Don't like how Apple's default Radar ringtone — or any other tone — wakes you up in the morning? Then don't use them as your alarm sound. Instead, use your favorite song to get you out of bed. Whether you enjoy an acoustic tune or a heavy, energetic jam, you can choose any Apple Music song you want to get you going each day.
Apple first introduced us to custom music alarms in iOS 6. Back then, you were only able to pick a song you bought or uploaded to your iPhone to use as an alarm sound. Now, you can use any song found downloaded on your iPhone or in your library, and that includes songs from the Apple Music subscription service.
Don't go straight to your Clock app to pick an Apple Music song. Before you can do that, you have to find the song in the new Music app. Once you've found a good wake-up song on Apple Music to use as an alarm, tap on the (+) to instantly add the song to your library. If you see a cloud icon instead or nothing at all, it's already added to your library and downloaded for offline playback, respectively.
Alternatively, press firmly on the song, then tap "Add to Library." You do not need to download the song to your iPhone for it to work as an alarm sound. But obviously, downloaded songs also work, even if you don't have an Apple Music subscription.
Now, fire up the Clock app. Either set up a new alarm by tapping the plus (+) icon in the upper right or edit an existing one by tapping "Edit" followed by the alarm in question. Next, select "Sound," then choose "Pick a song" from the options on this page.
From here, you'll find a slew of options for locating your song. Choose any that will allow you to find your song the fastest. If you want to search for it, use the search bar. If you wish to browse under "Songs," head there. Either way, once you find your track, tap on it to instantly add and set it as your alarm sound.
Now, whenever your alarm is active and its time comes around, the song will start, making it much less likely that you're going to snooze the alarm and fall back asleep.
This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on streaming, listening to, and creating music and podcasts on your smartphone. Check out the whole Music and Audio series.
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