press Delete. How to Set an Alarm Using Reminders Reminders is another app that comes installed on your Mac and ready to use. It reminds you of specific tasks, so it's perfect for setting an alarm. Select Launchpad > Reminders. Select the + icon. Name the alarm. Select the i icon (information). Alternatively, right-click the name of the reminder. In the Remind me section, select On a Day. Enter the time and date you want to be reminded. Select Done. To remove a reminder, right-click the reminder and select Delete. How to Set an Alarm Using Siri Siri can set an alarm on your iPhone or iPad. On a Mac, however, Siri can only set a reminder through the Reminder app. You need to have Siri enabled on your Mac. Go to System Preferences > Siri > Enable Ask Siri if Siri doesn't work. Open Siri by tapping the key combination you set up for it. By default, hold down Command+Space on the keyboard. Say Set an alarm followed by the time you want to set it for. Siri states it can't set an alarm, but it can set a reminder. Select Confirm or say Yes to Siri. How to Set an Alarm Using Wake Up Time It's possible to set alarms using third-party apps as well as the Mac's built-in apps. We recommend using Wake Up Time, a free app available on the Mac App Store. Once the app is installed, launch Launchpad, then select Wake Up Time. Under Alarm Time, enter the time you want to set an alarm for. If you'd like the alarm to be a specific sound, tap Sound and choose from the menu which sound you want to hear. Select the blue button in the lower-left corner of the app to set the alarm.