This is meant to be the ultimate resource for using the Hale Dreamer Alarm Clock, both for the dock and the app.  If you don’t find your answer here, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Dock-only features are marked with an asterisk *.

Clock / Home Screen

Clock Font

  • You can change the numerals of the clock to another style.  Swipe up/down to cycle through the different fonts, or Go to Settings > Date and Time > Clock Font and try a new one.

Brightness Control

  • Access the brightness slider by tapping the sun icon on the home screen.  When the phone is not docked, you can also put the brightness back to “auto” mode by tapping ‘auto’ here.

  • * You can easily adjust the brightness by turning the brightness knob.  If you would like to turn the screen completely off instead of dimming it, you can do so by locking the screen as you normally.  The app will remain on in the background, and you can tap the snooze button to quickly view the time while the phone is locked.

SmartSilence

  • When the phone is not docked, use the “SmartSilence is On/Off” button to activate or deactivate SmartSilence.

  • *When the phone is docked, this shows whether SmartSilence is on or off.

Fullscreen / exit fullscreen

  • Tap the time to switch full-screen mode on and off.  This just hides the menu buttons.

Tap snooze to view time*

  • When the phone is docked and the screen is locked or dimmed to a low level, tap Snooze to light up the screen and show the time for a few seconds.  Really handy if you want to lock the phone and turn the screen off completely, either to reduce light coming from the screen, or to save power.

Snooze / Dismiss

Snooze

  • Snooze makes the alarm silent for a specified number of minutes, default 5.

  • Press the snooze button to snooze*

Alarm List

  • Tap the alarm clock icon to add new alarms or edit your existing alarms.

Add a new alarm

  • Tap “Add” to create a new alarm. This opens the time picker first.  Set a time for the alarm to go off.

Name

  • You can add a name to your alarm.  Tap where it says “New Alarm” to edit the name of the alarm.  This is to help remember which is which if you have multiple alarms, e.g. “Work” and “Weekend” alarms with different times.

Repeat

  • If ‘repeat’ is not checked, your alarm will go off once, and then won’t go off until you turn it on again in the Alarm list.  If ‘repeat’ is checked, it will go off on the days you select until you turn it off again.

Repeat every:

  • This allows you to set alarms that only go off every 2nd through 10th week.  So if you want an alarm that only rings every other Thursday, you would set Repeat on, select only Thursday, and then “Repeat in every 2 weeks”

Repeat for:

  • Use this for alarms that you want to turn off after a set number of repeats.  Useful for recurring appointments that will only last for a set amount of time (like a class you’re taking) or wake-up times that will only last for a few weeks (like when you’re on vacation).

Skip

  • Use this if you have a repeating alarm that you want to skip one or more times.  The number of skips indicates how many repeats of the alarm will be skipped.  Hit skip repeatedly to skip more recurrences of the alarm.  TIP: Always make sure to look at the “Next Alarm in” indicator before going to sleep, especially when skipping alarms!

  • * While your phone is docked, press and hold the snooze button for 2 seconds to bring up the Skip menu, which allows you to skip the next alarm. To confirm, press and hold snooze button again, or tap to cancel.

Vibrate

  • Use this if you want your phone to vibrate when the alarm goes off.

Alarm Actions

  • Alarm actions covers all the things that happen when the phone goes off.  This can be playing a tone or sound, playing a song on your phone, playing a playlist of songs on your phone, opening an external app, or nothing.

Sound Type

  • Alarm Tone includes built-in tones from our app as well as alarm tones that are present on your phone.

  • Single Song includes music files that are present on your phone.

  • Random Songs from Playlist will play music files that are included on a playlist on your phone, or a playlist that you create, in a random order.

  • Random Songs from Artist will play music files on your phone, tagged as from a specific artist, in a random order.

  •          My Voice lets you record yourself and save it as an alarm.
  • Disabled means the Hale Alarm Clock app won’t make any noise itself.  This is used when you want to use an external app for your alarm, like Pandora or a radio app.

Sound Picker

  • Tone Name opens a list of tones you can choose from.  Select a tone to preview it and then hit OK to select it.

  • Song Title opens a list of all the songs that are saved on your phone that the app can use.

  • Playlist Name opens a list of all the playlists that are saved on your phone.

  • Artist Name opens a list of all the artists that are tagged in music files on your phone.

 Sort Alarm List

  • This will simply sort your alarm list by time.  It’s the button that has 123 and an arrow next to it.

 

All Settings

Alarm Actions

Launch App

    • You can launch an app when your alarm goes off.  If you have a traffic or weather app that you’d like to see first thing, this is how you can do that.  You can launch an app as well as use tones or music as your alarm. You can also launch an app to listen to music or radio from an external app as your alarm.  When the alarm goes off, the Hale app will send a “play/pause” signal to the external app. When you go to bed, you cue up some audio, and leave it paused.  In the morning, the alarm un-pauses it again.

 

Here are instructions on how to get an external app working as your alarm sound.  Please note: not all apps respect this “play/pause” signal, and this is the only control we can exercise over 3rd-party apps.  So, while this works for most apps, it does not work for all.

1. Under sound type, select “disabled”.

2. Tap ‘all settings’ and view ‘alarm actions’.

3. Set “launch app” to “ON”.

4. Under ‘app name’ choose your preferred app.

Later, when you are ready to go to sleep:

1. Open the app you chose earlier.

2. In that app, cue up and play some music to wake up to.

3. Pause the music.

4. Navigate back to the Hale Alarm app. (don’t close the music app.)

5. Open up the alarm list and edit the alarm from earlier.

6. Tap the “preview” button to make sure the alarm works.

7. The music should play.  Dismiss the alarm, make sure it is turned on in the alarm list, and you can go to sleep.

Fade In and Volume

Fade-In Interval

  • Fade-In Interval sets how long it takes your alarm to go from a very low initial volume, to the maximum volume that you set.  Anywhere from one minute to one hour.

Max. Volume

  • You can set your alarm to sound at whatever volume you prefer, with Max Volume.  If you have set a fade-in interval, it will start at a very low volume, and gradually reach the volume set here.

Snooze Settings

Snooze Method

  • Press Snooze Bar is exactly what you would expect – pressing the snooze bar snoozes the alarm for the length of time you specify

  • Random Buttons forces you to press a sequence of buttons to snooze the alarm.  Until you get it right, the alarm will continue to sound.  Use this if you think you could use some help waking up in the morning. While docked, you can press/hold the snooze button instead of the buttons on the screen.

  • Disabled means you don’t get to snooze at all. For times when sleeping a little longer is simply not an option.

Snooze Difficulty

  • This changes the difficulty of the random button-pressing task when you’ve selected that snooze method.

Snooze Repeats

  • If you select a number instead of “unlimited”, after you hit snooze that number of times, the alarm will keep sounding until you dismiss it.  Good for people who seem to hit snooze in their sleep.

Snooze Period

  • Snooze Period is how long each snooze lasts.  So if you set this for 10 minutes, the alarm is silenced for 10 minutes each time you hit the snooze button.

Flexible Snooze

  • When this option is turned “ON”, upon hitting snooze you get an option to choose a shorter or longer snooze time. Useful if sometimes you can snooze 30 minutes instead of your normal 5.

Dismiss Settings

Dismiss Method

  • Hold Snooze Bar is the default method of dismissing the alarm.  Hold the snooze bar for 2 seconds and the alarm will stop.

  • Random Buttons forces you to successfully complete a little game of pressing or holding random buttons to dismiss the alarm. You can press/hold the snooze button while docked to play the game.

  • Solve Math forces you to correctly answer whether a series of addition and subtraction problems are right or wrong to dismiss the alarm.  Good if you need to be awake and alert before dismissing your alarm. Be careful, the “hard” difficulty is really hard!  While docked, you can press the snooze button to select your answer, and hold to confirm your answer.

Test

  • If you’ve chosen new settings, it’s a good idea to test the alarm to make sure everything works the way you want it to.  Tapping Test will sound the alarm as it would normally work.

Music

App Picker

  • When you first select the Music tab from the home screen, it will show you a list of music apps on your phone that can be used to listen to music on the Dreamer dock.  If you see the one you want, just tap it and it will open the app so you can cue up some audio.

Remove from list

  • If you press the “three dot” option button next to an app, it will give the option of removing that app from the list.

Add new app to list

  • If you press the “three dot” option button next to an app, it will give the option of adding an app to the list. It will then present you a list of all the apps installed on your phone, so you can find the missing app. Use this if the app you want to listen to with the dock doesn’t show up at first.

Dock Music Controls control playback in compatible apps.  Most apps accept the standard control signals from the dock.  If your favorite app doesn’t respond to the music controls, you should contact the developer and ask them to add support for standard play/pause ff/rew intents in the Android OS.  They will know what this means!

Play/Pause pauses or resumes playback.

Forward skips to the next song or file when available.

Back skips to the previous song or file when available.

Volume  raises or lowers the playback volume when listening to audio.

Lullaby Mode

Lullaby mode allows you to listen to a relaxing tone or music for a while to help you get to sleep.  You set a length of time for the sound to play, after which it will fade out.

Time Picker The first thing you’ll see when entering lullaby mode is the time picker.  Drag the circle clockwise to set the length of the lullaby.  Each turn around the outer clock circle adds an hour.

Settings Press the three-dot settings button to access the Lullaby settings.

Fade-Out Interval

  • This is how long the sound will take to fade out from full volume to zero when the lullaby time has elapsed.

Playlist

  • If Playlist is selected, music from the selected playlist will play during the lullaby.  Set up a playlist in the playlist manager or use an existing playlist on your phone.

Random

  • If Random is selected, tracks from the playlist will play in a random order.

Manage Playlist

  • If you would like to edit or create a playlist, select Manage Playlist to enter the playlist manager.

Tone

  • Select Tone to listen to one of the built-in tones during the lullaby, like rain, a fireplace, or crickets.

Music

  • Select Music to listen to an external music app like Pandora, Google Music, or Rdio while going to sleep.

Switch to Nap Timer:  Press the hourglass icon to switch to the nap timer.

 

Nap Timer

Time Picker

  • The first thing you’ll see when entering then nap timer is the time picker.  The outer ring sets hours and minutes, and the inner ring sets seconds.  Drag the circle clockwise to set the length of the lullaby.  Each turn around the outer clock circle adds an hour.

Settings

  • Press the three-dot settings button to access the Nap Timer settings.

Vibrate

  • Select this if you would like your phone to vibrate when the timer goes off.

Tone

  • Select this to use a built-in tone as the alarm when the nap timer goes off.

Music

  • Select this to listen to a song stored on your phone when the nap timer goes off.  It will prompt you to select a music file stored on your phone.

All Settings See an expanded set of options, including:

Fade-In Interval

  • This is how long the nap timer will fade in for, starting from a low volume.

Max Volume

  • This is how loud the nap timer will ultimately be after it’s faded in.

Auto-Dismiss

  • If this is selected, the nap timer will automatically stop ringing after the selected length of time.  Useful if you’ll be busy when it rings but still need to hear it.

Switch to Lullaby Mode

  • Tap the moon & stars icon to switch to Lullaby Mode.

 

Settings

SmartSilence

  • SmartSilence is our proprietary feature that protects your sleep by silencing your phone and only letting through important communications.  Turn it on by hitting the Smartsilence button on the dock, or the app home screen. While it’s on, SmartSilence will silence your phone completely, including apps, texts, calls, and other notifications, aside from any exceptions you specify.

Unlisted Contact Behavior

  • Unlisted Contact just means that you haven’t put the contact on a SmartSilence list.  This is what happens by default for callers or texters that either aren’t in your contact list, or who you haven’t made an exception for.

Always Ring

  • Always Ring is what it sounds like.  Your phone will ring / notify you when anyone and everyone calls you, unless they are someone you’ve specifically put on a “auto-reply” or “never ring” list.  This is basically the opposite of silencing your phone.

Never Ring

  • Never Ring is also what it sounds like.  Callers or texters that are not on an “always ring” or “auto-reply” list will simply be silenced. They will not get a text reply, and your phone will stay silent.  This default setting is best if you prefer to control exactly who can get through in an emergency or receive an auto-reply.

Auto-reply Friends

  • The auto-reply feature is one of the most powerful functions of SmartSilence.  When someone calls or texts, it silently replies via SMS, and tells them “to reach me in an emergency, please reply with ‘e’”.  If they send a text back with “e”, SmartSilence will alert you.  You can customize the outgoing message in the SmartSilence List settings.  If you’d like the message for “SmartSilence Friends” to be the default outgoing message, for everyone that you have not made an exception for (meaning put on a SmartSilence list), choose this option.

Auto-reply Family

  • If you’d like the message for “SmartSilence Family” to be the default outgoing message, for everyone that you have not made an exception for (meaning put on a SmartSilence list), choose this option.

Auto-reply Co-Workers

  • If you’d like the message for “SmartSilence Co-Workers” to be the default outgoing message, for everyone that you have not made an exception for (meaning put on a SmartSilence list), choose this option.

Auto-reply [custom]

  • If you’d like the message for a custom SmartSilence list to be the default outgoing message, for everyone that you have not made an exception for (meaning put on a SmartSilence list), choose this option.

SmartSilence List

  • SmartSilence lists are how you set exceptions from the default “unlisted contact behavior”.  So if you want everyone to be blocked/silenced except your great aunt Mildred, who you want to speak to right away, your unlisted contact behavior would be “Never Ring” and you would put great aunt Mildred on the “Always Ring” list.  Conversely, if you want to talk to anyone BUT your annoying cousin Tony, your unlisted contact behavior would be “Always Ring” and cousin Tony would be on the “Never Ring” SmartSilence list.

    SmartSilence lists also allow you to set up custom auto-replies depending on who is calling or texting you.  By default there are lists for Friends, Family and Co-Workers, and you can add as many custom lists as you want beyond that.  When you place someone on an auto-reply list, they will get the auto-reply message that you enter for that list when they call or text.  For friends you might instruct them to call you later, for co-workers you might put your e-mail address and ask them to email you and only call if it’s urgent.  It’s up to you!

Always Ring

  • Contact you put on this list will get through right away, even when SmartSilence is on.  Your phone will behave normally when they call or text.  Use this list for people who you never want to miss a call from.

Never Ring

  • Contacts on this list will not ring your phone, nor will they receive an auto-reply, while SmartSilence is on.  Use this for people that you never want to speak to while SmartSilence is on.

Auto Reply

  • If you have selected Always or Never Ring for your unlisted contact behavior, contacts on Auto-reply lists will still receive auto-reply text messages and be able to alert you to an emergency.  Also, even if your default behavior is auto-reply, you can set different contacts to different auto-reply lists, to control who gets what message.  If you want family to know you’re fast asleep, but you’d like to tell the office you’re “in a meeting” instead of napping, this is how you’ll do it.

Friends

  • There are separate auto-reply lists so that you can send different auto-reply messages to different people.  For convenience there are defaults, including Friends.  Use the Friends list to customize the message you send to your friends when SmartSilence is on.

Family

  • Use the Family list to customize the message you send to family members when SmartSilence is on.

Co-Workers

  • Use the Co-Worker list to customize the message you send to colleagues when SmartSilence is on.

Custom (Create Auto Reply Group)

  • You can create as many auto-reply groups as you like to send different auto-replies to different contacts.  Do you want to have a special outgoing message just for your spouse, child, best friend, or maybe your boss? No problem, set up an auto-reply group just for them!

SmartSilence Call Log

  • This is where you can view calls that came in while smartsilence was on. Good especially if your default mode is “Never Ring”.

  • TIP: you can also select contacts from the call log to update or add to your SmartSilence lists.

Emergency Call Detection

  • SmartSilence automatically asks your callers if it’s an emergency via SMS.  But, what if they are calling from a landline or don’t otherwise have access to text messaging?  According to your settings, SmartSilence will alert you if someone calls enough times in a row, so even those without SMS capability can get through when it’s really important.

Number of Calls

  • This sets how many calls are required to indicate an emergency.  This is set to 3 calls by default.

Within Time

  • When it’s an emergency, the caller may try to get through several times in succession.  In that case, this setting defines the span of time from the first call to the call that triggers an notification.  Generally 5 minutes is a good amount of time.

Disabled for “Never Ring” list

  • If someone is on the “Never Ring” list, they won’t get auto-replies or be able to notify you of an emergency via auto-replies.  If this option is selected, they also won’t be able to notify you of an emergency by calling back multiple times.  Use if you really never want people on the “Never Ring” list to wake you up for ANY reason.

Notification Tone

  • This is what tone you’d like to use when someone replies with ‘e’ to an auto-reply, or the emergency call detection criteria are met. Use something that you’re sure will wake you up!

Advanced Settings

Auto-reply to SMS

  • Turn this off to limit SmartSilence to auto-reply to phone calls only. When this is turned on, SmartSilence will send autoreplies (according to your settings) to text messages (SMS).

Vibrate When Silenced

  • When the app is running, even if it is in the background, turning this on will turn on vibrate mode when your phone is silenced.

Turn on SmartSilence When Muted

  • If this is turned on and the app is running (even in the background), SmartSilence will turn on when you mute your phone.

Dock Settings

  • These settings apply when you’ve attached your phone to the Dreamer dock.

Set Brightness To Last Used Value

  • When checked, your screen’s brightness will go back to what it was when you last had your phone docked.

Open on Dock Connection

  • When this is checked, your phone will open the app automatically when you connect the dock.

Screen off and Locked upon Dimming

  • When this is checked, your phone screen will shut off and lock when brightness is set to a very low value, to save battery.

Screen Auto Dim for Fast Charging

  • This setting helps your battery charge faster by dimming the screen when the phone is docked. Don’t worry, you can always tap the snooze button to see the time!

Dock Volume Settings

  • Your phone will use these volume settings while your phone is connected to the dock.  So, if you want music loud but everything else quiet when playing through the speaker, you can customize that here.

Ringtone

  • The volume for the ringtone when docked.  E.g. for calls.

Media

  • Media means music, videos, games, and so on.

Notifications

  • The volume for notifications like text messages, calendar items, and so forth.

System

  • The volume for system notifications while docked.

Date / Time

Clock Font

  • Choose the look of your clock.

24-Hour Clock

  • Choose whether the time should look like 2:00 PM or 14:00.

Display Date

  • Choose whether to display the date on the home screen, and how you’d like it displayed.

Show Second on Clock Menu

  • Choose whether to show seconds on the clock.

System

Automatic App Upgrade

  • We frequently make updates and improvements to the app.  If you’d like to get those installed automatically without having to check, choose this.  If you’re totally happy with the app and don’t want any surprises, don’t choose this.  “Official Release” will only update the app when we have a more polished version to put out.  “Beta Release” will update the app every time we improve it – but beware, there may be bugs in Beta releases!

About

  • The “About” screen shows you some credits, the current version of your app, and gives you the chance to update the app manually.

App Update

  • If you don’t use automatic app upgrades, but you’re ready to try a new version, you can manually upgrade the app here.

Default Settings

  • When you create a new alarm, it will use these settings.  See the Alarm Settings section for full explanations.

Advanced Settings

Display Alarm Status: this determines when the alarm icon shows on your notification bar.  “Always” means it will show whenever you have an alarm set.  “Off” means it won’t show.  1, 2, 3… hours means that the notification will show up that many hours before the alarm goes off.

Brightness on Alarm: Use this to set the brightness of the screen when the alarm goes off.  Good if you (or your partner) prefer a dimmer screen even when your alarm is ringing.

Keep Screen On after Alarm if Docked: when checked, this will keep the screen on after alarm goes off. This is useful when you normally keep your screen off, but also launch an app when the alarm goes off.