Android 101: How to set an alarm using your clock app
Jul 18, 2013 10:04 AM –
Welcome to the latest Android 101 in our series of easy-to-follow tutorials which are ideal for new Android users. In this article, we are going to look at how to add alarms using your clock app. We all lead busy lives and getting up is rarely something we do willingly! Your device’s alarm function lets you create numerous alarms for different days of the week. Want to lie in on Saturday? No problem!
As mentioned in previous posts, the basic Android Jelly Bean application might differ from others; such as newer phones by Samsung and HTC, but the principals should be the same.
Let’s start with opening the clock app. It should initially looks a little like this:
The clock has lots of functionality; such as a timer a stopwatch and, believe it or not, telling the time! However, we’re looking at the alarm feature today, so you need to press the small alarm clock tab located in the bottom left. Upon pressing, you’ll be taken to the alarm settings, which look something like this:
As you can see, mine is set for 7am through the week, but nothing is set for the weekend. The alarms are set via a simple ON/OFF toggle on the right hand side. There’s normally a couple of default alarms created but not set, but let’s look at how to create an alarm from scratch. First, click the + sign at the top of the screen. When you do, the screen will look like this:
Now just enter the time you want to set the alarm for, typically using the 24 hour clock rules 00.00 for midnight, 23.00 for 11pm etc. When you click OK, the alarm is automatically set, and you should see a notification pop up at the bottom of the screen to confirm it. However, you have a flurry of additional options if you wish:
This lets you alter the days the alarm will go off, dictates whether your device will vibrate or begin quietly and gradually increase in volume (slightly nicer way to wake up than a screeching ringtone) plus you can change the alarm sound that is played. There are plenty of alarm tones to choose from; from the really shrill and annoying tones which tend to be necessary if you’re a deep sleeper, to more gentle tones which wake you up peacefully. The selection screen looks like this, and touching a sound will both select it and play you a demo:
You can also alter more settings, which can be found by pressing the three dots located in the top right of the main screen. The settings menu looks like this:
This lets you tweak various other things about the clock and alarm. For example, do you want an analogue or a digital clock? It also allows you to let you set snooze delays and additional actions, like shaking the phone to snooze or dismiss:
When you alarm eventually goes off, the screen displayed will appear something like the below:
You have two options here, but you’re unlikely to be in the mood for thinking too carefully at this point! You can either dismiss or snooze. Press and swipe the alarm icon in the centre of the screen left for snooze or right to dismiss. You can also shake your device if you’ve created that setting.
And there you have it. I should mention that there are several other alarm apps in the Google Play Store which offer similar or enhanced functionality. Popular apps include Warmly which we reviewed recently, the beautiful doubleTwist Alarm Clock or even the wonderfully novel Brian Blessed Alarm Clock if you would like to wake up to the booming tones of thespian Brian’s “RISE!”
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