How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

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How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

Since smartphones have become more commonplace, many of you have probably given up wearing a watch in favor of having your phone tell you the time. You can also use your iPhone as an alarm clock, a timer, and a stopwatch, as well as a large timepiece.

If you haven’t yet succumbed to the Apple Watch craze and have gotten used to not wearing a watch, you’ll be glad to know (if you don’t already) that the “Clock” app on your iPhone is capable of doing more than just telling you the time (in all times zones). We’ll show you how to set alarms and use the timer and stopwatch in the “Clock” app.

How to Set an Alarm

First, we’ll show you how to use your iPhone as an alarm clock and save space on your nightstand. To set an alarm, tap the “Clock” app icon on the Home screen.

NOTE: Once you’ve opened the “Clock” app once, it will open the screen that was active the last time you were in the app, even if you force close the app.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

Initially, the “Clock” app opens to the “World Clock”. This is a handy feature, especially if you travel a lot. However, this article discusses the “Alarm”, “Stopwatch”, and “Timer” features. Tap the “Alarm” icon at the bottom of the screen.

To create a new alarm, tap the plus sign in the upper-right corner of the screen.

On the “Add Alarm” screen, swipe up and down slowly to choose the hour, minutes, and AM/PM to set the time for this alarm. You can also choose the days you want the alarm to sound by tapping “Repeat”, selecting the days, and tapping “Back” to return to the “Add Alarm” screen.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

By default, the new alarm is called “Alarm”. You can change this by tapping “Label”, entering a new label, and tapping “Back” to return to the “Add Alarm” screen.

You have a wide range of choices for the sound the alarm will make and the type of vibration you want. You can even buy more ringtones from the iTunes Store to use as your alarm sound, or use a song on your phone.

If you want the option to snooze a bit before getting up, tap the “Snooze” slider button so it turns green. You’ll get an extra nine minutes of slumber. Unfortunately, the snooze time is not customizable in the “Clock” app. You’ll have to install and use a third-party app, such as Alarm Clock Free, to be able to change the amount of snooze time.

Tap “Save” when you’re finished setting up this alarm.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

The new alarm displays in the list on the “Alarm” screen. The alarm is automatically turned on when you save it; however, you can turn it off by tapping the slider button on the right.

If you need to change an existing alarm, tap the “Edit” button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

To change any of the properties of an alarm, tap anywhere on the alarm you want to change. A screen just like the “Add Alarm” screen displays, except it’s called “Edit Alarm”. Make any changes you want and tap “Back” to accept the changes and return to the main “Alarm” screen.

While in edit mode, you can also delete an alarm by tapping the red minus button on the left…

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

…and then tapping the “Delete” button that displays on the right.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

NOTE: You can also swipe the alarm to the left when you’re NOT in edit mode to access the “Delete” button.

When you’re done editing or deleting alarms, tap “Done” in the upper-left corner of the screen.

When one or more alarms are on, an alarm icon displays in the status bar. Only one icon displays no matter how many alarms are on.

The “Clock” app does not have to be open in the foreground for the alarm to sound at the specified time. Also, the screen does not have to stay on.

How to Use the Stopwatch

To use the stopwatch, tap the “Stopwatch” icon at the bottom of the screen. To begin timing, tap the “Start” button.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

The stopwatch features lap times, which allows you to stop the stopwatch at specific points and record each time you stop, but keep the total time running. An example of a use for lap times is when you’re timing someone running laps around a track and you want to record the time each lap takes as well as the total time.

To record a lap, simply tap the “Lap” button.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

Each time you tap “Lap”, the current time is recorded in a list of numbered laps, but the main time keeps running. To stop the time running, tap “Stop”.

To continue running the time from where you left off, press “Start” again.

All the “Lap” times you recorded are still available until you tap “Reset” to reset the stopwatch to 0.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

How to Use the Timer

You can also set a timer that will count down to 0 from a specified amount of time. Now you don’t need a separate timer for your kitchen. To use the timer, tap the “Timer” icon at the bottom of the screen. Slowly swipe up and down to choose the number of hours and minutes to count down. To choose a different sound (ringtone) to indicate when the timer reaches 0, tap “When Timer Ends”, select a ringtone from the list, and tap “Set” to set the ringtone and return to the main “Timer” screen.

Tap “Start” to begin the countdown.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

The time remaining displays digitally. You can pause the timer by tapping “Pause”…

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

…and tap “Resume” to begin again. To stop the timer, tap “Cancel”.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

All three of these tools will run in the background even if you force close the “Clock” app or turn off the screen. However, you must control these tools from within the app. They are not available to control as widgets on the Notification Center. For that level of control, you’ll have to search on the App Store for a third-party app, such as My Alarm Clock Free.

Developer’s Description

Alarm Clock Millenium: Feature-rich yet easy to use Alarm Clock app with unlimited Timers, precise Stopwatch, practical World Clock and amazing Widgets.

Over 1 Million Downloads worldwide!

Alarm Clock Millenium offers a wide choice of options to wake up at time in the best possible way. It includes progressive alarms for light sleepers as well as extreme challenges for heavy sleepers.

With Alarm Clock Millenium, you can create unlimited alarms, timers, timer & stopwatch widgets and customize them as you want.

In addition to the basic functionalities of an Alarm Clock, you can:

Play your favorite or random ringtone, music and playlist on alarms.

Wake up gently with the progressive volume and brightness features.

Set flexible alarms (one time, recurring, date, timer).

Set alarms instantly with voice command and Google Assistant.

Launch your favorite app on alarms (example: radio) in 3 ways: with alarms, after alarms or as alarms.

Challenge yourself with wakeup-tests to make sure to get up with Math, Captcha, Visual, Shake, Puzzle, and Memory challenges that can be also applied to Snooze.

Use long press or lock features to avoid accidental click on Snooze and Dismiss.

Keep an eye on the next alarm and skip it when needed.

Use Wave Gesture or Flip features to Snooze or Dismiss alarms without effort.

Backup and Restore alarms and timers to internal/external storage or to Google Drive.

Customize the parameters of the vibrator.

Adjust background, text size, color and font of the entire app.

And more that can be discovered in the included tutorial videos.

The app includes a professional stopwatch and unlimited timers for your daily timing needs :

Stopwatch: You can record laps, share the results or save them on SD card with a simple click or import them with a long click.

Timer: You can add an unlimited number of timers with different parameters for each timer:

Set alarms or notifications with adjustable settings.

Run multiple timers simultaneously or sequentially.

Add extra time while a timer is running.

Drag to reorder timers even when they are running.

Set timers to repeat automatically for up to 1000 times or without a limit.

Control each timer and the stopwatch from notifications and lock screen.

World Clock: World Clock with up to 600 cities in the world to keep track of time in different corners of the globe. Drag to reorder the cities as it suits you.

Night Mode: Bedside clock with adjustable brightness to rest your eyes at night.

This powerful Alarm Clock app allows you to customize almost everything from alarm and timer settings to backgrounds and text color/font/size.

Important Notice: Some battery saving apps or system power managers can prevent alarms from working. Please make sure that it’s not the case.

Andoid does not allow alarms to work If the phone is turned off. It should be turned on to let alarms work.

EMUI: Add the app to protected apps.

Acer AID Kit: Remove the app from Energy Organization blacklist.

Avoid forcing the app close and exclude it while cleaning the RAM if it forces apps to close. Avoid cleaning app’s data as well.

In some devices like Xiaomi, the system periodically kills apps. In this case you need to add the app to “Caution” list.

Sony: Make sure that STAMINA mode allows alarms to work. if not then disable it.

– “Read Phone State” to mute alarms during a calls.

– “Storage” to read sounds on alarms, backup & restore alarms and timers.

– “Modify Audio Settings” to set the volume of alarms.

– “Disable screen lock” to unlock the phone when alarm goes off.

More information can be found on our website. If you have any question, feedback or issue, please feel free to email us.

Timer (alarm, timer and stopwatch) let you schedule multiple alarms via toolbar popup, plus this addon includes a timer and stopwatch.

Easily set desired alarm, stopwatch or timer via toolbar popup.

Has 5 different alarm sounds with repeat-weekly button.

No separate options or settings page.

Available for all browsers and platforms (Window, Linux and Mac).

Frequently Asked Questions

Timer is a lite and multi-browser addon that let you easily setup multiple alarms, timers or stopwatch for yourself. Simply open toolbar popup UI and then choose a desired tab. The first tab is for alarm adjustment. Simply click on the – add a new alarm – button to view the settings page. Then, add a name for the alarm and adjust date, hour and minute and at the end, click on the – save change – button. Please note that, if you want to repeat the alarm weekly, please click on the – repeat weekly – button. There are also five different sounds available to choose from. For timer and stopwatch, please perform the same procedure mentioned above.

How can I work with this addon?

As mentioned above, working with this addon is very easy. Simply open toolbar popup UI and select a desired tab. Then adjust the settings and close the UI. All the changes are auto saved to the memory.

How can I set snooze for the alarm?

Snooze is disabled by default. If you want to set snooze, please click on an item (either create a new one or edit an existing one) and the click on the – set snooze – button at the bottom right corner. Snooze is available in six different time intervals, select the one that matches your need and then click on the – close – button.

How can I set different sound for the alarm or timer?

Similar to the above FAQ, once you open toolbar popup UI, there are five different sound settings available to choose from (at the bottom left corner in popup UI). By default, sound #1 is selected.

How can I select weekdays for this addon?

Weekdays are placed as a separate buttons (S, M, T, W, T, F, S) in toolbar popup UI. Simply select the days that matches your need and then adjust hour and minute. You can also mark the – repeat weekly – option if you want the alarm to be repeated weekly.

Does this addon has any options or settings to adjust?

No, as mentioned above this addon not have a separate options or setting page. All the settings are placed in toolbar popup UI.

Is this addon available for mobile browsers?

Yes, this addon is available for both desktop and mobile machines in all operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac).


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In this tutorial, we will implement a beginner level android project Stopwatch using Android Studio. We will start with the project details, how it works, and the prerequisites for the project. After that, we’ll show you how to implement and execute the project.

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

Android Project – Stopwatch

What is our project Stopwatch?

The stopwatch is basically a timepiece that is designed particularly to measure the time elapsed between the activation and deactivation of the stopwatch. The users can start the Stopwatch and stop it anytime. It was originally invented by Samuel Watson. There is also a button to restart the stopwatch that will set the stopwatch to starting. So our task is to make an application for Stopwatch which can be used whenever required.

Here are the following things that we would need to add in our Stopwatch project:

1. It will have a display that will show the time on it. For the display, we have used TextView

2. Then we will have three options, using the User Interface components that are Buttons. Using button we have added the following three options

2.a. Start Button: The start is the activation for the Stopwatch. It will activate the Stopwatch as soon as pressed.

2.b. Stop Button: The Stop button will be used to deactivate the stopwatch. As soon as we click the stop button the stopwatch will be deactivated. After getting deactivated it will show the total time elapsed between the activation and deactivation of the watch.

2.c. Reset Button: The reset button is used to set the stopwatch to 00:00:00 again. Stopwatch needs to be reset once its use is done.

What are the prerequisites for the project?

To begin with the project and its understanding you must be familiar with quite a few things. These things are important for you to know as without the knowledge of these things you won’t be able to implement projects. Mentioned below are the things you need to know:

1. Java Programming: Java Programming plays an important role in Android app development as it makes the application function and manages it.

2. XML: Extensible Markup Language is useful as it helps us create the user interface for the application. Knowing the basics of it will help you as

3. Android Studio: Android Studio is the platform that we will use for the development of our project. This makes it important for the users to know about the IDE they work on.

4. Kotlin (Optional): Kotlin is an optional choice for you. It can be used in place of Java for app development.

What are the important files for Project?

In our project, we will have the following files, and we will explain these files to you:

1. activity_main.xml: This file is responsible for the layout and the interface of the project. We have added a textview and the buttons through this file.

2. This file is responsible for the working of the application. We have used this file in this project for the functioning of buttons.

3. colors.xml file: In this file, we have mentioned the color names that we have used in the project.

4. strings.xml file: In this file, we have mentioned the words that are used in our project and also its description.


Now we will see how to implement this project

1. First of all, create a new project and name it. We have named our project ProjectGurukul Stopwatch.

2. After doing so, we will see two files opened in front of us, So in the file activity_main.xml, we will write the following code:

In the above code, we have added the UI components for our application like buttons and textview.

3. After writing the code for activity_main.xml we’ll write the following code in file:

4. After writing this, we’ll add the following in the string.xml file present in the resource folder

5. Now, we’ll create a folder in the res drawable file and name it as Border.xml. In this file, we will make a border for the Textview for the time, so it looks better. After creating the file write the following code in it:

6. After writing the code we’re ready to run the android project:

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

7. Upon running the project, we will get the following screen:

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

8. It has the following functioning: Start, Stop and Reset Buttons

8.1. Once we start, the watch will be activated:

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

8.2. Then if we press Stop, the timer will be stopped as follows:

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

8.3. We can reset the timer as follows:

How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android


So in this tutorial, we have learned to implement the Stopwatch android project. We discussed the project details and required files. After that, we discussed the prerequisites for our application project. Then we went through the step by step process to develop and execute the project.

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Android Wear 5.1 Feature Spotlight: The Timer, Alarm, And Stopwatch Have Brand-New UIs And Features

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How to use the alarm timer and stopwatch on android

This article is part of our Android Wear 5.1 Feature Spotlights series.

Setting a timer or alarm has been one of my favorite conveniences since I started using a Wear device regularly 6 months ago. Granted, they aren’t must-haves in my life, but they do come in handy occasionally, and I find myself using them on Wear more often than I would on my phone.

Google is probably well-aware these features get a comparatively high amount of use on Wear, so they’ve completely revamped the UIs and even added some features that make these tools even more useful. While we haven’t yet highlighted the new activity launcher in our Wear 5.1 feature spotlights, you can find dedicated listings in that launcher for the timer, stopwatch, and alarm that were not present in the old “start” UI of Wear 5.0.

Let’s start with the timer. Like the alarm, it has a new time picker UI that allows you to set an exact time down to the second, whereas in Wear 5.0 you only had a couple dozen choices for timer lengths.

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Left: Wear 5.0, right: Wear 5.1

In addition, once a timer has started, things are also different. The timer now has a “full screen” mode that forces the display to stay on (full brightness, not ambient) as long as the timer is active. This is basically ripped from the stopwatch app, which has had this feature since launch as far as I know. This is very cool, and solves arguably my biggest issue with using my Wear device as a timer: having to wake it up to see exactly how much time was left.

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Moving on to the alarm, the same picker UI from the new timer experience is here, though that really seems to be the only change. If you want to delete an alarm on the watch, you still have to go to the old activity launcher on the third pane of the watch and hit “show alarms.” I have no idea why it was left in this state, but my guess is it’s incomplete – when you hit “Alarm” in the new activity launcher, you would quite rationally expect to be able to manage your existing alarms from this UI as well, and not need to use a separate one for such a simple activity.

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Left: Wear 5.0, right: Wear 5.1

Finally, the stopwatch has seen some changes. Basically, it now looks like the timer UI in full-screen mode, because consistency. Personally, I’m not going to lie: the old version looks a hell of a lot cooler to me. But I’m not an Android Wear designer.

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Left: Wear 5.0, right: Wear 5.1

As far as features, the one thing I noticed is that Wear 5.1 now goes into ambient mode while the stopwatch is active in full-screen mode. In Wear 5.0, it just kept the display forced on until you exited the stopwatch UI entirely. In Wear 5.1, the screen goes black, and white text appears with the current readout updated every second (tenths and hundredths aren’t displayed in this mode).

The reason to have an ambient mode for the stopwatch but not the timer? Simple: if you want the timer in full-screen mode, you’re probably paying a lot of attention to it, so going into ambient mode is kind of annoying – it makes more sense to just minimize the timer UI into card mode if you don’t want it on all the time. When you’re timing yourself running or doing another activity, you’re probably not looking at your time too closely, and if you are, the brief minute:second ambient readout is enough information to glance at.

We show you how to create a Windows 10 timer, stopwatch, and world clock via the in-built Alarms & Clock app.

Setting a Windows 10 timer, stopwatch, or alarm isn’t as intuitive as Android or iOS. Rather than a simple widget or top-bar quick, you have to use a separate app called ‘Alarms & Clock’ to manage your time.

This extra separation prevents many from using the functionality, which is actually fairly well-rounded. The Windows 10 timer, alarm and clock app features a full-screen mode for distance viewing, for example, and you can add individual lap times with the Windows 10 Stopwatch. Each brings in elements of Microsoft’s Fluent Design system to look nice while you’re doing it.

The main annoyance, then, is the lack of integration with the taskbar. For some reason, Microsoft doesn’t let you open the Alarms & Clock app or set a Windows 10 timer directly from the taskbar clock. I’m sure it will fix this with time, but you at least don’t need to install any third-party apps to get a stopwatch on screen. We’re going to show you exactly how to do so, as well as a timer and alarm.

How to Set a Windows 10 Stopwatch, Timer, and Alarm

Everything you need that’s time-related can be accessed via the Alarms & Clock app, which is quite intuitive to use.

Press the Windows key and search for “Alarms & Clock”. Click the relevant result. The icon may look different depending on your OS version.

Create a new alarm

To create an alarm, switch to the alarm clock tab and press the plus button in the bottom-right corner.

Choose your alarm options

In the selection box, choose a time for your alarm. Then, decide what you’d like to name it, how often you want it repeat, and what sound it should make. Press the save button and you’re good to go.

Use the world clock to add more time zones

If you’re like me, you often need to convert US time zones for events to European ones, or vice versa. In the ‘Clock’ tab, you can press the plus button and type a city name to add to a map of times and use the app as a world clock.

Set a Windows 10 timer

In the ‘Timer’ tab, you can once again press the plus button to add a new entry. You can add multiple timers in parallel if that use case applies to you. Once you’re done, click the double-arrow button to activate the full-screen mode.

Turn on full-screen mode

Making a timer window bigger or fullscreen will remove the distractions from any of the others you have saved and provide a large font you can see at a distance.

Start your Windows 10 stopwatch

The Windows 10 stopwatch works very similarly to its timer. You simply press the play button to start it and pause to stop it again.

You can add lap or split times on the stopwatch by pressing the flag button.

Use the stopwatch in full-screen mode

Much like the timer, you can view your Windows 10 stopwatch in a bigger window which can be expanded to full-screen mode.

Developer’s Description

Alarm Clock Timer with Stopwatch is a smart app which turn your smartphone or tablet into a useful Alarm Clock, includes many helpful features.

An intelligent app is properly adapted for your needs. Allows you to wake up gently as often as you needed, that you do not oversleep something important (eg. work). You don’t need to looking in a wall clock anymore.

Online Digital Alarm Clock features:

– Alarm for particular day (alarm systems)

– Wake up with relaxing tunes or favorite music

– Crescendo, gradually increase sound volume (morning alarm to slowly increase in volume and wake you up gently)

– Set time to gentle alarm volume up

– Maximum number of snooze (solving problem to snooze or disable, snoozing)

– Status raport in status bar

– Two stylish gorgeous themes (brightness and darkness)

– Two dismiss buttons: slider and normal button

– Nap alarm (large snooze button) with increase and decrease 5 minutes button and countdown timer (timer online)

– Built-in StopWatch – Online Stopwatch with keep track lap times and total time (feature for sport, cooking, games and so on)

Enjoy waking up everyday with our Alarm Clock. Relax in comfort and enjoy functionality with a professional Alarm Clock!

There’s a much easier way to open the Clock app than digging around the Android app drawer.

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Who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got your Android phone handy? In the past year or so that I’ve relied on the Clock app on my Nexus 5X, I’ve rarely overslept. Now that I’ve got the hang of the Clock app’s various features and foibles, I’m close to replacing that “rarely” qualifier with a “never.”

Read on for six eye-opening tips and tricks for the Android Clock app, from setting alarm tones that gradually increase in volume to making sure your Do Not Disturb rules don’t override your morning wake-up alarm. (For the basics on setting alarms on your Android phone, click here.)

Note: I tested these tips on a Nexus 5X running on Android version 7.1.2. Your settings and features may vary depending on the make and model of your phone.

Open the clock app with a single tap

The Android Clock app isn’t the sexiest app on my Nexus phone, but it’s certainly in the top five when it comes to apps I use the most—and given that, I hate having to dig around the Android app drawer to find it.

Ben Patterson / IDG

Opening Android’s Clock app gets a lot more fun once you’re hip to this trick.

Luckily, there’s a handy one-tap shortcut to the Clock app, and it’s probably already sitting on your home screen.

Just tap the Clock widget—the one that looks like a digital or analog clock face—and you’ll jump immediately to the Clock app. That may sound obvious, but I only discovered the shortcut myself a few weeks ago, and I can’t believe I’d missed it so long. (If you’re not already using the Clock widget, just tap and hold a blank space on the Android home screen, tap Widgets, then install a Clock widget by tapping its icon.)

Use the clock as your screensaver

When I get up in the middle of the night (the older I get, the more it happens), I like taking a peek at the time—and I’d rather do it without having to click a button on my Android phone.

Ben Patterson / IDG

When you use the Clock app as your screensaver, a digital clock will appear on your screen (very faintly, if you enabled the “night mode” setting) whenever your Android handset is connected to its charger.

That’s why I love using the Clock app as my Android screensaver. Now, whenever I’ve got my Android phone docked or plugged into a charger, the current time flashes on the screen of my handset, and there’s even a night mode that keeps the screen relatively dim while leaving the clock visible.

The trick: Tap Settings > Display > Screen saver, select the Clock option, then tap the Settings button (the one shaped like a gear) to pick the style of the screensaver clock (analog or digital) and to toggle “night mode” on and off.

Gradually increase sound of alarm

For some deep sleepers, nothing short of a blaring alarm will wake them up. For me, it takes a lot less—indeed, just the sound of my Android phone vibrating can rouse me.

Ben Patterson / IDG

Your Android alarm can gently rouse you with its “gradually increase volume” setting.

That’s why I’m a fan of the Clock app’s “Gradually increase volume” setting. Turn it on, and your alarm tone will start off whisper quiet, then slowly build until it reaches full volume, perfect for those of us who prefer a gentler wake-up call.

To turn on the setting, open the Clock app, tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner of the screen, tap Gradually increase volume, then pick how long you’d like the effect to last—anywhere from five seconds to a full minute.

Use any sound file as an alarm tone

Nope, you don’t have to wake up to a canned Android alarm tone. As it happens, you can set the Clock app to rouse you with any song or sound you want, from Van Halen’s “Jump” to a sound file you grabbed from the web.

Ben Patterson / IDG

Want to wake up to Led Zeppelin? No problem.

Just open an alarm in the Clock app, tap the Alarm sound setting (the one that looks like an alarm bell), then tap Add new. Doing so will open the Downloads browser—and from there, you can pick any sound file in the Audio folder, or one you’ve saved in Google Drive.

Manage Do Not Disturb mode

If you’re wondering how you overslept an Android alarm, Android’s Do Not Disturb feature is a likely culprit. When it’s set to “Total Silence” mode, Do Not Disturb will muzzle all Android notifications and alerts, including alarms.

Ben Patterson / IDG

Android will generally warn you about silenced alarms before you turn on Do Not Disturb mode manually; not so with “automatic rules,” though.

The good news is that Android does a pretty good job of warning you if you’re about to override an alarm by switching on Do Not Disturb mode manually. The bad news? It’s easy to get tripped up by Do Not Disturb’s “automatic rules,” which can easily muzzle your alarm clock if you’re not careful.

When creating an automatic Do Not Disturb rule (which you can do by tapping Settings > Sounds > Do Not Disturb > Automatic rules) and you’ve set Do Not Disturb to “Total Silence” mode, consider enabling the Alarm can override end time setting—or, better still, switch from Total Silence mode to Alarms only.

If you don’t, just know that any alarms you set during a particular automatic rule period won’t go off, meaning you may doze right through any early-morning meetings.

Silence an alarm after a set amount of time

One of the pitfalls of getting up early is forgetting to switch your alarm off—something you may realize when you step out of the shower and hear your alarm wailing. and wailing, and wailing.

Ben Patterson / IDG

You can set your Android alarm to shut itself automatically after a set amount of time, meaning you won’t drive anyone nuts if you step in the shower without dismissing your alarm first.

As long as you’re not one of those deep sleepers who won’t wake up unless the alarm has been blaring for half an hour, you might want to set your Android alarm to turn itself off automatically after a brief period of time.

Open the Clock app, tap the three-dot menu button, tap Settings > Silence after, then pick a setting (up to 25 minutes).

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart home and home entertainment products.

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Equipped with an Alarm, a Timer and a Stopwatch, this simply designed clock app helps you manage your time.
If you wear earphones, you can use this even at crowded places.

・You can set several alarms each having their on and off switch.
・You can receive notifications even if your iPhone is locked.
You can also raise the repeat count so that you can notice the notifications.

・You can set the time from 1 second to 99 hours.
・You can use the History to reuse the time you used before.
・You can add notes to the Histories.
・You can receive notifications even if your iPhone is locked.

・You can keep track of your lap times.
・You can send a .txt file via e-mail.
(You cannot share them on some apps such as Twitter)

・You can listen to the music in your iPhone/iPad.Please use them when you listen to music to concentrate on your task.
※You cannot use music on iCloud.

About the notifications
Please allow notifications from this app to receive notifications.

If you have problems receiving notifications, please try the following.
・Tap Settings on iPhone/iPad
・Select[Alarm & Timer]
・Select [Notifications]
・Enable[Allow Notifications]

When the Alarm does not ring:
・Please make sure the volume of your iPhone is big enough.
・Please make sure your iPhone is not in silent mode.

(!) After updating, if the alarm tone becomes the default sound of the iPhone, press and hold the power button of the iPhone, turn off the power, and turn it on again to fix it.