iPhone V Apple Watch as an alarm

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Aml216, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Aml216 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, somewhat random, I know.

    For those of you who have an Apple Watch, chances are more than likely you have an iPhone as well. When you go to bed at night, I presume most folks charge their iPhone and their Apple Watch during the evening hours until you wake. I think it is also safe to assume that most (if not all) charge their iPhone and their Apple Watch on the same nightstand next to their bed.

    Why would one opt to use and iPhone over an Apple Watch (or vice versa) for setting an alarm?
     
  2. jhamdotme macrumors newbie

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    I wear my watch when I’m sleeping, and I use it as my alarm. This way, if I have to wake up before my girlfriend, I won’t wake her with an obnoxiously loud alarm. When it's worn and silenced, the alarm only vibrates, and it's more than enough to wake me up.
     
  3. TeachwithApple macrumors newbie

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    When I'm at home I use the phone because it is easier to grab and turn off. The light of the main screen is bright enough that I can see and not step on any furry friends begging for breakfast.

    When away, I wear and use the watch. When staying with friends or a big group, it's nice to be woken up by the watch's vibration without alerting the whole hotel room/cabin.
     
  4. Aml216 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you're taking a midday nap, I can see having the watch on and using the watch alarm to wake you up (I do it all the time) -but during the night, you sleep with the watch on? When do you charge it? During the day? I normally let mine charge while I am sleeping at night, which is why i am a little confuzzled :)
     
  5. nathanalf macrumors regular

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    Used to always charge at night while I slept, but with OS 2 I'm changing my habits a bit because of a new app - Sleep++

    Also has the benefits of having truly silent alarms on your wrist (buzzing only, no sounds)

    Simply charging while I'm getting ready for the day in the morning, and while I'm getting ready for bed seems to be enough to still get me through the day (though it never charges to 100%, not that it really matters)
     
  6. btrach144 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm interesting app. I see two 1 star reviews though. How has your experience been? Do you think it tallies your sleep up similar to a Fitbit would? Do you feel the amount of sleep reported is accurate?
     
  7. nathanalf macrumors regular

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    I haven't been using it that much yet, but plan on using it most nights going forward. It currently only tells you the total time you were asleep and how much of that time you were restless / moving around (see the screenshots on the app page). No tallies or anything like that, but it does have the option of syncing your sleep data to the health app (which is awesome IMO).

    So far it seems pretty accurate. The one star reviews I've read have all talked about it crashing / not working. I had this happen with my watch for a bit immediately after I upgraded, but within an hour all apps & complications were showing and working ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    The way I look at it is the same as the workout app. You can not wear the watch, and all the stats still happen without you seeing them (calories burnt, heart rate, etc) but having the watch on puts all this information right in front of you and gives you a better understanding of your activity. Using this app you can see which nights you didn't sleep well, and maybe evaluate and change certain factors to better understand why you don't sleep well certain nights (i.e: reading on your iPad / phone 30 minutes before bed consistently results in you being more restless and getting worse sleep throughout the night)
     
  8. TeachwithApple macrumors newbie

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    I charge while getting ready in the morning. Take it off before shower and put it back on after I'm finished getting ready for work. Its only been an issue for battery life once or twice since I got it (release day).
     
  9. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    I use my iPhone, it's much easier to turn it off tapping a big 5.5" screen
     
  10. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    It's so easy that I keep doing it in mid-snooze and lose track of time. :D I've put alarm clocks across the room to force me out of bed.

    Having the watch vibrate on my wrist has been working really well. Also, the Snooze button is bright orange while the Dismiss button is a muted grey. I think the idea is to make it harder to accidentally turn off the alarm before you're fully awake.

    We just need Carrot Alarm to have a Watch app.
     
  11. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    iPhone at night. It's on the dock charging and I can always say "Hey SIRI! wake me up at 7 AM" any time I'd like.
    The Watch when I want to take a quick nap during the day because it can tap me to wake me up.
     
  12. Aml216 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep I do this exactly as well :)
     
  13. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    I was a bit concern if the watch can wake me up or not. And now, after 2 months of trial, I can confirm that the tapic engine works really well as an alarm. I never miss it, and it generate virtually zero noise to wake me up, but won't alert anyone else.

    So now, I charge my phone overnight, and fully charge my watch just before I go to bed, then wear it all night and day until the next evening.
     
  14. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    It's quite good as an alarm when you are wearing it. At home I use my iPhone as my watch is usually charging over night. However when I'm working night shifts I use my watch to wake me up from my break.
     

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