iOS: Setting Recurring Alarms on Your iPhone and iPad

I think a lot of people are unaware that you can set recurring alarms under iOS. So for example, you could have one that wakes you up at 7 a.m. on weekdays and another that goes off at 11 a.m. on weekends. That means that you won’t have to toggle on an alarm every night—hooray!

So here’s how you set it up. First, open the Clock app on your iOS device, and then make sure you’re on the “Alarm” tab at the bottom. Afterward, either press “Edit” at the top and touch an existing alarm or select the plus button to configure a new one.

Once you arrive at the add/edit alarm screen, you can make changes as you see fit—rewrite the label to something that makes sense to you, switch up what sound (or song) plays when the alarm goes off, and so on. The setting we’re working with for this article, though, is labeled “Repeat,” so tap that.

As you can see, you can pick as many days as you want to, and the app is smart enough to spell out what days you’ve chosen properly.

One of the awesome things about this is that when your alarm goes off and you slide on your device’s screen to shut it up, it’ll wake you again the next time it’s configured to (rather than turning the alarm off completely, as will happen when it’s not set as recurring). So you shouldn’t have to turn on your alarm each day, but if you’re paranoid, a quick swipe down on your screen to access Notification Center will confirm that it’s ready to go.

I’m paranoid. I check that every day, even though I KNOW my alarm is set. I may have trust issues.