iPhone= TERRIBLE alarm clock?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by CavemanMike, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. CavemanMike macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    Am I missing something?

    Settings | sounds | ringer and alerts volume appears to govern the alarm clock volume.

    I'd like to keep notification volume low, but have a max volume alarm.

    I'm not willing to jail-break, and I don't want to use a 3rd party alarm clock if that means having to remember to launch the alarm clock manually each night before bed time.

    Should I go to walmart and just buy a $7 old fashioned alarm clock?

    What do you folks do?

  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I put the phone on mute which turns off notification sounds but lets the alarm sound.
  3. CavemanMike thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    Thanks. That sounds like a double-manual process: 1) I need to remember to flip the mute switch, and 2) I need to turn up the notification volume before bed because it will be low during the work day.

  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Can you not use Do Not Disturb on a schedule? That's what I do.
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    That's what I do. My phone goes into Do Not Disturb mode automatically from 11PM-7AM. I have the option set so that it will ring if anyone calls, so that's the only sound I'll hear, other than the alarm in the morning.
  6. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    That's what I'm doing
  7. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Same! Though I am a 10:30 - 6:30 kinda guy!
  8. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    I used my iPhone all through high school for my alarm even before DND. I got used to the routine and didn't know any other way. I would mute my phone and the alarm would still go through.I usually kept the ringer at about 50%.

    Now in my sophomore year of college I just use my Apple Watch for alarm. Seems easier to me. Just don't forget to watch the AM and PM because I totally screwed myself this morning.
  9. TheMacApple macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2015
    Question for the OP
    Did you switch from android?
    Reason I ask is android app alarm clock extreme is the cats meow for clocks. Does everything a modern clock should do and then some.
    I switched to Apple only to be ticked that not one app, that I could find would do half of even stock android
    I every wrote the developers and they said no for an apple app
    Anyway like others I learned to live with the primitive dnd, it works but options are very limited
  10. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Same here. DND from 11 to 6, ringer volume on max, phone set on silent 24/7 (since I have my pebble watch to receive notifications).
  11. Sleaka J macrumors regular

    Sleaka J

    Mar 5, 2015
  12. Scary Spice macrumors regular

    Scary Spice

    Jul 31, 2015
    British Columbia
    I use DND from 11:00pm to 5:00am you lazy bums.
  13. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    The only feature I wanted is a flexible snooze period. Other than that I'm not sure what's in an android app. My Bose wave radio just has a snooze button.
  14. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I used to use DND (9 pm to 5 am), until I got my Apple watch. Now I keep the phone on mute all the time with the volume up full for alarms.
  15. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    I would love to see configurable snooze and ascending volume. Hate the blaring especially when you're not in a deep sleep when it goes off.
    One neat feature I found out yesterday was that the stock app has a sleep timer so I can use it to stop my music at a set interval when I'm asleep.
    It works with Google Play Music since the app itself doesn't have a sleep timer built in like Songza did.
  16. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    Ya'll about that early, old man, sleep life. I have DND set from 2:30am to 8am.
  17. dingster1 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Between the alarm clock and DND there are a good few fairly straightforward and reasonable improvements and additions/options that Apple could and really should provide, especially with it all coming up for years now with plenty of feedback that has been submitted about it all...and yet years later we are still where we were.
  19. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    DND for me. Unless I'm missing something the OP is especially asking for.
  20. knownikko macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It certainly is, just not one that has really been improved much over the years.
  22. knownikko macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    True. I could think of a few enhancements that would make it even more useful.
  23. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    No DND does not produce the desired outcome

    "notification volume low, but have a max volume alarm."

    Beibg able to set alarm volume distinctly from the ringer is the solution. And actually a further distinction between ringer and notifications vokune would be appreciated by me too.

    Come on Apple.
  24. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Off topic, but my friend actually set a custom alarm on his Android phone. He has to solve a simple math question in order to turn it off. Quite a way to get him up and ready in the mornings.
  25. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014

    As long as I have had a Mac, I've been able to create Calendar events that have more than two alerts, assign timezones to events, and do custom repeats (eg. "On the last Saturday of the month..."). iOS, it took until iOS 8 to get all but one of these features added to their stock Calendar/Reminders apps. And yet, still cannot add more than two alerts to a Calendar event.

    And yes, I keep filing requests.

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