If you live in a family household, there's a good chance that at some stage you've been disturbed by someone else's alarm going off on their iPhone. If their phone is out of your reach and no one else is bothering to turn off the alarm, the disturbance can quickly become irritating, but if your own ‌iPhone‌ or iPad is nearby, there's a handy trick you can use to silence that alarm without you having to get up.

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The next time you hear an alarm going off on a family member's ‌iPhone‌ and your own ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ is within earshot, simply say "Hey Siri, turn off the alarm on Anna's ‌iPhone‌" (or the name of whoever's ‌iPhone‌ it's likely to be).

‌Siri‌ will ask you to confirm that you want to stop the alarm that's going off on the person's ‌iPhone‌, to which you can respond with "Yes" or "No," or you can tap the same two onscreen options. All things being well, the alarm will be silenced forthwith.

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Tip: You can make the same request using a nearby HomePod with ‌Siri‌ enabled.

Note that this feature only works if the noisy ‌iPhone‌ in question is owned by a person included in your Family Sharing group, and that person identifies in Family Sharing with the name that you use in the ‌Siri‌ request. Lastly, both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

(Via Reddit.)

Top Rated Comments

bored Avatar
6 weeks ago
How about "Hey Siri, turn off everyone's phone in this movie theatre."
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
6 weeks ago
I've never seen this one before. How in the world were we supposed to discover this one, Apple? Besides MacRumors.

Yet I can't ask her something simple like what the high temperature was yesterday or how much rain we got, along with a whole bunch of other simple queries.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
entropyfl Avatar
6 weeks ago
That’s cool.. I usually just call them for it to stop
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
diego.caraballo Avatar
6 weeks ago
Only for families that get along well…otherwise a tool to screw other member’s schedule.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheBuffather Avatar
6 weeks ago
Two major corrections needed:

[LIST=1]
* You can say “Hey Siri, turn off the nearby alarm.” I do this all the time.
* You do not have to be part of the same family sharing. My wife and I do not have our accounts connected in any way (no family sharing, no shared account, etc) and I turn her alarms off all the time using this method.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
6 weeks ago
That's really cool. Great tip.

Now we need a way to ask Siri to turn someone's speaker off.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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