Like the majority of iPhone users, I use the built-in Clock app to set an alarm to wake me up every day, but the iPhone’s default ringtones are abhorrent. “Beacon,” the post-apocalyptic siren of mayhem, is so sharp that it could jolt anyone out of the deepest sleep.
What’s the fix because the iPhone’s other default alternatives are also not very good? It really is that easy. We’ll go over a few methods for setting any song on Apple Music and Spotify as an alarm on your iPhone.
How to Set a Song as an Alarm on an iPhone?
I’ve whittled down the top three methods I discovered while investigating to use of music as an alarm on an iPhone. I’ll explain in this post how to use Apple Music, Spotify, or any local music file to set a song as an alarm. Additionally, you can set an alarm using the bedtime option, which provides a better selection of ringtones than the standard alarms menu.
1. Set a Bedtime
The built-in Bedtime feature on the iPhone lets you set a daily alarm for the morning and has its own selection of alarm tones that are far superior to the current monstrosities, though not many people use it. Bedtime has soft, comforting, and gentle tones.
- Open the Clock app on your iPhone, then select Alarm from the bottom to set the bedtime. Locate Sleep | WakeUp, then press the Modify button. It would require you to activate the Sleep schedule. Press Turn On to continue.
- After tapping the Change button a second time, turn the dial to create a schedule. Now locate the alarm settings by scrolling down.
- To choose the alarm tone, select Sound & Haptics under Alarm Options. There is a selection of nine distinct alarm tones available. Regular alarm tones are not available here, so pick one and go on.
- Your alarm is set after you tap Done.
The alarm no longer beeps. The reason I brought up this way is that the alarm tones are aesthetically beautiful and it’s a nice feature.
2. Set a Song as an Alarm on the iPhone with Apple Music
Like most people, I primarily just ask Siri to set my alarms, so I was unaware that there was a whole section dedicated to customizing the sound of the alarm. We now have to manually adjust the alarm tone in the Clock app because Siri will always select the default alarm tone when you ask it to.
- Launch the iPhone’s Clock app, then select Alarm from the bottom menu. To add a new alarm, tap the plus button in the upper right corner. To choose an alarm tone, press Sound after adjusting the alarm time.
- The Songs list would appear above the ringtones. Press Select a Song to access the Music collection.
- Use your finger to find and choose the music you wish to use as the alarm tone. You won’t experience any issues if you bought the song from iTunes.
If the song you’ve chosen is from the Apple Music collection, though, you’ll need to download it through the Music app in order for your alarm to play it.
- Locate the music you’ve selected as the alarm tone by opening the Music app on your iPhone. Next to it, tap the choices menu button.
- Click Download, and the song should have a download icon next to it.
The song will start playing when the alarm goes off after it has been downloaded.
3. Set a Song as An Alarm on the iPhone with Spotify
I understand that not everyone enjoys music as much as they used to, or owns any at all. Thus, if you use Spotify, you may still utilize the service to set an alarm with a song. However, we have to find a solution because Spotify tracks don’t appear in the Clock app.
Now launch Music Alarm Clock Pro. You may set music from Spotify as an alarm with this straightforward alarm app. Install the app from the App Store now. The app is $2.99 and isn’t free.
- To make a new alarm, launch the app after it has been installed and hit the Plus button in the upper right corner.
- Turn the dial to set the alarm time. Additionally, you can modify the snooze time and decide which days the alarm should repeat.
To set a Spotify song as the alarm tone, choose Choose Music now. You would be asked to choose from the “Playlist or Song” options. Any public playlist can be used as your alarm sound, however doing so requires a paid Spotify account.
You can still set a song as your alarm tone, though, and it will play the song’s 30-second clip if you have a free Spotify account. If you have a Spotify Premium account, you are able to set the entire song as your alarm.
- Just use the search bar to look up the song. However, it will prompt you to link your Spotify account with the app before displaying the results. The program doesn’t ask you to link your account until you search for music, which is strange.
- Open the web browser, click the link, and log into your Spotify account.
- Next, give the app permission to use your login information to access your Spotify account and the APIs in order to retrieve the songs. Following that, you would be taken back to the alarm app.
- At this point, the songs would show up in the search results based on the titles, albums, or artist names. Press the upper left back button once you’ve chosen your song.
- Turn the switch ON to finish the process. When your alarm goes off, the song of your choice will play.
4. Use an MP3 file to Create an Alarm Tone
Despite being seen as a limited operating system, iOS nevertheless allows you to accomplish some pretty cool things, like making a ringtone on your iPhone from any MP3 file. All you need is an MP3 file of your favorite song and the Garageband program. However, since the iPhone doesn’t enable ringtones longer than that, you would only be able to produce 30-second ringtones using this method.
- If you haven’t already, begin by installing Garageband on your iPhone. To start a new project, launch the app and hit the plus button in the upper right corner. Make sure Tracks is the top option on the subsequent screen, then select Drummer from the instrument list.
- To access the menu, double-tap the timeline. Then, select Delete.
- Next, as seen in the picture below, tap the Timeline view button on the top bar. Next, press the loops button located on the upper bar.
- To access the Files app, tap the Files tab at the top and choose Browse items from the Files app.
- You may now locate the MP3’s storage directory by browsing the Files app. Tap the MP3 file to include it in the project after you’ve located it.
- Use the tapping and holding method to drag the MP3 file onto the timeline.
- To choose the timeline, tap the file. You can drag the ends to change their length. Double-tap the timeline and select Split from the menu if you need to split the MP3 file from the center.
- Locate the location where you want to split the file by dragging the scissor around the timeline. To cut something, pull down on the scissors. After that, you can double-tap the undesirable portion to remove it.
- Click the Down arrow icon in the upper left corner and choose My Songs to store the ringtone. That would direct you to the page for projects. To access the context menu, long-press the project.
- On the following screen, choose Ringtone by tapping the Share option.
- Name your ringtone and select Export located in the upper-right corner. When you go to set an alarm, the saved ringtone will appear.
- To access the settings page for an alarm, launch the Clock app, choose the alarm, and press it. To access the list of alarm tones, tap Sound.
- The final ringtone we made in Garageband may be seen under Ringtones. Once you tap to pick it, you’re done.
Set a Song as Alarm on iPhone
These three methods demonstrated how to use an iPhone song as an alarm. Four, if you include the alarm for bedtime. It is easier to set a song with Apple Music because of its tight integration with the iOS environment. Finally, if you have an MP3 file, you may make a custom ringtone and set it as your alarm tone. Spotify doesn’t have a lot of permissions, so we have to use third-party software.