How to Set Alarm on Apple Watch

Plus how to delete and cancel Apple Watch alarms

Setting an alarm on the Apple Watch is pretty easy. There are two ways to do it: with Siri or with touch commands. Any alarm you set will alert you at the specified time, even if your Apple Watch is in nightstand mode.

Once you’ve set an alarm, it’s also easy to cancel and delete it. Let’s take a look at how to set an alarm on the Apple Watch and manage all the alarm features.

Use Siri to Set an Alarm on Apple Watch

Asking Apple’s digital assistant to set an alarm on Apple Watch is similar to doing so on the iPhone. 

  1. Make sure Siri is enabled on your Apple Watch. Select Settings > Siri. You can toggle Hey Siri, Raise to Speak, and Press Digital Crown to choose how to activate Siri. 

    Settings, Siri, Siri options on Apple Watch
  2. Tell Siri to set an alarm by saying “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 6:15 PM,” or “Set repeating alarm for 5 pm daily.” You can also use relative time: “Set an alarm for 45 minutes from now,” or “Set a weekend alarm for noon.”

    Siri, "Set an alarm for 6:15 pm," "I set your alarm..." on Apple Watch

How to Set An Alarm on Apple Watch

You can also use touch controls to set an alarm on your Apple Watch.

  1. Select the Alarm icon on your watch face (it’s the orange clock icon).

  2. Select Add Alarm.

    You may need to scroll down past any other alarms you have set.

  3. Use the Digital Crown to change the hour you want the Alarm set to, then tap the minutes box and rotate the Crown to change the time. Select AM or PM to choose the time of day. 

  4. Choose Set and then you’ll see your new alarm in the list of alarms on your Apple Watch. 

    Alarm icon, Add Alarm button, Set button on Apple Watch
  5. Tap the green toggle to turn your alarm off or on again. 

  6. Select the alarm time to set options like Repeat, Label, and whether you want to let the alarm Snooze.

    Alarm time, editing options for Apple Watch

How to Cancel Your Alarm Clock

Canceling or deleting an alarm from your Apple Watch is also straightforward. 

  1. Launch the Alarm app on your Apple Watch.

  2. Select the alarm you want to delete.

  3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Delete. There is no confirmation step, so you’ll need to re-make the alarm if you delete by mistake. 

    Alarm icon, Alarm to delete, Delete button on Apple Watch

Set Push Notifications for Your Alarm

The alarms you set on your iPhone can automatically appear on your Apple Watch, too. 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then select My Watch in the lower left corner of the screen.

  2. Scroll down and select Clock, then toggle Push Alerts from iPhone to green. 

    Watch icon, Clock button, Push Alerts from iPhone toggle ON on iPhone

Now your Apple Watch will alert you when an alarm from your iPhone goes off, letting you snooze or dismiss that alarm from your wrist. You won’t be alerted on your iPhone when your Apple Watch notifies you. 

Snooze Your Apple Watch Alarm in Nightstand Mode

Once you’ve set an alarm on your Apple Watch, you can snooze or dismiss the alarm while the watch is in Nightstand Mode.

  1. Place your Apple Watch on its side, buttons facing up. You’ll see the date and time, its charging status, and the time of the next alarm you’ve set. 

  2. When the alarm goes off, you can press the Digital Crown to snooze (delay) the alarm for 9 minutes, or you can press the Side button to dismiss the alarm completely.

    Nightstand mode on Apple WAtch
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That's it! Now you can set alarms on your Apple Watch with ease.