How to Set Alarms that Play Music on the HomePod

It’s easy to consider a HomePod as purely 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 much more than simply sounding good.

With Siri’s inbuilt voice commands, your HomePod can 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.

How to ask Siri to set an alarm using a HomePod

First, activate Siri on your HomePod using one of these methods.

  • By saying “Hey Siri”.
  • Press the top of HomePod.

Read more about how to set up and use Siri on your HomePod.

You can talk using natural phrases and set alarms by saying the day of the week. For example:

Hey Siri, wake me up at 8 am.

Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9 am every weekday.

Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10 am every Tuesday and Thursday.

Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9 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 pm, labeled Book Dinner.

How to check your alarms on a HomePod

If you want to know what alarms you have already set, 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 on a HomePod

Changing an alarm is possible by saying its time or name with a voice command like:

Hey Siri, change my 2 pm alarm to 3 pm.

Hey Siri, change my Book Dinner alarm to 7 pm.

How to delete an alarm on a HomePod

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 alarms with Siri

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

When your alarm sounds, say:

Hey Siri, snooze.

Change your alarm sound to an Apple Music song, playlist, or radio station

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can choose a song, playlist, or radio station as an alarm sound. Unfortunately, Siri can’t do this for you just yet, so this feature needs to be set on an iPhone or iPad.

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone, and tap on the HomePod.
  • Scroll down and tap New to create an alarm. (If you have already set an alarm with Siri, tap on it and go to the next step).
  • Set the time of your alarm, and if you want it to repeat and name it if necessary.
Set a new alarm on your HomePod
Set a new alarm on your HomePod
  • Under Alarm Sound, Tap Play Media, then tap Choose Media.
Tap on 'Choose Media'
Tap on ‘Choose Media’
  • Search Apple Music for the song, playlist or radio station you want to use for the alarm, then tap on it. In this example, we’ve selected the Apple Music 1 radio station.
  • Turn on Repeat to have the song or playlist repeat once it ends.
  • Turn on Shuffle to randomize playlist order.
Choose the music for your alarm
Choose the music for your alarm
  • To change the HomePod alarm volume, tap Use Custom Volume, then drag the slider to your preferred level.
  • Tap Done.
Set a custom volume for the alarm
Set a custom volume for the alarm

And that’s all there is to it; when the alarm on your HomePod sounds, it will play the music you selected.

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.