For a while within the past year, I was delighted to find that my iPhone allowed me to enter an alarm time using a numerical keypad instead of the simulated dials. Now, it has reverted to the dials. I wonder whether it is because I recently upgraded from iOS 14.4 to 15.2.1.

Was this in fact determined by the iOS version?

I'm a fan of installing as few apps as possible, and relying on native functionality. Is there any way to get the numerical keypad back without installing an app?

  • Yes iOS 15 returned it back to the dials as feedback was negative towards typing in the time when it was introduced in iOS 13(?) or iOS 14... I don't think there's a setting you can change to use the keypad by default, but you can tap the dial and it'll let you key in the time instead of using the dial picker
    – AVelj
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 4:24
  • @AVelj: So sad (for me). When I tap the dial at the vertical center, nothing happens. If I tap above or below the center, the tapped number moves to the centre becomes the selected digit. But there are only two numbers above and below the centre. By the way, did you want to post your comment as the answer? Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 4:38
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    It shouldn't, just make sure you tap exactly on the dial picker (not above/below) and the keypad should pop up.
    – AVelj
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 5:02
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    "Hey Siri. Set alarm for 7.30am." Done.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 6:44
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    @AVelj: You're right! So great! Happy days are here again.......thanks! Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 15:58

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No - the interface has changed, though.

Thanks to AVelj's comment, I found that if I tap directly on the number that is selected by the dial picker, I get a number pad. I can then enter (say) 900 and get a 9am alarm.

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