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.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.2

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. 

The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users. 

 

 

 


  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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