How to Create Alarms on Your HomePod

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    HomePod, much like an iPhone or iPad, can be used as an alarm clock replacement to wake you up in the morning or remind you of important tasks.

    Using HomePod as an alarm clock is simple, but it is controlled separately than alarms on your iPhone and there are a few tricks to be aware of.


    Setting Using Siri

    The easiest way to set an alarm on the HomePod is to ask Siri. Siri can set a one-time alarm for you, or Siri can set recurring alarms that go off every day. Some sample commands:

    [*]Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 a.m
    [*]Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 a.m. every weekday
    [*]Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday
    [*]Hey Siri, set an alarm for 2:00 p.m. labeled Flight Check-In
    [*]Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 a.m. every weekend
    TIP: Labeling your alarms makes it easier for you to remember them and to reference them again when giving commands to Siri.

    Managing Alarms Using Siri

    You can manage your alarms with Siri, too. For example, if you want to delete an alarm, you can say something like "Hey Siri, delete the 2:00 p.m. alarm," or "Hey Siri, delete all of my alarms."

    Changing an alarm is also possible, with a command like "Hey Siri, change the 2:00 p.m. alarm to 3:00 p.m, and if you want to know what alarms you have set up, say "Hey Siri, what alarms do I have on?"

    Siri will run through all alarms that are set up on the HomePod with that command.

    Managing and Setting Alarms in the Home App

    Alarms that you set up on the HomePod through Siri can be viewed and managed in the Home app.
    1. Open up the Home app.
    2. 3D Touch or long press on the HomePod icon on the main screen.
    3. Tap "Alarms."
    The "Alarms" section of the HomePod in the Home app looks a lot like the Alarm portion of the Clock app on the iPhone, so if you've used that, it should be immediately familiar.

    If you tap the "+" button, you can set a new alarm, and if you tap the "Edit" button, you can edit or delete an existing alarm. Tapping one of the toggles next to an alarm turns it off temporarily.


    With any alarm that you set or edit, you can add a time, cause it to repeat, and change the label.

    NOTE: Prior to the HomePod's release, there were rumors suggesting users would be able to set songs as custom ringtones for the alarm feature of the HomePod, but that is not possible. There is no option to change the default sound of the alarm on the HomePod.

    Disabling an Alarm

    When an alarm goes off on the HomePod, an alarm sound activates and the top of the HomePod flashes with a white light. To turn it off, you simply need to tap the top of the HomePod.

    If you don't have a free hand, you can also ask Siri to turn off the alarm: "Hey Siri, turn off the alarm." To snooze an alarm, you can say "Hey Siri, snooze" and it will snooze for a short period of time before the alarm goes off again.

    Article Link: How to Create Alarms on Your HomePod
  2. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    I prefer using my $600 Apple Watch as an alarm clock /s
  3. Jobindoza macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2018
    It is possible to snooze an alarm. The catch is that your have to speak the command: “Hey Siri, snooze”
  4. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    This is what happens when a website focuses on quantity of articles rather than quality. Thanks for being their fact checker!
  5. dfs macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    Nope, sorry. Apple won't let you change any HomePod of its system sounds. Andf all the system sounds available, it is as if Apple has chosen for its alarm sound the wimpiest and least likely to wake somebody up (that's what happened to me this afternoon). Better solution: iPhone/Pad transmit only music to any kind of outside speaker,not their own system sounds. So if these aren't loud enough for you, have it transmit a bit of music ("The Ride of the Valkyries" works just dandy) to your HomePod. Or if you insis t on using a special wakeup ringtone download one from the Web (you might like "Crystal Drops," which I use myself) and store it in your iTunes library. Your mobile device will treat it as music rather than a system sound and will transmit it to your speakers. Only drawback: what you lose is the ability to set an alarm by a voice command, you have do to it manually. But at least this is pretty much guaranteed to wake you up. (Nb- before going to bed the last thing you should do, besides flossing or flossing, is check Airplay and make sure your speaker is set as the target to which your music or "music" will be sent).

    This sounds complicated but it's Apple's fault. They could make everybody's life easier by a.) using a more appropriate system sound for the HomePod alarm, b.) allowing us a choice of HomePod system sounds, and c.) allowing their mobile system sounds to be sent to an outside speaker (which you can do on a Mac).
  6. groovyf macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2010
    Halifax, UK
    As I setup the HomePod via my phone in the house, only I can see the Alarms in the HomePod (via Home app). I invited my girlfriend to the "Home" and she can see all the Hue lights/Hive Heating/Harmony activities in the Home app, but she cannot see the HomePod... any ideas why?
  7. Davk87 macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2014
    Anyone else look at that picture and think the top of the home pod would look awesome as a clock?
  8. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Do these alarms show up on the phone as well? If yes, do they keep adding duplicates to already existing alarms on the phone or will it be smart enough not to duplicate an identical alarm already on the list?
  9. Cordorb macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    on the phone but only in the home app not the 'show alarm' phone location
    two different things.
  10. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Damn shameful you can't have the alarm set to a playlist, song or radio station on AM. This seems like a day 1 kind of feature for a device like this.
  11. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Absolutely- especially since Sonos offers such a nice way of doing this, absolutely love their alarm with an Apple Music playlist and a smooooth fade in! It’s really a nice way of waking up! And Apple has such good curated playlists at Apple ,sic, that work perfectly in conjunction with Sonos. Would have totally expected the HomePod to do the same thing. Disappointing. Hope we’ll see a massive software update for this thing later this year!
  12. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    This is really TERRIBLE.... the alarm feature should:
    1) be able to play Apple Music playlist or radio station or genre
    2) be able to fade on over X minutes
    3) allow you to set the volume of the alarm
  13. PlutoPrime macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2009
    How about setting a "sleep" alarm for an audio device? The fact that you can't have your podcasts shut off after a certain amount of time kills about 33% of the usefulness of the home pod for me. It's a shame that so many day-1 features are missing.

    I have a feeling that Apple knows all of this, and it was either ship HomePod with V1.0 Hardware V0.75 software, or ship Q1 2019 with 1.0 Hardware and 1.0 software.
  14. dfs macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    You've got that exactly right. I've read a lot of critical remarks in the tech press written by people who don't realize that a lot of their gripes may sooner or later be fixed by software and firmware upgrades. My hunch is that the HomePod is going to turn out to be capable of a LOT more things than Apple has told us about so far. Here's an example: the HP must have Bluetooth circuitry aboard to facilitate the initial setup. Just because it is then of no further use does not necessarily mean that 's always going to be the case. That would mean the HP could be used for a lot of additional purposes (for inst. to use with your Apple Watch, to replace your t. v.'s soundbar, to integrate with your sound system).
  15. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    It sucks that you can’t also say to your Apple Watch “hey Siri, stop playing music on HomePod” or hey Siri, stop playing music on bedroom HomePod”.

    Siri sucks. You can’t do DOUBLE commands in a single statement ie. “Hey siri, stop music and turn off lights” when you leave the house.

    Still... I’m liking the HomePod because I wanted a new speaker for bedroom. Just room for improvement and some features that should really have been day one features.
  16. Compote macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2016
    Siri, what’s the news today ?

    I don’t see any appointment with a moose today, Compote.
  17. photograft macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2016
    Exactly! Also, since this device has such precise microphones, there’s no reason it can’t do what apps like Sleep Cycle alarm do where it tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you up at the right time. After all, Apple did acquire beddit if I’m remembering correctly, so that technology should be within their grasp. Imagine HomePod being able to listen to your sleep cycle, wake you up at “the right time”, and turn on your lights when the alarm goes off as well as play a playlist or morning news station or something.
  18. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Thank you! I've updated the how to with this info. Much appreciated :)
    --- Post Merged, Feb 14, 2018 ---
    This seems unfair. I did spend a lot of time on this article, this phrase just never occurred to me. That's why how tos like this need to exist -- there are HomePod settings that are not obvious.

    I use alarms on my iPhone, for example, but I never snooze them, so asking Siri to snooze an alarm just didn't come to mind.
  19. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    Sadly, “hey Siri, shut the f**k up” doesn’t seem to work.

    It’s stupid when Siri turns off the lights that it tell me. Or changes the volume. I’ve got eyes and ears.
  20. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    As a counter-point - when you only include the obvious, they don't seem so necessary at all. They perhaps discourage people from finding things out because you say it can't be done.

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