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How to Cancel an Alarm on an Android or iPhone


Have you ever had a situation where you wanted to cancel an alarm on your iPhone or Android, yet you weren't sure how to do that? It's a fairly simple process in both cases, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it feels simple when the alarm is going off and you're scrambling to find the right button. As a matter of fact, it can be downright frustrating when there are other people around, such as in a public setting, and your phone is going off non-stop. In cases like that, it can seem almost impossible to find the right place to tap in order to make it stop. Fortunately, it's not that hard once you get used to it. As a matter of fact, it will probably become sort of like second nature to you once you've done it a few times, regardless of which phone you have.

Canceling Your Alarm

There are actually a number of different ways that you can cancel an alarm. If you have an iPhone, you can simply tap your clock app, then click on alarms and either turn off the alarm in question or alter it, depending on your individual needs. If your alarm has already started going off, you can handle the situation one of two different ways. If it's actively going off and showing up on your screen, you can simply tap the stop button. Be sure that you actually tap the stop button and not the snooze button, otherwise it will just continue to go off again and again. In addition, you can also use the pull-down menu from the bar that goes across the top of your screen in order to turn off any active alarms that might start going off while you're already looking at your phone. If you run into a situation where you're doing something else on your phone and it starts going off, this is a good way to handle it because you can easily silence the alarm for the time being or turn it off in its entirety.

In order to temporarily silence it, simply swipe up whenever the alarm starts going off. On the other hand, if you want to turn it off you can swipe to the left and then delete the alarm in question. All of this will give you an opportunity to better manage your alarms without having to worry about it going off at the most inopportune time. It's worth noting that all of these methods for your iPhone are extremely easy to do. Therefore, it really comes down to whether or not you want to silence an alarm temporarily or permanently, as well as what you might be doing on your phone at the time that the alarm goes off. If you're curious about how to handle the situation if you have an Android, you have to click on your clock app and then click on the option to either delete or cancel the alarm in question. It's not quite as straightforward as some of the methods that you can use with your iPhone, but it's not complicated, either.

Canceling Several Alarms at Once

What should you do if you need to cancel a number of alarms at one time? Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, the process is relatively simple. As long as you're talking about alarms that have not yet started to go off, you need to click on your clock app so you can gain access to your individual alarms. From there, you can see every single alarm that you've ever set on your phone. You can also see which alarms are turned on and which ones are not. If you simply want to turn the alarm off, make sure that you toggle the switch to the off position. In other words, make sure that the alarm in question is not highlighted, as highlighted alarms will go off. if your goal is to completely delete either one or several alarms, then click on them without tapping the toggle switch. After you do that, an option will come up to delete them. Keep in mind, once they're deleted, you will have to go in and reset a brand new alarm If you decide that you need to have an alarm set for the exact same time in the future. Why is it sometimes a good idea to delete alarms in their entirety if you might have to go back and set another one at a later date? Depending on your personal schedule and the way that you use your alarms on your phone, you might end up with so many alarms set that it becomes difficult to manage them all. If you're looking to simplify things, it might be better to delete the ones that you don't routinely use and then add or delete alarms later on as needed.

Changes Due to Android Updates

As you're probably already well aware, both Android and iPhone have a tendency to update their systems on a regular basis. This can sometimes mean that you have to alter the way that you do things based on how the operating system changes after those updates. If you have an Android phone, this is going to come into play in a major way. For example, you won't follow the same procedure if you have an Android 4.4 as you would if you have a 5.0 or higher. If your Android is running on 4.4, you select the “dismiss now” section and then hit the “x” next to the alarm in question. On the other hand, anyone with an Android 5.0 will need to open the clock app, then select the “alarm” option and toggle it to the off position. If you're running on an Android 6.0 or higher, you simply select the down arrow and then click on the “dismiss” option. As you can see, the exact method you will use will vary depending on not only the type of phone you have, but also the operating system. By the same token, you can use different methods of canceling alarms depending on exactly what you want to do with them.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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