How to Change Alarm to Song on iPhone

"Waking up in the morning is the hardest thing to do," says almost everyone. One thing that surely does make this situation better is a sweet-sounding tune. The iPhone has a built-in alarm that rings when it’s time for individuals to wake up. The iPhone allows its users to customize this alarm tune with a song of their preference. In this blog, we will discuss how to change an alarm to a song on an iPhone with the least complicated steps.

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Why You Need to Change Alarm to Song on iPhone

While the iPhone offers a wide range of alarm functioning, there are many reasons why one might decide to change an alarm to a song. Firstly, waking up to a melodic tune triggers a positive mood. Secondly, it could be more entertaining to wake up to a song an individual loves. Thirdly, providing a change from the usual alarm sound promotes a different and unique feel throughout the day. Ultimately, it sets a good tone for the day.

Method 1: Set Alarm from the Clock App

The most basic and widely used method of setting an alarm and attaching a song to it is via the clock app. Follow these simple steps:

1. Locate the Clock app on the iPhone home screen and open it.
2. Go to the Alarms section, which is situated at the bottom of the screen.
3. Click the blue sign located at the top right button
4. Adjust the alarm time by using the scroll wheels to choose the desired hour time and minute mark.
5. After adjusting the time, select the line that says, Sound, and tap that button.
6. Select the song that you wish to use as an alarm tone by browsing through the list of songs available on the device.
7. After selecting the song, click "Save" on the top right corner of the screen to save the alarm.


– Easy to use
– The user can select any song they have on their device as the alarm.


– This method only allows you to choose from the songs that are available locally on the user’s iPhone.
– It doesn’t permit its users to browse and select an external audio file as an alarm.

Method 2: Use Apple Music as an Alarm

Apple Music streaming service is used by millions globally. This method attaches an Apple Music tune to an alarm.

1. Open the Clock app and go to the Alarms section.
2. Click on the blue sign located at the top right button.
3. Adjust the alarm time by using the scroll wheels to choose the desired hour time and minute mark.
4. After adjusting the time, select the line that says Sound and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen that says "Pick a song."
5. While under "Pick a song," go to the "Apple Music" section and search for your desired song.
6. After selecting the song, click "Save" on the top right corner of the screen to save the alarm.


– The user can browse infinite number of songs through their Apple Music subscription.
– The user need not download the song before using it as an alarm.


– The user must have an active Apple Music subscription to use Apple Music as an alarm.
– The user may face copyright issues if the song chosen is not available for download.

Method 3: Create a Song as an Alarm with GarageBand

GarageBand has been a prominent feature of the Apple operating system and provides many functions to its users. Here’s how to create a song:

1. Open GarageBand on the iPhone.
2. Click the + sign located in the top-left corner of the screen.
3. Scroll down until you see "Audio Recorder" and select that option.
4. You can either record yourself playing or singing a melody, or record something external to the device’s microphone.
5. After recording is complete, press the "Done" button.
6. Tap and hold the track you just created until a menu pops up.
7. Click "Share" and then "Ringtone." This will bring up a dialogue box asking you to name the ringtone.
8. Name the ringtone and click "Export."
9. Finally, go back to the Clock app, select your desired alarm, select Sound, and choose your recently created song in the Ringtones section.


– With GarageBand, the user can create unique songs and adjust the ringtone according to personal preferences.
– This method allows for complete control over the sound of the alarm.


– GarageBand is not a very user-friendly app and requires some time to learn.
– Users must know how to create music to make use of this method.

What to Do If You Can’t Change Alarm to Song on iPhone

If you cannot change your alarm to a song, you may want to check if your iPhone is running on the latest version of iOS software. Apple often includes bug fixes and system improvements in their updates to their operating system. If you don’t have the newest OS version, update your iPhone. Another fix that can be tried is to restart the device. If these two methods don’t work, make sure that any of the methods aren’t working incorrectly, and if it isn’t, contact Apple Support to help fix the issue.

Bonus Tip

If you want to be creative, set a specific part of a song as an alarm tone. Click Clock, then Alarms, and then the desired alarm. Pick Sound and then Browse. Select the song and then click Edit. Crop the song to the desired length and click "Save."

5 FAQs

Q:    Can I set multiple alarms to different songs?

A: Yes, multiple alarms can be set to different songs.

Q:    I have purchased songs on iTunes, can I use them as the alarm tone?

A: Yes, purchased songs can be used as an alarm tone via Method 1.

Q:    Can one delete an alarm tone from the sound list?

A: Alas, you cannot delete a tune from the sound list.

Q:    If I do not use an iPhone, can I still set my alarm tune to a song?

A: Yes, you can arrange the tune of your alarm via applications from your app store.

Q:     Can I have various songs for each alarm day?

A: No, the preferred ringtone applies to all the chosen days.

Final Thoughts

Changing an alarm to a song on the iPhone is a straightforward process. All three methods have their pros and cons, and users must choose the one that works best for them. With the incorporation of personal music choices as an alarm tone, waking up in the morning is more enjoyable. Users can also customize and create unique songs via the GarageBand app. The additional bonus tip shared helps create individual, creative ringtones. Changing a wakeup tune promotes a positive, unique start to a day.