After updating my Nexus 5 to Android 5.0 I noticed that alarm is not fired at set time (actually that spoiled my today's morning).

When I set time for alarm it writes correct delta (e.g."Alarm set for 3 minutes from now"), but it doesn't make any sound or any on-screen changes in 3 minutes: the alarm just hangs in notification tray as an "Upcoming alarm".

I've checked the notification settings and didn't find any problem. but the notifications from Google Keep don't work as well...

What can be wrong with built-in alarm in Android L?

  • Did you turn on "Priority Mode" to "None" by any chance?
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 25, 2014 at 9:26
  • Nah, it was the first thing I checked :( Nov 26, 2014 at 7:48
  • Did you ever find out the cause? I have the same issue with my Nexus 4
    – Ian Clark
    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:23
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    In the end I just factory reset. That did it :(
    – Ian Clark
    Nov 26, 2014 at 12:01
  • Some debugging I'd like to ask: did you have two factor authentication for your default Google account? I thought it might be the cause because I couldn't authenticate and I wasn't logged in.
    – Ian Clark
    Dec 21, 2014 at 11:40

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Well, I couldn't find the solution so I followed Ian Clark's advice and performed factory reset. That helped.


I went through and stopped all of the Google Play Services (Settings->Apps->Running), including the cached process(Settings->Apps->Running->Show cached processes). It takes persistence, since they restart sometimes, keep at it and kill them dead. Restart when you get them stopped.

I get text's again (these would previously show as "Downloading 1KB") and the alarms go off now.

Hope this helps someone else, or at the very least saves them the hassle of a factory reset.

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