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Old May 24th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Samsungs alarm clock sucks!

I hated my HTC Thunderbolt for a good 28 of the 29 months I used it for, but I am cheap so stuck out my 2 years. One thing I did kind of take for granted though was the alarm clock app they had on the Thunderbolt. I could set as many alarms as I wanted, I routinely used 5-6, set different ringtones, different volumes even if the phone was muted they would go off, and most importantly in the entire time I used it, I never had it fail to go off.

So I get my s4 in the mail from Verizon, and can't get it to activate. Take it in to the store and they took a solid 2 hours to get it to work too. Get home and play with it for a bit, and found a samsung alarm clock app. 1 setting for one alarm. I could not get it to set multiple alarms. Not a huge deal, I just have to make sure I don't ignore the first alarm (I tend to set 2 alarms in case I turn it off when I thought I snoozed).

Next morning I wake up in a panic. You know how your body just knows you overslept. 4 minutes late, so not a big deal. I'm kind of surprised really. Check the alarm and it is set to go off in 6 days 23 hours and 55 minutes. Thinking I just set it wrong, I played around with it some that day. Alarm never (not one time of the 5 I tested it) went off, I could set it for a few mins away, and it would tell me 2 minutes until alarm. 3 minutes would pass and I would check again and it would say 6 days 23 hours and 59 minutes until it goes off.

TLDR version. Stock alarm sucks. Use only if you don't care about missing stuff. Looking for a good alarm clock app, one I found that seems ok is ad supported. For an alarm clock...

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I have been using it for the last two weeks and every single alarm has gone off when I expected.

I have no idea what happened in your case but it works fine for me.
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are you sure you have selected it to go off everyday in the settings? Another option is a 3rd party alarm clock application
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yea ive never had mine not go off, even when muted. i even have multiple ones set up, 3 i think, they can have different ringtones and can have different volumes. There is even a setting where it only goes off at a certain gps location. so im not really sure what the problem with yours is
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Mine has gone off every time without fail, you probably just did something wrong, it happens.

Tip, if you haven't already enable pattern lock, the next due alarm time will then be on your lockscreen, useful for the those paranoid enough who to need to keep checking.
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I had mine not go off the first two days I had it. Rebooted and still troubleshooting to find out why (trying to recreate it).

If I find anything, I'll let you know.
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You using "Alarm Clock" or "Clock"? I don't even have an alarm clock. I've been using the Clock since I had the Galaxy S which has the alarm, world time, stop watch and timer. I have 8 different daily alarms set up and they have never failed to go off. Not sure why you're having any issues with yours but I hope you get it fixed soon. Pretty good for a stock app.
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No issues here either.... and I can set multiple alarms if needed.

Its actually one of the best alarm clocks on a phone ive ever seen

You can have many alarms set up, each can be set to activate on either one or several days, can be set to repeat each week, can have its own specific melody, its own snooze time etc.

If you think the HTC one was better, id like to now how as the S4 one (like the note 2 I had before) seems to have all the bases covered.

Maybe, just maybe, you did something wrong, or the devices time was wrong etc. Just saying. ;-)
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Been working for me as well. Straight forward and simple to use features. I used to use Gentle Alarm but I have no desire to install it now.
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it fact its when of the best stock alarms ive ever used. But if yours isnt you can download one of the 1000 free ones.
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I wonder if the OP is on Verizon and the rest of you aren't? I'd like to know.

I've never really thought of third party alarm apps as being 100% reliable. Not that I've ever tried one, just didn't want to risk it.
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I hated my HTC Thunderbolt for a good 28 of the 29 months I used it for, but I am cheap so stuck out my 2 years. One thing I did kind of take for granted though was the alarm clock app they had on the Thunderbolt. I could set as many alarms as I wanted, I routinely used 5-6, set different ringtones, different volumes even if the phone was muted they would go off, and most importantly in the entire time I used it, I never had it fail to go off.

So I get my s4 in the mail from Verizon, and can't get it to activate. Take it in to the store and they took a solid 2 hours to get it to work too. Get home and play with it for a bit, and found a samsung alarm clock app. 1 setting for one alarm. I could not get it to set multiple alarms. Not a huge deal, I just have to make sure I don't ignore the first alarm (I tend to set 2 alarms in case I turn it off when I thought I snoozed).

Next morning I wake up in a panic. You know how your body just knows you overslept. 4 minutes late, so not a big deal. I'm kind of surprised really. Check the alarm and it is set to go off in 6 days 23 hours and 55 minutes. Thinking I just set it wrong, I played around with it some that day. Alarm never (not one time of the 5 I tested it) went off, I could set it for a few mins away, and it would tell me 2 minutes until alarm. 3 minutes would pass and I would check again and it would say 6 days 23 hours and 59 minutes until it goes off.

TLDR version. Stock alarm sucks. Use only if you don't care about missing stuff. Looking for a good alarm clock app, one I found that seems ok is ad supported. For an alarm clock...
Here you go, for someone who has never used a Samsung device For all you newbie S4 owners, S4 Simulator ,or you can just use Google Now to set up your alarms, or any other appointment you might have.
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I wonder if the OP is on Verizon and the rest of you aren't? I'd like to know.

I've never really thought of third party alarm apps as being 100% reliable. Not that I've ever tried one, just didn't want to risk it.
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im on verizon.

also wondering two things..

1. he says hes using something called "alarm clock app"... its called "clock". WOnder if hes using the stock app?
2. On the stock app, there is a slider bar for volume... OP, where is your slider bar?
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yea ive never had mine not go off, even when muted. i even have multiple ones set up, 3 i think, they can have different ringtones and can have different volumes. There is even a setting where it only goes off at a certain gps location. so im not really sure what the problem with yours is
I have 5 alarms set to accompany different daily events. And two of those are set for weekends only. Each has different ringtones, and they have all gone off when expected except one time and that was my error, not the phone's.
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I'm on Verizon and mine is great. Won't use any other Alarm app.

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I wonder if the OP is on Verizon and the rest of you aren't? I'd like to know.

I've never really thought of third party alarm apps as being 100% reliable. Not that I've ever tried one, just didn't want to risk it.
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I got the phone yesterday. I really like the alarm on it. Saying "Snooze" or "Stop" is pretty cool. The days of the week part kind of confused me for a minute. I guess if you want to treat it like a daily alarm that you can quickly choose to turn on (or otherwise leave it off) at night-- you have to mark every day of the week and check "Repeat Weekly". Or is there an easier way?
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Hey here's a question - I don't use my phone for an alarm because I have it silenced at night...I don't want it beeping and buzzing with notifications while I'm trying to sleep.

Is there a simple way to have it be silent at night, AND be able to be a nice loud alarm in the morning?
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6087088[/URL]]Hey here's a question - I don't use my phone for an alarm because I have it silenced at night...I don't want it beeping and buzzing with notifications while I'm trying to sleep.

Is there a simple way to have it be silent at night, AND be able to be a nice loud alarm in the morning?
It should work even in silent mode. Put your phone on silent, not vibrate, set an alarm a few minutes, lock the screen and see what happens.
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Hey here's a question - I don't use my phone for an alarm because I have it silenced at night...I don't want it beeping and buzzing with notifications while I'm trying to sleep.

Is there a simple way to have it be silent at night, AND be able to be a nice loud alarm in the morning?
By design, the alarm will ring unless the alarm itself or your phone is turned completely off. The alarm's volume slider present in the alarm clock menu is independent of the rest of the phone. Even if you're on vibrate only, the alarm will ring.
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It should work even in silent mode. Put your phone on silent, not vibrate, set an alarm a few minutes, lock the screen and see what happens.
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By design, the alarm will ring unless the alarm itself or your phone is turned completely off. The alarm's volume slider present in the alarm clock menu is independent of the rest of the phone. Even if you're on vibrate only, the alarm will ring.
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I use mine in conjunction with my iPhone everyday to wake me up. I figure, with an alarm set on 2 devices, reduces the chances of oversleeping if the alarm doesn't go off. I use the stock Clock app on my GS4, I too ran into issue where days weren't highlighted. On those unhighlighted days, the alarm won't go off. I highly recommend checking the "Repeat Weekly" box in the alarm settings. That way you won't have to worry about setting the alarm for whatever day you need it. Instead, now I can just tap the alarm icon next to the time to activate my alarm clock, instead of having to go into the setting every night.
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I have been using it for the last two weeks and every single alarm has gone off when I expected.

I have no idea what happened in your case but it works fine for me.
This. The alarm clock also works fine for me
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Multiple alarms and reliable, just like everyone else.
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Mine has never failed to go off and works as well as any Play Store Alarm App I have ever messed with.

Notice the OP has gone silent after his rant? Bet he figured out how to use the alarm and is happy with it now.

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I loath the default alarm clock. Hate it with a passion.

Alarm Clock Plus. Hands down the best one out there. More settings than you can shake a stick at. You can have tons of alarms, and best of all you can save them and your settings to the SD. Great in case you need to reset the phone..... you don't lose your alarms or your settings.
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By design, the alarm will ring unless the alarm itself or your phone is turned completely off. The alarm's volume slider present in the alarm clock menu is independent of the rest of the phone. Even if you're on vibrate only, the alarm will ring.
The volume is independent, but not the ringtone. Maybe the OP forgot to set default ringtone?


Edit: Just realized that my comment is irrelevant. I had been setting alarms through Google Now, so I only received the alarm confirmation. But I see now by setting an alarm in the Clock app, that there is indeed a default alarm tone pre-set ("Melody") even if you don't configure one, and it is independent of the default ringtone in the phone. Sorry for the confusion.
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when you set the alarm it asks you which days you want it to go off you need to select all the days you want only then it will work
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I have been using it for the last two weeks and every single alarm has gone off when I expected.

I have no idea what happened in your case but it works fine for me.
Been using Samsung phones for the last few years and never had a problem with the alarm apps, they work great.

Probably just user error.
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Same here. I haven't even looked at other alarms since the stock one has always served its purpose. I have at least 8 alarms set per day and its never let me down yet.
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Alarms. Hah!

When you get older, this won't be an issue.
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I wonder if the OP is on Verizon and the rest of you aren't? I'd like to know.

I've never really thought of third party alarm apps as being 100% reliable. Not that I've ever tried one, just didn't want to risk it.
The clock is the same on vzw phones.

Works fine on my phone. I mostly use alarm clock extreme though.
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I use "Alarm Clock Extreme" for times that aren't critical. That said ...

I don't mean this to sound offensive, but is it too obvious to say that anyone that REALLY can't miss a time in the morning, or has time-critical activities to wake up for should maybe get an actual alarm clock? You can buy ones that work just fine for less than $10.00.
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Timely is another nice alarm (and stopwatch and timer) app.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.bitspin.timely&hl=en
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Hopefully, I'm not necroing...

My alarm (stock app) failed to go off this morning for the first time since I've had this phone. I double-checked the day, time and repeat settings and they are correct. I set another test alarm and it played its melody and vibrated the phone.

I had edited my first alarm (the one that failed) to go off ten minutes later than I had before and when I checked the settings, I noticed that somehow snooze had been enabled. Would that cause it to fail?
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My alarm (stock app) failed to go off this morning for the first time since I've had this phone. I double-checked the day, time and repeat settings and they are correct. I set another test alarm and it played its melody and vibrated the phone.

I had edited my first alarm (the one that failed) to go off ten minutes later than I had before and when I checked the settings, I noticed that somehow snooze had been enabled. Would that cause it to fail?
It shouldn't cause it to fail. Mine has been set that way since I've had the phone (which only failed to go off the first time I NEEDED the alarm).
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Old September 13th, 2013, 07:19 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Then I wonder what could've caused the failure. I'm going back to using an old fashioned alarm clock.
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Then I wonder what could've caused the failure. I'm going back to using an old fashioned alarm clock.
Assuming you checked the obvious items (sounds like you have) like volume... who knows. All of my Samsung phones have had an alarm fall on the first use then have worked flawlessly after that. *knock on wood*
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Except this wasn't the first use.
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It could be a number of things not related to the alarm function itself.

Did you reboot your phone while trying to figure out the issue? It may be something as simple as that.

I've been using the stock Samsung clock app since the S1. Never had an issue with using it, keeping multiple alarms, reliability, etc.
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I've had my S4 since June and no problems with the stock alarm not going off. I have several alarms set per day. My wife has an S4 too and was having a problem of the alarm not going off. She was able to figure out the problem, something to do with the alarm settings. (Not sure what it was.)
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I've only had an android since august and tbh I have not had any problems with the alarm, I have been able to add multi alarms. I especially like the "smart Alarm"

However I do find that the S4 relies on lots of ticks to sanction things so maybe one got missed
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I have no idea how an alarm that stops making noise after just ONE MINUTE could ever be described as useful. Guess everyone here wakes up at the first noise in the morning.

I need most of a song to play, or at least the tension of "Hey, if you don't get up, this noise isn't going to stop!" that an alarm clock is supposed to induce. Utterly useless.
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I have no idea how an alarm that stops making noise after just ONE MINUTE could ever be described as useful. Guess everyone here wakes up at the first noise in the morning.

I need most of a song to play, or at least the tension of "Hey, if you don't get up, this noise isn't going to stop!" that an alarm clock is supposed to induce. Utterly useless.
ahhh... thats why it has the smart alarm feature. It will start 2 minutes early, and slowly get louder and louder, going off for a total of 3 minutes.
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I have no idea how an alarm that stops making noise after just ONE MINUTE could ever be described as useful. Guess everyone here wakes up at the first noise in the morning.

I need most of a song to play, or at least the tension of "Hey, if you don't get up, this noise isn't going to stop!" that an alarm clock is supposed to induce. Utterly useless.
If it only went off for one second it would be enough to get me out of bed.

You need to go to bed earlier.
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My main question is this.Does the phone have to be on for the alarm of any app to work.I don't have any problems when the phone is on.But if I cut it off set the alarm nothing happens.called tech sp they said clear the cache ect.did all that same issue if my phone is off no alarm.if on it works.really for the money this phone cost you should be able to set a alarm cut it off to save battery and have something as simple as a alarm clock work.Maybe im missing something?
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Use airplane mode to save battery. There are apps that can re-enable the radios on a schedule if you are worried about forgetting.

I don't know about the S4, but most smartphones are like this (not just Android). AF is littered with threads about it, because everyone had a dumbphone that did it (I did too) and so it's what your used to, but it's just how most of these devices work - off really means off, OS off, so no apps running. You need hardware support if you want alarms to work in that state, or else for it not to really shut down, just enter a deep sleep.
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My main question is this.Does the phone have to be on for the alarm of any app to work.I don't have any problems when the phone is on.But if I cut it off set the alarm nothing happens.called tech sp they said clear the cache ect.did all that same issue if my phone is off no alarm.if on it works.really for the money this phone cost you should be able to set a alarm cut it off to save battery and have something as simple as a alarm clock work.Maybe im missing something?
If you mean you powered it down when you say "off", no, alarms won't work. Otherwise, yes, they do when the screen is just turned off. I used my S4 extensively this summer for an alarm clock in our RV. Worked EVERYTIME for 2 months and was super easy to set. I also use the countdown timer quite often, several times a week, and it always works also.
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