Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

By: Ovidiu Ionita
4 minute read
Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

As time goes by personal computers evolve more and eliminate the need of other equipment like TV’s, a home theatre setup, audio stations and even alarm clocks. But PC’s aren’t always that reliable and when you’re trusting it with your daily schedule and job you want to make sure it works as expected. In this article I’ll show you how to troubleshoot problems with the Alarm & Clock application in Windows 10.

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1. Check sound card driver

I know this sounds like a no-brainer but there are situations where you need to check that the sound card driver is correctly installed and working. For example maybe you’re using a new machine or someone else’s and you don’t know the status of the hardware. When you count on the sound card working it is better to check it twice.

There can also be situations where the sound card driver stops working, like after upgrading your OS and your installed driver isn’t fully compatible with the new version. Viruses can also corrupt and damage files in your Windows installation, even driver files.

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The best way to check it is by using an application that plays sound. Try playing a Youtube video in your favorite browser, an offline video in Windows Media Player, a song in iTunes or even a game that you know has a soundtrack. If you can’t hear any sound then you might need to investigate further. Some audio/video applications might also give an error if they can’t detect a correctly installed audio card.

You can also check the status of the sound card driver by right clicking on the Start menu button and selecting Device Manager. Now expand the Sound, video and game controllers section, double click on your audio device and check the Device status section.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

2. Check the volume and speakers

The sound volume is something we fiddle with all the time, turning it up when listening to a song and turning it down when we want to concentrate on work. It is always a good thing to check that it is at the correct level before setting up the alarm.

If you’re using external speakers you might also want to check their volume status and that they are turned on. It’s easy to forget them turned off when you don’t use them. Also check that headphones aren’t connected to the computer as the alarm sound might play on them and will be hard to hear.

3. Activate the alarm

Alarms need to be activated in order for them to work and even though this seems like a logical step you might forget about it if you’re in a rush or very tired. The status of each alarm is displayed on the right side of the Alarm & Clock application as you can see in the image below.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

4. Select the correct alarm sound

Using the right sound for your alarms can be as important as remembering to activate them. Some people can hear the slightest noise while some might need a whole concert to be able to wake up, so make sure you use a loud, clear and fairly long alarm sound. This can be changed by simply editing the alarm and changing the tone under Sound.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

5. Prevent your PC from hibernating or going to sleep

Alarms won’t work if your computer isn’t turned on. They will also won’t work if you put it in sleep mode or to hibernate. You could activate a timer inside your BIOS to wake up your computer at the correct time but not all computers support this feature and you might also need to login to Windows before alarms can be processed. You can check your power options by clicking on the Start menu button and selecting Settings.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

In the Settings window select System and then Power & Sleep. Make sure that the computer is set to Never go to sleep, like in the image below.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

If you’re using a laptop and you usually keep the lid down, make sure it doesn’t go to sleep when you close it. You can do this from the same window by clicking on Additional power settings and then selecting Choose what closing the lid does from the left pane.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

From here check that Do nothing is selected as an action for When I close the lid.

Fix: Alarm sound not working in Windows 10

If you’re using a laptop or a tablet also make sure that it is plugged in so it won’t shutdown when battery level gets too low.

6. Try a different application

If all else fails you could also try using a different application. If you’re connected to the Windows Store you can download Alarm Clock HD by clicking here. Its a nice little application with great feedback and it can even be installed on ARM devices running Windows RT.

If you want to go the old fashioned way than you can use an application called Free Alarm Clock. As the name suggests the application is free of charge and can be downloaded from CNET by clicking here.

If you’re still facing problems with alarms in Windows 10 please use the comment section below to give us more details so we can help you fix them.

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