I just found out from Apple techs that the clock alarm is supposed to stop all activities, such as making recordings, playing apps, etc. when the alarm goes off. Who else finds this ridiculous? I've had important recordings (work audio recordings, and my daughter playing music during a show, for example) get borked just because I forgot to turn off a not-so-important alarm. Ugh! Why should this behavior be normal? Why can't there just be a visual pop-up overlay with no sound when I'm in the middle of something? This should be normal.

Anyway, does anyone have a good recommendation for a replacement clock/alarm clock app that is basic and has customizable and non-intrusive settings for the notifications/alarms?

Thanks in advance.

  • ONLY if you set it up – Ruskes Sep 19 '18 at 17:58
  • Non-intrusive alarms? I'm not sure I completely understand what you're looking for. – fsb Sep 19 '18 at 18:04
  • @fsb In my post I described how the alarms were stopping recordings. That's intrusive into another app I'm using. It's stopping the app. Not good. I have been trying out the Reminders app which does not stop my recordings, but is simplistic in sound choice (only one for all). My search continues... – Debbitage Sep 20 '18 at 23:10
  • @Debbitage I agree with you. I also just found this issue the hard way! – rockhammer May 4 '19 at 18:08

Only if you set it up to do so.

The TIMER (not the Alarms) in the built-in Clock app on your iPhone and has a feature called Stop Playing, which will automatically turn off any music, movie, TV show, or video clip that is currently playing. It's perfect for setting your entertainment to turn off at a specific time.

Launch the Clock app on your iPhone. You can also access it from Control Center.

Tap Timer in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Select a length of time.

Tap When Timer Ends.

Scroll to the bottom and tap Stop Playing.

Tap Set in the upper right corner of the screen.


You can set it back to "normal" not intrusive just a beep sound.

Or you can go completely silent with this app

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/silent-alarm-free/id541446930?mt=8 OR you can se it to Vibrate only


The choice is yours, but do not confuse the Alarms with Timer.

  • I'm not referring to the Timer, but the Alarm. I have alarms set for almost every day, throughout the day. I may be making a recording but then my alarm to change the cat litter set 1x per week will kick on and bork my recording. I'd rather it just be a silent pop-up that doesn't just stop something that I'm actively doing. Thanks for the answer, though. – Debbitage Sep 19 '18 at 18:39
  • @Debbitage so do not use the Timer then. Just the alarms setting. – Ruskes Sep 19 '18 at 18:44
  • What about using a recurring calendar or reminder instead? – Hefewe1zen Sep 20 '18 at 0:38
  • @Buscar웃 Again, I am NOT using the timer! I am using the ALARM. It is the alarm that is the problem. Timers require you set it once each time you use it - like when you have something in the oven. ALARMS can be set to repeat. Please read my post again. – Debbitage Sep 20 '18 at 23:01
  • @Hefewe1zen - Yes, I am trying out the reminders, now. They are silent when using the video or audio recordings and they don't make a sound, so the sounds do not record, which is a good thing. The only problem with reminders is the sound does not repeat until you stop it and you cannot set different sounds for each reminder; I usually like unique noises for each. Oh well. – Debbitage Sep 20 '18 at 23:06

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