[Full Guide] How to Set Alarms on Mac – Top 3 Easy and Fast Methods

Using alarms is one of the best ways to make sure that you don’t lose any time throughout the day. While oversleeping might feel nice, it’s never a great idea to do it when you have a busy schedule ahead. You might end up running late to a Zoom meeting or forget about a task. Fortunately, Apple has equipped Macs with an integrated alarm that makes it super easy users to stay on track of their time.

Take for example the famous Pomodoro technique where you get to work 25 minutes and rest for 5. This technique will boost your overall productivity and help you stay focused for longer periods of time than usual. This is all possible by using the Mac timer. With that said, today we will show you how to set alarms on Mac in three fast and easy methods.

How to Set Alarms on Mac


#1 Set Alarms with Apple Calendar

The simplest and fastest way to set alarms on Mac is through the Apple Calendar. Follow the guide below:

  1. Access the Calendar app on your Mac;
  2. Select the “+” icon from the top-left;
  3. Name the event details such as “work for 25 minutes” or “check work task in one hour”. A calendar will now be created;
  4. Select the Alerts option from the pop-up menu.

Sidenote: if you ever want to get rid of a calendar event and the alarm that comes with it, you can right click it and select the Delete option.

#2 The Reminder Apps

Another simple and effective way to set alarms on Mac is to use the built-in Reminders app. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Access the Reminders app on your Mac;
  2. Type the name of the alarm (anything you want);
  3. Click on the (i) icon (located at the row’s end);
  4. Check the remind me on a day option;
  5. Select Done and you are finished.

#3 Use Siri

Apple innovated the tech industry when it launched Siri. The AI assistant is a game-changer thanks to the plethora of features that it offers and one of them is the ability to set alarms. If you have enabled Siri on your Mac, the only thing you need to do is ask the AI assistant to set an alarm. Siri will tell you that she can’t set an alarm, but will set a reminder.

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