How to set a vibrate-only alarm or timer that makes no sound on iPhone

Vibrating alarm on iPhone that makes no sound

By default, all alarms and timers you set on your iPhone chime a loud tone at the designated time. However, in situations such as when you're in the office or don't want to disturb people around you, you might want an alarm or timer that doesn't go off like an emergency siren but rather alerts you discreetly without sound.

In this tutorial, we will show you how you can set vibrating alarms and timers on your iPhone. These alarms and timers won't play a sound but only vibrate your device.

StatusBarTimer puts the remainder of your iPhone’s active timer in the Status Bar

After setting a timer on your iPhone, you can either glance at the Lock Screen or open the Clock app to see the remainder before it rings. Sadly, there’s no in-between; your iPhone either needs to be locked or you’ll have to glue your eyes to the Clock app.

That’s something that a new and free jailbreak tweak called StatusBarTimer by iOS developer ldefix2020 aims to fix, as it puts the timer remainder in the Status Bar so that you can see it from just about anywhere in iOS.

TimerIcon gives the Clock app an animated timer countdown icon

It was only yesterday that we showed you a jailbreak tweak dubbed Gears, which animated the Settings app icon on the Home Screen such that the gears depicted inside the icon actually rotated, much like one used by the OTA software update mechanism from the days of iOS 7.

Today, we look at an entirely different type of animated Home Screen icon – one that impacts the likes of the Clock app to depict the current state of any active timers you might have counting down in the background. Such an icon is brought to us by way of a new jailbreak tweak called TimerIcon by iOS developer Idefix0202.

BigSnooze makes it less frustrating to snooze or stop an iPhone or iPad’s alarm

Anyone who uses their iPhone’s native alarm feature to wake up each morning probably understands the struggle of trying to turn the obnoxious noise off when it begins firing. On the other hand, you might only be half-awake when you attempt to do so, resulting in repeated blind taps on your nightstand only to find that you continuously miss the correct button to stop the alarm.

BigSnooze is a new jailbreak tweak developed by Cole Cabral that tries to remedy this problem by making the snooze and stop buttons easier to tap when you’re on the cusp of awake and incoherent while the alarm fires at the crack of dawn. The result? No more tapping around and missing the desired button with your finger when you’re groggy.

Treat your iPhone to the alarm and timer interface it deserves with BetterAlarm

Many iPhone users rely on their handset's native alarm feature to wake them up each and every morning. Some iPhone users may even rely on the handset’s native timer feature to ensure that they don’t overcook their dinner. Whatever you use your iPhone’s alarm or timer features for, chances are that you may be able to benefit from the likes of a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed BetterAlarm by iOS developer NoisyFlake.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that BetterAlarm supplants iOS’ traditional alarm interface with a beautiful new full-screen experience that makes it easier to interface with a firing alarm or timer. Even so, to say that BetterAlarm stops with a full-screen alarm and timer interface replacement would be a grotesque understatement.

WhatsTheDate brings a smarter timer display to your iPhone’s Lock Screen

One of the things I like about iOS is how it displays any active timer on the Lock Screen, just below the time. But as much as I like having this subtle reminder when I pick up my iPhone, the implementation is somewhat imperfect. For example, it often gets in the way of viewing the Lock Screen’s native date display, which is something I find equally as useful when glancing at that particular interface.

If you’re in the same boat, then WhatsTheDate by iOS developer iCraze is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak that you won’t want to miss. It effectively solves the aforementioned problem by forcing the Lock Screen’s timer display to disappear after a few seconds, instead transitioning to the current date thereafter.

How to use the Alexa app for your alarms, reminders and timers

Alexa Set Timer with Voice on iPhone

Siri is a great assistant and HomePod is a terrific smart speaker. But these aren’t the only players in the game, right? Maybe you don’t want to spend the money on an expensive HomePod and appreciate that other assistants exist besides Siri.

Alexa and Amazon Echo are excellent alternatives. Plus, you don’t have to have an Amazon smart speaker to use Alexa because the app works on your iPhone without one.

If you want to give the Alexa app a try for your alarms, reminders, and timers, with or without a speaker, here’s how to set them up.

The best free time trackers for Mac to log the hours you work

Time Trackers for Mac - TimeTag

If you’re a freelancer, remote worker, or another job type where you need to log your time, then you want a good time tracking app for Mac.

Time trackers come in all shapes and sizes. From those that have a basic start and stop button to those that have built-in task management features, do you have the time to try them all and see which is best for you?

To help you out, we’ve tried several time trackers for Mac and have narrowed that list down to these best ones.

The best free Mac apps to help you focus when working from home

Focus Apps for Mac - Focus To-Do Timer

When you work from home, there are a lot of distractions. And while you certainly have interruptions in a physical office or workplace, those you have at home are just a bit different. So if you aren’t used to working at home every day, you need to prepare for these disruptions.

To help you readjust after an interruption and concentrate better on your work, we’ve assembled a list of Mac apps to help you focus. These apps use different techniques and combinations of them such as the pomodoro timer and Eisenhower Matrix methods.

If you need some assistance getting used to working in a home office, these apps should help.

How to set a sleep timer for an audiobook in the Apple Books app

Set Sleep Timer Books app iPad

It’s one thing to fall asleep listening to music or relaxing sounds. But nodding off while listening to an audiobook is as bad as falling asleep during a movie. What did you miss? Are you going to start it over? Do you remember where you left off before catching those Z’s?

To make sure you don’t miss a thing with your audiobook, you can set a sleep timer in the Books app. You have flexible options and this way you’ll know right where you left off. Plus, the book won’t keep on playing while you’re sawing logs.

Here’s how to set a sleep timer for an audiobook in the Books app on both iOS and Mac.