Please follow the Wakefy tutorial and how-to-use before you start using your alarm. Here are the main points:
Please always use backup alarms, Wakefy is under continuous improvement and development and may contain bugs that may prevent the alarm from going off under untested scenarios. In any case, always test Wakefy under your current setup first to ensure it will work in the morning. Please let us know if you find any bugs.
Wakefy uses your current Spotify app to wake you up. That's why you need the official app installed and an active internet connection.
Sound won't come off loud enough through headphones, so please make always sure no headphones are plugged in before going to sleep.
Password-protected login prevents any program from launching unless you manually enter your password. Please enable automatic login or just put your computer to sleep instead of turning it completely off.
If you're using a MacBook, please keep your lid slightly open. If your lid is completely closed, the Macbook will go into sleep mode inmediatly after Wakefy wakes it up, before the alarm goes off.
Also, MacBooks prevent auto-wakeup when the computer is completely powered off and a power cord is not connected. Please connect your MacBook to a power outlet or just put it to sleep: Wakefy can wake up a Macbook from sleep mode running just on battery.
Yes, absolutely! Wakefy will work out of the box with all Apple Silicon Macs with the new M1 chip that uses the ARM architecture.
The way Wakefy does this is by using the native Rosetta macOS translator for Intel-based apps, but a native ARM version is scheduled in a future release.
Wakefy works on a 24-hour setting, so 7pm for example is 19:00. Hours from 1am to 12pm stay the same. If you're not familiar with military time, check out this resource, which might be of help.
In order to work, Wakefy requires «Full Disk Access» permissions, which need to be granted in the «Security & Privacy» macOS preferences pane. These permissions are critical and Wakefy can't work without them. We'll try our best to explain why these permissions are required, and what do we do to ensure granting Wakefy these permissions is not a threat to you or your Mac computer.
macOS Mojave (macOS 10.14, September 2018) introduced a series of hardened security measures for all apps in order to operate in Mac computers. This means apps in macOS are now more restricted than ever, which makes macOS very secure, because apps are very limited in what they can do. Since macOS Mojave, all apps need to request explicit user permissions to perform certain actions, like accessing files or folders, even the ones in your Desktop or Downloads folders.
In order to trigger the alarm, Wakefy needs to access and edit a system file that is in charge of managing automatic actions in the computer. This file belongs to the macOS Operating System and is stored deep within the OS internal system files. Unfortunately, there's no specific permission to access that one file alone. There's also no specific permission just to access the system folder in which this file is stored. It all falls under 'Full Disk Access' permissions.
We know it sounds a little scary giving an app this level of access, but there's literally no workaround. It's a pain for us too, because we need to tell users to go to the process of granting those permissions, and ask them to trust us. Wakefy is developed and maintained by a single guy: Rameerez. He runs multiple other cool apps, and he's a privacy advocate. He's a reputable creator and has no interest in doing anything shady that would affect his reputation or that of his other apps (you can follow what he's up to on Twitter and Instagram). You can also read why Wakefy is completely safe and what do we do to ensure it doesn't contain any malware or virus.
On a finishing note, many other famous apps (like Backblaze or VS Code) are going through the same problem and also need to require «Full Disk Acccess permissions» in order to operate. We hope Apple improves their macOS permission system in the future so we can be more precise and restrictive in the permissions we ask users to grant to our app Wakefy.
Hi! I'm Javi, Wakefy's creator, developer and only maintainer.
Wakefy started out as a side project I built for myself and just made it public in case anyone found it useful. It was initially free, and I thought it would just fade into the infinity of the internet. Fortunately enough, many people found about it and it quickly started helping lots of people around the world. However, this also came with a lot of added work: my inbox started getting flodded with support requests and it got to the point where I had to spend several hours a day fixing stuff and answering emails. Wakefy started out as donation-based softare, but almost no one donated any money – it didn't even cover server expenses. It started costing me money out of my own pocket to keep the project up and running. So Wakefy started not only taking up a big chunk of my time, but also didn't make sense financially. And most importantly, it was taking my focus off things that pay my bills and food, things that really needed my attention.
Users want Wakefy to be up-to-date and bug-free – and they also want new features and support if any issue arises. These are very reasonable demands, but the only way I can meet them is by charging money for the software. Otherwise, I just can't allocate resources for it. It was either that or taking down the site completely.
Your subscription keeps Wakefy alive, literally. It also helps keeping it independent, ad-free, and enables continued development of the product. Thank you for supporting this project with your membership!
We try to be really straightforward with the current state of the software.Known bugs:
Wakefy is absolutely safe to use. Wakefy is an app developed by Rameerez, an independent software developer and creator, and it's digitally signed and notarized by Apple to be guaranteed it's completely virus-free and malware-free.
There's absolutely nothing harmful or shady about what Wakefy does: it just automatically schedules your computer wake up time and then plays your selected music as the alarm ringtone. Apple requires these tasks to be password-protected and that's why we ask for permissions and password when the app first installs.
We're addressing these concerns because in the early days some users would complain Wakefy didn't work or didn't uninstall properly. These were known bugs in the first early versions of the app that have already been solved in the brand-new version 2, and we also made a complete guide on how to uninstall Wakefy safely. However, people would still download the app, encounter these bugs and mistake them for harmful behavior. Which is understandable, given that Wakefy needs to ask for permissions and password in order to work, and that can be perceived as shady if the app ends up not working later. We contacted every user having these issues privately via email, explained the situation and helped them fix whichever problems they were facing.
We just wanted to take the time to ensure it's clear to everyone that these were just bugs in the early versions of the code that have already been fixed.
Wakefy does not do anything apart from what is advertised. Wakefy does not gather any personal information or perform any shady marketing tactics. Wakefy does not need to make money that way: it already makes money by the price you're paying. That's why Wakefy is not free. In fact, Wakefy's creator is a reputable creator and privacy advocate, and makes a bunch of other cool apps like Wakefy, and has no interest whatsoever in doing anything shady that would affect his reputation or that of his other apps.
Wakefy is not related in any way with Spotify. No Copyright infringement intended.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
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