Apple does not, by any means, make it easy to set an alarm on a Mac! You can tell Siri to set an alarm, and she sets a reminder. You can search the Finder for a clock, but you’ll probably be left wanting. So, without any apps or native timers, how do you set an alarm on a Mac?
Apple was kind enough to include a clock app with the 2022 release of Ventura. But if Ventura isn’t available, we’ll help you get creative and get a timer! If you have a newer Mac or MacBook, go ahead and update your OS.
To set an alarm on a Mac, we’ll have to rely on the creations of non-Apple developers. That’s right! We’re looking at third-party services. Of course, you’re probably wondering which ones are reliable, easy to use, and safe. Don’t worry; we’ll show you how to set a timer on your Mac using the same third-party apps we use.
Let’s get started!
How to Set an Alarm on a Mac
We use alarms for all sorts of things. We can set a timer to help us work more efficiently, get to an appointment on time, or even wake us up! Setting an alarm on your Mac shouldn’t be difficult. You can easily set an alarm if your Mac is updated to Ventura.
But as we’ve already eluded, we’ll have to use third-party services to set a timer on a Mac unless you updated your OS to Ventura. So, for those of you who haven’t, we’ll review the third-party options available to you right now!
How to Set an Alarm on a Mac With Ventura
If you have a Mac running the newest Ventura version, you can open the clock app or ask Siri to set an alarm (if your Mac is the function).
Step 1: Open the Clock App
The easiest way to set an alarm is to ask Siri, but you can also set it from the Clock app.
You can find the Clock app by opening the Finder (the two-face icon in the Dock). Click the Search bar at the top and type Clock if you don’t find it immediately.
Step 2: Click Alarm
At the top of the screen, you’ll see World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch, and Timer.
Click Alarm to set an alarm.
Helpful hint: You can also set a timer if you need a reminder in a few minutes or hours.
Step 3: Click the + Icon
In the upper right corner of the Alarm window, you’ll see an icon that looks like a +. Click the icon to add a timer.
Step 4: Set Your Alarm
Select the time you want and choose the weekdays you want it to repeat, if any. Then, give it a name, set the alarm tone, and click Save.
Now, your alarm is set on your Mac and you can reactivate it anytime you need to without adding it to the clock.
Set an Alarm Using Third-Party Services
We can download timers from the Mac App Store or use websites. But which ones are the most reliable? How do we install third-party services? We’re about to answer all of those questions and more.
Turn Off Sleep-Mode
Before we get started, we tested every option below and came across one problem with every one of them. When our Mac goes to sleep, the alarm we set fails to wake the screen. The only way to bypass this problem is to prevent your Mac from sleeping. Now, onto the steps.
Step 1: Click the Apple Icon
Click the Apple icon to access the System Preferences.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Apple icon is your Mac’s menu for accessing Settings. It is located in the far top left of your Mac’s screen (and it’s in the shape of an apple).
Step 2: Click Battery
At the bottom of the System Preferences window, double-click the Battery icon.
Step 3: Click Power Adaptor
Now you’ll see your battery health and a menu to the left. Click Power Adaptor in that menu.
Step 4: Select Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when display is off
You will see a few options on this page. Click the checkbox to the left of Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when display is off so your Mac won’t go into sleep mode.
Helpful hint: Make sure your MacBook is charging when you set your alarm because this feature will drain your battery.
My Alarm Clock
If you’re looking for a free alarm clock that isn’t an app you have to download, you can use the My Alarm Clock or the vClock website. You can bookmark the website and get to it quickly whenever you need an alarm. Then, you can set an alarm on your Mac without updating your software or installing apps.
Setting your alarm doesn’t take any effort and it’s available to anyone! You don’t have to sign up or input any personal information, so it’s the perfect tool for those of us with Macs lacking a native alarm clock. Another bonus is that both sites have the exact same functionality so the steps are the same!
Ensure your computer isn’t muted (otherwise you won’t hear it) and set your alarm. When you’re ready, click the Set Alarm button.
Then, select the time that you want your alarm to sound and click Start.
Your alarm will sound with a chime or bells when it’s time! Then, click the Stop button to turn it off.
Wake Up Time Alarm
Another useful alarm clock is one you can download for free from the app store. If you want something you can open from your Dock and set, this is the way to go! You can search the App Store on your Mac or go to this website to download it.
Step 1: Set the Time
After installing the Wake Up Time Alarm, you can set the alarm time, sound, and Volume. We highly recommend setting the wake sound to Random if you want to wake up to everything from cows mooing to chimes!
Step 2: Click the Start Button
Next, click the Start button. This button is silver with a blue dot in the middle.
Step 3: Leave Your Mac Awake
Finally, make sure your computer isn’t sleeping! Otherwise, you won’t receive the notification.
Helpful hint: you can snooze your alarm by clicking the silver button with the blue dot. Or, you can stop the alarm by tapping the x on the clock face.
It’s Time to Wake Up
Apple makes everything so easy these days, so it’s surprising we didn’t get a native alarm until 2022! But, nonetheless, where the company’s developers left us wanting, other developers came through to solve the problem!
Although you’ll have to keep your screen from going into sleep mode, you can effectively set an alarm on any Mac, regardless of updates.
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