Windows 11 Clock appSource: Windows Central

Windows 11 also introduces an updated version of the Clock app (formerly known as "Alarms & Clock") that includes some interesting new features and changes that make the experience more useful.

The Clock app has a new design experience that matches the style we now see around Windows 11 with rounded corners and a transparent look. Like the previous version, you can set timers, configure alarms, use the stopwatch, and configure different clocks to display times worldwide.

The app also includes a "Focus sessions" feature designed to introduce a new way for you to focus on specific tasks. It integrates with the Microsoft To Do app and the Spotify service to let you create start sessions playing your favorite tunes to keep your focus to get the work done. The feature also includes automatic breaks, and the session information will be recorded in the Daily progress widget.

In this Windows 11 guide, we walk you through the steps to get started using the new Clock app, including Focus sessions.

 

How to use Focus sessions with Clock

To start using Focus sessions on Clock, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on Focus sessions.
  4. Click the Sign in option in the bottom-left corner (if applicable).

    Clock sign in Source: Windows Central

  5. Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  6. Click the Get started button.
  7. Click the Install Spotify button (if applicable).

    Install Spotify within the Clock appSource: Windows Central

  8. Click the Install button in the Microsoft Store to install Spotify.
  9. Click the Link your Spotify button.

    Quick tip: If you just installed Spotify, you may need to restart the app to see the option. Also, you can use this feature with or without a Spotify subcription.

  10. Click the Agree button.
  11. Create or select the task from the Microsoft To Do section.
  12. Select a music playlist from the Spotify section.
  13. Specify how long you want the focus session to last.

    Configure Focus Sessions with ClockSource: Windows Central

  14. (Optional) Clear the Skip breaks option.
  15. Click the Start focus session button.

Once you complete the steps, the session will start alongside the music. You can click the Keep on top button in the top-right corner to minimize the app into a less distracting element on the screen. You can stop and resume music, and you can control the focus session at any time. Also, the "Daily progress" section will track all your sessions.

Change Focus sessions settings

The Clock app also comes with various settings you can adjust to get the most out of Focus sessions, including the ability to change the default periods, the time between breakpoints, sounds, and more.

To adjust the settings for Focus sessions, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click the Settings button in the bottom-left corner.
  4. Click the Focus periods setting.

    Clock focus sessions settingsSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the Focus period setting to specify how long the period will be.
  6. Use the Break period setting to specify when to apply breaks.
  7. Turn on the End of session sound toggle switch to play a sound when a session ends.
  8. Click the End of session sound setting to change the sound.
  9. Turn on the End of break sound toggle switch to play a sound when a session ends.
  10. Click the End of break sound setting to change the sound.
  11. Turn on the Spotify toggle switch to enable the integration (if applicable).
  12. Click the Spotify setting to manage the account settings.
  13. Turn on the To Do toggle switch to enable the Microsoft To Do integration (if applicable).

After you complete the steps, the new settings will apply to the feature.

How to use Timer with Clock

To create and use timers on Windows 11 with the Clock app, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on Timer.
  4. Click the Add new timer button from the bottom-right corner.

    Configure Timer in ClockSource: Windows Central

  5. Configure the timer.
  6. Specify a name.
  7. Click the Save button.

After you complete the steps, the timer will be created and appear in this section. You can then click the Start button to use the timer. You can always create timers for anything you need using the same steps mentioned above.

How to use Alarm with Clock

To set one or multiple alarms on Windows 11 with the Clock app, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on Alarm.
  4. Click the Add new alarm button from the bottom-right corner.

    Create alarm with ClockSource: Windows Central

  5. Set the alarm schedule, chime, and snooze time.
  6. Specify a name.

    Add Clock AlarmSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the alarm will be set and go off at the specified schedule. You can always create more alarms for anything you need using the same steps mentioned above.

How to use Stopwatch with Clock

To use the Stopwatch on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on Stopwatch.
  4. Click the Start button to start the Clock.

    StopwatchSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Click the flag button to mark a lap.
  6. Click the Reset button to reset the Clock.

After you complete the steps, the Clock will start and pause when you click the stop button.

How to use World Clock with Clock

To view the date and time from different locations in the world, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on World clock.
  4. Click the Add a new city button from the bottom-right corner.

    New world clockSource: Windows Central

  5. Search for a new location.
  6. Click the Add button.

    Select clock citySource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the date and time will be pinned on the map. You can always repeat the steps to add more clocks as needed.

How to change settings for Clock

To change the Clock settings, including theme, notification, and privacy, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Clock and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click the Settings button in the bottom-left corner.
  4. Under the "General" settings, click the App theme setting.
  5. Select the color mode for the app, including light, dark, or system settings.

    Change Clock Theme ColorSource: Windows Central

  6. Under the "Notifications" setting, click the Change notification settings option.
  7. Under the "Privacy" setting, click the Clear history to delete any privacy information from this application.

After you complete the steps, the settings will apply to the Clock app.

More Windows resources

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