Basics of the Alarm Clock on an Android Phone - dummies

Basics of the Alarm Clock on an Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Your Android phone keeps constant and accurate track of the time, which is displayed at the top of the Home screen and also when you unlock the phone. When you’d rather have the phone wake you up, you can take advantage of the Clock app, which might also be called Alarm or Alarm & Timer or a similar name.

The Clock app features a basic display, which shows the time and temperature and gives you access to music or perhaps a slideshow.


You create alarms by viewing the alarm portion of the Alarm app: Touch the Alarms icon. In some variations of the Clock app, you might have to choose Alarms from a menu or a tab.

An alarm must be set to make it active.

Add a new alarm by touching the Add icon and setting the alarm time, frequency, ringtone, and other information. The alarm you create appears on the Alarms screen, similar to the one shown, right.

Alarms must be set, or else they won’t trigger. Set an existing alarm by touching its Master Control icon, changing Off to On.

  • When an alarm is set, an Alarm status icon appears atop the screen, similar to what appears in the margin. The icon is your clue that an alarm is set and ready to trigger.


  • For a larger time display, you can add the Clock widget to the Home screen.

  • Turning off an alarm doesn’t delete the alarm.

  • To delete an alarm, choose the Delete (Trash) icon, right. For some Clock apps, you have to long-press the alarm and choose the Delete Alarm command, or touch the red X to remove it.

  • The alarm doesn’t work when you turn off the phone. The alarm goes off, however, when the phone is sleeping. The alarm sounds also when you’ve silenced the phone.

  • Consider getting a docking station so that you can use your phone as a nighttime music station and clock.

Do alarms go off, or do they go on?