How To Make an Alarm Go Through Headphones

by Alex.   Last Updated On October 18th, 2022.
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Alarms are essential applications installed on most smartphones nowadays. Alarm apps emit an alarm sound to wake a person from a deep sleep instantly. Alarm sounds are great if you have to wake up early to commute or if you want to get to your workplace early.

While any phone might be installed with an alarm app, a big downside is that they will emit sound to the device’s speakers and to the connected headphones, disturbing the people around you. So how do you make your alarm play through headphones?

An alarm sound can play through headphones by simply tweaking the settings of your device’s clock app. For Apple devices, you can play your iPhone alarm sound if you set the alarm with it and connect your headphones, which will make the alarm clock app play sound through each earpiece.

For Android devices, you can still play an alarm through headphones by setting the alarm and making sure that your headphones are connected. However, some devices might not have this feature, and you might be forced to use third-party alarm apps.

Personally, I prefer a Bluetooth speaker with an alarm clock but in this article, we will tackle how to get your iPhone alarm to go through headphones if an alarm sound can go through AirPods pro, and many more.

Let’s get right into it.

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Can alarm clock apps play through headphones?

With the rise of most modern smartphones equipped with new technology, you can easily play alarm sounds even when your phone is connected to your headphones. An example is Apple devices have their alarm clock app, and once you set the alarm, the sound will play through your connected headphones and the device’s speakers.

The same thing can also be said for Android devices. However, a big downside to many alarm clock apps is that they will play the alarm sound to any connected audio output device, which means the music will play through your headphones and the built in speakers.

This can be pretty problematic if you are a deep sleeper. Once your alarm is triggered, the sound played by the speakers might wake up all the people around you. In this instance, you can download and utilize third party alarm clock apps, setting the alarm sound to only play through the connected headphones and not the speakers.

If you do this, you will get the benefit of getting an early morning call through your Bluetooth headphones without disturbing everyone else around you. However, you need to wear comfortable headphones while sleeping as most headphones can be uncomfortable to your ears if worn for a long time.

If Bluetooth headphones are not your preference, you can also use earbuds like Tozo earbuds or AirPods and AirPods pro for iPhone devices, but you must ensure to put the earphones snuggly into your ears for this method to work.

How to play iPhone alarms through wireless headphones?

Unfortunately, playing iPhone alarms only through your Bluetooth headphones is impossible with the built in clock apps. In fact, many alarm clock apps do not have this feature on both Ios and Android devices as the factory settings for these devices is that sound will play through any connected audio output device, which means the device will send alarm sound to both your built in speakers and headphones connected to your phone.

However, there are several ways around this problem. Here are some solutions you can employ to only play alarm through headphones.

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Third party apps.

As mentioned earlier, you can use third-party applications only to play an alarm output through your headphones and not through the iPhone speakers. Simply search smart alarm clocks in the App store, and you can now change the way the alarm sound plays, whether they will only play sound to your headphones or any external speakers connected to your phone.

Manually lowering the volume.

If you don’t want to install any third party alarm clock apps on your phone, you can just manually meddle with your phone’s volume button.

The first step is to lower the volume of your iPhone without connecting any headphones; this will ensure that no sound will play through the speakers. Once this step is finished, you can now connect your headphones or AirPods or AirPods pro and then increase the volume to an audible level.

And once your set time alarm is triggered, the sound will still play through the speaker and the connected headphones, but since the audio level of your phone device is minimal, practically no sound will play through your speakers.

Do iPhone alarms work with AirPods?

Yes, as stated earlier, iPhone alarms will work with Airpods, or Airpods pro, if you use third party apps or manually lower your phone volume before connecting any Bluetooth or wired headphones.

However, if you are facing a problem wherein you can’t hear the alarm output on both your iPhone speakers and your AirPods, you can follow these steps.

First, restart your iPhone and then re-pair your AirPods and your device by unpairing them in your settings tab. Tap on forget this device, and then connect them once again.

This solution will most likely solve this problem.; however, if the problem still persists, you can take your phone to your local phone repair shop.

Will the iPhone alarm go off if I have headphones In?

Yes. Wireless headphones and earbuds are becoming increasingly popular for privately streaming music or watching movies without sacrificing audio quality. However, phone manufacturers have set their clock apps to blast music through your speakers even when you have headphones connected to your device; this is to make sure that you will be able to hear the alarm music in case your earbuds of headphones will fall off while you are sleeping.

Why can’t I hear alarm sounds through my headphones?

Alarm sounds being inaudible can have disastrous consequences, such as missing an important class or a medical appointment. Here are some reasons and solutions why you can hear the alarm sounds through your connected headphones.

First is that the volume on your headphones might be too low that they are inaudible to the human ears; you can quickly solve this by pressing the volume button on the side and increasing the volume, or you can also go to the settings and go to the sound and haptics option and then simply dragging the slider on the ringer and alerts tab.

This problem could also be due to your headphones’ volume set being too low. Ensure that the headphones’ volume is set to an audible level. Another reason sounds can’t play through your headphones might be because your phone is set to vibrate.

To fix this, go to the clock app, tap the alarm tab, tap on edit, tap sound, and choose any ringtone to play once your set time is triggered. If the problem persists, you can restart your iPhone and unpair the headphones from your device.

Click on forget this device, and once they are unpaired, connect them again, and see if sound plays through your headphones. You can test this by setting the alarm one minute or 30 seconds later; wait for the alarm to go off and listen if sounds are playing on both the speakers and headphones.

Can I still hear alarm sounds even if I set my phone to “do not disturb”?

Yes, the do not disturb settings on your phone allows you to silence calls, messages, or notifications from any of your social media apps, but it does not silence any alarm you have set. This means if you have any alarms set, they will still go off through your speakers.

The same can be said for your phone’s ring/silent/vibrate option. All the other sounds from your calls, messages, or notifications will only vibrate, but the sounds from your alarm will still play on your headphones and speakers.

How to set alarms on AirPods?

The first step is to go to the iPhone alarm clock and go to alarms. Click on edit and tap on alarm, and select a sound to play once your alarm is triggered by tapping on it. Once you have chosen your preferred sound, connect your AirPods to your device, and the alarm sound will now play through your AirPods and speakers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to set an iPhone alarm?

The first step you can do is to open the clock app, tap on the alarm tab and click on the plus sign. Set the time your alarm will go off, and then tap save.

How to change the alarm volume?

Go to your phone’s settings and go to sound and haptics. Under ringer and alerts, drag the slider either left to right; while dragging the slider, you can hear how the volume changes.

How to delete an alarm?

You can quickly delete an alarm by going to the alarm and tapping on delete. Tap Edit, tap the delete button, symbolized by a minus sign, tap the alarm you want to remove, and then tap delete the alarm.


Alarms are crucial if you have an essential meeting or final exam the following day, but if you only want to play the alarm sound through your headphones not to disturb the people around you, you can manually lower the volume of your phone before connecting any headphones, or install any third party alarm clock apps.

We hope this informative article has helped you learn how to play alarm clock sounds through headphones.