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.

Instructions in this article apply to iPhones running iOS 6 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

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.