Constantly Running The Stopwatch

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by steiney, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. steiney macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Hello All!

    When I first got my iPhone 2G, I started the stopwatch and never stopped it. It's at 28,472 hours now, which translates to 3.25 years. I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has done the same thing. One of the cool things about the iPhone is that the iTunes backup function saves every single detail about your iPhone, and so when you restore to a backup where the stopwatch was running, the restored iPhone stopwatch will be at where it would have been had you never restored your iPhone, as if nothing happened. It obviously tracks itself against the cellular time code.

    So if anyone else runs their stopwatch constantly, let me hear it!

  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Wow that's awesome
    I started mine today when school started, 18:22:18 hours ago. lol (but my phone died earlier today so idk if that got counted).
  3. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Yeah, it definitely got counted. The stopwatch sets a timestamp when you start it, and then anytime you view it after that, it checks itself against the timestamp and shows the value of the difference between the timestamp and the actual time.
  4. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010

    screenshot possible?
  5. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009
    haha yeah i did that on my 3G and even though i have gotten other phones it always keeps it from where it left off i need to look where mine is it was up to like 2 years though
  6. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
  7. Merthyrboy macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    I've been doing the same but not for as long. I'm currently on 1450 hours. Your time is awesome by the way.
  8. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
  9. dave420, Apr 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013

    dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I do that too for some reason. Mine is at over 30,000 hours. It is kind of annoying because I can never use the stopwatch, but I have never wanted to stop it.
    Way back the numbers were too big and the time didn't even display correctly, but Apple seems to have fixed that so it shouldn't have problems anymore.

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  10. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
  11. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Probably not, since it's not constantly running in the background. Seems like every time you reopen the app, it checks for the last timestamp and continues from there. You can try it-- start the stopwatch, then hit the home button. Quit the app from the multitasking bar, then reopen it. It'll start up as if it never stopped in the first place.

    Cool "feature" I hadn't heard of until now
  12. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I guess I just never needed the stopwatch.
  13. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm definitely doing this when I get my upgrade next year!
  14. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Wow. I'm pretty psyched at the response I got from my initial post.

    Dave420, that's pretty impressive. You've got my 24000 hours beat! Very nice. You must have bought your phone a couple months before I bought mine.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The only thing I use the stopwatch for is cooking. I time how long I have my backed goods in the oven. That's about it.
  16. SharepointGuy macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2011
    Rhode Island
    Have you seen any noticeable effects on battery life running the stop watch constantly?
  17. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Dif'rent strokes for dif'rent folks. Haha.

    I really have no way of knowing the strain it puts on the battery since I've been running the stopwatch constantly since I got it.
  18. elan123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2011
    small price to pay for such fun!
  19. sporefreak macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2014
    Just passed 4 years :)

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  20. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Nice! Way to dig up an old thread! I totally forgot I had created this thread. I'm no longer running my stopwatch. I switched to Android briefly when the iPhone 4S came out because I wanted a bigger screen. I thoroughly regretted it afterwards and now have an iPhone 5, but my stopwatch progress was lost and never got back into it.

    That's great to see that you're still running with it though! I'm impressed.
  21. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Haha, you beat me out too. I lost mine when I was having issues with the initial iOS 6 update and Apple suggested resetting my settings. The settings reset didn't fix my issue, but it did clear my stopwatch.
  22. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    My use is similar....

    I use it to time coffee roasts!

    Quelle surprise!:p
  23. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    One of my friends started mine on my ipod touch and told me to never stop it, i think it ran for like a year and a half. I did it on my iphone but when it resprings it will reset and stop. ):
  24. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The only thing I use the stop watch for is timing my laundry cycles. I have to use a common laundry room and I don't want to leave my stuff in there too long if someone else is waiting to use it.
  25. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    You CAN use your stopwatch. You just need to note lap times and differences in subsequent lap times. Too much math for you??:D


    Has anyone ever unloaded your clothes from the dryer and pile them into a wrinkled mess?

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