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1 Set an alarm

Tap Alarm at the bot­tom of the screen, and then the + at the top-right cor­ner. This opens a form in which you set up your alarm: its time, how of­ten it re­peats, a la­bel (‘Alarm’ by de­fault, though cus­tomis­able), which sound or song will be played, and whether the snooze op­tion is even avail­able. Dial in a time, then tap Re­peat to choose the days of the week on which the alarm will be ac­tive. When you have at least one alarm turned on, a tiny alarm clock icon near the right of the sta­tus bar will re­mind you.

2 Snooze op­tions

The Snooze switch is turned on by de­fault for new alarms. If you leave it on, you’ll be able to mute an alarm by tap­ping a small piece of text on the iPad’s Lock screen, or by press­ing one of the vol­ume con­trols. The alarm will trig­ger again nine min­utes later. With Snooze dis­abled, you’ll need to swipe on the screen to dis­miss the alarm. You can work around the in­abil­ity to cus­tomise the snooze du­ra­tion by set­ting a sec­ond alarm to give your­self the ex­tra amount of time in bed that suits you.

3 Switch off alarms

Tap Save and your alarm will ap­pear on the week-long view; al­though set­ting la­bels is op­tional, it’s a good idea to change them if you have many alarms, to help you re­mem­ber their pur­pose. Tap an alarm (it’ll be high­lighted in red) and you’ll see its ex­act time at the top of the screen. Note the ad­ja­cent switch, which sets whether the se­lected alarm is ac­tive; you can use it to, say, tem­po­rar­ily turn off your morn­ing alarm when you’re on hol­i­day – but re­mem­ber to come back and turn it on later.

4 Re­view alarms in a list

Tap Edit at the top-left to see all of your alarms in a list, or­dered chrono­log­i­cally by time of day, but not nec­es­sar­ily by day of the week (be­cause some might oc­cur on mul­ti­ple days). Ac­tive alarms have a white back­ground, in­ac­tive ones are grey. Tap­ping an in­ac­tive alarm and then Save turns it on. You can tweak any of the set­tings you chose in step 1 here. Also note that when cre­at­ing or edit­ing an alarm, you can set it to a pre­cise minute, not just the five- or 15-minute in­ter­vals avail­able on the week view.

5 Mute/Do Not Dis­turb

The Mute switch in Con­trol Cen­tre (iPad Air 2/iPad mini 4; it’s a phys­i­cal switch on iPads that are older) si­lences the sounds from no­ti­fi­ca­tions, alerts and ef­fects such as the key­board click­ing, but it doesn’t si­lence pur­pose­ful sound, such as mu­sic, videos and, of course, your alarms. Like­wise, alarms are an ex­cep­tion to the range of sounds that are si­lenced when you turn on Do Not Dis­turb in Con­trol Cen­tre, so you can safely shut out in­tru­sions with the as­sur­ance you’ll be wo­ken.

6 Con­trol alarms with Siri

You can ask Siri to set alarms with phrases like “Set an alarm for 7“and “Wake me to­mor­row at 8”. Ask it to show your alarms and it will dis­play all of them (or a sum­mary, if there are many), or you can ask for those in morn­ing, af­ter­noon or evening. It can change your alarms, too (“Change my 8am alarm to 7“). If you have few alarms and don’t mind recre­at­ing them af­ter a hol­i­day, say “Delete all alarms”. Re­mem­ber, you can say “Hey Siri” to in­struct your iPad as long as it is con­nected to an ex­ter­nal power source.

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