How to Set an Apple Watch Alarm [2023 Guide]

If there is an event or activity that you need to remember, then setting an alarm on your Apple Watch is a great way to do this.

But you might have kept your alarm usage on your phone instead of your watch, and you aren’t sure about how to use the Alarms app on the watch or that it was even an option that was separate from the phone app.

You can set an alarm on your Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown button, choosing the Alarms app, tapping Add Alarm, then choosing the settings, and selecting the green check mark.

How to Create an Alarm on an Apple Watch

  1. Push the Digital Crown.
  2. Choose the Alarms app.
  3. Tap Add Alarm.
  4. Set an alarm time, then tap the green check mark.

Our Apple Watch alarm guide continues below with additional information, including pictures of these steps.

Your Apple Watch has many apps that you can use to keep you on schedule and manage your activity.

One of the apps that can help with this is the Alarms app.

This application provides you with tools to create and manage alarms that will go off at the time and day that you specify in the app

Much like the Alarm feature in the Clock app on your iPhone, this can be a really handy tool if you are no longer using a traditional, stand-alone alarm clock.

If you haven’t tried out the alarm feature on your watch, then continue reading below to learn more about it and set an alarm on the device.

Related: This Apple Watch sound article will show you several ways that you can shut off the sound that comes from your watch.

How to Add an Alarm to Your Apple Watch

The steps in this article were performed on an Apple Watch Series 7, using the 8.5.1 version of the WatchOS operating system.

Step 1: Press the Digital Crown on the side of the watch to open the Apps screen.

Step 2: Select the Alarms app icon.

open the Alarms app

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the Add Alarm button.

how to set an Apple Watch alarm

Step 4: Choose the time for the alarm, then touch the green check mark button at the bottom-right corner of the watch face.

select a time and tap the green check mark

If you want to specify the days for the alarm, give it a description, or choose whether or not to allow snooze, then you can select the alarm from the main menu in the Alarms app and change the desired setting.

Now that you know how to set an Apple Watch alarm, you will be able to complete this process any time you have an event that you want to remember, or if you want to use your watch to weaken you up.

More Information About Watch Alarms

The alarms that you see when you open the Alarms app on your watch are separate from the alarms that you see on your iPhone.

This means that adding a new alarm on your Apple Watch or your iPhone won’t affect the other device.

Additionally, alarms that you create on the watch can’t be customized in the same way that the alarms on your phone can. For example, you can’t set a song as the alarm sound on the watch or select a custom sound for the Apple Watch alarm at all.

If there’s an alarm on your Apple Watch that you would like to edit or remove, then you can open the Alarms app, select the alarm, then scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap the Delete button.

If you want to change the time, days on which the alarm goes off, the label for the alarm, or whether or not it has a snooze option, then you can also modify those settings from this screen.

Note that the Apple Watch Alarms app also has a Sleep | Wake Up alarm at the top of the screen, but you won’t be able to modify it from this menu. You will need to open the Sleep app on the Apple watch and make adjustments there.

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