3 Ways to Set an Alarm on your Laptop (with Details)

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “can I set an alarm on my laptop?” The good news is that you can do that and in this short and detailed guide, we will explain how to do this with a Windows 10 laptop and set an alarm on a Mac laptop. So, let’s get right into it…

How to use Alarms and Timers in Windows 10

There are a number of different options available to set alarms and timers with a Windows 10 laptop and we will look at these below. You can do this pretty easily by using the “Cortana” feature in Windows 10. Cortana is a virtual assistant that you can provide instructions to using your voice.

All you need to do is open Cortana and then say, set alarm for Friday April 30, 2021 at 6am or whatever date and time you want. You will get a response from Cortana confirming that the alarm is set for the date and time you specified. You can also use Cortana to set timers for you as well. It has to be one of the easiest ways to set alarms and timers using Windows 10. 

Option 1: Use the built-in Windows 10 Alarm

There is an Alarms & Clock application in Windows 10 that you can easily use and it has more features than Cortana can offer. To access the Alarms & Clock application just use the Windows key and select it from the Start Menu.

Inside the Alarms & Clock application, you will see that there are options for Alarm, Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch. If you want to set an alarm, choose the Alarm option and then click on Add Alarm. You can then set the alarm in AM or PM format or switch to the 24-hour clock. Choose the day you want the alarm to trigger.

There is a choice of sounds that you can use for your alarms and you can also select a Snooze time ranging from 5 minutes to an hour. You can disable the snooze feature if you want. A switch in the top right corner of the alarm enables you to turn it on or off. 

Using the timer and stopwatch features is just as easy. For the timers, there are preset options for 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes. You can add your own timer if you want. It is just a matter of clicking on the Play style button to use the stopwatch.

Option 2: Run a Task on Task Scheduler

It is also possible to create an alarm in Windows 10 by using the Task Scheduler. You can access Task Scheduler by clicking the Windows key and then scrolling down to find it on the menu. As an alternative, you can just type, task scheduler into the search field. 

When you have opened the Task Scheduler application, you need to create a basic task. Look for the Action tab and click on this and select Create basic task from the drop-down menu. Give your task a name and add a description if you want. 

In the next screen, you need to choose how often you want the task to occur. The options here are:

  • Every day
  • Every week
  • Every month
  • Just one time
  • When your laptop starts
  • When you log in
  • When an event happens

So if you want your Windows 10 laptop to wake you up at the same time each day, you can select the daily option. Then you need to set the date and time for the task. In the next screen you have the option to:

  • Start a program
  • Send an email
  • Display a message

You could choose a program like the VLC Media Player to play a specific piece of music, for example. It is required that you add the path to your program and then add arguments that would be the path to the music you want the VLC Media Player to play. Click on Finish and your alarm is set.

Option 3: Download Third party Software

There are applications that you can download to set alarms on your Windows 10 laptop. You can get Alarm Clock HD from the Microsoft Store for free and it has some nice features. Free Alarm Clock is another free app where you can set multiple alarms. The Cool Timer app has other features and an alarm, and the Music Alarm Clock is a cool music alarm app.

How to set an Alarm on a Mac with the Apple Calendar

If you own a Mac laptop, you can use the Mac or Apple Calendar to set alarms. It is very easy to do and there are different options that you can choose from. You should see the Calendar app at the bottom of your laptop screen. Click on this to launch the app. Alternatively, you can launch the app by clicking on Go and then Applications.

Now you need to choose the day you want to set the alarm. Give your alarm a name and then you can choose the time that you want. There is an option here to repeat the alarm if you wish. With the created alert, you now want to choose the Custom option from the menu. Then click on minutes before and choose message with sound.

All you need to do now is to choose an audio file or a video file as the alarm. 


There are different ways that you can use your Windows 10 laptop to set alarms and timers pretty easily. In our opinion, the Alarms & Clock application is the easiest to use. Never be late for anything again.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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