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When I use silent mode, I expect no sound and hence I expect alarms to be silent as well but they don t, silent button has no effect on alarms! On IOS 5 this used to work and in silent mode alarms did just vibrate. How can i put alarms in silent mode without reconfiguring each of them one by one when I need silent mode? Thanks

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It's not in the spirit of alarms to be silent, and I sure am thankful they are not silenced in silent mode. What type of alarms are you setting where you prefer this behavior? Maybe calendar reminder are more appropriate? –  Gerry Nov 13 '12 at 7:28
    
Well I have plenty of alarms with different days and times in the week and don t want to bother which one may ring or not when in silent mode! –  Than Nov 13 '12 at 7:53
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Moreover I m used to wake up and get alarms notifications in vibration mode (ios 5) that is to wake me up but not my husband or my neighbours! That is even not possible with ios 6. I ll search for a different alarm app since default iphone alarm is not suitable anymore for me. –  Than Nov 13 '12 at 7:56
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Here's the solution that worked for me: search online (Google) or create (GarageBand, Audacity, etc) a 20-25 second clip of silence. Save it in your iTunes as a "song" (I just called it Silent Ringtone), and then sync your phone so it's now on your phone.

Now, when you create an alarm, use Pick a Song from your library, and select your "Ringtone" song. If you have your settings elsewhere set to vibrate on silent or whatever, then you should now have a song that "plays" while your phone happily buzzes.

Hope that helps!

p.s. Lots of people seem to wonder why one would needed this workaround, but as someone who only recently switched to iPhone from a phone that could do the vibrate-only alarm thing easily, I would use these alarms to set myself private reminders for lots of things. Such as when I was in a lecture or meeting and needed to remember to leave 5 minutes early but didn't want to be watching the clock constantly. Or if I had to remember when to go back and put more money in the parking meter. Or basically a multitude of things to alert myself that I didn't need to whole world to know about! Just a simple buzz in the pocket was enough.

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In your situation where you would like the vibration, but just not the sound the solution may require a bit of an investment. If you go into iTunes and search for "Silent iPhone" they have ringtones that you can set as the default for your alarms. I think that would give you your desired result of vibration with no sound. The only downside being if you are expecting more than just a vibration if you are out of silent mode.

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This is one thing about the iPhone that I've never really figured out. The truth is there is NO way to change that behavior in iOS (as of iOS 6). Do not disturb doesn't even do this.

I suppose the theory is that if you were relying on an alarm to wake you up, or the like, you would want it to go off no matter if your phone is muted or if the ringer is on. This also allows you to mute messages, calls, and such during the night, for example, while still relying on the alarm to go off in the morning. Still, seems like there could be a setting in the Clock app for each alarm that would go like - Silence when muted? Yes/no.

As a result of there being no customization along these lines it will take a little more effort on your part. One thing you could work at doing is setting particular days for the alarm to go off instead of the default. This can be changed by Editing the alarm, and then changing the "Repeat" settings. Biggest problem with this is it will then repeat every week, instead of just once.

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Don't know if this will do but for me (iOS6), setting to silent and then turning the ringer down as far as it will go makes the alarm vibrate only. Just remember to turn your volume back up later.

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I know I'm wierd but since I keep my phone on my person, almost indefinitely, I hate having it ring. I keep the volume all the way down, all the time. This has caused my alarm to only vibrate in the mornings, which has the effect of waking me up but not my wife. This solution is the answer. –  RLH Feb 15 '13 at 3:37
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I did a lot of searching, and most solutions were to download a free ringtone recorder to record a silent ringtone. However, there was still static in the recording just due to ambient noise. The best solution is to do the following:

  1. Do a google search for blank MP3 (I used the following result: http://www.xamuel.com/blank-mp3s/)

  2. Download a blank MP3 to your desktop (I think any length will work, as I tried the 5 Sec and 30 second files and both had the same result, so I went with the 5 second file)

  3. Open iTunesFileAdd To Library

  4. Select the blank MP3 file from your Desktop that downloaded in step #2

  5. Either give the blank MP3 file it's own playlist and sync that playlist to your iPhone (I created a playlist called Silent) or add it to an existing playlist that is sync'd to your phone

  6. Go to the alarm that you only want to vibrate, select the sound option, select pick a song and select the Silent MP3 file you just sync'd

  7. The last thing you need to do is make sure your phone is set to vibrate when it rings; go to SettingsSounds and make sure Vibrate On Ring and Vibrate On Silent are on

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