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Alarm which works even if phone turned off

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  1. alect

    alect Active Member

    I am am recent migrant from Blackberry. One of the nice things on the BB was that when you set the alarm, you can switch the BB off overnight and be sure that at the set alarm time, the BB wakes and the alarm goes off.

    The alarm on the HTC Desire does not seem to do that - ie when I turned it off overnight it did not wake when the alarm should have gone off.

    I tried a couple of other alarm apps and no luck.

    Am I doing something wrong? Is there an alarm app for my requirement? Or is this not possible with an Android phone?


  2. Akalatengo

    Akalatengo Well-Known Member

    There is no need to turn the device off at all except of software malfunction. If you doing this for not allowing phone calls during your sleep, the, do this from to top hard bottom press and hold until vibrates, select silence and you can still play MP3s and alarm.
    I use Alarm Clock Plus v2, from the market place and is free and wonderful.
  3. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

    Best Answer
    In short - no, I don't think this is possible at the moment, which is a shame.

    I too much prefer to switch my phone off overnight - I've had to start using my bedside alarm clock again :-(
    emjay18 likes this.
  4. joggy

    joggy Well-Known Member

  5. alect

    alect Active Member

    So I set my alarm for this morning and before going to sleep set the phone to silent.

    Alarm did not go off (ie I slept through). Or did it go off but the "Silent" setting overrode it? Weird and not very intuitive.....

    I am using the Droid/HTC standard clock/alarm.
  6. zerocool79346

    zerocool79346 Well-Known Member

    Get the SoundManager app off of the market. Free and it allows you to control all aspects of the sound. Mute all but the Alarm and voila, you're set.
    dnubpa and alect like this.
  7. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Well-Known Member

    Or, don't do anything to the different volumes, instead just put the phone in airplane mode. No calls, no data...no noise.
  8. 02keilj

    02keilj Well-Known Member


    There is no way at the moment for android to control the internal phone chip to allow it to turn itself on when an alarm is needed. Best way is to switch to airplane mode.
  9. ac/dc

    ac/dc Active Member

    +1 for Flight mode...........
  10. Tmart

    Tmart Well-Known Member

    Actually there is plenty of need to turn off the phone, especially at night. Many people here want to get full use of their battery so they choose to bump charge it which requires you to turn your phone off. Most people charge their phone overnight meaning that many people in this forum turn their phone off at night.
    emjay18 likes this.
  11. Tangent

    Tangent Well-Known Member

    How much of a real-world difference does charging the phone that way make? My Slide can make it through a 16 hour day of pretty good use without being plugged in. Are some phones just that under powered battery-wise to make bump charging the difference between making it through the day or not?
  12. Rob_A

    Rob_A Well-Known Member

    If you still have your BB, just continue to use that alarm. :D
  13. alect

    alect Active Member

    not a bad thought .... but i do want to sell it

    this morning set the alarm (both on the clock and on the Sound Manager) - did not turn phone off.

    Alarm didn't go off and I slept through :mad: - I don't understand why something that simple is so difficult to make work.....
  14. bluenova

    bluenova OK Computer VIP Member

    Only makes a difference if you have an HTC Incredible which doesn't manage it's charge properly.
  15. harriss

    harriss Active Member

    i have an htc desire, having similar issues to posts here, alrams are set, but they just dont go off? can see in the time screen they are set, all configured to run, but just bypasses the time without going off ??
  16. jdsingle

    jdsingle Well-Known Member

    I would much rather turn my phone off at night and have the ability for it to turn on when my alarm is supposed to go off in the morning. I don't want to be charging my phone all night and there are times when I don't have access to a charger and my phone goes through heavy use, so, saving that battery while it is off makes a difference.

    IDK about other phones but on the Moto Droid when you put the ringer on silent the alarm still goes off. Notifications and calls are silent.
  17. alect

    alect Active Member

    Problem resolved - it appears that there is some bug or problem with having Cleanoid running while having the alarm set.

    So I make sure I terminate unwanted programs (incl Cleanoid itself) before going to sleep - then have the alarm set and alarm goes off as expected.
  18. Weazol

    Weazol Well-Known Member

    Huh? I have never seen that problem.

    And I put my phone on silent at night and the alarm still goes of in the morning. There are different sound settings for ringtone, media, alarm and notifications

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