How to purge your obsolete Apple Watch alarms


Are Apple Watch expectations just too high?
The Alarm Clock app is in there somewhere ...
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We love how easy it is to set up an alarm from the Apple Watch. All you have to do is say, “Hey Siri, wake me up at 7 a.m.,” and the digital assistant will put that order in for you.

But this comes a slight inconvenience: What happens to alarms after you’re done using them? Well, if you’re like me, you just turn them off to stop the horrendous buzzing on your wrist and then forget about them. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here’s how to clear off all of those old, unused alarms with a quickness.

Option 1: The old-fashioned way

First, you can do it all through the Alarm Clock app on the Apple Watch. From the clock face, hit the digital crown to exit out to your app menu and tap on the alarm clock. This will bring up a list of every alarm you have set. And if you use your Apple Watch for these as needed like I do, try not to be too shocked about how many are sitting in there. And also try not to remember why you ever needed an alarm to go off at such random times.

Tap the alarm you want to clear; that will take you to the Edit screen. Down at the bottom, you can hit Delete, and that will clear it. Now, all you have to do is repeat that for every alarm in your Apple Watch, and you’ll be done.

How to clear your Apple Watch alarms manually
It can be a lot of work if you have a bunch to delete, however.
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Option 2: Just ask your Apple Watch

But here’s the real tip: You don’t have to do that. Instead, try activating Siri by holding down the digital crown for a few seconds or just saying, “Hey, Siri” while your watch is awake. Once the assistant is listening, say, “Clear all alarms.”

Siri will give you a confirmation screen asking if you’re sure, and if you say yes, your Apple Watch will delete every alarm inside of it almost instantly.

How to clear your Apple Watch alarms with Siri
This is way faster.
Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

And then you can go back to the important work of filling it back up again.