How do I change the default alarm on my Samsung?

Samsung phones come with a default alarm sound preset, but the alarm sound can be customized to your liking. The default alarm sound on Samsung phones is an ascending beep tone. While this works fine as a generic alarm, changing to a personalized sound can make waking up a bit more pleasant. Selecting an alarm tone that motivates you or suits your personality can help jumpstart your mornings. With just a few quick setting adjustments, you can change the default alarm sound on your Samsung device to a melody, song, or other audio file from your music library.

Locate the Clock App

Most Samsung Galaxy smartphones come with the Clock app pre-installed. You can find it in the Apps menu or App Drawer on your Home screen. The Clock app may be labeled as just “Clock”, “Alarm”, or “Alarms” depending on your Samsung model.

To quickly open the Clock app, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access your Apps menu. Then locate and tap the “Clock” or “Alarms” app icon. You can also search for “Clock” or “Alarm” using the Search bar at the top of the Home screen.

If you don’t see the Clock app icon on your Home screen or Apps menu, try searching for it using the top Search bar. Some models like the Galaxy S21 may have it baked into the Utilities folder in the App Drawer. If you still can’t find the Clock app, you can download it for free from the Galaxy Store. Just search for “Samsung Clock” and install it.

Once you’ve located and opened the Clock app, you’ll be ready to customize your alarm sounds.

Open Alarm Settings

To open the alarm settings on a Samsung Galaxy phone, first open the Clock app. This is usually located on the home screen or in the apps drawer. Once the Clock app is open, tap on the “Alarms” tab at the top of the screen.

This will display any alarms you currently have set. To edit an alarm, simply tap on the existing alarm you wish to change. This will open the alarm details screen where you can adjust the sound and other settings.

According to Samsung’s support page, you can also tap the Add button (+) to create a brand new alarm rather than editing a current one.

Tap Alarm Sound

Once in the alarm settings, you will see various options for customizing your alarm. Look for the “Alarm Sound” setting and tap on it to open up the available sounds.

According to Samsung’s alarm support page, you can tap on “Alarm sound” to browse and select a new sound for your alarm.

Tapping this option allows you to change the sound that plays for the alarm. You can choose from default ringtones or music files stored on your device.

Browse Ringtones

Once you tap on Alarm Sound, your list of ringtones will open up allowing you to browse and preview the different options. Samsung phones come preloaded with a variety of ringtones to choose from such as Over the Horizon, Morning Flower, and Dreamy.

You can scroll through the list to listen to the different ringtones. Simply tap on any of the ringtones to hear a preview. This will allow you to find the perfect alarm sound for your needs.

If none of the default ringtones appeal to you, you also have the option to add your own custom ringtones. We’ll cover how to select a custom ringtone in the next section.

Select New Sound

Once you have opened the Alarm Sound menu, you will see a list of the default ringtones available on your Samsung device. To choose a new sound for your alarm, simply tap on one of the ringtones in the list. Research shows that upbeat, energetic songs are more likely to help you wake up feeling alert in the morning.

We recommend choosing an alarm sound that you find pleasant but not too subtle. You want something that will reliably wake you up. The sound should be sufficiently loud and attention-grabbing at the chosen volume. Consider songs with vocals, a distinctive melody, or crisp instruments. Stay away from gentle, ambient sounds.

Once you have tapped a ringtone, it will be selected and highlighted. Your Samsung device will preview the sound briefly. Tap “OK” or “Save” to confirm the new alarm sound. It will now be set for that alarm.

Set Alarm Volume

While in the Alarm Sound settings, also set the volume level. This ensures the alarm will be loud enough to wake heavy sleepers. According to research on, an alarm between 60-90 decibels is generally sufficient for most people. However, heavier sleepers may require a louder volume between 80-100 decibels to ensure they wake up.

After selecting a new alarm sound, use the volume slider in the Alarm Sound settings to adjust the decibel level. Move the slider to the right to increase volume and to the left to decrease it. Samsung lets you preset the volume as high as 100 decibels for extra loud alarms.

Setting the maximum volume is recommended for very deep sleepers who have trouble waking up. Test the alarm volume and adjust as needed until you find the right loudness level that will wake you up reliably.

Save Changes

After selecting a new alarm sound, you must save your changes for them to take effect. Be sure to tap the Save button in the upper right corner of the Alarm Sound menu. Tap Save to confirm you want to set the new alarm sound. If you don’t tap Save, the alarm will continue using the previous sound.

It’s important to remember to save any changes made in the alarm settings, otherwise they won’t be implemented. The Save button allows you to confirm the changes and commit them. Tapping Save only takes a moment, but is an essential step.

You’ll know your new alarm sound is set when the Alarm Sound menu closes and you return to the main Alarm settings screen after tapping Save. Don’t exit the Alarm settings without saving or you’ll have to repeat selecting a new alarm sound.

Customize Other Alarms

To change the alarm tones for any other alarms you have set up, simply repeat the steps above. Open the Clock app, tap “Alarms” at the bottom, and select the alarm you want to customize. This will open the alarm details where you can tap “Alarm Sound” and browse ringtones. Pick a new sound, adjust the volume, and hit save.

For example, if you have alarms set for weekdays, weekends, or specific times, you can personalize each one with a unique sound. This way, you’ll be able to identify different alarms by their ringtone. According to surveys, over 60% of people only set one alarm, but around 20% use two or more alarms [1]. Having distinct sounds can help separate multiple morning alarms.

Customizing each alarm tone allows you to create a pattern that fits your schedule. The step-by-step process is quick and easy to repeat for any alarm. So feel free to explore the ringtones and pick your favorites to make waking up a more pleasant experience.


Customizing the default alarm sound on your Samsung phone is quick and easy. Simply open the Clock app, tap on Alarm, and select Alarm Sound to browse and choose from the available ringtones. You can also adjust the alarm volume to your liking. With just a few taps, you can personalize the alarm to wake you up gently or get you going first thing.

As we’ve seen, the process involves just a few basic steps: locate the Clock app, open the Alarm settings, tap Alarm Sound, browse ringtones, choose a new sound, set the volume, and save your changes. You can customize the alarms for your different needs, whether it’s a soothing wake-up for weekends or an extra-loud alarm for early mornings. Samsung makes it fast and simple to tailor your alarms to your personal preferences.

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