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Weird Bubble Sound Happens Randomly

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bradhotdog Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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May 16, 2012 9:07 PM

every once in a whiel, randomly, my iphone will make a weird bubble sound. it's not the sound that it makes when you send a text message, it's some other sound.


but it happens randomly. i can't figure out what's triggering it. and nothing happens when it makes this sound. the screen doesn't turn back on, i get no notification, no text, no email, no messages from anything, nothing from any of my apps


i have no idea what this random sound is. does anyone have any idea what this is or what it means?

iPhone 4, iOS 5.0.1
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)
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    May 16, 2012 9:09 PM (in response to bradhotdog)

    Do you have an app called Life360?


    See this thread: My 4s started making this strange sound like a ping/water drop! What is it?

  • casperfromdubai Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)
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    May 16, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to bradhotdog)

    Do you have Skype for iPhone? That could be the thing making the noise.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)
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    May 16, 2012 9:45 PM (in response to bradhotdog)

    The developers know about it. The last post in the thread above points to the following:



    Here is the response from Life360, we found the culprit.


    Charles K., May 04 01:30 pm (CDT):



    Thank you for your feedback. This noise happens when an error message populates in the application. We have passed your feedback onto the developers to see if they would like to change the noise or remove it completely. Thank you for using Life360.





    Apparently there is no notification bubble since the noise is associated with something that is not supposed to happen. It's a bug.


    Mystery solved.

  • TheMiniBar Calculating status...
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    Jul 1, 2012 12:37 AM (in response to bradhotdog)

    I have the same random "du da" noise followed by bubble sounds but don't have Life360 installed

    I do have Skype installed but never use it.

    Very odd. Phone started doing it 2 or 3 weeks ago

  • baby catcher Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 14, 2012 9:31 AM (in response to bradhotdog)

    Yeah, mine does this too. Glad to know it's a known bug and nothing to worry about

  • Mixphonics Calculating status...
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    Jul 21, 2012 12:10 PM (in response to bradhotdog)

    Hello, I have noticed the strange trumpet duh-duh followed by a bubble noise that sounds like sonic the hedge hog is drowning over the past few days.  I haven't heard this sound before until recently.  I've noticed it when using Safari but I cannot be certain what is causing the sound.  Anymore information regarding this error message would be appreciated.  I've thought about removing any apps that I've installed over the past week, I'll wait to see if anyone else knows more about the strange sound.

  • Seanto Calculating status...
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    Aug 25, 2012 5:46 PM (in response to bradhotdog)

    Skype plays a sound when a "Contact Becomes Available".  It is randomly occurring bubble sounds.  Easy to turn off.  Skype > Preferences > Notifications ...then from Event box dropdown select "Contact Becomes Available' > unclick "Play Sound".

  • aflamang Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to Seanto)

    Anyone have any other suggestions of apps that might be causing this sound? I was never a user of Life360 and I've disabled all Skype sounds but it's still happening.

  • Theudb Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2012 4:43 AM (in response to aflamang)

    Its difficult to describe a sound, but a bubble like sound happens when there is a new notification in e-bay. Next time the sound happens, check your notifications in the e-bay app (if you use it) and you should find there has just been a new notification, problem solved?

  • kolgreat87 Calculating status...
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    Oct 30, 2013 10:22 AM (in response to bradhotdog)

    Mine happens every day at 1:13pm. It sounds like a page in a book being turned. Is that your bubble sound?

  • ABigHelp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 6, 2013 7:20 PM (in response to kolgreat87)

    Yes, Yes, Kolgreat!!   I get the page-turning sound every day at 1:00pm!!!  OMG, I've been Googling this for weeks and yours is the first comment I've seen with the same issue.  Of course, that doesn't help either one of us because we don't know what it's from.  But at least now I know that there isn't a gremlin in my phone reading the newspaper!

    (And I do not have Life360.  So it is not the bug described above.)

  • nwriko2 Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2013 2:39 AM (in response to bradhotdog)

    i also get a sound i don't have life360 but have skype. however,  by what i read mine doesn't fit the sound descriptions it doesn't have any bubble sound to it nor any page turning. i can only describe it by saying that it is a 1 maybe 1.5 sec sound which reminds me of what i hear in between news segments on euronews' satelite tv.  and it happens even when skype is uninstalled.



  • cmaston Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to nwriko2)

    The exact same thing is happening with my phone.  I wasn't sure how to describe the sound, but you said it perfectly.  I have no idea why it keeps happening.  It started about two weeks ago and the sound has randomly played several times for no apparent reason.  There are no alerts on my phone and no apps are running when it makes the noise.  I don't have life360 or skype so those aren't the problem.  I have reset my settings so I'm hoping that may solve the problem, but it is getting very frustrating, especially when it goes off at 3am!  I would love any other suggestions!

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