Is Your iPhone's Alarm Not Playing a Sound? Apple Working on Fix

Apple today said it is working on a fix for an iPhone software bug that has resulted in some alarms in the Clock app failing to play a sound at the set time for some users recently, according to NBC's Emilie Ikeda and The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern.

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The issue was highlighted by the TODAY Show on NBC this morning after gaining traction on social media platforms like TikTok. It is unclear how many iPhone users have experienced this issue, but not everyone is affected. While some TikTok users allege that the iPhone's Attention Aware feature has contributed to the problem, Apple did not reveal a specific cause.


The promised fix could be included in a future software update, such as iOS 17.4.2 or iOS 17.5, but Apple did not provide a timeframe for a resolution.

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Top Rated Comments

macaddiict Avatar
4 weeks ago
Apple needs to re-focus on user experience and ironing out the bugs during testing, not with the public. This kind of feature is critical for many of us and when an alarm lets you down, it can have huge consequences.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb098 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Leave to Apple to screw up alarms. There’s another iOS 17 bug where if you have a timer set to “stop playing” music it will reset to a sound instead of stopping the music. That’s fun at 1AM. A simple sleep timer in the music app (which advertises sleep sounds) would be a crazy innovative thing for them to do….maybe in 14 years after iPad calculator.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haunebu Avatar
4 weeks ago
The second most valuable company in the world, ladies and gentlemen.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb098 Avatar
4 weeks ago

Apple needs to re-focus on user experience and ironing out the bugs during testing, not with the public. This kind of feature is critical for many of us and when an alarm lets you down, it can have huge consequences.
Apples software quality control has been on a steady downhill trend but has been particularly bad the last few years since iOS13.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pezimak Avatar
4 weeks ago
Yesterday they forced reset thousand if not millions of users passwords with NO explantation, today they’ve broken alarm sounds on potentially millions of iPhones, place your bets for what they’ll break tomorrow…

Supposed to be a premium brand charging premium prices. I’m pretty my alarms didn’t go off this morning, just as well I only use it as a backup. Not good enough APPLE!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miguelcoma Avatar
4 weeks ago
This has been happening to me every once in a while for YEARS. Reminds me of the iOS 4.1 bug that caused all iPhone alarms in Europe to go off one hour late on a Monday in 2010.
PC World - iPhone Alarm Bug Has Europe Waking 1 Hour Late ('https://www.pcworld.com/article/504402/iphone_alarm_bug_has_europe_waking_1_hour_late.html')
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)