Does any alarm app work?

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  1. rdstoll macrumors 6502

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    I do not want to use the stock alarm clock app.

    I want an alarm that can work if I have the phone in Do Not Disturb and/or Silent mode.

    Is there any non-stock app that does this?
     
  2. X-X macrumors 6502

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    I have a big problem trusting 3rd party apps with my alarms.

    If you use the clock app for alarms, your alarms will go off even when you're in "Do Not Disturb" or "Silent".
     
  3. Xenc macrumors 6502a

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    Only the stock alarm app is able to alert you when Do Not Disturb is enabled, or play a sound when your phone is switched to silent.
     
  4. KLinPA macrumors regular

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    My built in clock's alarm works when the phone is on silent or do not disturb. I also have the Nightstand Central app. It has an alarm and shows the local weather. I mostly use it if I need a large (digital) clock when there are none around. Very handy for travel too but used plugged in. I just checked and it works when the phone is both on silent and do not disturb. I'm sure there are a ton of others too.
     
  5. ericg301 macrumors 6502a

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    I would never trust something important as my alarm to anything besides the stock alarm clock app. Never failed.
     
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  7. rdstoll thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well that's what I'm struggling with - have just come over from Android and can't understand why having something like a third party alarm app is such a big deal to apple.

    I don't like the stock alarm app because I cannot disable vibrate and I cannot set the alarm volume without changing the volume for everything. If they're going to force us to use this app at least make it useful.
    :mad:

    At this point I'm ready to haul out my old alarm clock that I had in the 80's.
     
  8. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    If apple allowed third party apps to be able to make sounds with do not disturb enabled, what would be the point of the do not disturb?
     
  9. trebb macrumors newbie

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    A simple and very easy solution would be to allow you to choose what applications fall under do not disturb.
     
  10. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    My biggest problem with the stock alarm is you can't set it to wake you up with a random song from a playlist.

    This is a feature my iHome alarm clock has; it'll wake you with a random song from the playlist "iHome". If they added that simple feature to the stock alarm, I could replace the iHome with just a plain dock and save a ton of nightstand space.
     
  11. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    I would definitely submit that to apple for feedback.
     
  12. ericg301 macrumors 6502a

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    eh it's just an alarm. it does one thing and does it well -- wakes me up. either with a built-in sound, or song from my library. (mine is GET ONE UP from James Brown).

    and that's the case for most of the iOS stock apps. they do one thing, and they do it well. with minimal bells and whistles (looking at you weather, calendar, and reminders).

    and you want something with more detailed features, then the app store is your friend. there's literally hundreds of alarm apps. but as a i said before, i don't trust something as important as my morning alarm to an app that isn't baked into the OS (siri, wake me up at 7:30 AM).
     
  13. overlyunderme macrumors regular

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    This is my biggest complaint as well. Sometimes, I have my phone volume turned down during the day and forget to turn it back up when setting my alarm to wake me up for the next day. At least with Android, I could set my alarm volume to stay constant no matter what the main volume was set at.
     
  14. macduke Suspended

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    Mine failed that one time there was a daylight savings bug or something. Otherwise yeah, I've tried third party apps and they are sometimes wonky. Always go with the default alarm unless I'm napping.
     
  15. hefman macrumors newbie

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    There are a number of apps that have their own audio control and work just fine when DnD is on, volume is down, or the mute switch is on. The one I use is called Sleep Cycle. I just tested it with the volume all the way down, the mute switch on, and DnD enabled and it triggered fine. It's kind of a unique alarm app, but there are others that work well too. I've been using it for over a year and it has NEVER failed to wake me. I set the stock app as a backup just in case, but have never needed it.
     
  16. overlyunderme macrumors regular

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    Hmm, I have Sleep Cycle in the cloud. Might download it again and revisit it.
     
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  18. heycal macrumors 6502a

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    And isn't it fun that you can only snooze for 9 minutes, and that you must press 'edit' every single time before you adjust the time on the alarm?

    Those of us who came from an Android are used to so much better than the restrictive and lousy IOS alarm.
     

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