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How to Set and Manage Alarms in Windows 11

Setting up an alarm is quite easy in Windows 11 thanks to the built-in Clock app. Whether you need a reminder for an upcoming meeting, a timer for your cooking, or simply a wake-up call, the Clock app has got you covered. It includes essential features such as repeat options, custom alarm sounds, and a snooze function. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to properly set an alarm in Windows 11. Let’s get started.

Steps to Set Up Alarm in Windows 11

Step 1: Open the Clock App

First, press the “Start” button, search for “Clock”, and click the “Open” option.

open the clock app in Windows 11

Step 2: Navigate to the Alarm tab

After opening the Clock app, click the “Get Started” button.

click get started

Next, click the hamburger menu (three stacked horizontal lines) icon and select the “Alarm” tab.

select alarm tab in clock

Step 3: Add a New Alarm

On the Alarms page, click the “Add” icon (“+”) in the bottom right corner to add a new alarm.

add new alarm in Windows 11

Step 4: Set the Alarm Time

A new window will pop up where you can set the alarm time. Use your mouse scroll wheel or the up & down arrow keys to adjust the time.

Note: The alarm time format depends on your current clock format. For example, if you are using a 24-hour format like me, you’ll have to set the alarm in a 24-hour format.

set alarm time in Windows 11

Step 5: Customize Alarm Settings

After setting the alarm time, customizing the following alarm settings.

  • Name: You can give your alarm a name of your choice. The name will appear in the alarm notification and is useful for identifying the purpose of the alarm.
  • Repeat: If you want the alarm to repeat, turn on the Repeat option and choose the days you want the alarm to repeat.
  • Sound: Select an alarm sound from the dropdown menu. You can preview a sound by clicking the “Play” icon next to the sound name.
  • Snooze: Select the default snooze duration. If you don’t want to snooze your alarm, select “Disabled”.
configure alarm settings

Step 6: Save the Alarm

After setting up the alarm, click the “Save” button.

save alarm

That is all. You’ve successfully set up an alarm in Windows 11. When it’s time, the alarm will be triggered with a notification and the sound you choose. In the alarm notification, you can see the name of the alarm.

alarm notification in Windows 11

Turn Off the Alarm in Windows 11

To turn off the alarm, open the “Clock” app, navigate to the “Alarm” tab, and toggle the switch next to the alarm to the “Off” position. The switch will change from colored (usually blue) to gray, indicating that the alarm is turned off.

turn off alarm

Delete an Alarm in the Clock App

To delete an alarm, open the “Clock” app, navigate to the “Alarm” tab, right-click on the alarm, and select “Delete”.

delete an alarm in the clock app in Windows 11


The alarm is not triggering

For the alarm to work in Windows 11, your computer should be turned on. If your computer is in sleep/hibernation mode, the alarm will not work.

Additionally, make sure the alarm has permission to run in the background. To verify it, open the Settings app, go to the “Apps > Installed Apps” page, click the three dots icon next to “Windows Clock” and select “Advanced Options”. Next, select “Always” from the “Let this app run in background” dropdown menu.

select always to allow clock to run in the background

Alarm not ringing

First, check your system volume and ensure it is not muted or set too low.

check system volume

Next, open the “Settings” app and go to the “System > Notifications” page. Here, scroll down and ensure the “Clock” option under “Notification from apps and other senders” is turned on.

turn on clock in notifications

Ensure that Focus Assist (Do Not Disturb mode) is not preventing the alarm from ringing. Go to the “Settings > Notifications > Set priority notifications” page. Here, make sure the “Clock” app is listed under the “Apps” section. If not, click the “Add Apps” button and select the “Clock” app.

enable clock in priority notifications

Wrapping Up — Alarms in Windows 11

As you can see, whether you are a laptop user or a desktop user, thanks to the built-in Clock app, setting an alarm in Windows 11 is quite easy. While setting the alarm, don’t forget to configure the extra options such as repeat to ensure the alarm works according to your needs.

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