Mac/iOS: Setting an alert on your iOS device or Mac computer can be done in a variety of ways. You can ask Siri, use your Clock app, set up a reminder, or make an alarm. Unfortunately, these all come with a few caveats that may leave you confused as to why your phone is buzzing at 3AM - or end up with you rushing out the door thanks to a missed reminder you thought your HomePod would share with you. Engineer Dr Drang took a look at how it all worked and found that, well, it was pretty confusing.
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When you use your phone as your alarm clock, you might think that you want to wake up to your favourite song. You do not. The first couple of days you'll enjoy it, but then the effect will reverse itself. It won't be "I wake up to my favourite song", it will be "sometimes iTunes plays my alarm". Every time your old favourite song comes on, you'll feel antsy or anxious.
If you have trouble waking up in the morning, annoying alarms are a tried and true way to force yourself up and out of bed. YouTuber Normal Universe's method for dealing with this was to make an alarm clock that requires a shot from a Nerf gun to turn off.
iOS: iOS 10's packed with a ton of features, but one of the unsung heroes is the new Bedtime reminders. How-To Geek walks you through setting it up and getting the most out of it.
Android: Alarm Clock Xtreme was in the running for our top Android alarm app. Now, it's added a sweet new feature that allows you to track your sleep habits over time, on top of the usual alarm features.
Dear Lifehacker, I find it difficult to wake up in the morning and rely heavily on phone alarms. However, I find myself semi-consciously turning them off. I've been known to hit the snooze button without even realising it. Is there something (say an app or service) that can help me "train" myself to pay more attention to the alarms? Hell, I'd even consider something akin to GymPact which took money off me for not waking up!
Hi Lifehacker, Sometimes I wake up earlier than my morning alarm. This can be as little as five minutes but sometime as much as an hour. I don't feel like I get enough sleep on the whole but once I'm awake I can't help checking the clock. My question is: at what point is it no longer worth me trying to get back to sleep? Is there a point that I might as well just get out of bed?