One of the things that a smartphone can do properly throughout the day is notifying you about the things you don’t want to miss. Whether it’s a text notification or that a new video has been uploaded by your favorite vlogger, we can always count on our iPhone to alert us about it.
If it can do those things, it can surely serve as your alarm clock and wake you up or alert you when time comes. However, it seems like some iPhone users are having issues keeping track of their activities because their devices don’t go off at the specified time.
So if you’re one of the users with an iPhone alarm problem, then this post might be able to help you. We will list down a bunch of troubleshooting procedures that you can do to make sure that your future iPhone alarms will go off properly.
Make sure the alarm settings are correct
When the alarm doesn’t go off at its designated time, it’s often due to incorrect settings. So that should be the first thing you have to check because it’s actually pretty easy to make a mistake when setting an alarm.
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For instance, you might have selected PM instead of AM or vice versa, or you might have expected the alarm sound to play the next day even if it hasn't been set to recurring alarm.
- To do that, launch the Clock app.
Most of the time, it's icon is located in the Home screen.
- Make sure to tap Alarm tab.
The tabs can be found at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the alarm that didn't go off.
You might have already created a lot of alarms so take time to discern which alarm has a problem.
- Edit the time and make sure it's set to AM or PM depending on when you want it to go off.
Remember that you can set the hour, minutes and AM/PM separately.
- If you want to make the alarm recur, tap repeat and then put checks on days that you want the alarm to go off.
The days with checks mean that the alarm should go off on those days.
- Make sure to tap Save so that the changes you made will be saved.
You might have to tap Back before you can tap Save.
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After doing that, the alarm sound should play at the designated time and day, although you may continue changing other settings to your satisfaction.
Check iPhone alarm volume
After checking the alarm settings and your iPhone alarm is still not going off, then it is possible that your device’s volume is too low that you can’t hear it even if it goes off. That’s the next thing you have to check and it’s not enough to just press the volume rocker. You really have to get into settings, and here’s how you do that:
Step 1: Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
Step 2: Find and tap Sounds & Haptics.
Step 3: Drag the slider to the right or adjust it properly so you can hear it properly.
Aside from that, we suggest that the buttons beside the Change with Buttons is enabled so that you can control the alarm sound volume on your iPhone. You can also adjust the ringer volume when that button is enabled.
Make sure your iPhone isn’t connected to any Bluetooth device
After checking the alarm and volume settings and the alarm is still not working properly, then you have to make sure that the audio is streamed through the speakers to your iPhone.
With that being said, just disable the Bluetooth service on your device so that all audio are streamed through your iPhone’s speakers.
To do that, simply swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to pull the control center. After that, tap the Bluetooth icon to disable it. However, if it’s already disabled, then leave it as is.
Check your Apple Watch settings (optional)
This is just an optional step and only if you have an Apple Watch that’s paired with your iPhone you’re having problems with.
You don’t have to do anything special on your Watch but you have to make that it’s not muted or placed in Airplane or Theater mode.
Those modes can suppress the watch’s capability to alert you as well as interfere with your iPhone’s operation.
Force restart your iPhone
Another possibility that you have to rule out is that this problem can be due to a pretty minor system or app glitch. So after doing the previous procedures and the iPhone alarm sound is still not going off, then try doing the forced restart.
It is a simulated battery removal that will refresh your iPhone’s memory as well as reload all of its apps and services. This might be what you really need to fix a minor issue like this.
To force restart your iPhone, press and quickly release the volume up and then the volume down button.
Immediately after that, press and hold the power key for 8 seconds. This will trigger your iPhone to shut down and turn back on.
Once the Apple logo shows, release the side key and allow your iPhone to continue the boot process.
After that, try to set an alarm to see if it goes off. Most of the iPhone alarm sounds issues can be fixed by this procedure.
Update the Clock app and your iPhone
If the iPhone alarm not working issue continues even after doing the previous solutions, then it’s probably a firmware issue. What you need to do next is to make sure that the Clock app is updated as well as the firmware of your device.
To update the apps, just launch the App store and tap on your profile picture. You should be able to see your apps that need to be updated and if the iPhone clock app is one of them, then that might be the reason why alarm not going off properly.
Aside from that, you should also go into Settings > General and then tap Software update. If there’s an update available for your iPhone, do not hesitate to download and install it as it will fix any issues including the iPhone alarm sound problem.
Use a different Clock app
If for some reason your iPhone is still not going off the alarm at the designated time after doing all those things, you might need to do the factory reset. However, you will have to spend more time creating a backup of your important files and data. So if you’re not ready to do that yet, you might as well use a different clock app.
There are a lot of free clock apps you can download from the App Store and it’s easy to set up an alarm using them.
We hope that this simple troubleshooting guide can help you one way or the other.
Have a great day!