Repeat notifications custom schedule for missed text messages

pcunite

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Is there an app that can repeat notifications (say for txt messages) to a custom interval? I want to hear the txt message alert every X until I respond, forever. Would be cool to alert every 5 minutes the first hour, then switch to once every hour after that until I actually check my phone again in the morning.

As it stands now, I have to check my phone in the morning to see if I missed anything. I would much prefer the phone to alert me. I think my old Blackberry had a way to do this.
 

eyoungren

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Prepare to be pummeled by the iOS/iPhone loyalists telling you that checking your phone is the right thing to do and that it's not at all that big of a hassle.

You are dangerously close to bringing up an old topic that is much debated here (so I will do it for you) and that is the notification light. Which the iPhone does not have.

I know of no app that will do this. I doubt one exists.

The best you can do is to enable the LED flash and have it repeat 'X' amount of times. That's in the Settings for universal access somewhere.

What you want does exist, but you need to jailbreak to get it. FlashAlert can give you what you want. It's in Cydia for iOS 9.
 

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Is there an app that can repeat notifications (say for txt messages) to a custom interval? I want to hear the txt message alert every X until I respond, forever. Would be cool to alert every 5 minutes the first hour, then switch to once every hour after that until I actually check my phone again in the morning.

As it stands now, I have to check my phone in the morning to see if I missed anything. I would much prefer the phone to alert me. I think my old Blackberry had a way to do this.
There is a repeat notification feature just for messages in iOS, but one that can only be set to happen up to 10 times with only a pre-set 2 minute interval between the alerts. Beyond that there's really nothing else unfortunately, at least not without being jailbroken and using some tweak that has that kind of functionality.
 

pcunite

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Okay, thank you. I'm really liking the iPhone. This seems to be an oversight. Take care all.
 

C DM

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It's not an oversight. It's Apple believing that it's unnecessary.
It's interesting that they did add that repeat feature only for messages at some point, even if it's a somewhat limited one. On some level they seemed to have thought that it wasn't completely unnecessary to essentially go out of their way to do that just for that one single notification basically.
 

pcunite

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>> It's not an oversight. It's Apple believing that it's unnecessary.

Would be nice then if an app had access to the notifications center, and could then capture them and repeat them. Is there an API that can respond (or hook) into the message app? I get if Apples does not want this, but a developer has not tried?
 

C DM

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>> It's not an oversight. It's Apple believing that it's unnecessary.

Would be nice then if an app had access to the notifications center, and could then capture them and repeat them. Is there an API that can respond (or hook) into the message app? I get if Apples does not want this, but a developer has not tried?
iOS isn't designed to allow other (in particular third party) apps to hook into things like that. In a jailbroken state something like that is certainly more likely to be possible, but not in stock iOS.
 
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eyoungren

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>> It's not an oversight. It's Apple believing that it's unnecessary.

Would be nice then if an app had access to the notifications center, and could then capture them and repeat them. Is there an API that can respond (or hook) into the message app? I get if Apples does not want this, but a developer has not tried?
Apple locks out certain features of the OS to apps. Apps are supposed to run in their own sandbox. It's a security thing Apple will tell you.

iOS is not Android in the sense that the devs can implement any idea they dream up. They have to remain with the boundaries Apple sets.
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It's interesting that they did add that repeat feature only for messages at some point, even if it's a somewhat limited one. On some level they seemed to have thought that it wasn't completely unnecessary to essentially go out of their way to do that just for that one single notification basically.
Or just enough people complained.

Apple can be moved. They just get pissy about it and tend to implement a half-assed solution so they can tell those complaining "There, are you happy NOW?!"

Or at least that's what I've observed over the years.
 

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This is why a notification light of some sort would be cool.

Subtle and able to turn it off for those that don't want it.
 

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It's not an oversight. It's Apple believing that it's unnecessary.
In my opinion it's Apple being a bunch of city kids with no life outside of computers. That's one app available for the Android that isn't for the Iphone and is why 40+ of my IT team are now switching to Android phones from Iphones. When an emergency alert goes out. We can't depend on folks to just remember to go check their phone after they've taken a nap or whatever, it can actually be a matter of life or death in our situation if we can't alert our staff and have found that those on Androids over the past 10 years have invariably been the ones most dependable at responding in crisis situations. After scratching our heads and looking at the staff (i.e. do is there something about the type of person drawn to an Android that makes them more reliable and all sorts of other data) it boiled down to the simple fact that those that had an app like Reminder Pro installed to continually alert unitil they acknowledged over time were those that responded, yeah sometimes it took an hour but.. they did respond. Some Iphone users would see their stuff the next day, way too late after a tornado or other severe event has just torn through your town. So, now it'll be mandatory to use Android in IT with Reminder Pro enabled for SMS and voice mail as phones come up for renewal through our carrier
 
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eyoungren

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In my opinion it's Apple being a bunch of city kids with no life outside of computers. That's one app available for the Android that isn't for the Iphone and is why 40+ of my IT team are now switching to Android phones from Iphones. When an emergency alert goes out. We can't depend on folks to just remember to go check their phone after they've taken a nap or whatever, it can actually be a matter of life or death in our situation if we can't alert our staff and have found that those on Androids over the past 10 years have invariably been the ones most dependable at responding in crisis situations. After scratching our heads and looking at the staff (i.e. do is there something about the type of person drawn to an Android that makes them more reliable and all sorts of other data) it boiled down to the simple fact that those that had an app like Reminder Pro installed to continually alert unitil they acknowledged over time were those that responded, yeah sometimes it took an hour but.. they did respond. Some Iphone users would see their stuff the next day, way too late after a tornado or other severe event has just torn through your town. So, now it'll be mandatory to use Android in IT with Reminder Pro enabled for SMS and voice mail as phones come up for renewal through our carrier
You are preaching to the choir. :)

I've had FlashAlert, a jailbreak tweak, installed for quite a long time now. Before iOS 9 it was a different JB tweak or app depending on what was available for iOS 6, 7 and 8 at the various times I was jailbroken on those firmwares.

Unfortunately as time progresses Apple seems to be getting more and more restrictive.
 
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