How do I set a custom alarm sound on my Samsung?

Setting a custom alarm sound on your Samsung phone allows you to choose a tone that suits your preferences and needs. Having control over your alarm sound can make waking up less jarring and improve your morning routine. Research shows that pleasant, melodic alarm tones help increase energy after waking compared to harsh, jarring sounds. Customizing your alarm to a tone you enjoy hearing can make it less likely to hit snooze and make getting out of bed easier.


The capability to set custom alarm sounds is available on most modern Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 9.0 Pie or newer. Some older Galaxy models may not support custom alarm tones.

To set a custom alarm, your Samsung device will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet
  • Running Android 9.0 Pie or newer
  • Have the default Samsung Clock app installed
  • Have internal storage or an SD card to store custom alarm audio files

Some Samsung models known to support custom alarm sounds include: Galaxy S10 lineup, Galaxy S20 lineup, Galaxy S21 lineup, Galaxy Note 10 lineup, Galaxy Note 20 lineup, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and newer.

Older Samsung models may lack full support for the custom alarm feature in the Clock app. Check your device’s operating system version and Clock app version to confirm compatibility.

Access Alarm Settings

To access the alarm settings on your Samsung device, you first need to open the Clock app. Here are the steps:

  1. On your Samsung device’s home screen, swipe left or right to locate the Clock app. The app icon looks like an analog clock face.
  2. Tap on the Clock app icon to open it.
  3. Once the Clock app opens, you will see several tabs along the top. Tap on the “Alarm” tab.
  4. This will open the Alarm screen which displays any alarms you currently have set. To access the settings and customize your alarms, tap on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  5. Select “Settings” from the menu that appears.

You are now in the Alarm settings section where you can create new alarms or edit existing ones.

Create a New Alarm

Creating a new alarm with a custom sound is easy on Samsung devices. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Clock app on your Samsung device.
  2. Tap on the “Alarms” tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen to add a new alarm.
  4. Set the alarm time by scrolling the hour and minute wheels.
  5. Tap on the “Repeat” option to select which days you want the alarm to go off.
  6. Scroll down and tap on the “Alarm Sound” option.
  7. This will open up your sound options. Tap on “Add” to browse your files for a custom sound.

That covers the basics of creating a new alarm! Now you can select a custom sound file from your phone’s storage. The steps for choosing and setting the sound will be covered next.

Select Sound

Once you have opened the Alarm settings and created a new alarm, it’s time to customize the sound. Simply tap on the “Sound” option for the alarm you want to edit. This will open up a menu showing the default alarm tones included on your Samsung device.

To add your own custom sound, select the “Media storage” option at the bottom of the list. This will open up your files and allow you to browse audio files saved on your device. You can select any mp3 or other audio file as your custom alarm tone.

According to this guide, all you have to do is open the Clock app and tap the current sound to launch the file browser and select a different mp3 file. This makes it easy to set any song or sound bite as your alarm.

Browse Files

After selecting the Sound option, you will be taken to a menu where you can browse the files stored on your Samsung device to find a custom sound to set as your alarm tone. The easiest way to find custom alarm tones is to navigate to the folder where you have saved them.

To browse your files and folders on a Samsung device:

  1. From the Sound menu, tap on the icon in the top left corner that looks like a folder.
  2. This will open the My Files app where you can browse folders and files stored on your device.
  3. Navigate to the Downloads or Music folder where custom alarm tone files are typically saved.

You can also use the search bar at the top of My Files to search for specific alarm tone file names. Once you have located the custom alarm tone, tap on it to select it.

Set as Alarm Tone

Once you have browsed and selected the sound file you want to use, it’s time to set it as your custom alarm tone. Here are the steps:

1. Tap on the sound file to highlight it.

2. Tap on the “Set as” button at the top right of the screen.

3. A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm setting the selected sound as your alarm tone. Tap “Set as alarm tone” to confirm.

4. You will be returned to the Alarm tones screen and see a speaker icon next to the sound you selected, indicating it is now set as your alarm tone.

The selected sound file will now play when the alarm goes off at the set time. You can repeat this process to set different custom alarm tones for each alarm if desired.

For more funny alarm ringtones and notification sounds, check out this app: Funny Alarm Ringtones.

Save Alarm

Once you have selected your custom alarm tone, the final step is to save the alarm so it is set with your chosen sound. On the alarm settings screen, press the back button or tap “Save” to save the alarm.
You should now see the alarm listed with your custom sound selected.
To confirm, tap on the newly created alarm to expand the details. Under the “Sound” section you will see the custom sound file you selected.

To edit the alarm in the future, simply access the alarm settings and tap on the alarm to bring up the edit screen. From here you can change the time, repeat days, sound and more.

Edit Existing Alarms

If you want to change the sound for an alarm that is already set up on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, follow these steps:

1. Open the Clock app and tap on the “Alarms” tab. This will show you a list of any alarms you currently have set.

2. Tap on the alarm you want to edit. This will open the details for that alarm.

3. Tap on the “Alarm sound” option. This will let you change the sound that is used for that alarm.

4. You will now see a list of ringtones and alarm sounds. Tap on the one you want to use.

5. Once you have selected the new alarm sound, tap “OK” to confirm.

The sound for that alarm will now be updated. You can repeat these steps to customize the sound for any existing alarms on your Samsung Galaxy device.


Here are some solutions for common issues that may occur when setting a custom alarm sound on a Samsung device:

If the alarm sound is not changing as expected, try restarting your device. This can clear any glitches and ensure the new alarm sound is properly set.

Make sure the alarm volume is turned up and not muted. Go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Volume and check the Media volume slider.

The alarm may only vibrate if your device is set to Silent or Vibrate mode. Make sure your device sound mode is set to Sound on. You can quickly check this in the notification panel.

On some Samsung devices, alarms will only vibrate and not play a sound if Do Not Disturb is enabled. Go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and make sure it is turned off.

If your device is connected to a Bluetooth device like headphones or a speaker, the alarm sound may only play through that device. Disconnect the Bluetooth device and test the alarm again.

Go to Settings > Apps > Clock > Permissions and make sure All permissions are enabled, especially Storage.

As a last resort, uninstall app updates for the Clock app, or try clearing the app cache and data. This will reset the app and alarm settings.

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