How to Set an Alarm on Your iPad Clock

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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, browse 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 set an alarm on the iPad. Alarms are handled through the World Clock app, which is one of the default apps that comes with the iPad. There are two ways you can 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 World Clock 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 or setting the alarm for a specific day of the week, 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.

  3. 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.

    Set an alarm for 8 AM tomorrow via Siri
  4. You can also tap the alarm to launch the World Clock app. Inside this 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.

    Edit button in iPad Alarm screen

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 World 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.) 

    Clock app on iPad
  2. Once inside the app, tap the Alarm button at the bottom of the screen. It is located right between World Clock and Bedtime.

    Alarm tab in Clock app on iPad
  3. Next, touch the button with the Plus Sign in the upper right corner. A new window will pop up allowing you to add an alarm.

    Add Alarm Plus sign in Clock app on iPad
  4. In the Add Alarm window, use the scroll bars to choose what time you want the alarm to go off.

  5. If you want the alarm to repeat, tap Repeat and choose which days of the week the alarm should sound. Tip: You can create one alarm and customize it to go off on the days that you work and create another alarm on your iPad to go off at a later time on days that you don't work.

  6. Tap Sound to choose a new ringtone for the alarm. You can also choose any song you have on your iPad.

    Sound chooser for new Alarm on iPad
  7. If you do not want to allow yourself to snooze, tap the Snooze slider to change it from On to Off.

    Snooze toggle in Clock app on iPad
  8. If you have multiple alarms, it might be a good idea to name them. Tap Label to set a custom name to an individual alarm.

    Wake Up label for new Alarm in Clock app on iPad

How to Edit or Delete an Alarm

Once you have an alarm saved, your settings aren't set in stone. You can change any individual setting from the sound played when it goes off to the day of the week for it to be active. You can also easily delete the alarm.

  1. First, tap the Edit button in the upper-left corner of the Alarm screen within the World Clock app. (Remember, the Alarm screen is reached by tapping the Alarm button at the bottom of the display.)

    Edit Alarm button in Clock app on iPad
  2. If you want to delete the alarm, simply tap the red button with the Minus Sign.

    Red minus button to delete an alarm in Clock app on iPad
  3. To customize the alarm, tap the time displayed for the alarm. You can also tap just below the time where the repeat and sound settings are displayed. This will take you to the same edit menu as when you first created the alarm.

    Editing interface for Alarms in Clock app on iPad

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.