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Alarm clock doesn't work when phone is switched off

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scottyman2k Calculating status...
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Oct 21, 2010 2:46 PM
Hi guys
When I'm travelling, I like to use my phone as an alarm, and after switching away from using a CrackBerry to an iPhone, I've found that the Alarm function doens't work when I switch the phone off.
I'm running iOS 4.1, and I'm somewhat surprised that setting the Alarm doesn't trigger the phone to wake up. This strikes me as a particularly silly oversight as just about every phone I've ever had (aside from a rubbish Motorola about 15 years ago) has always turned itself on when setting an alarm.
Corei7, Windows 7
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,410 points)
    Well, with an iPhone, off means exactly that: Off. This is not an oversight, this is the way the phone is designed.
    MacBook Pro
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    I've found that the Alarm function doens't work when I switch the phone off.

    "Off", somewhat surprisingly, means "Off". If you want the phone on (so the alarm will work), but don't want to receive calls or messages, use Airplane mode.
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 4.1
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,410 points)
    The alarm works on silent mode, the switch on the upper left side of your phone.
    MacBook Pro
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Oct 21, 2010 3:19 PM (in response to wjosten)
    The alarm works on silent mode, the switch on the upper left side of your phone.

    But it will still vibrate for other alerts (unless vibrate is disabled).
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS 4.1
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,410 points)
    I think the OP needs to read the User Guide, otherwise we'll be posting the whole thing here:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPhone_iOS4_UserGuide.pdf
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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,410 points)
    Ya know, no device meets every consumer's wants, needs or desires. In your case, this is the way the iPhone is designed/works. If this is a huge shortcoming in your view, fine, sell the phone & purchase a device that meets your needs.
    MacBook Pro
  • jeffkinn_uk Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    The truth is that there are lots of things that you can do easily on a Blackberry that you cannot do on an Iphone. What you have to weigh up is whether the whole user experience on an Iphone is better for you than a BB or not.

    I had both BB Storms and loved them. I now have my first apple phone and love that as well, although its many restrictions are annoying. I use it for many more things than the BB as it is more 'I' than phone. So I overlook its many shortcomings and enjoy it for what it is.
    Lenovo Thinkpad, iOS 4, Windows XP Pro
  • ScuseMe Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    I agree completely. I have a Blackberry Tour and an iPhone 3GS/4. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Since I'm not using my smartphones for business purposes, I find that the iPhone paradigm is much more suited to my lifestyle than Blackberry's.

    As always, it's only you who can determine what you like.
    24" iMac 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo/1 TB/8 GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Parallels v5 with Win7 x64, MBP 17", iPod Touch 2G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4
  • sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
    I dont see this as a big deal at all if I turn the phone off I want it off no alarms no nothing
    macbook pro 17 inch - iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • jeffkinn_uk Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Oct 22, 2010 11:25 AM (in response to sn4p2k)
    When you migrate to the Iphone from other platforms and find that your favourite function doesn't work any more, it is very annoying. Thus you might not see it as a big deal but someone else clearly does. There are many functions that are common on other phones that are signally absent from the Iphone and they should be available to us. Top of the list is the customisation of Text message alerts. I continue to find this annoying but it clearly isn't a big deal to many other users.
    Lenovo Thinkpad, iOS 4, Windows XP Pro
  • Buffoire Calculating status...
    This problem has been buggin me for a while. It came to me last night and I believe if you switch the phone to airplane mode (flight mode), the alarm features will still work, however you won't be woken by emails, calls, skype or whatever during the night.
  • smarterthanyou Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:17 AM (in response to Buffoire)

    I'm sort of stunned at the hostility shown in this thread.  This is a feature that is available on most old phones even let alone smartphones.

     

    First, expecting people to do a manual process for anything means that by definition it is a broken promise.  The one night you forget to do this is the same night that you have a big meeting the next day.  You might also forget to take it out of standby so you could say miss an urgent call.

     

    Second, this feature might not be a big deal if your job involves saying, do you want fries with that or doesn't require advanced degrees and a lot of experience.  Some of us have high level, high paying jobs and don't want to be woken by people in other time zones.

     

    Third, here is what Apple would have to do to make this feature work.  When you set up an alarm, an on/off slider than says, "Should this alarm turn on your phone if it is off."  That's it.  No need for all of the hositility.

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