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lookitupkid

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When I manually set an alarm, the iPhone remembers the last tone I used and defaults to that, unless I change it. Then the new one becomes the default alarm tone (for manually set alarms). But with Siri-generated alarms, I can find no way to change the default tone. It just eternally keeps defaulting to the obnoxious one that I don't want. I've rebooted, hard reset, updated, etc.
 

usagora

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Unfortunately, I know of no way of doing that. You'd have to edit the alarm manually after Siri creates it in order to change the alarm sound, which of course sort of defeats the purpose of using Siri to create alarms. Thankfully for me, though, I prefer the "Alarm" alarm sound. It's obnoxious, but that also means it has a better chance of actually waking me!
 

lookitupkid

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The weird thing is that at some point the default got changed to an old song I used to use for alarms. So every Siri-generated alarm would default to that. Now that I deleted that song (just to see what would happen), it has defaulted back to the standard, obnoxious alert tone. Which IS okay if you just want to wake up. But if you're using it for work-related stuff in a busy environment, a more low-key option would be nicer.
 

usagora

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But if you're using it for work-related stuff in a busy environment, a more low-key option would be nicer.

Perhaps a reminder (vs alarm) would be a better choice in that scenario. You CAN set the default tone for those (Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Reminder Alerts).
 

lookitupkid

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Perhaps a reminder (vs alarm) would be a better choice in that scenario. You CAN set the default tone for those (Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Reminder Alerts).
I use Reminders a TON, but at times (with certain things), I prefer alarms, because they are persistent and can be snoozed. I have timed tasks at work, for instance, and I've missed Reminders before. Maybe I'll see it, but I'm in the middle of something. So I'll tell myself that I'll get to it in a few minutes...but then I forget. With a pesky alarm I can hit Snooze and it will remind me again in a few minutes.
 

usagora

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I use Reminders a TON, but at times (with certain things), I prefer alarms, because they are persistent and can be snoozed. I have timed tasks at work, for instance, and I've missed Reminders before. Maybe I'll see it, but I'm in the middle of something. So I'll tell myself that I'll get to it in a few minutes...but then I forget. With a pesky alarm I can hit Snooze and it will remind me again in a few minutes.

Reminders also have several "snooze" option if you long press them:

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I wish they'd add one where you could select something less than an hour, but at least it's something!
 

lookitupkid

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Reminders also have several "snooze" option if you long press them:

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I wish they'd add one where you could select something less than an hour, but at least it's something!
I find those occasionally useful. I work in a Critical Care Unit at a Trauma Center, and most of my alarm usage is related to stuff where I need much more precision than these options allow. If I snooze something, I need to be reminded again in just a few minutes. An hour would typically be far too long of a time interval.
 

usagora

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I find those occasionally useful. I work in a Critical Care Unit at a Trauma Center, and most of my alarm usage is related to stuff where I need much more precision than these options allow. If I snooze something, I need to be reminded again in just a few minutes. An hour would typically be far too long of a time interval.

I understand. I'm not sure why they don't allow custom times. Would be so simple to code that.
 
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