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How to set alarms on your Garmin watch

Set those early morning running alarms in just a few steps.
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June 13, 2022

Garmin watches are among the best you can buy for running and multisport, but did you know you can also use them as alarm clocks? It’s easy to use your smartwatch to set daily reminders or wake you up on time every morning. Below, we explain how you can set alarms on your Garmin watch.

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You can easily set the alarm on your Garmin watch using the Garmin Connect app. Open the app's main menu, select Garmin Devices, then tap on your device. Finally, select Alerts -->Alarm.

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How to use Garmin Connect to manage alarms

Sometimes, setting the alarm on a small screen is a pain in the neck. Thankfully, Garmin gives you an option to manage alarms using its smartphone app, Garmin Connect.

  • Open the Garmin Connect app.
  • Tap the Menu icon in the top left.
  • Select Garmin Devices > [Your model] > Alerts > Alarms.
  • Set your alarm time, then tap the back arrow to save your alarm.

See also: The most common Garmin problems and how to fix them


How to set the alarm on your Garmin smartwatch

Garmin Fenix series and Epix (Gen 2)

Garmin Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar on wrist
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  • Press and hold the MENU button from the watch face.
  • Select Clocks–>ALARM–>Add Alarm.
  • You can now adjust the alarm time and other details.

Garmin Instinct series

Whether you own an older Instinct or the newer Instinct 2, the below steps will let you set the alarm on your device.

  • Press and hold SET from any screen.
  • Select Alarms, then enter the alarm time.
  • Optionally, you can select Repeat, Sounds, and Backlight notifications, or set a Label.

Garmin Venu and Vivoactive series

An image of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus on a table showing the display and watch face.
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The below steps should work with the Garmin Vivoactive 4, original Venu, Venu Sq, and newer Venu 2 series devices.

  • Press and hold the Back button.
  • Select Clocks–>Alarms–>Add Alarm.
  • Select the Time and adjust accordingly.
  • Optionally, you can select the alarm to Repeat or set a description by selecting Label.

Garmin Forerunner series

Have a Garmin Forerunner? The below steps should work for owners of the 45, 55, 245, 745, and more.

  • Press and hold the UP key from the watch face.
  • Select Alarm Clock–>Add Alarm.
  • Next, select Time and adjust the time accordingly.
  • Optionally, you can select Repeat, Sounds, and Backlight notifications, or set a Label.

Notably, Garmin sometimes refers to the Forerunner 935 and 945’s UP button as the Menu button.

Garmin Vivosmart series

A stack of Garmin Vivosmart 5 devices highlight the lines three color offerings.
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The below steps will work for those who own Garmin’s latest fitness band.

  • Tap the screen button, then scroll to the Clock icon.
  • Tap the Alarm icon, then the + icon.
  • Adjust the time of the alarm accordingly.
  • You can also set the alarm to Repeat.

Garmin Lily

The Garmin Lily does not allow users to set up alarms through the watch, so you’ll have to use Garmin Connect.

  • Open the Garmin Connect app.
  • Tap the Menu icon in the top left.
  • Select Garmin Devices–>Lily–>Alerts–>Alarms.
  • Set your alarm time.
  • Tap the back arrow to save your alarm.

See also: The best Garmin watches you can buy


FAQs

The maximum number of alarms varies per Garmin device. For the Venu series, you can set up to eight. The Fenix line allows up to 10, while the new Vivosmart 5 allows up to nine.

No, unlike Fitbit products, Garmin’s devices do not have a built-in smart alarm feature.