How to Change the Snooze Time on the iPhone

While Apple does not actually allow you to change the snooze time on the iPhone, there are two ways to get around this and change the iPhone snooze time anyway: with a Clock app workaround involving setting multiple alarms at your preferred intervals and with a third-party alarm app. We'll show you how to change the snooze time on the iPhone using either option. 

Related: How to Set an Alarm on Your iPhone or iPad

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How to Change Snooze Time on the iPhone in the Clock app

  • How Long Is Snooze on the iPhone? 
    iPhone alarms have a snooze time of 9 minutes, which can seem like an eternity if you are a heavy sleeper or short-lived if you need a little extra time. 
  • Why Is Snooze 9 Minutes? 
    The 9-minute iPhone snooze time has its origins in the physical limitations of mechanical alarm clocks; setting a 10-minute snooze interval was not physically possible. Why Apple decided to stick with the 9-minute snooze interval when the iPhone has no such limitations is a question only they can answer.

Since adjusting the nine-minute snooze time isn’t an option with the iPhone’s alarm app, one way to work around that is to set multiple alarms at your preferred snooze intervals. Instead of enabling the iPhone alarm snooze option, you can make multiple alarms for 2, 5, or 10-minute intervals, for example. Below are the steps to quickly set multiple alarms as an alternative to changing the iPhone snooze time.

Change the iPhone Snooze Time

You can adjust the iPhone snooze time in the Clock app by setting multiple alarms at your preferred snooze intervals.

  1. Open the Clock app.

  2. Tap + in the top right corner to create a new alarm.

  3. Turn Snooze off by tapping on the toggle button.

  4. Set your alarm time by sliding up and down on the clock.
  5. Hit Save in the top right corner.

  6. Repeat steps 2–5 for as many alarms as you need at your preferred snooze intervals.


How to Change Snooze Time on the iPhone with an App

If you don’t want the hassle of setting up multiple alarms in order to change the snooze time on your iPhone, the simple solution is to download an alarm clock app. There are multiple free alarm clock apps that you can find in the App Store, including apps that let you customize your snooze times and apps for those of us who are heavy sleepers. Here are our choices for some apps that can help you get your well-deserved rest.

Best iPhone Alarm Clock Apps to Change the iPhone Snooze Time

  1. Loud Alarm (Free)
    This very loud alarm app lets you set the iPhone alarm snooze for 2, 5, 9, 10, 15, or 30 minutes. It also features different sounds, from car/fire alarms to chalkboard nails, that are sure to wake you up. This app has a  minimalist design and easy-to use-interface; you can simply click on the alarm icon to set your alarm or enable voice commands. It is free to use the basic features. but does have additional features that you have to pay for, such as removing ads, additional alarm sounds, and even different character voices. 

  2. Alarm Clock for Me (Free)
    With this alarm, you can change snooze time on the iPhone to intervals from 1 to 60 minutes. It comes with an option to wake up to your favorite music; and if you still need a little extra help getting up, it has an option to flash your phone lights with your alarm. This app has a simple user interface, which makes it very easy to set your alarms. If you’re the type of person who wants complete control of their snooze times, Alarm Clock for Me is the alarm clock for you.
  3. Alarmy (Free)
    This alarm allows you to set the iPhone snooze time for 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes. There are tons of different ways to wake up in the morning, including shaking, taking pictures, solving math problems, playing memory games, and more. This app was easy to use and was one of our favorites. Its different options to wake up make getting up in the morning a thrill. Outside of its basic features, it has an option for a monthly or lifetime subscription that provides you with more options to help you wake up, including typing, walking, and even a time pressure option that will read you the time and alarm label every minute until you get up. 
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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.