How to set multiple alarms on BlackBerry OS 10.2

By Alicia Erlich on 23 Oct 2013 01:33 pm EDT

One of the most long awaited features of OS 10.2 is being able to set multiple alarms. We've discussed this topic numerous times and I'm sure there are folks, like myself, who want to avoid creating several calendar entries to serve this purpose. My schedule in the morning varies because of work or other commitments so this capability is long overdue for those of us who use our BlackBerry as an alarm clock.

Setting up multiple alarms is a fairly simple process. As with setting the main alarm the steps are relatively the same with a few minor adjustments.

  • Open the clock application
  • Tap on the add alarm icon in the upper right

In this menu you can set the alarm name, time, tone, recurrence, and set the snooze duration. Once entered, they are automatically placed into the BlackBerry calendar.

  • Enter in the name for the alarm
  • To set the alarm time tap on the dropdown and scroll to the applicable hour and minute
  • To set the snooze, choose the desired duration from the dropdown menu
  • To set the specific day(s) the alarm should go off, tap on the Recurrence option and select the checkbox next to one or more days. For daily reminders, you may also tap on the toggle button to turn it on or off
  • To set the audible tone heard when it goes off, tap alarm tone and select from the choices listed or tap on Add Music to use a file from your media library. The volume level is also adjustable from within this screen
  • Tap Save

As the screen only displays one active alarm at a time there are a couple of ways to view or manage them.

  • Tap on the alarm icon in the upper right to view, modify, toggle on/off, or delete alarms; or
  • Each alarm appears as an orange/red dial on the analog clock. By tapping and holding on each one you can adjust the alarm time by dragging it around the clock face

To delete an alarm

  • Tap on the alarms icon in the upper right
  • Long press on the one you wish to remove
  • Tap on the delete icon

So what are you waiting for? Besides helping us wake up in the morning, there are plenty of other activities to set an alarm for throughout your day. 

Reader comments

How to set multiple alarms on BlackBerry OS 10.2


That's great. You can even set the alarm to the nearest 1 minute interval instead of 5 min interval from before the update.

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Does the update allow for adjusting the brightness of the display? Having it dim to almost not being visible is a true pain.

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I work Tues through Friday so this helps a lot. I haven't set an alarm for work in months

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The orange dial on my clock has disappeared with the update. Any one with the same experience?

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I see they didn't implement my idea of press-hold the orange handle to break out another one of a different colour. Keep dragging, let go and the alarm options page opens.


this will be better, but I still miss the calender alarms.
I like setting alarms months in advance like I used to be able to do

Before i just have to press enter on my q10 type in the time and hit enter and voila! Alarm was set in 5 sec. Now it's more complicated with 10.2!!

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Much better, but it could be so much more!
o you don't se the alarm date. So if it's say wed. 3pm and you want the alarm for 5pm same day - how does the alarm know it's not the following wed? We need to see the date and be able to change it. Showing the time remaining for a few seconds in small print does not do it.

o You can not select a tune as default, nor the volume. You therefore need to set it for every alarm.

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Will the new version allow me to manipulate alarm clock settings for specific dates? As an example, can I have a Monday-Friday alarm set for 6:00 AM and then go into my calendar for next week Wednesday and change that day to 5:00 AM because I have an early meeting at work?

I sure hope so, because I used this all the time with my old BB's.

I don't trust it sometimes I have one alarm on and a second set alarm off and it shows no alarm on. Buy in details settings it's correct. Drop down setting swipe it's wrong

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I really liked you were able to "wind" the time on the alarm before. Was way more intuitive and enjoyable to use. Wish they could have thought of a way to incorporate it into the UI. Reminds me how they stripped the cool away from the UI in the 10.1 calculator app.

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My old 9800 could do that, i was very disappointed to see the Z10-1 couldn't, so y cant they up date the 10-1?

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Boy, it would be nice if the US Carriers would get their act together and catch up with the rest of the bleeding world and release 10.2. Jackasses.

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