Does iPhone Alarm Stop By Itself?

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Does iPhone Alarm Stop By Itself?

iPhone users have noticed that when they set the alarm, the alarm rings for a seemingly endless time.

Many users are asking if the iPhone alarm does eventually stop by itself or can only stop when the user turns it off.

Apple does not provide any official information regarding this question. As a result, there has been some misinformation about how alarms actually work on iPhones.

In this article, we have provided extensive and well-researched information on most questions you may have about alarms on an iPhone.

Does iPhone Alarm Stop By Itself?

No, the iPhone alarm does not stop by itself, no matter the iPhone model or OS you are using. Once the alarm time comes, the alarm starts and continues to ring until the user turns it off manually or the phone dies out.

However, there are rest intervals where the alarm stops for a few minutes and then continues if the alarm is not turned off.

Many users are irritated by this feature on iPhones. However, it is actually a good thing because having an endless alarm ensures that you do not miss the purpose for which the alarm was set, even if you did not have your phone at the time when the alarm went off.

So, by having a long-lasting alarm that stops only for brief periods, you not only are sure not to miss the alarm but battery power is also conserved during those periods of break.

To answer the question of if an iPhone alarm stops by itself and how it actually works, we have tested and provided all the details in this section below.

How Long Does iPhone Alarm Ring?

When an iPhone alarm goes off, it rings for 15 minutes straight. At the end of the first 15 minutes, the alarm pauses for about 90 seconds and then resumes ringing for another 15 minutes.

After the next 15 minutes, the alarm pauses again for another 90 seconds before resuming to ring again for 15 minutes first. Stop the cycle continues that way until the user manually turns off the alarm.

To stop an iPhone alarm, you can either use the Snooze feature or stop it totally. If you use the snooze feature, you will only stop the alarm for a few minutes.

At the end of this snooze period, the alarm will resume again for another 15 minutes until you stop or snooze the alarm again.

On the other hand, if you want to stop the alarm permanently, you need to use the stop button. Below we have provided the steps to set up snooze, snooze an alarm, and completely stop an alarm.

Snooze an alarm on iPhone – when you snooze an alarm, you only stop it temporarily until the snooze time elapses.

You cannot set the snooze time while setting up your iPhone alarm. The default snooze time is 9 minutes on an iPhone. This value cannot be changed. You can only decide if you want to set up snooze or not. To set up snooze, follow the steps below-

1. Top on the clock icon on your iPhone

2. When the clock app opens, make sure that you are in the alarm section

3. When you have set the alarm time, toggle to turn on snooze. This is usually the last option in the alarm setting.

Once you have turned on snooze, you are able to snooze the alarm when it goes off. This will stop the alarm for exactly 9 minutes before it continues to ring again.

To snooze an alarm, all you have to do is to tap on snooze when the alarm goes off. Alternatively, you can press your iPhone’s volume or power buttons to snooze the alarm.

In case you were wondering how many times you can snooze an iPhone alarm, the answer is indefinite. You can snooze an iPhone alarm as many times as you want. There is no limit to the number of times you can snooze the alarm.

However, just know that the alarm will resume again after 9 minutes and continue until you turn it off manually.

Stop an alarm on your iPhone – the other thing you can do when the alarm goes off is to stop it completely.

If your iPhone is unlocked when the alarm goes off, all you need to do is to tap on the stop button. If, on the other hand, your iPhone is locked when the alarm goes off, you simply need to swipe across the bottom of the phone to stop the alarm completely.

If you do not snooze or stop your iPhone alarm, the alarm will continue to ring for 15 minutes nonstop, after which it will pause for about 90 seconds and then continue to ring for another 15 minutes.

The cycle will continue until you stop the alarm by tapping stop on your iPhone screen.

Can You Change How Long Your iPhone Alarm Rings For?

No, you cannot change how long your iPhone alarm rings. The period of ringing and the period of rest is set by default, as is the period of snooze.

How to Make iPhone Alarm Ring For Longer

You cannot make an iPhone alarm ring any longer than it is already set. iPhone alarms ring indefinitely until they are stopped or snoozed.

The only other way to stop your iPhone alarm from ringing is to turn the phone off completely. Apart from this, the alarm will continue to ring indefinitely. Therefore, there is no need to want to set the iPhone alarm to ring longer.

However, if your aim is to make sure that the alarm continues to ring and ring and ring without ending, then here are a few things to try.

1. Don’t Click Snooze or Stop When the Alarm Stops

As we explained earlier, you can stop an iPhone alarm temporarily by tapping on snooze. The snooze feature stops the alarm for 9 minutes, after which the alarm resumes and continues to ring indefinitely.

So, if you do not want the alarm to stop, simply do not tap on snooze when the alarm starts ringing.

This will ensure that the alarm continues to ring for 15 minutes straight, pause for 90 seconds, and then resumes ringing for another 15 minutes in the continuous, endless cycle.

Similarly, do not click on stop when the alarm rings. As long as you do not click on stop or snooze the alarm will continue to ring and ring until your phone dies, or you turn the phone off yourself.

2. Set Multiple Alarms That Are Close to Each Other In Terms of Time

Another trick to try is to set multiple alarms that are close to each other in time. This will ensure that you always have an alarm that goes off continuously.

This can even eliminate the 90-second rest period because it is likely that another alarm would go off during the rest period of the previous alarm.

To set up multiple alarms on an iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. Top on the clock icon on your iPhone

2. When the clock app opens, make sure that you are in the alarm section

3. Next, you can set the alarm time, label, sound, repeat days, and Snooze.

4. Next, tap on Save

5. You will be returned to the alarm home page. Tap on the + button at the top right to add another alarm.

You can set as many alarms as you want. You can actually set an alarm for every minute of the clock in a day.

For the purpose of setting the alarm to ring continuously, you can set alarms at intervals of 2 minutes. This will ensure that there will be virtually no rest period between the alarms after the 15 minutes ring of each alarm.

3. Leave Your Phone on Charge So Your Phone Doesn’t Turn Off When the Alarm is Ringing As It Can Drain Battery Quickly

We have established that iPhone alarms do not ever stop as long as your phone remains turned on and as long as you do not snooze or turn off the alarm.

However, you may recall that we mentioned that the purpose of the 9-second break is to preserve battery power. This is because iPhone alarms consume considerable battery power.

So, if you want to ensure that your iPhone alarm does not stop or that it rings for as long as possible, then one option is to leave your phone on charge so that the alarm continues to ring without your phone battery dying out.

While this may be a fun thing to do, you should know that leaving your iPhone to charge for extended periods will cause permanent damage to the battery over time.

Therefore, we only recommend that you try this option as a one-off just to test and see how iPhone alarms actually work.

How to Make iPhone Alarm Stop Automatically

You cannot make an iPhone alarm stop automatically. Once the time for the alarm reaches, the alarm will continue to ring until you turn it off manually, snooze the alarm, or turn your phone off.

There is currently no setting to make an iPhone alarm stop ringing automatically. However, you can set your phone to go into Downtime at exactly the same time the alarm goes off. This will make the alarm stop automatically when the alarm goes off.

Downtime on iPhone is a feature that allows you to restrict access and activities of applications on your phone during a designated period called downtime.

Only applications that choose to allow will function on your iPhone. Therefore, if you want your iPhone alarm to turn off automatically, you can set the alarm time to coincide with your downtime.

To set downtime on your iPhone, please follow the steps below:

1. Go to settings on your iPhone

2. Scroll down and select screen time

3. Tap on Always Allowed

4. Below Allowed Apps, tap the – (minus) next to Alarm to prevent the alarm from working during downtime

5. Next, go back to the previous page and tap on Downtime. You will be prompted to enter your screen time passcode, and please enter the passcode.

6. Finally, tap on Scheduled, then set the Downtime period

Just ensure that you set the Downtime period to coincide with the alarm time. This will make sure that the alarm stops automatically when it goes off. However, note that when the Downtime elapses, the alarm will resume.

In summary, iPhone alarms are persistent, and you cannot really change their behavior. The alarm will continue to ring until you snooze it, stop it, turn your phone off, or your battery dies.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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