In this post, I cover using Siri with the Clock App. The Clock App is deceptively complex. It covers three important areas of Siri Commands: alarm commands, which let you turn your iPhone into an alarm clock; timer commands, so you can use your iOS device as a stopwatch; and finally, clock commands, where Siri tells you the time and date. In short, Siri clock commands are the bread and butter of a Voice Assistant and are some of the most convenient and helpful capabilities out there.
Even better still—these commands are supported on more than just your iPhone, as you can also use these capabilities on your iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod.
See the most common questions answered in the FAQ section, or view the complete list of Siri clock commands under Keeping Up With Siri in the table of contents below.
- Keeping Up With Siri
- Alarm Commands
- Clock Commands
- Timer Commands
- Stopwatch Commands
Can Siri enable my alarm clock?
Yes. Check out the commands listed below, but in general, try this format: “Hey Siri, turn on my <time> alarm.”
Can Siri snooze alarm?
No, Siri currently doesn’t have a snooze ability. Siri can only stop or start an alarm. View the commands listed below for more info.
Can Siri stop an alarm?
Yes, asking Siri to “stop” will cause your alarm to be silenced.
Can I change the Siri alarm sound?
Yes. Check out the Alarm Commands< link> below to see how.
Can siri set a timer?
Yes. Check out the Timer Commands <link> below to see how.
Can siri set a sleep timer?
On HomePod, yes. Try asking Siri how to set a sleep timer with Apple Music.
Keeping Up With Siri
With the above FAQs out of the way, now begins the fun part of learning the full capabilities Siri has in terms of making your life easier with using the Clock App. Before we dive into what they are, let me provide a brief refresher into what Keeping Up With Siri is all about. In this series, I list out Apple’s Siri Guide of over 300 voice commands and provide an explenation of how each works so you’re not left guessing. This post specifically focuses on using Siri to control the Clock App on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod.
Siri’s integration with the Clock App is one of the core reasons to use Siri. Alarms and Timers are some of the most useful commands with a Voice Assistant.
These Siri commands turn your iPhone into an alarm clock.
“Hey Siri, wake me up tomorrow at 7am”
When you use this command, Siri sets an alarm for 7 in the morning on the next day. Siri doesn’t ask for confirmation. Instead, Siri shows you a small UI with the alarm itself, like this:
“Hey Siri, set an alarm for 6:30am”
Siri also understands the alternative phrase “set an alarm” to mean the same thing as “wake me up.”
When you use this command, Siri sets an alarm for 6:30 in the morning for the following day.
“Hey Siri, wake me up in 8 hours”
Siri also understands relative times. When you use this command, Siri sets an alarm for 8 hours into the future.
“Hey Siri, change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45”
Siri can also modify alarms. Although you can’t name alarms specifically, you can refer to them by their set time. For instance, when you use this command, your alarm scheduled for 6:30 will change to 6:45 instead.
“Hey Siri, turn off my 6:30 alarm”
See that toggle in the Clock App that turns an alarm off? Siri can control that as well. When you use this command, Siri toggles the alarm off that’s set to 6:30.
Siri can do the inverse and “turn on” alarm clocks, as well.
“Hey Siri, delete my 7:30 alarm”
Instead of just turning an alarm off, Siri can also delete it from the Clock App outright. When you use this command, the alarm set for 7:30 will be permanently deleted. No confirmation happens before this action is carried out, but once it’s done, Siri does confirm that the alarm was deleted for you.
“Hey Siri, turn off all my alarms”
You can refer to all of your alarms at once. When given this command, Siri turns off all your alarms. If you switch the phrase “turn off” to “delete” instead, Siri will permanently delete them all for you, as well.
Use these commands to get the time and date from around the world.
“Hey Siri, what time is it in Berlin”
When given this command, Siri tells you the time in the location you specified, like Berlin in this instance. Siri understands cities and countries.
Siri doesn’t give you the timezone for the location, but instead tells you how many hours ahead or behind that location is.
For example, Berlin is 6 hours ahead of my time on the U.S. East Coast.
“Hey Siri, what is today’s date”
How many times have you forgotten what today’s date is, or maybe even the day of the week? Try this command to get reminded of the date quickly.
When you use this command, Siri gives you the day of the week and the date. Nice and simple.
“Hey Siri, what’s the date this Saturday?”
You can use Siri to get the date relative to the current date.
The phrase “this Saturday” will give you the date for the closest Saturday in your future.
Siri also understands the phrase “next Saturday” which gives you the date for the 2nd Saturday in your future.
Use these commands to turn your iPhone into a Stopwatch.
“Hey Siri, set the timer for ten minutes”
Use Siri to set a timer. After the timer expires, your iPhone starts ringing, letting you know that time is up.
Siri can set timers for any time range you’d like, including seconds and hours. You can also change the sound played when time is up in the Clock App. Find it by:
- Tap on the Clock App (hint: use this Apps Command: “Hey Siri, open Clock”)
- Tap on Timer
“Hey Siri, show the timer”
If you have a timer ticking away, but you want to see how much time is left, try this command. When you use this command, Siri displays and tells you how much time is left on your current timer.
“Hey Siri, pause the timer”
When you have a timer running and use this command, Siri will freeze the timer, but not delete it.
“Hey Siri, resume timer”
This command is the opposite of the previous “pause” command. Using this command will unfreeze a timer that you previously paused.
“Hey Siri, reset the timer”
Rather than stopping and restarting a timer, you can use this command to reset the time to its starting value.
When you use this command, Siri sets the time left on your timer to its original value.
“Hey Siri, stop timer”
When you use this command, Siri deletes the current timer you have running.
“Hey Siri, stopwatch”
This command will open the clock app and show the stop watch window.
Sadly no other stopwatch commands seam to be supported. But if you find one, let me know below.
Want to learn what else you can do with Siri? Check out the series Keeping Up With Siri Commands to learn over 300 capabilities Apple built for its Voice Assistant.
Apparently, some fool do not know what a stopwatch is? The fact you can use voice to do a real stopwatch is ignorant crap
I missed the part where where they covered how to make siri start and stop my stopwatch. I solve cubes and need my hands and the phone would be useful when Im not at home
Sadly this isn’t supported yet! At best, you can use “open stopwatch”.
Constantly needing a timer for work so this is quite helpful bit of information.
How with his days technology and Apple being so successful do you not have an algorithm set up for Siri to open a stopwatch and start a stopwatch it’s very simple. Am I missing something?
There is a kludge though. If you set a timer for a fixed period of time, such as an hour or ten hours, it will count down, and you can stop it then do the math later. At least then you can start it hands-free.
Nevertheless, it’s pretty dumb that, however “inaccurate” for timing to the second, the facility to start and stop a stopwatch isn’t provided. While we’re at it, the facility should be able to do named stopwatch sessions, and presumably, timers.