PSA: updating your iPhone to iOS 9.1 overnight can turn off all alarms

PSA: updating your iPhone to iOS 9.1 overnight can turn off all alarms
According to a wide range of reports, updating an iPhone to iOS 9.1 overnight can cancel all the alarms set up on the device. 

The ability to update your iPhone or iPad to a new iOS version overnight seems like a smart feature. Instead of updating to the newer OS version when you're actively using the device, Apple allows you to perform the update while you're sleeping. 

Unfortunately, as some iPhone and iPad users have recently discovered, it looks like a bug in the overnight update process completely turns off the alarms, which can spell major trouble if you rely on your iPhone or iPad to wake up in time for work or school.

At this point, we can't confirm that the issue pops out with all overnight updates, but judging on the insane amount of user reports posted on Twitter and Apple-centric forums, we're looking at a widespread bug. To remedy the problem, you might want to update to iOS 9.1 manually and then check that the alarms are all in order. At the very least, you should use a backup alarm if you're thinking about performing the update overnight.

Note that this is not the first time that Apple is having problems with the alarms on its devices. Back in 2010, iPhone and iPad users around Europe saw their repeating alarms go off an hour later than they were supposed to. Just months later, in January 2011, one-off alarms failed to fire on iPhones for a few days.

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19 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, that sucks, but at the same time, my Android phone is encrypted and requires a password just to boot so I guess I would also be in the same boat.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

What phone u has?

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

zee Moto X 2013. lol, old, I know, and it's not like I have to worry about updates any more. I'm waiting for the new phone I want to be back in stock so I can finally retire this one.

13. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

What might that be?

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A midrange dinosaur.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

... which had better user ratings than most flagship devices.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Little late for this one lol.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In the old days, updating firmware did push the device in question back.to defaults. This was especially true for BIOS updates. But for updating software, none of my settings should be affected. This isn't a bug. This is some programmers fault, who didn't inserted the needed line if code to prevent settings that exist to change. I've updated Windows and Android and this hasn't happened before. Also this hasn't happened on past iOS devices. How is it, when Apple makes what seems to be dimple things, it breaks things that were already work. iOS, the world's most advanced mess. No one wakes up with iOS.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

#AlarmGate

6. discharge unregistered

Lets just call it #apple gate since 2007

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

How many gates did apple stop this month? Too many to count.

10. discharge unregistered

I think next year when iOS 10 it may reach 40 million gates sold!!! Maybe higher?? Or maybe Tim Cook will retire and Apple goes down the toilet!!! Swissssshhhh caaaabooooom no more iOS hopefully

5. discharge unregistered

Uhh that's been a issue longer than iOS 9.1 wake up and smell the coffee PA!!

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Alarm not set after automatic update - That's funny even for an apple fan.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, I had to laugh off that one, never experienced it though. The usual trolls can't resist though, like flies to discharge (I mean crap).

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol +1

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Now that was frikkin funny....that was right on time...You should have that bronzed...or Rose Golded...lol +1000 for actually being funny :-0

14. meloth1991

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

until a few years back all the ios updates where just perfect with absolutely no bugs, sadly now every new ios update has a small bug in it which is usually followed by a tiny new update to fix it !

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