How to Set the iPhone Alarm Clock to Use iTunes Songs

Wake up to your favorite song on the iPhone

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You've been able to use your digital music collection in the iPhone's Clock app in place of the built-in ringtones that come standard since iOS 6. This enhancement makes your iTunes library even more useful than before with the bonus of waking up to your favorite music track.

Whether you've used the alarm clock for some time or are new to the iPhone, you may not have realized that you can use the songs stored on your iPhone in the Clock app. It's an option that can be overlooked because it's not visible unless you go to the alarm sound options.

Setting Up a New Alarm and Choosing a Song

If you've never set up an alarm in the Clock app before, you need to know how to pick the days of the week that you want your alarm to trigger and even how to label the alarms if you are setting up more than one.

  1. On the iPhone's home screen, tap on the Clock app.
  2. Select the alarm submenu by tapping on the Alarm icon at the bottom of the screen to open the Add Alarm screen.
  3. To add an alarm event, tap on the + sign in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Select a time using the scrolling wheels on the screen.
  5. Tap on the Repeat button and choose the days of the week you want the alarm to trigger. Pick any combination of days from Sunday through Saturday and then tap the Back button when you are done.
  6. Tap the Sound setting. Select the Pick a Song option in the first section of sound options and choose a track from your iPhone's music library. The song will be listed in the Sound screen above the Pick a Song option with a check mark next to it. Click Back to return to the Add Alarm screen.
  7. If you want your alarm to have snooze capability, leave the default setting next to Snooze in the On position. Otherwise, tap your finger on the switch to disable it.
  8. You can name your alarm if you want to set up different alarms to suit certain occasions such as "work" or "weekend". To do this, touch the Label setting, type a name, and then click the Done button. 
  1. Tap the Save button in the top right corner of the screen to save the new alarm.

Modifying an Existing Alarm to Use a Song

If you already have an alarm set up but want to change the sound the alarm makes to one of your songs, here's how:

  1. Launch the Clock app from the iPhone's home screen.
  2. Tap the Alarm icon at the bottom of the screen to open the Alarm screen.
  3. Tap the alarm you want to modify and then tap the Edit button in the top left corner of the screen.
  4. Tap on the alarm (making sure not to hit the red delete icon) to view its settings.
  5. Select the Sound option. To choose a song on your iPhone, tap the Pick a Song setting and then choose a song from your music library.
  6. When you select a song, it starts to play automatically. If you're happy with your choice, click the Back button followed by Save.