How to Set an Alarm on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Setting an Alarm on Mac

Mac computers are not only great for work and entertainment, but they can also help you stay organized and on schedule. One useful feature that Mac offers is the ability to set alarms. Whether you need a reminder for an important meeting or simply want to wake up on time, setting alarms on your Mac is quick and easy.

Using the Clock App

The Clock app on your Mac allows you to set multiple alarms with different settings. To access the Clock app, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Launchpad” icon in your dock.
  2. Type “Clock” in the search bar at the top.
  3. Click on the “Clock” app icon to open it.

Once you have opened the Clock app, follow these steps to set an alarm:

  1. Click on the “+” button in the bottom left corner of the app window. This will create a new alarm.
  2. Enter a name for your alarm by clicking on the “Label” field and typing in a descriptive name (e.g., “Meeting Reminder”).
  3. Set the time for your alarm by clicking on the hour or minute field and using the up and down arrows or typing in a specific time.
  4. Select whether you want your alarm to repeat by clicking on the “Repeat” checkbox. You can choose from options like daily, weekdays, weekends, or customize specific days.
  5. If you want your alarm to have a snooze feature, click on the “Snooze” checkbox.
  6. You can also choose a sound for your alarm by clicking on the “Sound” dropdown menu and selecting from a variety of options.
  7. Once you have configured your alarm settings, click on the “Save” button in the bottom right corner of the app window.

Your alarm is now set! The Clock app will display your alarm in a list, and you can easily toggle it on or off by clicking on the switch next to it. You can also edit or delete an alarm by clicking on the respective buttons next to each alarm.

Using Siri

If you prefer a hands-free approach to setting alarms, you can also use Siri on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Siri icon in your menu bar (top right corner of your screen) or press Command + Space to activate Siri.
  2. Say something like “Set an alarm for 8 AM” or “Wake me up at 7 AM tomorrow.”
  3. Siri will confirm your request and set the alarm for you.

Note that Siri uses your Mac’s clock settings, so make sure your system time is accurate for accurate alarm notifications.


Setting alarms on your Mac is a simple and convenient way to stay organized and manage your time effectively. Whether you prefer using the Clock app or utilizing Siri’s voice commands, Mac offers multiple options to suit your needs. By incorporating these methods into your daily routine, you can ensure that you never miss an important event or wake up late again!

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