Frequently Asked Questions

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.

This is a known bug that occurs under certain systems when you move the app to the Trash while the app is still open and it has an armed (i.e.: not muted) alarm. This happens because Wakefy relies on some system files to work properly and when you suddently remove the app, you prevent it from firing any uninstall or alarm muting routine.

The quickest workaround would be to download the app again or recover it from the trash, and mute the alarm from there. Renaming or moving the location of the Spotify app will also prevent Wakefy from firing.

Actual solution: We're already working on the best solution to address this issue without preventing Wakefy from working altogether, and will most likely be included in the next version release (v0.2.2)

However, if you're facing this problem and want to remove Wakefy completely from your system now, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the uninstall script
  2. Extract the .command file
  3. If it says something about not having enough permissions when double clicking it, there's a couple of additional steps:
    • Open "Terminal". A screen where you can write commands should pop up.
    • Write:
      chmod u+x
    • and add space after the x
    • Now drag and drop the uninstall .command file to the Terminal window. The file path to that script should be added after the x , resulting in something like:
      chmod u+x /Users/username/Downloads/uninstall-wakefy-script.command
    • Press enter
    • This chmod thing should have granted appropriate permissions to the script on your computer, allowing it to run.
  4. Now try to open the script. It should just work by double clicking it. Please follow the instructions.
This should completely uninstall Wakefy from your system. If you're still having any trouble, please reach out at hi@wakefy.com.

We try to be really straightforward with the current state of this piece of software. The only reason this list could be updated is because Wakefy is entirely developed, maintained and supported by a single guy named Rameerez and since the app is completely free it's difficult to allocate resources to keep everything up to date.

Known bugs:
  • There's a bug causing the alarm to continue firing even after removing the app. Should be fixed in v0.2.2. Here is the current solution.
  • Some users under macOS Mojave report the app is not working at all (There are several variants of this, like the welcome window being stuck or not being able to successfully go through the installation process). This is related to the new permissions system in Mojave. Wakefy needs special permissions (to wake up your computer at a given time), and these should be explicitly granted. If you're facing this issue, try the following steps:
    1. Go to your Mac's Security and Privacy settings (click the Apple logo in the menubar on the upper left corner of your screen --> click "System Preferences..." --> click "Security & Privacy")
    2. On Security & Privacy settings, click the "Privacy" tab
    3. On the list on the left hand side, scroll down and select "Full Disk Access"
    4. Click the lock icon on the bottom left side and enter your computer's password to make changes
    5. Either drag and drop the Wakefy app to the list on the right or click the "+" icon and add the Wakefy app to the list
    If Wakefy is added to the list as shown, you can safely close the window. Wakefy should work now.
  • There's a bug that prevents a correct working of the search box when the app has been open for a long time. Current fix is to close Wakefy and open it again.
If you find any other bug or have any kind of issue, please reach out at hi@wakefy.com and we'll reply asap.
If you only put your Mac to sleep, no problem. If you turn your Mac completely off, it won't: you have to enable automatic login.
Again: if you only put your Mac to sleep, no problem. If you turn your Mac completely off, it won't: you have to enable automatic login.
Every sleep disorder (as DSPS, free-running, non-24...) is a whole different world, and every person has a different degree of severity of their sleep disorder. Wakefy is not intended to be used for medical purposes. Having said that, it can help. Specially if you suffer from a mild disorder or if you don't have any sleep problem at all, and you're just a heavy sleeper. It's definitely worth trying.
Not if you use playlists! That's the whole point: if you set a playlist as the alarm sound, Wakefy will shuffle the songs, so you'll wake up each morning with a different song of your playlist. There are two main benefits to this:
  • It prevents you from hating a single song.
  • It actually makes you wake up faster, by preventing you from getting used (and thus ignoring) a single alarm ringtone.
Believe it or not, Wakefy goes against the Mac App Store's Terms of Use. How? Because, technically, Wakefy needs to change the time at which your Mac will turn on. To do this, it requires special permissions, called "superuser permissions". Apple simply won't allow any app that requires this kind of permissions. Simple as that.
  • First of all: it uses your Mac/Macbook, which usually sits far away from your bed, meaning it will force you to actually stand up and walk to turn off the alarm in the morning.
  • Couldn't I just achieve that leavning my phone on the table, away from me? Yes, but then you wouldn't be able to use your phone before going to sleep or first thing in the morning. To be honest – we all sleep near our smartphones, we're just that addicted to them. Wakefy allows you to continue using your smartphone as always, while forcing you to get up in the morning.
  • Wakefy is pretty useful when you're away from home (travelling, staying over at some friend's...) Your phone might run out of battery or you might just forget your phone at home altogether. Wakefy on your MacBook can save you from these situations.
  • Watching Netflix until late in the night? You'll probably fall asleep not having set up any alarm in your phone. Wakefy is always there to rescue you.
  • How many Spotify alarm clocks do you even know? How cool is slowly waking up to your favorite Spotify tunes?
It's simple: we don't. And by "we", we mean "I". Wakefy is designed, developed and mantained by a single guy named Javi Ramirez (@rameerez).


He suffers from a sleep disorder called DSPS and made Wakefy to help him waking up. After creating it, he realized it could be useful for others, and since he knows the struggle some people suffer when waking up, he made the app free. No one should ever have bad mornings.

Want to collaborate and help covering costs? Chip in whatever amount you can:

Wakefy is not related in any way with Spotify. No Copyright infringement intended.

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