How to Set Your Favorite Song As Alarm Clock Sound On Your iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

Clock app

If you’ve been a long time iPhone user then you’re probably sick of the sound of Marimba or the default tones available on your iPhone, when the alarm wakes you up in the morning. Do you want to be woken up by your favorite song?

In iOS 6, it is now possible to wake up to any song from your music collection on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Launch the Clock app from your iPhone’s Home screen
  • Tap on either the + button to add a new alarm or tap on the Edit button and tap on an existing alarm.
  • Tap on Sound
  • Scroll to the top and tap on Pick a Song

  • This will open your iTunes music library. Find your favorite song and tap on it to select it (it should play a preview of the song).
  • Then tap on the Back button and tap on the Save button.

That’s it, you’re now all set to be woken up by your favorite song. Please note that the entire song will play on repeat until you don’t turn off the alarm or snooze it.

iOS will use the newly selected song as the default alarm tone when you add a new alarm. Since the Clock app now comes pre-installed on the iPad with iOS 6, this tip will also work on the iPad and also on iPod touch.

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  • Nobby

    Truly groundbreaking

  • Nobby

    And why won’t this stupid os let me use my songs as a ringtone…

    • Risto

      I heard a rumor that ios 7 will have custom mp3 song support and apple will patent it as their innovation :D

      • Que Swanson

        Lol. Too funny. I’m surprise you guys waited this long.

    • hells

      It lets you. Just cut the song you want in garageband and share it to a ringtone. Done. Who wants a whole song as a ringtone anyways?

      • What?

        THe point is………We shouldn’t have to, My 6 years old Sony Ericsson can do this

    • joe

      Because for some reason they can sell ringtones for even more than they sell the song itself. That’s why I’ve never bought one.

  • Skipper

    thanks !

  • Jap

    on IOS 4 and 5 you just selected a ringtone that you had created earlier from a song and it played it, ok it wasnt the whole song but it played it just the same

  • Casey

    For some reason, my wife’s iphone works fine with this. She has the 4s. i have the 5, and no matter what i do, it plays the marimba. It is set and saved for one of my songs.

  • Emily

    I have iOS 6.1.6 and it doesn’t have the pick the song option?

  • Daisy

    I don’t have music in my iTunes library I just want to know if I can use music from my music downloader?