How to Set a Song as an iPhone Alarm

Wake up to your favorite song

Set an alarm song on your iPhone so that the alarm plays a song of your choosing instead of a built-in ringtone. You'll turn your iPhone into a musical alarm clock and wake up to your favorite tunes.

As a bonus, in this article you'll also learn how to set up a timer to stop music after you fall asleep.

Instructions for adding music in this article apply to iPhones running iOS 6 or above. Instructions for setting a sleep timer apply to iPhones running iOS 12 or above.

How to Add Music to an iPhone Alarm

Setting an alarm with music is done differently than setting ringtones on an iPhone. To make a music alarm, access the Clock app.

  1. In the Clock app, go to the bottom menu and tap Alarm.

  2. Tap the plus sign to set up a new alarm. To edit an existing alarm, tap Edit, then tap the alarm.

  3. Tap Sound.

  4. Scroll up and tap Pick a song.

    Plus button, Sound button, Pick a song in iOS Clock app
  5. Choose the song you want to set as the alarm sound.

  6. Confirm that the music was added to the iPhone alarm, tap Back, then tap Save.

    Song for alarm, Back button, Save button in iOS Clock app

Set Up the Timer to Stop Music

The timer only needs to be set up one time. After you set up the timer, turn on the music and nod off to your favorite tunes, confident your iPhone will turn off the music when you want.

  1. On the iPhone home screen, tap the Clock app.

  2. Go to the row of icons at the bottom of the screen and tap Timer. Depending on the way you used the Clock app previously, another icon may be active.

  3. Use the two virtual spin wheels to set the countdown timer for the hours and minutes to play music. For example, to play the music for an hour after you go to bed, set the time to 1 hour.

    Clock icon, Timer button, timer settings on iPhone
  4. Tap When Timer Ends to display a list of available alert tones and ringtones.

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Stop Playing to place a check mark in front of it. Then, tap Set to save your choice and return to the Timer screen.

    Timer, Stop Playing, and Set buttons in iOS Clock app
  6. When you go to bed, select Clock > Timer > Start to activate the timer.

    Start button in iOS Clock app
  7. The music stops playing automatically after the time you set elapses.

Can't Find the Right Alarm Clock Song?

Your personal Apple alarm clock only works with songs that are saved to your phone in the Music app. This means you can't set the iPhone alarm music to something from Spotify, Pandora, or another music streaming app.

To make a specific song your alarm on iPhone, use Apple Music to purchase the song or sync your phone with your computer to transfer the song from iTunes to the iPhone.

You can also download free ringtones and make your own iPhone ringtones to use as custom alarm clock sounds.

Something similar you can do on an iPhone is set a timer in the Music app to shut off your music at bedtime.