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Android’s ‘Until Next Alarm’ bug in Do Not Disturb is Back

January 27, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Last month, it was made known that on devices running Android 5.1 or later would have the option of setting their smartphone on “Do Not Disturb” until the next alarm disappear. This feature was actually a really great feature to have, as you can set your phone to quiet and allow yourself to sleep through the night without someone waking you up. Something that has likely happened to all of us at some point. The issue first popped up in late December and then was “fixed” in the January security update. However, now it’s late January and it appears to be back again. It likely won’t be completely fixed until Google does the proper fix, which hopefully will be in the February security update, which we could see as early as next week.

The Priority and None features, aka Do Not Disturb, debuted in Android 5.0 Lollipop back in 2014. It was something that many other manufacturers had implemented into their own interface overlays like Sense, Touchwiz and Optimus UI. The ability to turn everything off until your next alarm wasn’t there in the first update for Lollipop, but appeared a bit later on. As manufacturers typically do when they implement a new feature, updates enhance that feature and make it even better. Prior to that – and even still, today – you can set it to Do Not Disturb for a set length of time. Which starts at 15 minutes, all the way up to about 12 hours of silence. You can also choose to turn off everything, including alarms. Although that’s not recommended if you have to work the next morning.

While the missing ‘Until Next Alarm’ feature is a bit strange – it’s strange that it disappears at the end of the month – it’s not a huge deal for many users. Although those that may use it each and every day will find it a bit annoying, many can deal without it. This is a good reason to have monthly security updates as Google is able to also fix bugs with these monthly updates. Typically Nexus devices get their update around the first week of the month and the rollout continues for the next two weeks or so. Having said that, we should be seeing the February update pretty soon.