How to Set an Alarm with HomePod

Feb 20, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Set an Alarm with HomePod

Managed to get your hands on a brand new HomePod or HomePod Mini? More importantly, is this your very first smart speaker? In that case, you may be wondering how to figure out some of the basic features that it has to offer. This may include things like setting an alarm or adding reminders via HomePod, but it’s actually pretty simple.

The HomePod is powered by Siri, the same voice assistant that can be found across all major Apple devices. Since you’ll be using Siri to get almost all of the things done for you, which is the whole point of using a smart speaker, you can get Siri to set an alarm for you too. Even though a lot of iPhone and iPad owners may be familiar with Siri already, several users still don’t use the voice assistant on these devices.

If you’re one of them, you may not know the essential voice commands and various Siri tricks. Well, we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll cover how you can easily set an alarm with HomePod or HomePod mini.

How to Set an Alarm with HomePod

Since we’re basically just using Siri, the steps to set an alarm are identical for both the HomePod and HomePod Mini models regardless of the firmware they’re running. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use the voice command with a similar phrase “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 6 AM.” or “Hey Siri, wake me up at 5 AM tomorrow.”. If you want to set an alarm for specific days, you can say “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 7 AM every Monday.”
  2. Siri will respond something like “Your alarm is set for 6 AM tomorrow.” or “I’ve set your alarm for 5 AM tomorrow.” confirming that the alarm has been configured.

Siri will now play the alarm sound at the specified time which can be stopped by using the voice command “Hey Siri, turn off the alarm.”. Or, you can simply tap the top of the HomePod to quickly mute the alarm if it’s nearby.

How to Delete an Alarm with HomePod

If you accidentally created an alarm and you want to remove it, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s just as easy as setting one. Let’s take a look:

  1. You can use the voice command “Hey Siri, delete the 6 AM alarm.” if you want to remove a specific alarm. Or, if you want to clear your list of alarms, use the command “Hey Siri, delete all alarms.”
  2. Siri will respond “I deleted your 6 AM alarm.”. However, if you tried to delete multiple alarms, Siri will ask for your permission and you’ll need to confirm by simply saying “Yes”.

There you go. Siri makes the process extremely simple.

From now on, you can set multiple alarms on your HomePod with just your voice and you don’t have to fiddle around with your iPhone or iPad. If the HomePod is in your bedroom, it’ll be louder than your iOS or iPadOS device anyway. You can also set your alarm volume to 100% by using the command “Hey Siri, set the alarm volume to 100%”, or lower if you’d like.

Note that setting an alarm on your HomePod will not create an alarm in the Clock app on your iPhone or iPad. To view your HomePod alarms, you’ll need to launch the Home app for iOS / iPadOS instead. Once opened, you need to long-press on your HomePod and you’ll be able to see all your alarms under the playback controls. You can also create new alarms and delete existing ones from this menu, if needed.

Now you know a bit about setting up alarms on your new HomePod. How do you feel about the HomePod smart speaker? Does it make you use Siri a lot more than you used to? Do share your first impressions and feel free to drop your valuable opinions in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Tips & Tricks

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  1. Harold Adams says:

    How about setting a timer on the homepod. Not ALARM but a Timer. boil some eggs for 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

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