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cboyforeman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Could anyone tell me if it is possible to turn the iPhone 4 off and still use the alarm function? It seem to not work when I try. I have to have the phone in sleep mode. This means I could still get calls when I am asleep.Someone has suggested putting the phone in airplane mode, which seems a bit naff. With every mobile i have ever owned you can do this quite easily. It saves charging it all night or losing battery as well..
thanks CB

macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,660 points)
    No it stands to logic, if the phone is off, the alarm will not work. Put it vibrate, the alarm will go off normal.
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,760 points)
    The iphone when turned off, is off...nothing works. If you don't want to be bothered by calls or texts, put the silent switch on. The alarm will still go off, but you won't be bothered by any calls or SMS. Make sure vibrate is turned off as well. No harm in charging your battery all night, its a LI battery, no memory effect, charge whenever you want, charging stops when full.
  • Injector Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Some phones, such as Nokia, will sound the alarm even when switched off. This is a great feature but sadly not one adopted my most manufacturers, including Apple.
  • cboyforeman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks for all the info
    CB
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    put in airplane mode. simple.
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    Some phones, such as Nokia, will sound the alarm even when switched off.

    They have a strange definition of the word "off".
    This is a great feature but sadly not one adopted my most manufacturers, including Apple.

    Apple has the feature, but they do not misname it "Off".
  • Ian Lancaster Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    No, Kwopau, it's not simple. The function of an alarm clock is very often to wake you up, which means probably from being asleep overnight. So when I set an alarm, I want to turn the phone off so I'm not disturbed by calls (especially when in a non-home timezone). Setting the alarm, then turning the phone off, being woken by the alarm has worked on every mobile phone I've owned in the past 10 years. It's a logical system. Simple to turn the phone off. To go in to airplane mode requires many more taps and brushes - much more time consuming. Turning off sounds is simple, but it means if someone phones me the iPhone will light up, and that in itself is distracting - never mind the caller waiting while my phone supposedly rings before it switches to voicemail, unanswered.
    Now where do I go to make the request to Apple to make the alarm turn the iPhone on? Or is this too much of an iOS issue to be something they can easily do?
  • Mr Leo Sir Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    Why don't you flip over your phone? so you can't see the phone light up?

    i like that on the iphone's alarm wont go off when its off.
    if your in a exam or important meeting where you want it off so it can't get you in trouble by forgetting about a stupid alarm on your phone.
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (18,765 points)
    Seriously? 3 taps: Settings -> Airplane mode button -> exit settings. It takes me all of about 1.5 seconds to do that. Versus having to power off the phone, then power it back on in the morning? And you honestly consider the latter simple, and the former terribly arduous and "much more time consuming"?

    I can understand this is a feature you would like, but your attempts to rationalize it are a bit off the mark I think.
  • Eric-7819 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    still, any crappy phone has this feature! plus it's green because you won´t be wasting energy. plus all batteries have a charging cycle. so has iphone. or you think apple wants you to have a life time mobile? they probably made this way so the battery is spent faster, you'll have to charge it more often ... next thing you have to buy a new phone!
    this is like nokia that does not have a qwerty keyboard, just stubborn!
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    You probably didn't get what I meant when I said airplane mode, Ian Lancaster. Turning ON airplane mode, disables all network, cellular data, bluetooth, wi-fi off. And no I don't believe that putting it on airplane mode is time consuming. It's more time consuming if you just turn it off. Of course if Apple did implement this that the phone itself on automatically at the given set of time.

    It's right in front page of the Settings. Unless you are blind.

    Seriously, don't be lazy. Like I said, turning on airplane mode disables almost all network. With this airplane mode on, YOU will NOT get any phone calls, nor text messages. Even if someone calls you, it will take them to Voicemail straight. YOu will receive text message when you turn the airplane mode off. It's not that hard to do. Where as if you were to turn it off, you'd have to push the power button, then the red slider.

    But I do know what you are talking about because my dumb phone can do that. Where I can tell it to turn the phone by the certain time. And it will turn it self on by itself. IT also can turn off by itself if I set the time to do it.

    Don't get confused with what I'm saying, because what I'm saying is very clear.
  • eldaddy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    point taken about airplane mode, cheers for that, nice and simple.
    but ian is right many other phones have an "off" mode which pretty switches off the phone but the clock within that can "switch on" the phone to wake you with at the chosen alarm time. ive just got an iphone 4 and did miss a morning appointment because of this ! ah ah technology!
    anyway, question remains whether the airplane mode, which seems safe with the phone under your pillow (healthwise) and wont wake you as you cant get calls or texts, still consumes more battery than other phones mentionned above?
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    eldaddy wrote:
    point taken about airplane mode, cheers for that, nice and simple.
    but ian is right many other phones have an "off" mode which pretty switches off the phone but the clock within that can "switch on" the phone to wake you with at the chosen alarm time. ive just got an iphone 4 and did miss a morning appointment because of this ! ah ah technology!
    anyway, question remains whether the airplane mode, which seems safe with the phone under your pillow (healthwise) and wont wake you as you cant get calls or texts, still consumes more battery than other phones mentionned above?


    I understand your concern, as some of the phone do have the feature to set the alarm and turn off the phone and when it's time that the phone will turn on by itself and the alarm goes off. However, if you want to see this happen to the iphone, simply leave a feedback to apple at www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html.

    If you have it plugged in your charger and it's in airplane mode, though you won't receive any calls nor text. It should not consume any battery while it is in the charger. I basically just turn of cellular data off during the night and leave it in the charger while I'm asleep and by morning it is fully charged.
  • kiwicalifornia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just push the lock button, on the left side of the phone. It silences everything EXCEPT the alarm....I use it all the time.

    Although airplane mode is good too, especially when you don't have access to a charger, so saves battery...

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