How to Use Alarms in Windows 11

Computer screen with Windows and Linux apps
Computer screen with Windows and Linux apps

This post shows students and new users how to use and set alarms and timers in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a built-in app called Alarms and Clock. You can use this app to set an alarm, use timers, and more. With Windows alarms, you configure, set, and forget them, and it should help you sleep better and wake up rested, similar to your devices.

Windows alarms are good on some occasions. Alarms and timers work even if the app is closed or your device is locked. However, if your device goes to sleep, Windows alarms won’t notify you.

There is something to remember when using Windows alarms. First, you should make sure your device isn’t going to sleep. Keep your laptop or tablet plugged in, and ensure the volume on your device is high enough to hear the Alarm or timer.

For students or new users looking for a Windows computer, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10, and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with setting alarms and timers in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

Set alarms in Windows 11

To set alarms in Windows 11, use the Windows search feature and search for Alarms & Timer app, as shown in the image below.

When the app opens, you’ll see a message that Notifications will only show if the PC is awake.

Before setting the Alarm, ensure your PC isn’t going to sleep when idle. Read this post to help set up your PC not to go to sleep.

When you’re done, come back and set your alarms.

When Alarms & Clock app opens, select the menu at the top left and choose Alarm.

Once you select Alarm, a new default preview option should appear on the right, starting at 7 AM. Click anywhere on the alarm box to edit the Alarm.

When the edit alarm settings open, set the time for the Alarm to turn. You can change the alarm time by clicking the down or up arrows for the hour, minute, and AM|PM sections.

Or simply type in the number value to represent the hours and minutes.

You can also type a unique name for this alarm box by renaming it.

By default, all the days are selected. Unselect days you don’t want the Alarm to go off. The example below unselected Saturday and Sunday for the Alarm to be turned off on these days.

The Repeat alarm option ensures the Alarm will run until manually stopped or disabled.

When you’re done changing the alarm settings, click the Save button to save your changes. The Alarm will automatically turn on when you save your changes.

Disable Windows 11 alarms

If you don’t want the Alarm to run just yet, you can toggle the on button to off and disable the Alarm. When the Alarm is disabled, it should look like the image below.

Delete Windows 11 alarms

If you want to completely delete an alarm time, select click on the previous alarm box to edit. Then click on the trash bin icon at the top right.

That should delete the Alarm in Windows.


This post showed you how to set alarms in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please report it in the comment box below.

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