Naming iPhone Alarms

Naming your iPhone's Clock app alarms can be extremely useful. You can then use Siri to set alarms by name, distinguishing between the alarms in some way other than just the time. Named alarms can avoid confusion if you have two alarms with the same time, but different sounds and settings.
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One of the simplest, and yet still extremely useful functions of your iPhone, is the Alarm. So that's found in the Clock app. If you tap Alarm at the bottom you see a list of your previously set alarms. You can turn them On and Off very easily.

One of the cool things that you can do, is you can name them. So, for instance, let's tap the Edit button and then I'm going to tap the 6:00 a.m. alarm there and it has a label. Tap that label there and I'm going to change it to Regular Morning. Hit Done and you can see now the table is now Regular Morning. I'm going to hit Save and now you can see underneath the time there, 6:00 a.m., it says Regular Morning.

So this allows you to kind of organize your different alarms, if you have different ones saved. For instance that 12:50 a.m. one is the one I set whenever I need to get up to buy a new Apple product on launch day. So I might set that to Apple Launch. Then I've got Regular Morning and I may have weekend morning, that kind of thing.

Now what's really useful for this is then being able to use Siri to call these alarms by name. So let's activate Siri and ask Siri to set a regular morning alarm. Hey Siri, set my regular morning alarm. Your 'Regular Morning' alarm is now on. So the great thing is that now I don't have to remember the exact time. For instance, if I were to decide I was going to Edit and change my regular morning alarm to get up a little bit later in the day to 6:15 am and of course if I were to ask Siri to set it as a regular morning alarm it would set my 6:15 alarm. But if I were to not use labels and to use just times then if I said, Hey Siri set my 6:00 am alarm now you can see that it actually created a new alarm instead of 6:00 a.m. and I completely forgot I wanted to wakeup a little bit later in the day from now on.

Another advantage to naming alarms is, of course, you can do more than just set a time for an alarm. So, for instance, I can set a sound and I can even include songs on the sound. So if I wanted to have an alarm that maybe is loud music rather than just a nice quiet alarm sound I can do that and I can call them different things. Even though they'll both say 6:15 a.m. I'll know which one is named for loud music and which one is named for a nice quiet wakeup tone.

You can also decide whether or not Snooze is On or Off. You can have different named alarms that have these different settings.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Naming iPhone Alarms”

    1 year ago

    Great info to know!

    1 year ago

    This was a great lesson. Clear, well-paced, easy and I was able to pause and set up alarm labels during the tutorial…all set! Thank you!

    1 year ago

    Love this, thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

    That is a great time saver for someone with multiple alarms. Quick and easy. Thank you.

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