iOS 12: How to Set Up Your Bedtime Alarm

Do Not Disturb During Bedtime settings in iOS 12 Clock app

iOS 12 has a new feature called Do Not Disturb at Bedtime to help keep you from having your sleep, well, disturbed. It also helps you keep your sleep schedule for a healthier sleep routine. Here’s how to set it up.

To set up the Bedtime alarm in iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad do this:

  • Launch the Clock app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap Bedtime
  • Tap Get Started
  • Set the time you want to wake up, then tap Next
iOS 12 Clock app Bedtime settings
iOS 12’s Clock app Bedtime settings for sleep and wakeup alarms
  • Choose the days you want your wake up alarm. All days are selected by default, so tap the days you don’t want a wake up alarm. Tap Next.
  • Set the hours of sleep you’d like to get each night, then tap Next
  • Choose how far before bedtime you’d like a reminder alarm and tap Next
  • Pick the alarm tone you want to hear when you wake up, then tap Next
  • Tap Save


iOS 12 Clock app Bedtime settings
Setting sleep time and wake up alarm in Bedtime

Now you’ll get a reminder when it’s time to go to bed and you’ll get your wake up alarm, too. You can also see a report showing your sleep activity in the Clock app’s Bedtime view.

Bonus tip: A good night’s sleep is a night without interruptions, including alerts from your iPhone. You can add iOS 12’s new bedtime Do Not Disturb feature to your Bedtime alarm with just a couple taps.

Do Not Disturb During Bedtime settings in iOS 12 Clock app
Do Not Disturb During Bedtime settings

When you finish setting up your bedtime alarm, tap Options in Clock app’s sleep overview screen. Now turn on Do Not Disturb During Bedtime, then tap Done. That stops your iPhone display from lighting up for messages and other alerts, and calls won’t ring.

iOS 12 is in beta testing right now. It’ll be available as a free upgrade for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this fall.

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Lee Dronick

I already have Do Not Disturb on a schedule, too many nightowls texting me. I rarely use an audible alarm, only when traveling and only then when I need to mke sure that I get up on time. At home I have HUE lights wake me.