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This tutorial will show you how to get the best experience using the Clock Application in Windows 11. It was formerly known as “Alarms & Clock in Windows 10. Microsoft introduced some new clock application features that allow users to make the most of their time. 

In Windows 10, the “Alarm & Clock” application allowed the users to use an alarm clock widget, set timers, use the desktop stopwatch, and use different clock apps to display time. Windows 11 came to us with another helpful feature, allowing us to have a focus time where we can get the most of our work done.

It is Windows 11’s Built-in Pomodoro Timer. A time management technique called the Pomodoro Technique sets 25 minutes timer for intense concentration followed by five minutes of rest. After four consecutive work cycles, longer breaks are taken. The Italian term for tomato, Pomodoro, refers to each work interval. That’s why it is also called a tomato timer.

It connects with the Spotify service and the Microsoft To-Do app to help you start sessions. Automatic breaks are also a part of the feature, and a Daily Progress widget will keep track of session statistics. You don’t need to install third-party applications. So, how do you use the built in Windows 11 productivity timer? Let’s find out.

How to set Focus Sessions with the Windows 11 Clock app

The following is the standard way to use the focus sessions on Clock in Windows 11. It involves a series of steps which are explained down below.

  1. Open Start and launch the Windows 11 Clock app searching for “Clock”

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. Click on “Focus Sessions” and select the “Sign in” Option

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Sign In

  3. Sign in with your Microsoft account

    You need to sign in using your Microsoft Account and click on “Continue”.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Sign In - Continue

  4. Click on “Yes” to give the Windows 11 Clock app the necessary permissions

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Sign In - Continue - Accept

  5. Select “Get Started”

    This will take you to the UI where you will be integrating with your Pomodoro session functionalities. You will be able to access Spotify account management through the Digital Clock app.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Sign In - Continue - Accept - Get Started

  6. Click on “Link Your Spotify”

    It will open a popup window where you will be asked to connect via Facebook, Apple, or Google. 

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Sign In - Continue - Accept - Get Started - Link your Spotify

  7. Log into Spotify

    You can log in from all of the below-mentioned options. 

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Link your Spotify - Sign In

  8. Click On “Agree”

    By agreeing, you will allow Focus Sessions access to your data. You will be able to control your Spotify on your device. 

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Link your Spotify - Sign In - Agree

  9. Click on “Add a task”

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Link your Spotify - Add a Task

  10. Set a description for your task

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Link your Spotify - Add a Task - Name it

  11. Define your Focus Session

    After selecting the task for a focus session, you can select your playlist from Spotify at the same UI. It also lets you specify the time for each session to last.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Link your Spotify - Select Task for Sesion - Select a Playlist - Specify the Time - Start Focus Sesion

  12. Click on “Keep on top” if needed

    To minimize the app into a less distracting element on the screen, click the “Keep on top” button in the top-right corner. The focus session is always under your control, and you can pause and resume music anytime. Additionally, your sessions will be tracked under “Daily progress.”

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Start Focus Sesion - Keep on Top

  13. You can click the upper left button to expand it again if necessary

    Windows 11 - Clock - Focus Sessions - Start Focus Sesion - Keep on Top

How to Change Focus sessions settings

While the basic focus session functionality is simple to use, exploring the customization options will help you get more out of it.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Clock app

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. Click on “Settings” and expand the “Focus Periods” drop-down options menu

    You may choose the duration of the focus and break intervals by selecting the menu.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - Focus Periods - Specify it

  3. Specify the Sound for when the Focus Session Ends


    The numerous sounds that indicate when a session begins or ends can be changed.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - Enable End of Session Sound

  4. The Windows 11 clock app comes with a few sounds to choose from

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - End of Session Sound - Choose Alarm Sound

  5. Select “End of the Break Sound” if you want to get notified with a sound

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - Enable End of Break Sound

  6. Select one of the provided sounds

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - Enable End of Break Sound - Choose Alarm

  7. Connect your Spotify account to sync it with the Windows 11 Clock app

    Connecting the Windows 11 clock app with Spotify lets you create sessions playing your favorite tunes to improve your focus while you are working.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - Enable Spotify - Manage the Account

  8. To activate the Microsoft To-Do integration, flip on the To-Do toggle switch

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - Focus Sessions - Enable To Do

How to use the Timer feature of the Windows 11 Clock app

In Windows 11, setting a timer is significantly easier. Four default timers are accessible when you open the Timer tab in the Clock app. To keep track of time, feel free to use, modify, or create additional timers.

  1. Open the Start Menu and type in “Clock”, then click the top result

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. Click on Timer and click the + button at the bottom right corner

    Windows 11 - Clock - Timer - Add

  3. Choose an interval and a name for your new timer

    Windows 11 - Clock - Timer - Save New Timer

How to set Alarms with the Windows 11 Clock App

The Alarm feature of the Windows 11 Clock app might be helpful if you need assistance waking up or keeping track of recurring chores. One “good morning” alarm from Microsoft is included, but you may add more. Spend time adjusting the tone for each alarm and the days you want it to repeat for the best results.

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for “Clock”, then click the top result

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. Click on “Alarm”  and then the + Icon at the bottom right corner

    Windows 11 - Clock - Alarm - Add

  3. Set the Alarm times and click on “Save”

    Windows 11 - Clock - Alarm - Save New Alarm

How to use the Windows 11 Stopwatch in the Clock app

The Windows 11 Clock app’s Stopwatch tab is intended for sporting events. Start the stopwatch to time anything precisely and keep track of your laps.

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for “Clock”, then click the top result

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. Select “Stopwatch” and hit the button below on the left to start

    Windows 11 - Clock - Stopwatch - Play

  3. To mark a lap, click the flag button in the center

    The Windows 11 stopwatch will create a list with lap times at the bottom.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Stopwatch - Play - Mark Lap

  4. To reset the Windows 11 stopwatch, click the button with the rounded arrow

    Windows 11 - Clock - Stopwatch - Play - Mark Lap - Reset

How to use the Windows 11 World Clock in the Clock app

Use these instructions to view the date and time in various locations worldwide. This feature will be helpful if you travel frequently or have friends or coworkers in other countries.

  1. Open the Start Menu and type “Clock”, then click the top result

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. Select “World Clock” and click on the + button at the bottom right corner

    Windows 11 - Clock - World Clock - Add

  3. Add a new location

    Windows 11 - Clock - World Clock - Add New Location

  4. Then choose your local time along with the time of the added location

    Windows 11 - Clock - World Clock - Add New Location - Result

Available Settings for the Windows 11 Clock app

You can also change the settings for the Clock application. You can modify the notifications, theme, and Privacy. Follow along with these steps.

  1. Open the Start Menu and open the Clock app from there

    Windows 11 - Open Clock

  2. You can choose a light or dark “App Theme” 

    It will give you several options to select whether to have a Light or a Dark theme for the Application. You can also go for the System Settings.

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - General - App Theme

  3. You can change the “Notification Settings” if needed

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - General - Notifications - Change Settings

  4. Under Privacy, you can clear the accumulated history of the Windows 11 clock app

    Windows 11 - Clock - Settings - General - Privacy - Clear History

EXTRA: How to Use the Windows 10 Alarms and Clock App

The Windows 10 timer, alarm and clock app features a full-screen mode for distance viewing, for example, and you can add individual lap times with the Windows 10 Stopwatch. If you are still running Windows 10 and want to know how to use the Alarms and Clock App, check out this tutorial.

How to Use the Alarms & Clock App in Windows 10 for Timers, Stopwatches, and More