iPhone Tip: Set alarm on Specific Date and Time

Either you have been recently moved from Android to iOS or you are a new iPhone user and you are looking for a way to set alarm with specific date and time, this guide will show you how you can do that.

While on Android (if you are coming from Android to iOS), you can make use of the Clock app to set alarm on specific date and time, unfortunately iOS won’t allow you to do the same. But don’t get frustrated, the lacking of feature inside iOS Clock app is easily replaceable with the iOS Calendar app.

  • This article share the simple way to set alarm on specific date and time on your iPhone.
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Here’s how to use Calendar app to set alarm on specific date and time on your iPhone

All the steps written here are tested on:

Latest iOS – at the time this article is written is iOS 15.5 Public Beta and using the iPhone that I currently have – iPhone XR. In case you are not on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 yet, check the link here to get iOS 15 & iPadOS 15: Here’s how to update iPhone to iOS 15 today (iPad and iPod Touch included!) at JILAXZONE.

Should you are using different version of iOS or iPadOS, the steps may be slightly different but should not deviate too much. Anyway, in case you have questions / issues, feel free to put them down on the comment section down below, I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Follow these simple steps to set your Alarm on specific date and time as you like.

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1) Open Calendar app, you should be seeing the calendar in Month view where you can see the whole days within the current month.

2) Locate the date you want to set the alarm and tap on the date.

3) Tap on “+” button. The event window will pop-up.

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Calendar event details.

4) Inside event window

TitleAlarm for <put as you like here>
StartsSet the starting date and time
EndSet the ending date and time. Do note, both start and end here is not the alarm starting date or end date, but rather the event start and end date.
AlertThis is where you can set the alarm / notification.

To make it simple for you, if you need an alarm to ring off at 7 July at 11am, then set the Start date as 7 July then set the Start time as 11am. Then set the Alert as “At time of event”.

Bring it all together

You have just learned the basic on how to set alarm on specific date and time on your iPhone. Of course, you can further customize the setup in case you need more than just the basic alarm, such as reoccurring alarms.

In case you have encounter any difficulties and/or have any queries, drop your thoughts below on the comment section, I’ll be happy to assist.

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8 thoughts on “iPhone Tip: Set alarm on Specific Date and Time

  • November 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    it doesn’t ring an alarm It just has a banner pop up which isn’t enough for me I usually have my phone on silent. I have to, long story, but I need an alarm to actually ring, preferably until I turn it off in case I don’t have my phone with me at that very moment. What am I doing wrong? Is there a better app?

    • December 4, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Mary,

      For sure there are better apps, but based on my own using, none of them will keep “alarming” until someone turned it off.

  • December 3, 2022 at 5:18 am

    That is no different than a meeting alert in Outlook or other calendars.

    Alarms = beep or radar sounds, etc. something that will waken you — just like an Alarm Clock.

    Is that possible ??

    • December 4, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Eric,

      Unfortunately, that’s not possible yet on iOS 16. How I wish Apple to deliver this simple and useful feature for all of us to use.

  • December 12, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hello ,

    Thank you. But will this work if phone is on silent ?the normal alarm overrides things. Will this ?

    • December 13, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Hi Scott,

      Unfortunately you are right, if your phone is on silent, the alarm will just pop-up and vibrate, it won’t ring on the phone.

  • March 25, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Apple is WAY behind Android’s standard, built-in alarms, which allow not only dates, but variable snooze durations, which can even be set on the fly, from your lock screen, when the alarm sounds.

  • April 4, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for the post but… OMG this is sooo difficult. I have been looking for a normal alarm ever since I got this iPhone (along with tons of other user unfriendly issues iPhone has), and I just want to throw it to the trash now. I don’t think I’ll ever get an iPhone again. For now I’ll have to keep taking my old Android phone everywhere with me along with the useless iPhone 🙁


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