Alarms and timers are great productivity tools that are with us every step of the way. You wake up with an alarm, start and finish working with it. Alarms help you remember important events and make sure you don’t miss your friend’s birthday. 

Some people can’t imagine doing their work without alarms and timers. Pomodoro productivity apps are living proof of that. If you ever struggled meeting your deadlines, give this technique a try and you’ll see how much more efficient you can be. 

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    How to Set Alarms and Timers on Your Mac

    Even though there are a few different options to set an alarm on a Mac, not every user knows how to do it. Let’s take a look at a few different options (both built-in and third-party). Then you can choose one that suits your needs best. 

    Also, be sure to check out our short YouTube video from our sister site going over the methods we talk about below.


    How to Set an Alarm on Mac Using Calendar

    Your computer comes with a lot of pre-installed macOS apps that are actually really good. One of the default apps is Calendar. 

    The app has many useful features, including setting a one-time alarm, and any alarm that you set on your computer using Apple Calendar will automatically sync with your other iOS devices. That way, you will still get the alert even if you’re away from your Mac. 

    Setting an alarm on Mac in Calendar is a very straightforward process:

    Calendar selected in Launchpad
    • To access Calendar, go to your dock. If you don’t see Calendar on your dock, go to Launchpad and find the app using the search tool.
    • Choose the date you want to set the alarm for.
    New Event in Calendar window
    • When selecting the time for your alarm, double-click on the space next to the right hour. For example, if you want the alarm to go just after noon, click on the space between 12 and 1 pm. Then drag the created time slot to adjust the minutes. 
    • You can edit your event by creating a name for it, setting it to Home or Work event, adding location, notes, and even inviting other people. 
    Alert dropdown menu with 10 minutes before selected
    • To add an alert, tap on the date of your alarm. That will bring down a small menu. Click Alert
    • Choose when you want the alarm to go off. You can choose from the default options or click Custom to set your own alarm length. 
    • Hit Apply. If you’d like to add multiple alerts, click + next to the one you just created. 

    Removing an alarm is just as easy. Use the right-click to delete it, or tap on the event and click Delete

    How to Set an Alarm on Mac Using Reminders

    If you’re someone who loves being in control and staying on top of your life, you’re probably using at least one of the great task-management apps out there. However, your Mac is already equipped with a simplistic to-do list type of app called Reminders. 

    This app’s main purpose is to remind you of important tasks you have to do throughout the day. It also works great for setting alarms on your Mac.

    Reminders app in Launchpad
    • Go to Launchpad to locate the app. Open Reminders
    • Inside the app, click on the + to add a reminder.
    • Type the name in. Then click the information (i) icon next to it. 
    Reminders New event window
    • Choose Remind me on a day.
    • Add the day and time you’d like to set the alarm for. 
    • Click Done

    In order to remove the alarm, right-click the reminder and choose Delete

    Set an Alarm on Mac Using Siri

    Digital assistants have their strengths and weaknesses. On your smartphone, you can use Siri to set alarms. On your Mac, you can do it by using Siri to set a reminder. 

    But before you do it, make sure you have Siri enabled on your Mac. 

    • Go to your System Preferences, choose Siri, and then check Enable Ask Siri
    Siri window asking to set alarm
    • To open Siri, use the key combination you have set up for it (the default one is Command + Space), or click the Siri icon in the upper right corner of your Mac.
    • Say Set an alarm.
    Siri command window
    • Siri will politely decline and offer to set a reminder instead.
    • Say Yes or click Confirm to set the reminder. 

    Ditch The Built-In Options

    While Mac’s built-in options for setting alarms are useful, you might still find them rather limited. If you’re craving something more simple and straight-to-the-point, try one of the third-party sites and apps that serve the same purpose. 

    Use Online Alarm Clock To Set Alarms on Mac

    If you have internet access, there’s no shortage of options for online alarm clocks. A simple Google search will bring up a few different options that you can choose from, like Onlineclock or Kukuklok

    Those sites are free to use, and they come with a set of basic options. You can set same-day alarms and timers, as well as choose the sound of the alert. website

    If you’re looking for a tool focused specifically on setting timers on Mac, E.ggtimer is a good pick. It comes with a countdown that you can set for certain time periods or even different tasks, like brushing your teeth or doing your morning exercise. website

    For those of you looking for a more interactive tool, give Setalarmclock a try. Aside from setting timers and alarms, it gives you advice on productivity, as well as a few fun options like naming your alarms and leaving a message for your future self. 

    When using these apps, make sure your computer isn’t muted and your volume is loud enough for you to hear the alarms go off. 

    Use Wake Up Time To Set Alarms

    Wake Up Time is a great option for when you’re feeling old school. It’s basically a virtual embodiment of a physical alarm clock you used to have sitting on your bedside table. 

    Wake Up Time window

    The app will put a picture of a stylish-looking alarm clock on your Mac which you can use to set your alarms. To set an alarm, choose the time and date and then click the blue round button in the bottom-left corner of the clock. You can change what your alarm will sound like by tapping Sound in the menu. 

    When your alarm goes off, it won’t stop ringing until you hit the Stop button. The app works offline, and unlike other online tools on this list, it will still work even if your Mac is muted.

    A Mac is a great computer that comes with built-in really useful software. But like with any new gadget, there are always ways to improve your experience with it. So it never hurts to always be on the lookout for new apps and tools to take your Mac to the next level