Nightstand Central Support


Q: Why are my iOS 4 background alarms limited to 30 seconds each, and why can't I use my own music / ringtones?

A: These are both limitations of iOS 4. Alert sounds must be included with an iOS app, and I unfortunately cannot include every song you'd like to use for your background alarms within Nightstand Central :)

Q: Is it harmful to leave my device's screen on all day or night?

A: No. Unlike old-fashioned CRT displays (non-flatscreens), modern LCD screens such as those used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads do not suffer from screen burn-in. Leaving your iDevice's screen on all night will not cause damage to your device, but may increase battery usage.

Q: Will my alarms go off if the screen goes to sleep (or I lock my device?)

A: As long as Nightstand Central is still running, you can sleep your device without fear that your alarm will fail to go off in the morning. And with iOS 4, alarms will even go off if you forget to launch Nightstand Central.

Q: Will Nightstand Central use a lot of battery if I leave it running all night?

A: Not really. If you still want to lessen battery usage though, open Nightstand Central, set up your alarms, and then press the sleep/lock button on top of your iDevice. Your screen will then go to sleep, saving battery life.

Q: Why can't I hear the alarm on my iPod touch 1G?

A: Apple doesn't allow app developers to access the internal piezo speaker on the first gen iPod touch. In order to hear the alarm, plug your iPod touch into external speakers or headphones. This is only necessary for the first generation iPod touch. All other iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads will work fine without external speakers plugged in.

Q: What's the Auto-Lock setting do?

A: If Auto-Lock is enabled within your iDevice's settings app, Nightstand Central's Auto-Lock will automatically put your device to sleep after a certain period of inactivity (which you can customize in the Auto-Lock settings).

Q: What's the Sleep Timer for?

A: With Nightstand Central's unique Sleep Timer, you can fall asleep to music, podcasts, audio books, or relaxing sounds without having to worry about the audio playing all night. Nightstand Central will automatically stop the audio playback once the timer you've set up reaches zero, even if you're already sound asleep :) Pretty neat, huh?

Q: Will my alarms sound if I have my iPhone's silent switch enabled?

A: Yes, as long as Nightstand Central is running. If you're using Nightstand Central's background alarms, however, your alarm will not sound (a limitation of iOS 4 Local Notifications).

If you have a question that’s not in the FAQ or you’re having trouble with something, just email me and I’ll try to get back to you promptly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you upgraded from v3.0 to v3.0.1 and had used the Sleep Timer with music before the upgrade, it will now crash in v3.0.1. Go into the Sound Settings of the Sleep Timer, add a new playlist, then select the old one again and save your changes. This will stop the crashing.

Known Bugs