How To Fix Alarm That Is Not Working On iPhone XS iOS 13

Having trouble using your iPhone XS alarm functions after updating to iOS 13? If so, then this post is for you. Keep reading to find out what to do if the alarm is not working on your iPhone XS iOS 13.

Software updates can bring out the good and the bad on smartphones. Issues surrounding after updating to a new software version varies from easy fix to complicated problems. This is due to the severity of bugs hiding somewhere in the update file. In this article, we’ll tackle one of the issues reported after updating to iOS 13, which is the alarm not working on iPhone XS. I’ve put down some basic workarounds on how to fix the problem below. To find out how you can remedy this issue, read further for more information.

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Troubleshooting an iPhone XS alarm that’s not working in iOS 13

The following solutions are used to eliminate common software-related factors that can cause conflicts to your phone’s alarm functions. Before you start to troubleshoot, check and make sure that the date and time information on your iPhone is correct. If it is, and yet your iPhone alarm doesn’t work, go ahead and start ruling out individual culprits.

First solution: Reboot (soft reset) your iPhone XS

Bugs inflicted with the recent update may continue to run on the system and could affect some functions to work properly just like the alarm system. Unless you do something, this could go on and might result in a more severe problem. The best way to handle software bugs is to reboot your phone. Doing so eradicates minor system glitches by refreshing the system and removing dump cache. This has been proven by many users. If this is something that you’ve not done yet, soft reset your device with these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release both buttons once Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

After the reboot process, set your alarm to the nearest time and check if it is working or not yet.

Second solution: Manage your alarm settings

One common problem that has been observed during a major iOS update like iOS 13 is override. This is where some settings have been altered automatically, causing some irregularities to certain functions. If this is the cause why your alarm is not working after iOS 13 update, you may need to double check if the information you’ve set is still intact and has not been changed. To do that, refer to the steps that have been laid for you below:

  1. Tap to open the Clock app.
  2. Tap on Alarm tab.
  3. Select Edit on the upper-left corner of the screen then tap to select the alarm you want to edit or change.
  4. If needed, tap the toggle switch to enable the alarm. It is usually indicated by a green switch once enabled.
  5. Set the hours, minutes, and AM/PM to your preferred time by swiping up and down on the pickers.
  6. Set and manage other alarm options such as Repeat, Label, Sound, and Snooze based on your preference.
  7. Change the alarm sound by tapping on Sound and then scroll through and select a desired sound for your alarm. Just ensure that the Sound value is not set to none. Test the sound and make sure it’s audible enough. You can increase the volume/sound level by pressing the Volume Up button, if necessary.
  8. Once done setting up the alarm settings, tap the Save button on the upper-right corner of the screen.

Monitor the alarm time that you’ve set and check if it works as intended.

Third solution: Check and install all pending app updates

Incompatibility issues are also common after installing a new software update. This is due to the new algorithm that the device is now using, and outdated apps may not work properly with it. In order to deal with that cause, it is best to ensure that all apps are updated to their latest version as it commonly fixes in-app glitches. Here’s how you update apps on your iPhone XS:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it.
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom.
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  4. You should see the account details.
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section.
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously.

After updating all apps on your device, execute a soft reset to remove dump cache and implement necessary changes.

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Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XS

iOS overrides could be all over your phone’s settings and might be the reason why the alarm is still not working after performing the previous procedures. Invalid settings could greatly affect your phone’s system and function, resulting for relevant symptoms to occur. One way or the other, it is hard to find which settings have been altered, so performing reset all settings will handle it for you. Doing so will revert all settings to its default values and options, deleting those customized and overridden information. Do not worry as personal data will be kept as it will not affect the phone’s internal memory. Creating backups won’t be necessary. If this is something that you want to try, here’s how it’s done:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset.
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Your phone will reboot automatically once the reset process is done. Since all settings has been restored to its default configurations, set up the alarm settings again to check if it is now working properly.

Fifth solution: Perform a factory reset on your iPhone XS

If your alarm is still not working after executing the previous solutions, your device might need a thorough cleaning as it might have succumbed to a more repugnant error. Restoring your iPhone XS to its default factory settings might resolve the alarm that is not working after iOS 13 update. Performing this process will allow you to wipe out all the contents on your device including those stubborn glitches and revert them to the default factory configurations. If you want to perform this process, create your backups via iTunes or iCloud beforehand. Once everything is set, here are the steps for you to follow:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset.
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Once the factory reset is completed, your phone will restart automatically and restore the default factory settings. In order to use your phone again, you’ll need to set it up like a new one. The initial setup wizard should make things easy for you.

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Is the alarm still not working on your iPhone XS iOS 13

If the solutions listed above did not fix the alarm on your iPhone XS after the iOS 13 update, then you may need to opt-in for advanced solutions such as recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore via iTunes. They’re best suited to handle fatal system errors, including those caused by faulty software updates.

Contacting Apple support can also do good to you as they can provide additional information as well as official recommendations on what to do next in case nothing else works on your end.

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