How to Change the Alarm Sound on an iPhone

Last updated: March 12, 2019

Choosing an alarm sound is a tricky endeavor. It needs to be annoying enough that you get up and shut it off, but not so annoying that it puts you in a bad mood as soon as it goes off. So it is unlikely that the default alarm sound, or even your first choice after that, will be the right option. If you are using your phone as your alarm, then you will need to know how to change the alarm sound on your iPhone.

Fortunately your iPhone 5 features a number of different alarm sound options, allowing you to tweak your wake-up process until you have found something with which you are comfortable. There are also a number of other settings, such as a label for the alarm, that can make the alarm experience even better.

Change iPhone Alarm Sound – Quick Summary

  1. Open the Clock app.
  2. Choose the Alarm tab.
  3. Touch Edit at the top-left.
  4. Select the alarm to change.
  5. Choose the Sound option.
  6. Select the desired sound.
  7. Tap the Save button.

You can continue below for additional information, as well as pictures of these steps.

How to Change Alarm Sound on iPhone – iOS 12

The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.1.4. The section after this one shows steps for an older version of iOS. The steps are the same for older iOS versions, the screens just look a little different.

Step 1: Open the Clock app.

open the clock app

Step 2: Choose the Alarm tab at the bottom of the screen.

choose the alarm tab

Step 3: Tap the Edit button at the top-left of the screen.

tap the edit button

Step 4: Choose the alarm for which you wish to change the sound.

select the alarm to edit

Step 5: Touch the Sound button.

choose the sound option

Step 6: Select the desired alarm sound.

change alarm sound iphone

Step 7: Tap the Save button at the top-right of the screen.

save the alarm settings

Change the Sound That Plays When Your Alarm Goes Off on the iPhone 5

You can change this alarm sound as often as you would like by following the steps below. Additionally, note that a preview of the alarm sound will be played whenever you select a different option. This can be a bit of a shock if you are trying to do this somewhere quiet, or if you are changing the sound in bed while someone else is sleeping.

Step 1: Open the Clock app.

open the clock app

Step 2: Touch the Edit button at the top-left corner of the screen.

touch the edit button

Step 3: Select the alarm for which you want to change the sound.

select the alarm that you want to edit

Step 4: Touch the Sound option.

how to edit the alarm sound on the iphone 5

Step 5: Select the sound that you want to use for your alarm.

select the sound that you want to use for the alarm

Additional Notes

  • The alarm sound for each individual alarm is different, so you will need to change each of them.
  • If you have songs from the Music app saved to your device, you can use those songs for the alarm sound instead.
  • You can also set the vibration for your alarm as well by choosing the Vibration option at the top of the individual alarm menu.
  • There is a Silent alarm tone that you can use if you only wish to have the alarm vibrate.

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We have also written about how to change the ringtone on your iPhone 5 as well.

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