How to fix iPhone XR Alarm that’s not working in iOS 13, iPhone won’t alarm after update

One of the useful features of an iPhone is the alarm. It is seldom used but may come in handy especially if you’ve got no other wake-up tools to use but your phone. All you have to do is to set up the alarm time for your iPhone to sound and your device should be all set to sound an alarm tone when the specified time comes. In case you’re having trouble using the alarm feature of your iPhone after the iOS 13 update from volume problems to skipped alarms, I’ve mapped out a few simple solutions for you to try. Feel free to refer to this walkthrough if ever you need more inputs in fixing your iPhone XR alarm that’s not working in iOS 13.

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Troubleshooting your iPhone XR alarm that’s not working in iOS 13

Before you start ruling out common factors that could cause your iPhone’s alarm functions to fail and stop working from a major system update, check the date and time settings on your device and make sure they are correct. Otherwise, your iPhone won’t be able to trigger the alarm on the intended time. 

  • To check and manage date and time settings on your iPhone XR, simply head over to Settings-> General-> Date & Time menu, then tap the switch to enable the option to Set Automatically. 

Doing so will prompt your device to use the date and time information based on the timezone of your current location. 

After verifying that the date and time settings are correct, troubleshoot your device using to eliminate individual factors that might have caused conflicts to your iPhone’s alarm functions after the iOS 13 update. 

Also delete any other alarm apps that you no longer use. Having multiple alarm apps on your device may also cause conflicts and result in random flaws with the built-in or stock alarm feature of your iPhone.

If Bluetooth is turned on, try turning it off. Although alarms should ring through the built-in speakers, this may not be always the case, especially if the iOS 13 brings in some sort of alarm bugs that makes alarm sounds to play on a paired Bluetooth-enabled accessory. You can disable Bluetooth through the Control Center or go to your iPhone XR Settings-> Bluetooth menu then toggle the switch to disable/turn off the feature.


First solution: Adjust the volume level on your iPhone.

The volume level on your phone might have been reduced automatically from the recent update and that has resulted in your alarm sounds not audible. To make sure this isn’t the underlying cause, adjust to increase the volume level on your iPhone XR with these steps:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Select Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Scroll down to Ringers and Alerts.
  4. Then drag the slider right to increase the volume level for your alarm. 

Your phone will then play an alert sound so you can hear how loud the volume after applying new changes.

You can also use the Volume buttons on your iPhone to  change the alarm volume. Just be sure to turn on the option to Change with Buttons.

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Second solution: Soft reset to fix your iPhone XR alarm that’s not working in iOS 13.

Minor software glitches triggered by the recent update can also caused conflicts to other built-in functions including alarms. These could be the main reason why your alarms stopped working in iOS 13. To fix these random system flaws, performing a soft reset or rebooting your iPhone is recommended. If you haven’t already, just follow these steps to soft reset your iPhone XR:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button for a few seconds until the Slide to Power Off appears.
  2. Release both buttons when the power off slider appears.
  3. Drag the slider to the right and allow several seconds for your phone to power off.
  4. After 30 seconds or so, press and hold the Side button again until the Apple logo appears.

Wait for your iPhone to finish booting up then open any sound-enabled apps or ring your iPhone to determine whether or not its sound features are working. If you hear your iPhone sounds, set a sample alarm schedule to see if it works.


Third solution: Change the alarm tone on your iPhone XR.

It is also possible that the alarm tone you choose is not that loud and so you don’t hear your iPhone sound when the alarm was triggered. To clear this out, try changing the alarm tone to a different audio and see if that makes some positive results. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Clock app on your phone.
  2. Then tap the Alarm tab.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap to select the alarm that you’d like to edit.
  5. Then tap Sound.
  6. Select a different sound for your alarm tone.

Soon after changing the alarm tone, set the alarm to the closest time possible to test and see if the alarm sounds as intended.

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Fourth solution: Turn Bedtime on or off.

Bedtime is an iOS clock feature that is used to track your sleep. With this feature enabled, you can set the Clock app to remind you to go to bed and sound an alarm for you to wake up as scheduled.

To make sure your Bedtime settings weren’t ruined from the recent system transition, turn the feature off and then back on again. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Clock app to get started.
  2. Tap the Bedtime tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. navigate to the Schedule section then tap Bedtime or Wake Up.
  4. Then toggle the switch on the upper-right corner to turn Bedtime Schedule on or off.

Turning off Bedtime Schedule also turns off both the bedtime reminder and wake up alarm on your device. So be sure to turn it on again.

You can also try changing the time and day you’d like to get a bedtime reminder or alarm. For testing purposes, set it to the closest time to see if it works.


Fifth solution: Delete then recreate the alarm on your iPhone XR.

Existing settings including alarms can also get ruined by major updates. This is one of the adverse outcomes of a major system transition. If this is what has happened to your iPhone alarm, you’ll need to delete the corrupted alarm to set up a new one. To delete an alarm from your iPhone XR, simply follow these steps:

  1. Swipe left over the alarm, to get started.
  2. Then tap Delete.
  3. Tap Edit to continue.
  4. Then tap the minus (-) sign.
  5. Tap Delete then tap the alarm.
  6. Finally, tap the option to Delete Alarm to confirm that you want to delete the alarm.

Follow the same steps to delete all other saved alarms from your device to prevent any of them from causing conflicts with the preferred alarm schedule.

After deleting the alarm, recreate your alarm as new with these steps:

  1. Tap to open the Clock app from the Home screen.
  2. Then tap the Alarm tab.
  3. Tap the plus (+) sign.
  4. Set a time for the new alarm. 
  5. You may choose to repeat, label, sound, or snooze your device with the alarm sounds.
  6. Finally, tap Save when done.

You can also ask Siri to set an alarm on your device. Just launch Siri on your iPhone XR then say something like “Wake me up tomorrow at 5:00AM” or something similar.


Last resort: Restore your iPhone to factory default settings.

This is often deemed among the last options when dealing with stubborn issues that could not be remedied by the basic procedures. This will delete everything from your iPhone system including downloads and saved information on the phone storage, thus creating backups is highly recommended beforehand. Complex system errors including post-update bugs that ruined your iPhone’s alarm system are likewise typically rectified through a factory reset. If you wish to take chances in this method, back up all important data from your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, then follow these steps to start wiping your iPhone XR:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings. This will erase all customized options and new settings overrides from the recent update, including all saved information on the phone storage.
  5. Enter your device passcode if prompted to continue.
  6. Tap the option to Erase iPhone twice to confirm that you want to erase and restore factory default settings on your device.

You can also use iTunes to manually erase your iPhone XR and restore from a previous iOS backup on your computer. If you prefer to use this method, then you can likewise, back up your iPhone data straight to your computer’s storage directory using iTunes. Then follow these steps whenever you’re all set to begin resetting your device:

  1. Using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable, connect your iPhone to the computer that you used to synced before. 
  2. Open iTunes on your computer once it’s connected.
  3. From the iTunes main screen, select the Sync option. 
  4. Once prompted, enter your device passcode to unlock your phone. This will backup your iPhone to the computer. 
  5. Click the option to Restore iPhone from the most recent backup.
  6. Then follow the rest of the on-screen prompts to complete the system reset and restoration process.

Software issues including those inflicted by iOS bugs are usually resolved through a factory reset or iOS restore, thus your iPhone XR alarm should be working properly by now. But if that’s not what you get after a factory reset, performing a recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore can be considered among the last potential solutions. Should you wish to troubleshoot further, you can refer to a comprehensive tutorial on how to restore an iPhone XR in recovery mode or DFU mode, found on this site’s tutorials section. Just visit the iPhone XR troubleshooting page for more information.

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Still having trouble with your iPhone XR alarm that’s not working in iOS 13?

This may be an iOS 13 bug that’s not rectifiable by any existing workarounds and therefore requires a dedicated fix patch. Thus, reporting the problem to Apple Support is also a must-do if all else failed to resolve the issue. 

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