Apple Watch makes a terrific wake-up device. You can easily stand the watch on its side making it easier to see the display when you wake it up. Accessing the snooze features is easy as well. Press the Digital crown, and you get an extra nine minutes in bed or just tap on the side button to kill the alarm. This quick article shows you how to set up Apple Watch alarms, work with the Nightstand mode and fix haptic alarm-related issues on your Apple Watch.
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How To Set Up Apple Watch Alarms
Ready to set the Watch to wake you up at a specific time? Tap on the Alarm app on your watch to get started. Choose ‘Add Alarm’ from the screen to get started.
You will need to change the two numbers on this screen to set your alarm to the hour and minutes of your choice. Tap on the Hour button and use the Digital crown to select the number you want. Next, tap on the minutes and adjust it using the digital crown. Choose ‘Set’ to finish setting up the alarm.
The alarm time will then show when you are in Night Stand mode.
A hassle-free way to set up the alarm on your Apple Watch is to use Siri simply. You don’t have to open the Alarm app and set the alarms manually. Just ask Siri to “Wake me up at” or “Set Alarm for” and specify your time.
You can also say “ Set Repeating Alarm for 7 PM” to set up an alarm that repeats daily.
This action will set up the alarm on your Apple Watch. Similarly, you can also use Siri to remove all your alarms by saying “Clear All Alarms.”
Editing the Alarm on Apple Watch
Editing the Alarm properties on your Apple Watch is very easy. You can label the alarm by tapping it and then using Siri to name the label. This labeling lets you set up different alarms for different scenarios.
Setting up the Alarm to repeat every day, just on weekdays or only weekends is easy as well. You can alter the frequency of the alarm by tapping on the second row to set the repeat instructions.
Turn on the Snooze function while editing alarms if you want a little more time to wake up.
Setting it up to Night Stand Mode
When you turn the Apple Watch on its side, with the Digital crown facing up and have connected your watch to the charger, your watch will enter the Nightstand mode. If you are having issues with this function, open Settings > General > NightStand Mode. Make sure that Nightstand mode is turned ON here.
Once your watch is on Night Stand mode, you will see the time and date. To see the time at night, press any of the buttons or move the device a little and it will display the time.
Apple Watch Alarms Not Working, How-To Fix
The best way to address common problems on your Apple Watch is to restart your watch and your iPhone.
Turn off both the devices and restart your iPhone before starting up your Watch. On the Watch, press and hold the side button to use the Power off slider.
Sometimes merely toggling the Silent Mode to On and then Off a few times also does the trick.
Please note that when “Silent Mode” is enabled, alarms and timers are muted unless your Apple Watch is on the charger and connected to power.
Apple Watch Not Vibrating with Alarm, No Haptic Alarm Notifications
One of the issues we have seen with the latest watchOS is that the Alarm doesn’t function in the haptic mode. Your Apple Watch doesn’t vibrate when the Alarm goes off.
If you are facing this issue, there is a workaround that may help you with dealing with this issue.
We are also assuming that you have checked the sound settings already. Open the apple watch app, tap on Settings, and there are two settings for sound, and the other is haptic. Make sure they are green.
To get to the sound and haptic settings, put on your Apple Watch, open Settings app, scroll down and choose Sounds and Haptics. Under Haptic Strength, tap on the watch icon on the right to increase the haptic intensity.
Apple also provides the extra ‘prominent haptic feature’ that provides an additional haptic tap to pre-announce an alert. You can turn on this feature in Settings > Sounds & Haptics > enable Prominent Haptic.
Now that you have ensured that the Haptic settings are up and running on your Apple Watch, you can use the workaround to make sure that your alarms are vibrating and utilizing the haptics.
Before you use the workaround, try just to turn off the watch and turn it on and see if it fixes your issue. Sometimes, a good old fashioned switching off entirely and then turning the device on can fix many simple problems.
Set up an alarm on your iPhone and set it to vibrate (You can choose any vibration type or just use the default).
You don’t need to enable the alarm on your iPhone. All you need to do is to set it up. Label the alarm to “Apple Watch Vibrate.” Now, when you set up the alarm on your Apple Watch, it should vibrate.
Not sure why this works for some people, but we have seen this work for many users both on their Series 1 as well as Series 2 watches with watchOS 4.
To see the same alarms on both iPhone and Apple Watch, first set the alarm on iPhone. Then open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Clock, then turn on Push Alerts from iPhone.
Apple Watch alerts you when an alarm goes off so you can snooze or dismiss the alarm. (You aren’t warned on iPhone when Apple Watch alarms go off.)
We hope that you found this short article helpful. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or comments. We appreciate your feedback and are hoping that you are enjoying your Apple Watch!