How to Set a Vibrating Apple Watch Alarm (2023)

Set your Apple Watch alarm to vibrate for a gentle awakening that won't bother those around you.

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Did you know you can set an Apple Watch alarm to silently wake you via gentle vibrations on your wrist? Making your Apple Watch alarm vibrate instead of waking you with a loud alarm tone is quick and easy, and reduces disturbances to others around you. We'll show you how to set a silent Apple Watch alarm.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Set a silent alarm on Apple Watch to go off while you're in a crowded place—like an airplane—without disturbing those around you.
  • If you have trouble waking up using traditional alarms, the vibrations on your wrist might actually wake you up more effectively than noise does.

How to Use Your Apple Watch as a Silent Alarm Clock

Unfortunately, there's not a way to make a silent alarm on Apple Watch without setting the entire watch to Silent mode, but it's still a great solution for those who keep their Apple Watch set to Silent mode anyway! You can quickly adjust this setting in your Apple Watch's Control Center. To learn more about different ways you can use your Apple Watch, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to set your Apple Watch alarm to vibrate only:

  1. Swipe up on the Apple Watch face.

    watch face
  2. Tap on the bell icon to switch your Apple Watch to Silent Mode, turning off sound on your Apple Watch. The icon will turn red, and the bell will now have a strike through it.

    Silent watch
  3. Press the Digital Crown twice to go to your Apple Watch's app menu. (If you have returned to your Apple Watch face, you only need to press the Digital Crown once.)
  4. Tap on the Alarm app.

    pick alarm
  5. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Add Alarm.

    Add alarm
  6. If it's not already outlined in green, tap the hours box and then turn the Digital Crown to set the alarm hour.

    Tap the hours box.
  7. Tap the minutes box and then turn the Digital Crown to set the alarm minutes.

    Tap the minutes box.
  8. If you have a 24-hour clock, you can skip this step. If not, tap AM or PM to set the time of day.

    Set Apple Watch Alarm to Vibrate
  9. Tap the check mark at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap the check mark at the bottom of the screen.

Pro tip: In order to make sure your Apple Watch alarm goes off correctly, make sure to read this article with all our solutions to your alarm not going off.

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

That's how to set up a silent alarm on Apple Watch. If you want to set an alarm on Apple Watch only, the steps above will do that as well. Additionally, you can always toggle Apple Watch alarms on or off in the Alarm app main screen, as well. For more help, check out our guide on troubleshooting iPhone vibration issues. Next, learn how to set a timer on your Apple Watch or how to make your watch vibrate for calls and texts.

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.