Set a Song as the Alarm Clock Sound on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Sep 30, 2012 - 11 Comments

iPhone Alarm clock

If you’re tired of the existing alarm clock sounds and ringtones, you can now select individual songs to be the alarm clock sound played by iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

You’ll want to be sure you have the song to set as your alarm already as part of your Music library in iOS. The rest is easy, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Open “Clock” app and tap on “Alarm”
  • Either hit the + button to add a new alarm, or tap “Edit” and pick an existing one
  • Tap “Sound” and scroll to the very top, then tap on “Pick a song”
  • Find the song you want in the iTunes music library and tap on it
  • Tap “Back” then tap “Save” to have the song as that alarms sound

Song as alarm sound on iPhone

You’ll probably have noticed that each time you tap a song it starts playing a preview of the song from the beginning, and that’s exactly how the song will play when the alarm goes off.

This is an easy way to set the mood for your wake up, and though it’s not necessarily as repetitive and annoying as some of the clock sounds, the entire song will play on repeat until you wake up and either hush the iPhone or turn the alarm off.

This works the same in all versions of iOS, though the settings may look slightly different in iOS 8 vs 6. Also notable to mention that older versions of the iPad didn’t include a Clock app at all, so obviously this feature is only available to newer versions on the iPad hardware, whereas iPhone has always had the Clock and Alarm features.

Thanks for the tip idea Nir

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  1. Donna says:

    I have done everything I can to get my alarm to play a certain song when alarm goes off

  2. Maria says:

    I did that 3 times and still, when my alarm goes off it’s just this annoying beeping, and not my song. And when I click the song, a preview doesn’t play, it’s just silent. Any suggestions? The song has the check and I hit save and it has the song title listed as the sound for the alarm

  3. Maria says:

    I didn’t that 3 times and still, when my alarm goes off it’s just this annoying beeping. And when I click the song, a preview doesn’t play, it’s just silent. Any suggestions?

  4. Bambam says:

    thank you so much✨

  5. Nate says:

    Same here, I can’t delete songs from the current playlist in my “Alarms”. Anyone with an answer?

  6. Hmm says:

    How do you remove songs you’ve used in the past as alarms? Now I just have this big ugly list when I go to select one…

  7. Jeroen says:

    Does somebody know how I can turn off the vibration when the alarm goes off?

  8. Houssam says:


    Is the the indication of the cell signal strength refers to a jailbroken ios6?? Cause as i remember, this is doable through a tweak in cydia. Am i right??

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