Trying to set an alarm on your Macbook isn’t as easy as it sounds. Maybe you’re trying to time yourself to calculate your words per minute, or you’re just setting up a reminder for when you have to be out of the house, the food in the oven, or something else. Unfortunately, unlike your iPhone and iPad, Apple’s built-in Clock app is nowhere to be found on the Macbook. That means you can’t easily set an alarm up on the device, not on the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or even something as portable as the MacBook.
So how do you set an alarm up on a MacBook then? There’s actually a couple ways that you can still do it without install another application, but we’ll show you how to setup all the methods available to you. Let’s get started, shall we?
If you have any model of MacBook from the past couple of years, you should be able to easily ask Siri to do certain tasks for you. First, you’ll need to make sure that she’s enabled on your MacBook.
To do this, open System Preferences and click on the Siri icon. On left side of the window, check the box that says Enable Ask Siri. A pop-up window will appear, asking if your sure. Just press the Enable button when that appears.
Now that we have Siri enabled, you can press the Siri icon at the top right corner on the menu bar. If you have “Hey Siri” recognition on, you could also audibly say that with your voice to activate the virtual assistant.
No matter which way you use to trigger Siri, simply say, “Hey Siri, set a timer for five minutes from now.” Siri will tell you that she’s unable to do that because there is no Clock app on the MacBook; however, she will be able to setup a Reminder within the Reminders app on the MacBook. The app won’t act as a timer, but it will remind you of the “Reminder” you set with a notification when the set time comes.
You can also manually setup Reminders, if you so choose. It’s as simple as opening up Launchpad, searching for the Reminders app, and then clicking on it with your mouse or trackpad. To setup a reminder, press the + icon at the top right corner of the Reminder app. It’ll add a new list item, where you’ll then enter some text as to what it is. When you’re done, press the “I” icon — it stands for Information — and select the Remind Me On A Day option. Setup the time you want it to remind you — you can even enter in today’s date, as it doesn’t have to be a day in the future. Then, just setup a time that you want it to remind you of the task, such as, say, 4:00 p.m.
Now, Reminders won’t sound off like an alarm or timer found on the Clock app on iOS, but it will alert you with a notification, which can still be helpful.
Setup an alarm online
As an alternative to the Reminders app and Siri, you can use an online web app to set yourself a reminder. Keep in mind that you’ll need to make sure that your MacBook isn’t muted for this to work, as web apps generally do not have control over the system itself. One free option you have can be found at vclock.com.
Once you land on the website, click on the Set Alarm button, and a window will pop up for you to fill out details. Go through the hours and minutes tab to select what time of day you want your alarm to go off. When you’re done setting up the details, click on the Start button. As long as your MacBook isn’t muted, and you keep the tab open, the alarm will go off. The web app has options for Timer, Stopwatch, and World Clock on the left navigation bar as well.
If you’re looking for a reliable way to just set a timer, Google might be answer. Open up Google, and search for “online timer.” Google actually has their own built-in web app within the search results that appear. You can setup a timer to go off in some amount of user-selected minutes or hours. Once you’ve set that up, just press the Start button, and the timer will countdown, alerting you when it reaches zero. You just need to keep the tab open and your MacBook un-muted!
Use an app
The final alternative you have is to simply download an alarm app to your MacBook. Open up the App Store on your MacBook, and in the search bar, search for “alarm.” You can choose any one that is the most appealing to you; however, we’re going to download Wake Up Time – Alarm Clock for the sake of this article.
Once you have it downloaded on your MacBook, open the app. And then simply setup the alarm for when you want it to go off. It’s fairly straight forward, as it works similar to any alarm or timer app out there. When you set it up, you’ll see a orange display box under the current time, which displays info on when your alarm will go off. One of the neat things about Wake Up Time is that, within the app’s Settings, there are a number of different sounds that you can choose from; you can even choose different LED clock styles to change up the visuals, if you so choose!
As you can see, setting up an alarm on your MacBook is a little more difficult than it should be without that Clock app on your device. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways that you can setup an alarm or timer on your MacBook, albeit none of them are the most convenient. We think Google’s free timer is probably the best way to go for your alarm needs, as it means you don’t have to navigate to any odd-looking or flaky websites, though you could download an Alarm from the Mac’s App Store as well, if you don’t mind taking up some of your laptop’s space.
Do you have a favorite Alarm app for the MacBook? Let us know what it is in the comments section below — we’d love to hear from you!