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Old September 11th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Calendar reminders could lead to divorce

Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere - I have searched both on this forum and others and haven't found an answer that worked.

My wife might leave me unless I can find a way to fix this problem.

We have a lot of all-day events in our Google Calendar, which we want a *visual* reminder of.. but have no desire to be woken in the middle of the night by an *audible* alarm reminder.

I must be missing something so simple - but how do we turn the Calendar alarm off for these, or at least prevent it from sounding in the hours of darkness?

Yours in hope of positive relationship guidance,

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When, on a PC, you setup the event, scroll down to bottom and turn off remiders.

Not sure how to do it on the phone itself. Maybe someone else will post that info.
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Their is a free app off the Market called Locale and you can use it to set the phone so the sound is off at night. Give it a try!

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I am part of the team who released Timeriffic that handles this nice and easy.
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We just released an updated UI. Let us know if you like it.
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This was bugging me too, and my fiancee was not happy the last couple nights when work deadline reminders woke us up. So here's what I came up with and it works great.

-Go get Ringdroid (the free ring tone creation/editing app)

-in Ringdroid > Record New (do this somewhere quiet). Just make a 1 or two second recording. It will save with today's date as the file name by default.

-Go back to the Ringdroid main screen search for your recording and click it. Move the slider bars around to get yourself a .1 second long recording. The app requires some length, or it won't save, .1 seemed to be fine.

-Click the Save icon, name it Silent, and set the type as Notification.

-You can go back to your calendar app and change the notification sound to be "Silent"

Absolutely stupid that you have to do this, but it works. Hope that helps.
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just turn off the reminder on the calendar event. You can also change the default in settings so reminders are not on for new events by default.
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On the handset click -

Calendar > Date > Select the event > You should be in Event Details > Press Menu > Edit > Drop down Reminders > Select "None" > Save

Easy

If you have a Event which is on multiple dates/repeat, you get the option to edit just that one event, all events or that event and all future events.

If you want to add a reminder to an event -

Calendar > Date > Select the event > You should be in Event Details > Press Menu > Edit > Menu > Add reminder > Drop down Reminders > Select the time period before the event you want reminding > Save


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just turn off the reminder on the calendar event. You can also change the default in settings so reminders are not on for new events by default.
That turns off all the visual reminders too (The OP wanted those I believe, and I definitely wanted those)...
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On the handset click -

Calendar > Date > Select the event > You should be in Event Details > Press Menu > Edit > Drop down Reminders > Select "None" > Save

Easy

If you have a Event which is on multiple dates/repeat, you get the option to edit just that one event, all events or that event and all future events.

If you want to add a reminder to an event -

Calendar > Date > Select the event > You should be in Event Details > Press Menu > Edit > Menu > Add reminder > Drop down Reminders > Select the time period before the event you want reminding > Save


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That means you have to do that for EVERY event... if you get many meeting requests a week or day that's a real pain.
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That means you have to do that for EVERY event... if you get many meeting requests a week or day that's a real pain.
When your inputting a new meeting, just turn the reminder off. It's only takes a drop down and check, no need to go through the above process each time.
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When your inputting a new meeting, just turn the reminder off. It's only takes a drop down and check, no need to go through the above process each time.

but what about meeting requests sent to you by people on your exchange server? And what about the visual reminders? Remember the orignal poster (and myself) like the the visual reminders, just not the sounds....
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but what about meeting requests sent to you by people on your exchange server? And what about the visual reminders? Remember the orignal poster (and myself) like the the visual reminders, just not the sounds....
That is a great thought. In fact, I use SMSPOPup and love that app. I would love to see that type of option for my calendar.
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That is a great thought. In fact, I use SMSPOPup and love that app. I would love to see that type of option for my calendar.
The solution I came up with in post #5 allows this...
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The solution I came up with in post #5 allows this...
Yes, but it breaks the whole concept of reminders. If you dont want a reminder, dont set one. If you dont want audio, either manually mute the audio or use one of the apps that mutes it based on time, place, etc...
Changing the audio file to a silent mp3 makes reminders never work; unless you change the notification file everytime you want it; which would be a bigger pain than simply setting the reminder as you wish in the first place.
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Yes, but it breaks the whole concept of reminders. If you dont want a reminder, dont set one. If you dont want audio, either manually mute the audio or use one of the apps that mutes it based on time, place, etc...
Changing the audio file to a silent mp3 makes reminders never work; unless you change the notification file everytime you want it; which would be a bigger pain than simply setting the reminder as you wish in the first place.

Dude, did you read the original post? the request was to turn off sound for calendar reminders only... that means, phone call sounds should come through, ssms tones should come through, personal email account sounds should come thruogh... etc. The OP Never wants sounds for the calendar reminders (although they would settle for turning those sounds off at night). They still want the reminders though... you know the blinking light and the message on the phone screen. So you still get a visual reminder, just never an audible one. Which means the concept of reminders is not broken.

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...We have a lot of all-day events in our Google Calendar, which we want a *visual* reminder of.. but have no desire to be woken in the middle of the night by an *audible* alarm reminder...

... how do we turn the Calendar alarm off for these, or at leastprevent it from sounding in the hours of darkness?...
That was the request, and the solution I provided does just that. It allows for visual alarm, but no sound. I was not trying to provide a solution for any other situation you may be thinking of (such as all sounds off at certain times). None of the other solutions posted here address the original request directly.

Also stop suggesting to not set a reminder since the OP wants the VISUAL reminder... plus (I know they said gMail calendar), but have you ever used an exchange calendar? when somebody sends you a meeting request they set the reminder, not you... So not setting a reminder means you have to manually edit every meeting request you get (which once again, turns off the visual reminder not to mention the extra clicks required). This solution is not for everyone, I know... it's just for those that want no sounds for their calendar reminders but still want the visual reminder!
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The solution I came up with in post #5 allows this...
I don't see that as a solution, sorry to differ.
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This was bugging me too, and my fiancee was not happy the last couple nights when work deadline reminders woke us up. So here's what I came up with and it works great.

-Go get Ringdroid (the free ring tone creation/editing app)

-in Ringdroid > Record New (do this somewhere quiet). Just make a 1 or two second recording. It will save with today's date as the file name by default.

-Go back to the Ringdroid main screen search for your recording and click it. Move the slider bars around to get yourself a .1 second long recording. The app requires some length, or it won't save, .1 seemed to be fine.

-Click the Save icon, name it Silent, and set the type as Notification.

-You can go back to your calendar app and change the notification sound to be "Silent"

Absolutely stupid that you have to do this, but it works. Hope that helps.
Thanks for this inventive suggestion - I will give it a try.

And yes, it is absolutely bonkers that we have to go to this effort to do something so simple..
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I am part of the team who released Timeriffic that handles this nice and easy.
Cyrket - Timeriffic

We just released an updated UI. Let us know if you like it.
Another vote for Timeriffic - it's the most useful app in the store so far (that and the free SSH app - it's stunning).
Sorry to hijack this a little but I wanted to ask dkaufman1 if the reason for no bluetooth support was the absence of SDK support for bluetooth?

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Another vote for Timeriffic - it's the most useful app in the store so far (that and the free SSH app - it's stunning).
Sorry to hijack this a little but I wanted to ask dkaufman1 if the reason for no bluetooth support was the absence of SDK support for bluetooth?

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Thanks for this inventive suggestion - I will give it a try.

And yes, it is absolutely bonkers that we have to go to this effort to do something so simple..
Note that you may not have to use Ringdroid to create a silent notification sound. IIRC on a stock Android 1.6 / Donut you should already have a ringtone called "Silent" that does exactly that. If you don't use a default Android build, complain to the modder or the manufacturer!
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Another vote for Timeriffic - it's the most useful app in the store so far (that and the free SSH app - it's stunning).
Sorry to hijack this a little but I wanted to ask dkaufman1 if the reason for no bluetooth support was the absence of SDK support for bluetooth?

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Hi there. Yeah I didn't do it because I couldn't find an SDK way to do it.

Last time I checked turning bluetooth on/off requires a secure setting API (which means regular SDK apps can read the setting but not change it). According to the SDK guidelines, apps that want to change the setting are encouraged to just call the setting activity, which is not what I wanted. The setting activity itself uses a private bluetooth API not part of the SDK.
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Hi there. Yeah I didn't do it because I couldn't find an SDK way to do it.

Last time I checked turning bluetooth on/off requires a secure setting API (which means regular SDK apps can read the setting but not change it). According to the SDK guidelines, apps that want to change the setting are encouraged to just call the setting activity, which is not what I wanted. The setting activity itself uses a private bluetooth API not part of the SDK.
Thanks. It makes no sense that they would expose all other switches but the bluetooth one.
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core you are a lifesaver! my droid is actually the Eris and is running Android v1.5 and i don't have "silent" as an option for notifications (how could you forget to put in something like that?!).

i used ringdroid and created 0.1 sec of blank audio and named it "shut the f*** up" as i am pretty frustrated with this issue and am tired of being woken up at 1am, the only solution before was to turn my phone off.

for those of you saying "just disable all reminders", not only does that take away the visual reminders too which (like the OP) i also want, but it's also almost impossible to do when people send you calendar events in exchange constantly. i don't want to edit every single calendar event that comes across my plate. core i can't thank you enough, smart thinking
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I don't see that as a solution, sorry to differ.
While timeriffic is a great app, IMO core's solution is the only one proposed so far which disables *only* notification sounds, *only* for the calendar. Everything else that's been suggested either disables all sound, or disables all notifications for the calendar.

The calendar app could really use some work, especially w.r.t. setting reminders. What if i need to be reminded 4 hours before the event? Or 3 days? Or at ten minutes past 2 on the day before? I'm all for making things easy to use, but if youre going to go the iPhone route and reduce everything to the level of complexity of a fisher-price toy, losing useful functionality in the process, then eventually people are going to stop taking you seriously.
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i use AudioManager Widget it allows you to set the volume for Alarm, M usic, Alerts, Ringer, System and Voice call separately.

I had the same issue as you and now when i go to bed i just set the Alarm Vol to full and turn all the others off.

Works a treat and it is free from the market.

The widget is handy too ...



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core you are a lifesaver! my droid is actually the Eris and is running Android v1.5 and i don't have "silent" as an option for notifications (how could you forget to put in something like that?!).

i used ringdroid and created 0.1 sec of blank audio and named it "shut the f*** up" as i am pretty frustrated with this issue and am tired of being woken up at 1am, the only solution before was to turn my phone off.

for those of you saying "just disable all reminders", not only does that take away the visual reminders too which (like the OP) i also want, but it's also almost impossible to do when people send you calendar events in exchange constantly. i don't want to edit every single calendar event that comes across my plate. core i can't thank you enough, smart thinking
I second all of the above - thanks core!
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core you are a lifesaver! my droid is actually the Eris and is running Android v1.5 and i don't have "silent" as an option for notifications (how could you forget to put in something like that?!).

i used ringdroid and created 0.1 sec of blank audio and named it "shut the f*** up" as i am pretty frustrated with this issue and am tired of being woken up at 1am, the only solution before was to turn my phone off.

for those of you saying "just disable all reminders", not only does that take away the visual reminders too which (like the OP) i also want, but it's also almost impossible to do when people send you calendar events in exchange constantly. i don't want to edit every single calendar event that comes across my plate. core i can't thank you enough, smart thinking
I seriously lol'ed at the file name.
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Those who have said "just disable all reminders' ... get real. I merged my outlook calender with several hundred appointments and schedule items for the next two years. For some reason each and every one now has a tone reminder attached to it. I did not add a reminder to any of them. Somehow in the sync through HTC Sync it added this!

I went through the next two months of my calendar and turned off reminders. When I used the sync again - there they were! AGAIN!...

Can't anyone give a reasonable method for just turning off alarm. I about put the thing through the wall last night at MIDNIGHT!!! when the darn thing went off the third time! I guess I'm trying the blank audio method too. ... there doesn't seem to be any other choice.
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see my reply about the Audio Manager Widget...then at night when u go to bed turn the alert volume to zero ...
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I'm trying either of these two methods mentioned.... Audio Manager and Ringdroid. Unfortunately I can't do either since the network is down. Might have something to do with the blizzard conditions where I live...

It's just frustrating that after turning the stupid reminders off on about 30 appointments, they all reappeared after sync. I checked my Outlook files and none of them have a reminder keyed in. I simply don't use that function unless I intentionally want the reminder on.

Thanks for the tip. I'll try to download that app when the weather breaks.
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Sound manager lets you shedule times to turn off and on different volumes.. Hope this isnt a double post, cba to read it all!!
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Thanks Jaffa.

I just downloaded AudioManager and will give that a shot. It seemed simple enough. I might mention that in AudioManager, if you exit out of the app by using the back button, it resets to the prior settings. If you exit by hitting the home button it saves the setting.

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I tried the AudioManager app to silence the alerts/reminders. That didn't work either... AudioManager is suddenly reset to the default 4/7 setting for notifications every couple of hours. I've turned it down to 0 about 10 times now. It shows the "speaker with an X". But within a couple of hours it's right back to 4/7.

I guess I have to create a silent recording to shut this stupid thing off.

At this point I can't recommend android to anyone. It can't merge data correctly with Outlook. It can't merge notes at all. It changes the settings of my merged data to include "reminders" that I didn't ask for.

I can't believe I'm saying this.. but I miss Windows Mobil! At least it worked.
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what about using kaloer app. Its a cool clock screen you can use at night, and I believe it also has an option to supress notifications.
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I'll give that a try. I've tried to follow up on the suggestions here. Though the AudioManager was going to work. It sure looked like it would. But then the stupid phone set off another reminder a half hour later.

Can't someone who programs this or htc the manufacturer fix this?
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Old February 19th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Default My marriage was rescued....

My marriage was rescued by Silent Time Pro from the Market. I can set a schedule to switch all sounds off at bedtime and back on at 7:30am. I can even set exclusions so that should my CEO or one of my family ring me in the depths of night then I will get the call.... I choose not to allow any notification sounds but accept pop-ups overnight.

My wife really thinks the world of Silent Time Pro...

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Old February 20th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #37 (permalink)
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The challenge with Silent Time Pro is that I'm always on call for my job. I could get a call in the middle of the night from a number that isn't in my contact list. I can't turn things off without access.

It's hard enough when you get "on call" contacts in the night. But when you add alarms going off for no reason it's infuriating.
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Hi,

I found the following solution fast and easy:
- Download the attached .zip-file containing an mp3-file with 3 seconds of silence (silence.mp3)
- Connect your Tattoo to your computer using a USB cable (disk drive mode)
- On the SD-Card create a folder called "Media"
- Create a sub-folder to "Media" called "Audio"
- Create a sub-folder to "Audio" called "Notifications"
- Copy the silence.mp3 to the Notifications folder
- Disconnect the phone from the PC
- Go to Calendar --> Menu --> Settings --> Reminders --> Reminder sounds --> Choose: "silence".

Greetings, ro314

PS: You can also create folders called "Alarms" and "Ringtones".
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Old February 27th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I tried the AudioManager route... didn't work. For some reason the volume resets to 7/7 every day or so. I can't tell you the number of times I ran AudioManager and turned the reminder volume off!

Thanks for the quick download file. I've heard others say that's the best fix.
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There's an important point as well that people missed early in the thread regarding simply changing the notification for each event - bank holiday's.

Every friggin bank holiday or special event that is pre programmed in my phone always reminds me about it at midnight. A right pain in the arse.

Many thanks for the tips above in the thread - going to try some of these apps to see if they fix it. I'm in the habit of turning my phone on Silent every night but I'm sick of having to do that myself...
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Default Alarm activated for holidays

Well- Why the hell alarm is activated for Outlook holidays when alarm is NOT activated in Outlook. My opinion is that that sync do not work about at all. It is so nice to woke up at 03:00 for knowing that it is a holiday - and the solution is not to turn off all alarms - of course. Please fix this soon as possible - I do not like fix this kind of staff by 'whatever' application. It just have to fix to calender sync which is NOT working with Outlook.

Calender tasks do not sync at all and when I decline a calendar appointment that won't go to exchange server at all - so - I need to decline it also in Outlook. Can this be more idiotic!!!!
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