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  1. torontokid

    torontokid Member

    I don't know if this is a bug in ICS 4.0.4 or I am just a complete tool.

    Basically when I set an alarm, it will only go off if the phone is on. If I turn off the phone, the alarm time comes and goes and the phone stays off and doesn't make a peep.

    This is a terrible issue (and bug, if it's one) since many people turn off their phone before bed. I'm hoping this is a simple setting or configuration.

    Please help thanks.

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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    If the phone is off....its off.

    This isnt a bug. The phone needs to be on to have the alarm go off.

    Why do you shut off the phone before bed?
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  3. Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor Well-Known Member

    Do you mean you are holding the power button until the phone shuts off??

    If you are... there is not an android phone (or iphone) that will turn itself back on from a complete power down for an alarm.

    Maybe I'm misunderstanding you. :confused:
  4. torontokid

    torontokid Member

    Are you sure? Blackberry devices turn on when you set the alarm, and I would be shocked if BB has this feature but Android doesn't.
  5. torontokid

    torontokid Member

    Yes, I'm turning off the phone completely. Blackberry devices had a feature that let you set an alarm, turn off the phone, then the phone would automatically turn back on when the alarm went off.
  6. Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor Well-Known Member

    Not sure why you needed two threads for this? But android does not... I never knew my blackberry (work phone) did that. Just tested it though and yup it turns itself back on.

    Why do you need to turn your phone off at night?
  7. torontokid

    torontokid Member

    Sorry I'm new here...how do I delete the other thread?
  8. Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor Well-Known Member

    No worries.. sorry if that sounded harsh:eek: A mod will catch it or it will just fade away:)

    I'm not sure why you need to shut your phone off at night:confused: If it is just to stop in coming calls you can put it in airplane mode.
  9. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Thats how android devices are. You do not need to shut the phone off at night
  10. torontokid

    torontokid Member

    Well, I usually shut it down to save battery and not get woken up by sound notifications. I guess I could put it in airplane mode. Thanks.
  11. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    No problem. I went ahead and just merged the two threads since there was support being offered in both of them.

    If you put it in silent mode the alarm should still go off. Test this before relying on it!
  12. sorka

    sorka Well-Known Member

    I had a blackberry Curve for 2 years and I guarantee you that when it was *off*, it missed all alarms. The phone could be asleep or in standby(i.e) screen timed out, or even be in airplane mode and the alarms would work, but androids and iphones are the same.
  13. eluno

    eluno Well-Known Member

    i used to have a blackberry and i know for a fact that if you remove the battery to save power. the alarm dose not work.:D
    i believe all phones are like this. but i could be wrong:smokingsomb:
  14. Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor Well-Known Member

    On my Gnex the notification volume is separate from the alarm volume control. So you can set your notications to silent and still have your alarm volume turned on. I would imagine it is the same on the GS3... but I don't have my yet to confirm.

    If you go into settings, sounds, then click volumes you can check.
  15. torontokid

    torontokid Member

    Who said anything about removing the battery? I'm talking about simply shutting down the phone
  16. Dragbike Racer

    Dragbike Racer Well-Known Member

    He was being funny. Hence the :D
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  17. eluno

    eluno Well-Known Member

    i don't trust the power button to shut my phone off. so to be 100% sure i remove the batt:)
  18. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You VIP Member

    I remember the old Samsung D500 & D600's has an option for "power on alarm" that let you have the phone off and the alarms would still go off, wasn't just the blackberries. Lovely feature that was, I do miss it sometimes.
  19. phillyphill39

    phillyphill39 Active Member

    The reason why blackberries do it. Is because you can't actually turn it off. Its just in a deep sleep if you hold the power button.
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  20. Covart

    Covart Well-Known Member

    No need,to put it in airplane mode. Just set the phone face down on a flat surface. It will automatically go into silent mode. Alarm should still sound though.
  21. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Actually it doesn't. The thing about blackberry devices that you need to know is that there is no off button on most. What looks like the off button actually just puts it into standby, like a tv.
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  22. SmilezzProper

    SmilezzProper Active Member

    Ha I was getting excited thinking that they had added that feature. I owned a BB before my Android and when I learned that the phone had to stay on, I was devastated. Like what, that makes no sense but I'm used to it now.
  23. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Nah. You'll notice if you turn on a blackberry with the "on/off" button it takes 15 seconds to "boot" but if you do a battery pull, it takes minutes.
  24. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    You can't, but the Moderator team can. If you find that you're having trouble with the forums, accidentally post twice, or see anything that isn't right (like someone being mean), please use the [​IMG] report button on the post and give a little description of why you're reporting it (like that you accidentally posted twice) and we'll take care of it :)
  25. ardyer

    ardyer Well-Known Member

    There is an app in the "play store" called timeriffic that can be set automatically turn off the volume/turn on airplane mode/lots of other cool stuff at certain times. That way you can leave the alarm volume cranked up but turn everything else down so you don't get woken up.
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