Phone Notifications, missing new messages

Posted by Bill Gebhardt @billgebhardt, May 28 4:44am

A good friend sent a message yesterday. I missed it because: I didn’t hear it, I don’t look at my phone much, and I can’t feel any vibration because it is loose in my pant pocket. How have others solved this issue?

@billgebhardt, I have the same problem with my smartphone, an iPhone 6S plus. When I need to make sure I want to know when a call or message comes in, I use a smart watch. It is paired with my phone and it puts the vibration on my wrist.
Tony in Michigan

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My children bought me an Apple watch because they were always frustrated that I didn't hear my phone. It has solved the problem for me. The vibrating on the wrist is hard to ignore!

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Hello, I also use the Apple Watch and it’s paired with my iPhone 7. I find very helpful for my alarms, and notifications.

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Some fitness trackers, like Fitbit, can also be paired with your phone to vibrate for text messages. That might be more economical solution if you don't want to invest in a smart watch and already have a wrist fitness tracker. People who want to phone you could send a text message first.

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Thanks to all. I just bought a smart phone for about $50.00. Will report on it end of June. Bill

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@billgebhardt

Thanks to all. I just bought a smart phone for about $50.00. Will report on it end of June. Bill

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How did you manage to get that wonderfully low price. Do we have to wait till the end of June to learn what kind of smartphone you got? 🙂

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I have the same problem of not hearing the phone. What I have done so far is try to train myself to check for messages three times a day. after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner. Otherwise I might not look at my phone for a couple of days. The watch sound like a good idea though. Do they program a watch to your phone right at the store?

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Sorry, I messed up. I meant to say"…bought a smart watch" not phone. I might not have recovered from cruising all the choices in watches from $30. to $300.

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@billgebhardt

Sorry, I messed up. I meant to say"…bought a smart watch" not phone. I might not have recovered from cruising all the choices in watches from $30. to $300.

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@billgebhardt What watch did you end up getting? I bought mine many years ago. It was called the Pebble, one of those crowd funded projects. At the time, I found a refurbished one and paid about $30 for it. The product is no longer available. Fit Bit bought them out and dropped all support of the product. Mine still works but there will never be any updates to the app. I may buy a new product eventually. That's why I'm curious what you bought.
Tony in Michigan

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@judyca7

I have the same problem of not hearing the phone. What I have done so far is try to train myself to check for messages three times a day. after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner. Otherwise I might not look at my phone for a couple of days. The watch sound like a good idea though. Do they program a watch to your phone right at the store?

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@judyca7 I do not know what a store may do to help set up a watch. The watch will need to be paired with the phone and an app will most likely need to be downloaded to the smartphone. The watch needs to be in range of the phone in order to work with the phone. It will still function as a regular watch and have other functionality, if not. The watch I had, let me read the text, email, or notification on the watch, but because the watch screen is so small, I pulled out the phone to respond to any messages. As @colleenyoung mentioned, a fitness tracker product should be considered. My watch was marketed as a smartwatch but added fitness tracking later, via the app.
Tony in Michigan

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Here is the link,https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TPCHW8B/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . My son-in-law is the tech wizard and he seems to think it will work. As we understand it, all we have to do is sync the bluetooth. Will know when it arrives June 9-16. Bill

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It works. Even thought "cochlear implant" was part of the promotion, it has more fitness than notification features, it serves my needs. Buzzes me for med alarms, ph calls, text and still working on email. Bill

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@billgebhardt Thanks for the update. It's always good to know if the suggested technology works out. After time, you'll maybe find that there are features that lacking. I haven't researched, but there may be a measure of the strength of the vibration. Some people may need stronger vibrations from a watch??? Hope you figure out how to get the email notification to work. Keep us updated.
Tony in Michigan

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I also set my phone to flash when a call is coming in, that has occasionally been helpful.

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