How to set alarms that play music on the HomePod and HomePod mini

Set an alarm on a HomePod or HomePod Mini by touch or speech using Siri. Learn how to delete, edit, and snooze alarms, and create an alarm that plays music.

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It’s easy to think of a HomePod as just a great quality speaker for playing your favorite music when you want it. But by taking advantage of its deep integration with Siri, it can offer a lot more than simply sounding good.

Using Siri’s inbuilt voice commands, your HomePod or HomePod mini can be used to set, edit, snooze and delete alarms, just like you can on the iPhone.

This is handy because there may be times when setting an alarm by speaking to Siri is preferable. Your iPhone might be charging in another room, or you’re already in bed and forgot to set your morning wake-up call.

Of course, alarms don’t have to be used for waking up in the morning. You can use them at any time of the day to remind yourself to make lunch or keep you focussed on specific tasks, safe in the knowledge that you won’t overrun.

How to ask Siri to set an alarm using HomePod and HomePod mini

To set an alarm:

  • Trigger Siri by saying “Hey Siri” or by touching the top of your HomePod or HomePod Mini.
  • Speak your preferred alarm time.

You can talk naturally and set alarms by the days of the week.

For example:

Hey Siri, wake me up at 8:30 am.
Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 am every weekday
Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 am every Tuesday and Thursday
Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 am every weekend

If you like, name an alarm to make it easier to edit in the future.

Hey Siri, set an alarm for 2:00 pm labeled Book Dinner

How to check your alarms

If you want to know what alarms you have set up, say:

Hey Siri, what alarms do I have set?

Siri will list your alarms, either by time or by the label you gave them.

How to edit an alarm

Changing an alarm is also possible, with a command like:

Hey Siri, change my 2:00 pm alarm to 3:00 pm
Hey Siri, change my Book Dinner alarm to 7 pm.

How to delete an alarm on a HomePod and HomePod mini

Again, to delete an alarm, you can reference it by time or name. For example:

Hey Siri, delete my 7 am alarm
Hey Siri, delete my Book Dinner alarm

Siri will confirm that your alarm has been deleted.

Snooze HomePod alarm with Siri

If you’re snug and cozy and you just don’t have the enthusiasm to hop right out of bed, you can Snooze an extra few minutes:

When your alarm sounds, say:

Hey Siri, snooze

Change your alarm Sound to an Apple Music song

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can choose a song, playlist, or radio station as an alarm sound. Unfortunately, Siri can’t handle this just yet, so this setting needs to be adjusted manually.

  • In the Home app on your iOS or iPadOS device, touch and hold a HomePod.
  • Scroll down and tap on an existing alarm, or tap New to create an alarm.
  • If you’re creating a new alarm, choose your settings.
  • Under Alarm Sound, Tap Play Media, then tap Choose Media.
  • Search for a song, playlist or radio station, then tap it.
  • Turn on Repeat to have the song or playlist repeat once it ends.
  • Turn on Shuffle to randomize playlist order.
  • To change the HomePod alarm volume, tap Use Custom Volume, then drag the slider to your preferred level.
  • Tap Done.
HomePod Alarm Settings

And that’s all there is to it.

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.

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