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It's easy to keep track of your portable devices if there's a place for them. And that's just what the iHome iDL46 provides. This compact clock radio lets you dock your iPhone 6®, iPhone 6 Plus®, iPad 4®, iPad mini® or 5th generation iPod touch to its Lightning connector. And if you have an older Apple portable with a 30-pin connector, you can use your device's charging cable to connect to the iDL46's USB port. Either way, you'll be able to play music from your connected Apple portable as it charges.

The system features a built-in FM tuner and auxiliary minijack input where you can plug in your other portable audio devices. The iDL46 lets you choose what you want to listen to, and what you want to wake up to. It can be a favorite radio station, or a music source from one of your connected Apple portables — from music files, to apps, to Internet radio stations.

Product Highlights:

  • Lightning connector dock compatible with iPhone 6®, iPhone 6 Plus®, 5th generation iPod touch®, iPad 4®, iPad mini®, and later
  • USB charging port for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices
  • USB port has play and charge functionality for Apple portables
  • digital clock with selectable alarm source (FM radio or docked Apple portables)
  • stereo minijack input for other portable audio devices
  • built-in FM radio with 6 presets 
  • AC power adapter
  • 9-1/4"W x 6-1/8"H x 6-3/8"D
  • weight: 2.53 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

iHome iDL46 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

1 Review


Written by: LKNOTTS from Rivesville,WV on February 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love this product! The sound is very clear especially for the small size of he unit. It is very convenient to be able to set my iphone or ipad right on the lightning connector to charge or view videos without a kickstand. Very happy!



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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • iPod/iPhone/iPad dock/alarm clock
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • iHome brochure

Product Research


Overview: The iHome iDL46 is a stereo dual alarm clock radio for iPad, iPhone and iPod that lets you charge your iPad, iPhone or iPod and lets you wake and sleep to either one, to a custom playlist, or to FM radio. Charge and play via flexible Lightning dock or USB port (with your own cable). The auto sync feature syncs the clock to your iPhone in moments. The iDL46 also includes 6 FM presets, EQ controls and 3D stereo sound and Reson8® sound technology for an exceptional audio experience.

Stereo Sound: The iHome iDL46 employs two full-range speakers in a specially designed sealed enclosure (Reson8) to deliver clear sound. Adjustable bass, treble, and balance settings let you customize the sound. A 3D sound mode provides a broader soundstage from a compact speaker system.


Apple Device Connectivity: The iHome iDL46 is fitted with a top-panel Lightning-connector dock for newer iPod/iPhone/iPad devices and a rear-panel USB port for older iPod/iPhone devices. Either connection supports audio playback, basic music control, and charging of your connected Apple device. Basic music controls included Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, or Previous/Next Track.

  • Lightning-Connector Dock: The iHome iDL46 is fitted with a top-panel Lightning-connector dock for newer iPod/iPhone/iPad devices with a Lightning-connector. The top-panel Lightning-connector lets you dock a compatible iPod, Phone, or iPad device.
  • USB Port: A rear-panel USB (type-A) port lets you connect your older iPod/iPhone device with a 30-pin dock connector. Simply use the USB/dock cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the iDL46's USB port.

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The iHome iDL46 speaker dock is "made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" certified and supports the following functions (as of 5/14/2013).

Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type iHome App Charge
Lightning Dock USB Input Audio Video Dock iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
3G 4.2.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
4 7.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
4S 7.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
5 7.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
5C 7.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
5S 7.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
4th 6.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
5th 7.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
4th 1.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
5th 1.0.2 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
6th 1.1 PC N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
7th 1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N
2 7.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N
3 7.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y N
4 7.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
mini 7.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

iHome Apps: The iHome iDL46 speaker dock supports iHome's free iHome Set app and iHome Sleep app for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad (running iOS 4.3 or later).

  • iHome Set App: Once downloaded to your compatible Apple Device, the iHome Set app provides a convenient interface to set clock, alarms, radio presets, and more. The iHome Set will automatically install updates when they are available.
  • iHome Sleep: The iHome Sleep app is a sleep lifestyle app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The app features custom alarms, wake and sleep music profiles, sleep stats, social update, reminders, and more.

FM Radio: The iDL46 features a built-in FM tuner. You can store up to 6 FM preset stations. You can set the FM radio to US or European tuning.

Aux Input: The iDL46 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect almost any portable audio player with a headphone jack output.

Alarm Clock: The iHome iDL146 is equipped with a built-in in Alarm clock that features dual Wakeup timers, a Sleep timer, and a Nap timer. You can wake up or go to sleep listening to your iPod/iPhone/iPad, custom playlist, or an FM radio station (Buzzer also available for wake-up alarm). The iDL46 gradually increases or decreases the volume to help you gently wake-up or fall to sleep.

  • Dual Wake Timers w/ Snooze: The two independent wakeup timers can be set for a full week (7), work week (5), or weekend (2). A programmable snooze lets you pause the wakeup timer for 1 to 29 minutes. The alarm will continue for 60 minutes or until turned off.
  • Sleep Timer: Sleep mode lets you fall asleep to whatever is currently playing (iPad/iPhone/iPod or the radio), gradually lowering the volume
    until the unit shuts off at the selected time (15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes). 
  • Nap Timer: The Nap timer lets you set an alarm separate from the Alarm 1 and Alarm 2 settings. The Nap timer wakes you up to your iPod/iPhone/iPad, the built-in FM Radio, or integrated Buzzer after a selected period of time (5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes).
Note: The clock is automatically set by your connected iPod/iPhone/iPad device. You can set the unit to a 12 or 24 hour display.

External Power Supply w/ Battery Backup: The iHome iDL46 operates off of standard household current using the included AC power supply. Two "AA" batteries (included) provide battery backup and keeps the clock/alarm set during power interruptions.

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Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

It has a dimmer that has several levels of "brightness", with one level turning the display off. [ chris  Jan 13, 2015 ]
Yes, the display has 8 different brightness settings (by pressing the snooze button) with the last one being so dim it's not visible with the room light being on. [ Shawn  Jan 09, 2015 ]
Yes! The display has 6 or so brightness settings all the way to off. It works well and the switch for this is right on top in the front so easy to change - even in the dark. This is a fine piece of equipment. I've enjoyed mine now for many months. It works well, has great sound for a bedside or small office radio. [ George  Jan 09, 2015 ]
It can be dimmed multiple levels from bright to off best I have ever used as far as a dimmer [ DON S  Jan 09, 2015 ]
Yes it dims many times and can be turned off. [ john  Jan 09, 2015 ]
This iHome iDL46 has 7 brightness levels plus you can turn it off. [ Steven  Jan 09, 2015 ]