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  • [Review] iSleepWell - Automatic Peace and Quiet At Night


    Having a phone is nice, but it’s terrible when you’re sleeping at night and you get that random text message or phone call when you forget to enable the mute switch. A new jailbreak tweak dubbed iSleepWell by iOS developer Xvolks brings us a way to keep the iPhone from ringing, or even vibrating for that matter while we are sleeping and the iPhone is sitting near us at night.

    The tweak takes full advantage of the iPhone’s accelerometer to determine if the iPhone is face up or face down. When you place the iPhone face down, the iPhone will then enter Airplane Mode. This turns all of the iPhone’s radios off and therefore keeps all phone calls, text messages, and other internet-based notifications away while you are sleeping. You can technically use the tweak whenever you want to – not only when sleeping. iSleepWell comes with a preferences pane in the Settings application when you install it:



    From the preferences pane, you have all these options:
    • enable or disable the tweak on demand
    • play a sound alerting you when iSleepWell activates and deactivates
    • make the iPhone vibrate when iSleepWell activates and deactivates
    • change orientation-check interval to:
      • 5 seconds
      • 10 seconds
      • 15 seconds
      • 30 seconds
    • change sensitivity to:
      • 0% (makes activating iSleepWell easy)
      • 10-40%
      • 50% (default)
      • 60-80%
      • 90% (makes activating iSleepWell hard)
    • ability to activate iSleepWell when you place the iPhone face down
    • ability to activate iSleepWell whenever the iPhone is in sleep mode
    • ability to disable iSleepWell on manual Airplane Mode invoke
    • ability to activate iSleepWell when you start charging the iDevice
    • enable or disable syslog debugging


    If you’re using an iPhone (iSleepWell works with the iPod touch as well, but has not been tested on iPad) then having the silent switch placed in the mute position means iSleepWell will not give you any sound alerts – only vibrate. If you have the silent switch on ring, then iSleepWell will literally say, “Airplane Mode,” or “Phone is now active.” The vibrate feature is not supported on the iPad or iPod touch, so it assumes voice alerts unless you disable them from the preferences pane.

    If you bought iSleepWell before just a few hours ago, then you'll have noticed the recent version 1.1.1 update, which includes some new features. The enable while charging feature is new and a bug was fixed dealing with the sensitivity settings.

    If you’re one of the many people around the world valuing your limited sleep hours every night, then you may want to check out iSleepWell for your iDevice. Not only will it prevent unwanted noise when you’re sleeping, however it can keep your phone quiet under office conditions or classroom conditions as well. The tweak seems to work great as far as our own testing with it went. I could definitely recommend it.

    Name: iSleepWell
    Price: 99¢
    Version: 1.1.1
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Xvolks
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    Sources: Xvolks
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] iSleepWell - Automatic Peace and Quiet At Night started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. brodimus's Avatar
      brodimus -
      Yeah, I think I'm gonna stick with the free button that came on the side of my phone.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is actually functionality I have been hoping for. I do wish we could set a few contacts to allow the ring/notification to come through regardless, for emergency situations.

      EDIT: So this just pop on airplane mode? Ugh... my fault for not reading. This app just went from awesome to worthless for me.
    1. Retribution1337's Avatar
      Retribution1337 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is actually functionality I have been hoping for. I do wish we could set a few contacts to allow the ring/notification to come through regardless, for emergency situations.

      EDIT: So this just pop on airplane mode? Ugh... my fault for not reading. This app just went from awesome to worthless for me.
      I use RingerX VIP to let through calls or texts or such to come through regardless. Very customisable and well worth it. Though I'm like you, I wanted this to silence the phone between two different times during the day so have it truly silent at say midnight and on again at 8.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Would this cause additional battery drain? If it is able to detect the phone being face up or face down, wouldn't something (whatever it is that makes this tweak work) have to be constantly active? It totally defeats the purpose if we'd have to turn the tweak on and off to avoid additional battery drain, because the time it takes to turn the tweak on/off is the time it takes to manually put your device in airplane mode. Maybe I'm understanding this wrong?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Would this cause additional battery drain? If it is able to detect the phone being face up or face down, wouldn't something (whatever it is that makes this tweak work) have to be constantly active? It totally defeats the purpose if we'd have to turn the tweak on and off to avoid additional battery drain, because the time it takes to turn the tweak on/off is the time it takes to manually put your device in airplane mode. Maybe I'm understanding this wrong?
      Due to the fact it puts the device in Airplane Mode, it compensates for the battery drain of Wi-Fi and cellular radios constantly looking for push notifications. That being said, battery drain probably won't be noticeable if you're used to keeping 3G on all night.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      My iPhone sits in a dock at night charging, so the face down setting would be worthless.
    1. Boots13's Avatar
      Boots13 -
      So what happens when I have the phone in my pocket and I sit down. Half the time the phone would then be upside down and go into airplane mode. Is there a feature that lets you set a time frame for this to be active, say between 12:00am and 7:00am?
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      I never place my iPhone screen down, just a habit I formed when I didn't have a screen protector. This tweak seems pretty useless though.....If you have trouble remembering to slide the switch down on the side of your phone to turn the volume off, I imagine you would have a even harder time always remembering to place your phone upside down.

      Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
      So what happens when I have the phone in my pocket and I sit down. Half the time the phone would then be upside down and go into airplane mode. Is there a feature that lets you set a time frame for this to be active, say between 12:00am and 7:00am?
      I was thinking the exact same thing....that would be REALLYYYYY annoying.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
      So what happens when I have the phone in my pocket and I sit down. Half the time the phone would then be upside down and go into airplane mode. Is there a feature that lets you set a time frame for this to be active, say between 12:00am and 7:00am?
      There is the option to enable and disable the tweak when you will and will not be using it respectively.
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      No one has addressed the issue that it enters AIRPLANE MODE? Thats a terrible feature. You might as well turn the phone OFF. Wtf?

      Mute the phone and turn off vibrate in the settings if this is such a problem
      for you. Or dont plug your phone next to you when you sleep; put it across the room!
    1. chuk23chuk's Avatar
      chuk23chuk -
      Hold the button on the top of the phone for like 3 seconds then "slide to power off."

      That should keep your phone nice and quiet during the night.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      There is the option to enable and disable the tweak when you will and will not be using it respectively.
      So you go into settings and enable the tweak every night before you go to bed? Why not just swipe down SBsettings and put Airplane Mode on manually? It would be faster.

      Silly tweak.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      So you go into settings and enable the tweak every night before you go to bed? Why not just swipe down SBsettings and put Airplane Mode on manually? It would be faster.

      Silly tweak.
      You can do that if you like, but it won't be most people's pet peeve to have to enable and disable the tweak all day long. That's what adjusting the sensitivity is for.
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I have used this just being at the office. I have the phone face down when I am busy and don't want to be disturbed. I can pick it up and I will receive any missed communications. Less battery drain too so I can get through the day a little easier.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brodimus View Post
      Yeah, I think I'm gonna stick with the free button that came on the side of my phone.
      Haha dude, you just made me snort coffee out my nose laughing at your reply
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I've just bought this - turning off is not a simple option with a tethered JB and the silent button doesn't stop vibrations.

      A proper profile manager would be better but this seems the best available.