The alarm app on the iPhone and iPad doesn’t allow much wiggle room when it comes to making it louder. There are some ways, however, that you can better assure you won’t sleep through your alarm.

There’s no denying that the traditional alarm clock has taken a backseat to our mobile phones. Nowadays, it’s safe to say that our phone is our timer, our stopwatch and, most importantly, our alarm clock.

The problem with the alarm on the iPhone is that it’s all too easy to doze right through it. Doing a quick search for how to make the iPhone’s alarm louder reveals a litany of complaints and sadly, there’s really no unified solution. That said, we do have some suggestions that can help you rest assured that hopefully you will no longer sleep through your alarm.

Setting an alarm on you iPhone or iPad is very simple. You can open the Clock app, tap “Alarm” and then tap the “+” symbol in the upper-right corner to add an alarm.

First thing you want to do, of course, is dial in your alarm’s time. If you want it to repeat, such as every weekday, then you can do that too. Need to add a label to tell your alarms apart? Use the “Label” section, and then you can choose your alarm tone, and whether snooze is an option.

So, it’s simple to create an alarm but you’ll notice there are no options for anything else. You can’t configure the alarm’s volume so you have to make sure your ringer’s volume is turned all the way up.

If you do that, however, and you don’t want to be woken by any phone calls, you will need to make sure “Do Not Disturb” is “On”.

If you set your alarm/ringer volume to maximum, make sure you’ve enable Do Not Disturb or you could be in for a rude awakening if someone calls you.

That’s one way to make sure your alarm wakes you up. Another way is to pick an alarm tone that is louder than the others. To do this, pick your alarm, tap “Edit” and then tap “Sound” to choose a different alarm tone.

iOS includes a variety of other tones you can set that will better work at waking you up.

Alternately, you can choose a loud song guaranteed to rock you out of your slumber.

A loud song may be just what you need to wake up, though not exactly the gentlest method.

If these tips don’t work for you, then you might try outputting your iPhone or iPad sound to an external speaker. You can, for example, connect your device to a Bluetooth speaker, or even add Bluetooth to existing speakers.

You can also try placing your phone or tablet inside a hollow container to amplify its alarm tone. That means then having said container next to your bedside so this last suggestion might be a little impractical for some.

Have a tip for how to make your iPhone or iPad’s alarm louder? Please leave your feedback in our discussion forum. We want to hear from you.

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Matt Klein has nearly two decades of technical writing experience. He's covered Windows, Android, macOS, Microsoft Office, and everything in between. He's even written a book, The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8.
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