1. iMore Question's Avatar
    My iPhone 4s blasts an unknown alert sound (not installed on my phone at all) at random times, but always at exactly 4:43 am. The only way I can think to describe it is that it sounds like an old fashioned band's parade melody. It is very loud and cannot be turned off when it happens! HELP!! This has happened with two separate 4s phones (16GB and current 32GB) that I've owned with carrier CSpire. I have not figured out why this is happening and would love any feedback.

    Thanks!
    08-25-2014 03:18 PM
  2. phreddyl's Avatar
    Can I assume you have checked your alarm to make sure one isn't set
    08-25-2014 03:20 PM
  3. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    That alarm would be in the clock app. Mine goes off each morning at 5:30 am with Sweet Home Alabama!


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
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    08-25-2014 03:23 PM
  4. Frojo1's Avatar
    I do have an alarm set, but it works just fine and plays the tone that I set for it. This sound is a sound that is NOT installed or downloaded on my phone. I don't know where it comes from.
    08-25-2014 04:58 PM
  5. phreddyl's Avatar
    ok thats odd- and when it goes off and you look at your phone what does it say on the screen?
    08-25-2014 05:22 PM
  6. Frojo1's Avatar
    Very odd. It doesn't say anything. It's my normal lock screen. It won't let me stop the music at all. This has been happening for a year now. I have searched settings, apps, etc.
    08-25-2014 05:44 PM
  7. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Have you pulled up the control panel from the bottom and checked to see if it shows there?


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    08-25-2014 05:46 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Being that it has happened on two separate iPhones, I can only assume it is something that is installed on the device or a rogue settings. Is your device jailbroken? Does anyone else have access to your device who might have installed something that's hidden? Have you checked each and every app and folder for a suspicious app or an app you don't recall installing?
    08-25-2014 05:55 PM
  9. Frojo1's Avatar
    No, it's not jailbroken. I have searched all apps to the best of my knowledge. How do I search folders? My daughter thinks that it may be an app I'm overlooking, because she never had this problem with her 4s when she was with same carrier. Also, no one else has access to my phone.
    08-25-2014 06:30 PM
  10. Frojo1's Avatar
    It doesn't show up in control panel.
    08-25-2014 06:31 PM
  11. Frojo1's Avatar
    Thank you Phreddyl, Ledsteplin and JustMe'D for responding to my post!
    08-25-2014 06:47 PM
  12. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Does it still happen when the phone is set to mute (the actual physical switch)? The only thing that I know of that overrides the mute switch are alarms (compared with notifications, phone calls, etc). So it must be an app that sets alarms although I know you said you checked them all.
    08-25-2014 07:05 PM
  13. phreddyl's Avatar
    No problem. Sorry we couldn't help
    08-25-2014 07:05 PM
  14. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    How do I search folders?
    In this instance, a folder is a square translucent icon containing apps. Simply tap on the translucent icon to view its app contents. You may have to swipe to the left if it contains more than the 9 apps that are visible.
    08-25-2014 07:11 PM
  15. Frojo1's Avatar
    Hi Karen, yes it still happens when the phone is set to mute. Thanks for replying!
    08-25-2014 07:26 PM
  16. Frojo1's Avatar
    Oh ok. Yes I have done that. Thanks!

    In this instance, a folder is a square translucent icon containing apps. Simply tap on the translucent icon to view its app contents. You may have to swipe to the left if it contains more than the 9 apps that are visible.
    08-25-2014 08:00 PM
  17. Frojo1's Avatar
    Thanks for !the responses! I'm signing out now and will check back tomorrow for any additional responses. Good night
    08-25-2014 08:05 PM
  18. agalaria's Avatar
    Do you have any other alarm app in your phone other than the standard apple. ?
    08-26-2014 09:06 AM
  19. AgentHeracles's Avatar
    Is the sound installed in Sounds under Settings?
    08-26-2014 09:08 AM
  20. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    There is no mute switch on the iPhone. Apple calls it the Ringer/Silent switch. You will still get alarms with that switch turned to off. It does not turn all sounds off.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    08-26-2014 09:14 AM
  21. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Restore as a new iPhone ... When you switched from the 16GB to the 32GB I imagine you restored from an old back up, and this weirdness just followed you ...
    08-27-2014 03:05 AM
  22. jburke82's Avatar
    Maybe it's a third party clock or calendar notification...?

    Very odd, and I am curious to hear if you ever find out what is going on!
    08-27-2014 10:45 AM
  23. jburke82's Avatar
    My first thought was the emergency alert, but that wouldn't go off every morning at the same time. Plus, that thought was already debunked by the responses given.

    I remember the first time I heard that alarm...it was for an amber alert, and it scared the living hell out of me!
    08-27-2014 10:46 AM
  24. AgentHeracles's Avatar
    Maybe it's a third party clock or calendar notification...?
    Can you give us a list of all 3rd party clocks and calendar's installed on your phone? Also a list of those that you had but deleted.
    08-27-2014 10:51 AM
  25. mikeo007's Avatar
    Open up Settings on your phone and then tap Notifications.
    Look through the list at the various apps and you should see various notification types listed under each app (Badges, Sounds, Alerts, etc).
    Let us know which ones say "Sounds", its probably one of those that's causing it.
    08-27-2014 02:29 PM

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