How to Use the iPhone Bedtime Alarm

The iPhone can tell you when to go to sleep with the Bedtime alarm in iOS 10 and iOS 11. This feature will help you go to bed at the same time, which makes for better overall sleep health.

With the Bedtime alarm in iOS 10, the iPhone will show you a notification and make a noise when you need to go to bed. One catch is that it doesn’t know if you go to bed early and the notification could actually wake you up if you are a light sleeper.

Here’s how to use the iPhone Bedtime alarm and change the settings so that you wake up feeling refreshed.

How to Use the Bedtime Alarm

You’ll need to turn on the iOS 10 Bedtime alarm to use it. Right now you can choose which days to use it on, but you cannot change the schedule around from one day to the next. The whole idea is to go to bed and get up at the same time.

A study from Northwestern University in Chicago found that going to bed at the same time every night is a good part of heart health and can help cut down on stress hormones. Going to bed at the same time every night can help you live longer and healthier.

Set up the iPhone Bedtime alarm on iOS 10.
Set up the iPhone Bedtime alarm on iOS 10.

On the iPhone tap on the Clock App and then on Bedtime in the middle at the bottom of the screen.

Tap the on toggle in the upper right corner. Now, tap and drag on the go to bed time and the wake up time.

Tap on Options in the upper left to control the various Bedtime alarm settings. At the top of this screen you can choose what days to use the Bedtime alarm on your iPhone.

Change iOS 10 Bedtime alarm settings.
Change iOS 10 Bedtime alarm settings.

Below that you can choose how early you want the Bedtime alarm notification to arrive. If you occasionally go to bed 30 to 45 minutes early or you take a long time to get ready for bed, choose an earlier notification.

Now choose the Wake Up Sound from a small number of morning inspired noises. Choose if you want the phone to vibrate and also how loud the Wake Up sound should be.

Once you’ve done all this the iPhone Bedtime alarm, and wakeup alarm, are set up and good to go. You can still set alarms on the iPhone like you normally would, which exist outside of the Bedtime alarm.

What’s New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

The iOS 11.4 update added Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2, but it also brought issues along with it. The iOS 11.4.1 update keeps these long anticipated features and includes fixes for some iOS 11.4 problems. 

Specifically the iOS 11.4.1 update;

  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in Find My iPhone. 
  • Improves reliability of syncing mail, contacts and notes with Exchange accounts.  

This update also includes other bug fixes and security upgrades. It's possible that this update includes a fix for bad iOS 11.4 battery life. 

Messages in the Cloud allows you to backup your iMessage conversations to the cloud just like you back up your notes, contacts and photos. This means they are backed up in case something happens to your phone, but that's not all. 

Messages in the Cloud syncs deleted messages and threads across your iCloud devices. This means everything will show up the same across your Apple devices. With this in place you should see the same conversations everywhere, all of the time. 

This also backs up the photos and attachments in the cloud so you have more room on your iPhone or iPad. When you get a new device all of the messages sync to that device so you don't lose anything. 

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