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Will the alarm still go off if I turn off the phone before?

Example: when I have low battery, I have to go to sleep and wake up at X o'clock, and there is no charger around. Should I turn off the phone?

Note: If it makes any difference my phone is Galaxy S running froyo

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Star this issue if you're interested in Google adding the necessary framework for a hardware alarm: code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1942 However, due to the open nature of Android, in the end, it is up to manufacturers to include the necessary hardware for powered-off alarm, and it is impossible for Google to force all manufacturers to do so. –  Lie Ryan Dec 30 '10 at 4:54
Useless functionality from android –  Rasmi Ranjan Nayak Aug 2 '14 at 19:16

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No, if the phone is off, it can't do anything. If it's in sleep mode where the screen is off and it's not in use then the alarm will still function as will other types of notifications. I have never tried this specifically on a Galaxy S but I am fairly confident this is a universal rule.

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really? on old phones (like nokias) the alarm still rings when the phone is turned off. that's disappointing in android –  Louis Rhys Dec 30 '10 at 3:17
I'll confirm this as a Galaxy S owner. When the phone is off, it's actually off. Not a powered-down mode. –  Matthew Read Dec 30 '10 at 3:19
I used to have an N95 and I never knew that. I am pretty sure, but there's only one way to be sure, try it out. Set the alarm for 5 minutes from now and then turn the phone off. –  Matt Dec 30 '10 at 3:20
I wouldn't at all say it's disappointing for android. It is possible to put the phone into a very low power-usage mode and turn off the screen and such, but if the phone is off then it's off. –  num1 Dec 30 '10 at 3:29
VERY disappointing in deed ! The old nokia did it - I was expecting the smarter android (Galaxy S GTI9000) to do even better... but hence - Nothing! –  hanani Jan 19 '11 at 20:51


Tested it. It didn't go off when the phone was off.

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Unfortunately, it doesn't work when phone is powered off as some have already suggested.

My suggestion: put it into Airplane Mode - this way, the phone almost consumes zero energy (due to not having any network connection and so on), and you have a good chance that the battery will last until the morning where the alarm shall go off!

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protected by Al E. Apr 5 '11 at 19:46

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