How to Create Alarms on Your HomePod

Wednesday February 14, 2018 10:35 AM PST by Juli Clover

HomePod, much like an iPhone or iPad, can be used as an alarm clock replacement to wake you up in the morning or remind you of important tasks.

Using HomePod as an alarm clock is simple, but it is controlled separately than alarms on your iPhone and there are a few tricks to be aware of.


Setting Using Siri

The easiest way to set an alarm on the HomePod is to ask Siri. Siri can set a one-time alarm for you, or Siri can set recurring alarms that go off every day. Some sample commands:

  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 a.m
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 a.m. every weekday
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 2:00 p.m. labeled Flight Check-In
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 a.m. every weekend

TIP: Labeling your alarms makes it easier for you to remember them and to reference them again when giving commands to Siri.

Managing Alarms Using Siri

You can manage your alarms with Siri, too. For example, if you want to delete an alarm, you can say something like "Hey Siri, delete the 2:00 p.m. alarm," or "Hey Siri, delete all of my alarms."

Changing an alarm is also possible, with a command like "Hey Siri, change the 2:00 p.m. alarm to 3:00 p.m, and if you want to know what alarms you have set up, say "Hey Siri, what alarms do I have on?"

Siri will run through all alarms that are set up on the HomePod with that command.

Managing and Setting Alarms in the Home App

Alarms that you set up on the HomePod through Siri can be viewed and managed in the Home app.

  1. Open up the Home app.
  2. 3D Touch or long press on the HomePod icon on the main screen.
  3. Tap "Alarms."

The "Alarms" section of the HomePod in the Home app looks a lot like the Alarm portion of the Clock app on the iPhone, so if you've used that, it should be immediately familiar.

If you tap the "+" button, you can set a new alarm, and if you tap the "Edit" button, you can edit or delete an existing alarm. Tapping one of the toggles next to an alarm turns it off temporarily.


With any alarm that you set or edit, you can add a time, cause it to repeat, and change the label.

NOTE: Prior to the HomePod's release, there were rumors suggesting users would be able to set songs as custom ringtones for the alarm feature of the HomePod, but that is not possible. There is no option to change the default sound of the alarm on the HomePod.

Disabling an Alarm

When an alarm goes off on the HomePod, an alarm sound activates and the top of the HomePod flashes with a white light. To turn it off, you simply need to tap the top of the HomePod.

If you don't have a free hand, you can also ask Siri to turn off the alarm: "Hey Siri, turn off the alarm." To snooze an alarm, you can say "Hey Siri, snooze" and it will snooze for a short period of time before the alarm goes off again.

Related Roundup: HomePod
Buyer's Guide: HomePod (Neutral)

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
28 months ago
Damn shameful you can't have the alarm set to a playlist, song or radio station on AM. This seems like a day 1 kind of feature for a device like this.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
28 months ago
It is possible to snooze an alarm. The catch is that your have to speak the command: “Hey Siri, snooze”
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
28 months ago
How about setting a "sleep" alarm for an audio device? The fact that you can't have your podcasts shut off after a certain amount of time kills about 33% of the usefulness of the home pod for me. It's a shame that so many day-1 features are missing.

I have a feeling that Apple knows all of this, and it was either ship HomePod with V1.0 Hardware V0.75 software, or ship Q1 2019 with 1.0 Hardware and 1.0 software.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
28 months ago

It is possible to snooze an alarm. The catch is that your have to speak the command: “Hey Siri, snooze”

This is what happens when a website focuses on quantity of articles rather than quality. Thanks for being their fact checker!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
28 months ago

Damn shameful you can't have the alarm set to a playlist, song or radio station on AM. This seems like a day 1 kind of feature for a device like this.

Absolutely- especially since Sonos offers such a nice way of doing this, absolutely love their alarm with an Apple Music playlist and a smooooth fade in! It’s really a nice way of waking up! And Apple has such good curated playlists at Apple ,sic, that work perfectly in conjunction with Sonos. Would have totally expected the HomePod to do the same thing. Disappointing. Hope we’ll see a massive software update for this thing later this year!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
28 months ago
This is really TERRIBLE.... the alarm feature should:
1) be able to play Apple Music playlist or radio station or genre
2) be able to fade on over X minutes
3) allow you to set the volume of the alarm
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Apple's 2020 MacBook Air vs. 2020 iPad Pro

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:45 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple in March updated both the MacBook Air and the iPad Pro, and with the iPad Pro increasingly positioned as a computer replacement, we thought we'd compare both new machines to see how they measure up and which one might be a better buy depending on user needs. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We're comparing the base model 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the base model...

New Low-Cost 'iPhone SE' Could Launch as Soon as Tomorrow

Thursday April 2, 2020 4:06 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple's new low-cost iPhone is set to launch as early as Friday, April 3, according to a new report from 9to5Mac that cites a tip from a "highly trusted reader." The site says that while it can't be certain about the launch date, "Apple could reveal and begin taking orders for the new iPhone as soon as tomorrow." The iPhone 8 Apple is said to be planning to call the new iPhone, which is...

Zoom Accused of Misleading Users With 'End-to-End Encryption' Claims Amid Other Security Issues [Updated]

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:47 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Zoom is facing fresh scrutiny today following a report that the videoconferencing app's encryption claims are misleading. Zoom states on its website and in its security white paper that the app supports end-to-end encryption, a term that refers to a way of protecting user content so that the company has no access to it whatsoever. However, an investigation by The Intercept reveals that...

AirTags Referenced in New Apple Support Video

Thursday April 2, 2020 12:12 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple has accidentally referenced its widely rumored AirTags item tracking tags in a video that it uploaded to its Apple Support channel on YouTube today. The video was first spotted by the blog Appleosophy and has quickly been removed. The video was titled "How to erase your iPhone." AirTags were mentioned in Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone under Enable Offline Finding, with...

Intel Unveils 10th-Gen Processors Suitable for Next 16-Inch MacBook Pro With Wi-Fi 6 and Turbo Boost Speeds Above 5GHz

Thursday April 2, 2020 7:53 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Intel today announced the launch of its latest 10th-generation Core processors for high-end notebooks, potentially including the next 16-inch MacBook Pro. The batch of 45W chips, part of the Comet Lake family, are built on Intel's 14nm++ architecture. The new H-series chips have the same base clock speeds as the 9th-generation chips in the current 16-inch MacBook Pro, but Turbo Boost speeds...

Apple Acquires Weather App Dark Sky

Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:22 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple has acquired weather app Dark Sky, Dark Sky's developers announced today. Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps on the App Store, known for its accuracy and storm warnings. Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy. There is no ...

Apple Adding Some 2013 and 2014 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Models to Vintage Products List at End of April

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:24 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
In an internal memo obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that the following 2013 and 2014 models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be added to its vintage and obsolete products list on April 30:MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013) MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013) MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014) MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2014)Apple defines vintage...

Apple Paid Hacker $75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day Camera Exploits in Safari

Friday April 3, 2020 3:58 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple paid out $75,000 to a hacker for identifying multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in its software, some of which could be used to hijack the camera on a MacBook or an iPhone, according to Forbes. A zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole in software that is unknown to the software developer and the public, although it may already be known by attackers who are quietly exploiting...

iPhone 8 Screen Protector Updated With 'iPhone SE' Compatibility on Apple's Online Store

Thursday April 2, 2020 8:10 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
Another clue has surfaced to suggest that Apple's rumored lower-cost iPhone SE successor will likely be released soon. Earlier today, a product listing for a Belkin screen protector on Apple's online store was updated to reflect compatibility with not only the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but also the iPhone SE. Given the original iPhone SE was a 4-inch device, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are...

2020 iPad Pro May Not Have a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip After All

Wednesday April 1, 2020 8:49 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
While it was previously reported that all 2020 iPad Pro models feature the same Apple-designed U1 chip as the iPhone 11 lineup, enabling Ultra Wideband support, we have compiled evidence to suggest that this may not be the case. As a reminder, Apple's tech specs for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro list an Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness, but the chip is not mentioned in Apple's...