Users familiar with the Alarm app in iOS may recall that Apple changed the time selector with the introduction of iOS 14, introducing a numpad entry that caught many users by surprise. Many users found it easier to set the alarm time, whereas others favored the old sliding tool.
With iOS 15, Apple switched back to the famous time sliders, but with a small twist for those who preferred the numpad entry.
There's a New iOS 15 Alarm Control
After receiving feedback about iOS 14's numpad entry, Apple decided to bring back the large time selector in iOS 15. This dial-style control is similar to the one that was seen in iOS 13 and earlier. You'll find it as the default across the system in iOS 15.
However, many people had gotten used to the numpad entry and were actually enjoying it—mainly because there are fewer chances of errors while using it. For example, you can quickly type the exact time you want to set the alarm clock using the numpad entry.
You can achieve the same with a dial picker as well, but the slightest slip of your finger may set the alarm from 4:00 to 5:00 or 4:59, which could be disastrous if you don't notice it.
Fortunately, Apple has included both methods to set the alarm clock in iOS 15. It may not be obvious at first, but you can also access the numpad entry by tapping the dial picker in the Alarm Clock settings.
How to Use Your Keyboard to Set the Alarm Time
You can set the alarm clock time using the numpad, as opposed to the dial picker, by following the steps below:
- On your device, open the Clock, then tap Alarm.
- Either choose to change an existing alarm time or press the plus button (+) to start a new one.
- Tap the hour or minute digit of the dial picker.
- A numpad should appear; use it to type in the time for the alarm. Remember to set AM/PM as desired.
- Once done, tap Save to set your alarm.
You can also use the Delete button on the keypad to correct any mistakes made whilst typing the time.
Now You Can Choose Between the Dial Picker and the Numpad
That's how simple it is to set an alarm on your iPhone or iPad! No matter if you choose to use the dial picker or numpad, double-check the alarm time to make sure it rings on time! You can consider setting a custom ringtone for your alarm if you feel the default ones don't do as good a job of waking you up.