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iPhone Alarm Problem: Not working – Temporary Fix

It looks like the iPhone alarm clock is coming under fire again, as we can confirm that the alarm clock on devices is again causing problems for users, this time due to the change over to the new year.

If you woke up this morning confused that your alarm didn’t go off, don’t be alarmed – it’s a confirmed bug in iOS, one which Apple has already acknowledged and they’ve also issued an official statement on the matter.

Here is what they had to say on the matter, as reported by Engadget:

”We’re aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.”

They haven’t specifically stated the reason for the problem, but we’re guessing that it is related to the same problem that caused the alarm clock to fail during the switchover to DST.

The good news, is that the problem will automatically fix itself on January 3rd, but if you are looking for a temporary fix until then, you can just set a recurring alarm for your chosen time and it should work with no problems.

What are your thoughts on this new alarm clock problem? How did the error affect you? Did you miss something important because of it or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Melody
Melody

January 6…alarm worked fine UNTIL this morning. I've had a recurring alarm on this phone forever. i woke up 1 1/2 hours late. Apple said to update my software.

Miky
Miky

Mine still doesnt work. I UPLOADED THE NEW 4.2.1 and still nothing. this also happen to me when we had the time change. My phone said the correct time but the phone alarm went off an hour later.

Neil
Neil

Still faulty, my alarm didn't go off on the 3rd either.

Liviu
Liviu

damn it Apple, it's the second time I don't wake up because of you buggy app. Get your act together!

tamara
tamara

SOOOO upset! I am a teacher and my husband's alarm and my alarm did NOT go off! I came to school disheveled and with soaking wet hair. REALLY not cool. At first I thought that I had slept through the alarm and I was SO frustrated with myself as I have never in 40 years slept through anything! But now I am relieved that it wasn't me, but frustrated that I didn't know about this glitch!!

Samantha
Samantha

I set six alarms everyday none of them worked and its january 3 ( "the day it was supposed to fix itself") If apple knew about this they should have put a warningout absolutely redic!

Dave
Dave

No mine never went off this morning (the 3rd Jan) either. I have now deleted all my alarms and created new (non-repeating) ones and they SEEM to work. Problem is that I have totally lost confidence in my iPhone to actually wake me when push comes to shove and it is important that I am on time!

Dom
Dom

Still had the same problem I set my alarm as a once of this morning and I'm still waiting for it to go off and it the 3rd of January mmmmmmmm!!!!!!

Tim
Tim

It’s 3rd now and my other half’s alarm still did NOT go off? So much for the glitch being fixed ?????

Tore

Didn’t fix itself automatically on the 3rd. Luckily, I did dig up my ten year old Nokia phone, and that worked. Apple needs to fix problems – at least Microsoft bothers to!

Tore

FIX: The phone must be rebooted!

Cassandra
Cassandra

I woke up randomly this morning and I was almost late for work. If it wasn’t for my boyfriend I could of slept all day. It is supposed to be the user, not the hardware. I take this seriously, especially from apple. Get it together. Switching to an old fashion alarm clock until apple regains my trust.

terry
terry

This is good news for me! I was sleeping in a different room last night without am alarm clock. I am new to the iPhone and I have been telling everyone how much it can do to make life simpler. So, of course I used the iPhone alarm to make sure that I got myself and the rest of my household up for church this morning. Whoops! Overslept.

I've been kicking myself all day for screwing something up only to find a minute ago that it was Apple's fault, not mine. I feel better about myself now. 🙂

Nancy gilmore
Nancy gilmore

Set my iPhone to wake up yo get to airport.

Luckily I woke up 1 hour late but still made my flight

I would have been furious

Bree
Bree

My husband was two hours late for work! He's the head chef for of a restaurant, you can't be late as the head chef!!! I work mornings on the news, and this is just shameful!!

Jason Moehrle
Jason Moehrle

I woke up naturally around 10 minutes before I had to be at work. I called work right away, and after I arrived I was able to confirm that there was in fact a bug in the clock app again (though curiously one of my coworker’s iPhone 3G didn’t have any problems.

I have noticed that the timer works fine, so I’ll be doing that until I’m sure the clock works again

Alex
Alex

I didn’t have a clue about this. I luckily had 2 set an alarm last nite that didnt go off so I used an alarm clock app instead. I couldve missed work if I hadn’t. Apple really need 2 get their act 2gether. I will never get another iPhone. Nothing but problems.

Milan Bolecek
Milan Bolecek

today i was late for work because of that bug…That is serious and if apple does knew about it, they should tell us by mail or something…Its really serious problem, somebody could be fired for THAT…>!!!!

christiana
christiana

I had to wake up to catch a flight. I woke up by chance, thank God!!!

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