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We have a landline, but only downstairs.  Our bedroom is upstairs, so we wouldn't hear it ring at night.  Also, family and friends don't call on our landline anymore.

 

I have elderly parents and kids all over, so I do like to be available during the night in case of an emergency.  But, I don't like to leave my sound on, because I get random notifications and sounds pinging now and then.  

 

I've gotten in the habit of putting it under my pillow with it on but the sound off.  I generally wake up for a few minutes here and there during the night, so that way I can grab it easily and quickly check it in case there is some emergency somewhere. 

 

Wondering what others do...

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

 

Also, my phone is set so that of the same number calls twice in under 5 minutes it will over ride the no notifications setting and ring. Hopefully in an emergency someone would try twice so it will ring.

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I turn data off so I only can get texts and calls.

 

I use it as my audiobook player at bedtime so it is under my pillow so I don't disturb dh.

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The only sounds my phone makes is for texting and calls. I keep my phone on high volume all day and night in case one of my girls needs me. The phone stays on my nightstand at night. Because it would only make a sound for an emergency in the middle of the night, DH doesn't care if it wakes him up. 

 

ETA: I have a landline too but my girls prefer to use my cell. That's why I keep it with me all the time.

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Mine is on silent at the foot of the bed -- it's always on silent. Everyone that might need to reach me for an emergency knows to call my spouse, his phone is on the night stand. 

I'm surprised at those sleeping with it under a pillow - that makes me anxious. I don't wear a tin hat all day, but I wouldn't want to sleep on top of my phone, my antenna engineer husband agrees with me. 

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I charge mine away from my bedroom. I have a landline and we have an extension in our room. No one calls our landline but everyone important knows they can get a hold of us there in an emergency.

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

 

Also, my phone is set so that of the same number calls twice in under 5 minutes it will over ride the no notifications setting and ring. Hopefully in an emergency someone would try twice so it will ring.

 

Mine is exactly set like this as well.

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I don't have a ell, but you really shouldn't have it in the bed with you, it safety testing doesn't really account for that.  (Nor in your pocket, or bra, for that matter.)

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

 

Also, my phone is set so that of the same number calls twice in under 5 minutes it will over ride the no notifications setting and ring. Hopefully in an emergency someone would try twice so it will ring.

 

Yes, this is what I do too.  I have the phone next to the bed, charging on my nightstand. 

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It charges beside my bed with the sound on. I never turn notifications on for anything except texts. And it's a very rare occursnce that I've ever had anyone text me between 11pm and 7am.

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My cell is plugged in next to my bed at night.

 

I have it set on vibrate. I don't get notifications at night. I haven't done it, but may set it so only a few priority numbers ring or vibrate at night. I had to tell one of my dc he couldn't just call to chat or send interesting texts after 11pm.

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By my bed, on silent except for specific callers.  If a non-specified caller calls twice within a short time, that call will come through too, in case someone needs to use a friend's phone.

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I just leave it where ever. My house is tiny and Im a light sleeper, so I literally hear and wake up to any noise.

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Mine is on the nightstand. DH's is on his nightstand. We don't silence them. The only notifications either of us get automatically are texts. No one we know is so rude that they'd call or text us at night unless it was an emergency. Sometimes DH does have work emergencies he has to handle, so neither of us panics if his phone rings or alerts during the night.

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I am surprised at the number of people who have it under their pillow.  I just saw a story on the news about a house fire that was started by a phone under the the pillow.  When I saw it I was like "that sounds like a kid wasn't supposed to have their phone and trying to hide it from mom and dad."  I didn't know that was a thing for people. 

 

My phone stays on my headboard.  It's my alarm clock and I want it close by in case of emergency.  Not just someone calling me, which has happened, but also if there is an emergency here at home that I need to call someone for, which hasn't happened, thank goodness. 

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

 

Also, my phone is set so that of the same number calls twice in under 5 minutes it will over ride the no notifications setting and ring. Hopefully in an emergency someone would try twice so it will ring.

Exactly this. The only close family member who isn't on the override is my dad, because he pays no attention to time zones.

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I put mine on do not disturb by my bed. It allows you to enter in numbers you allow to disturb you. I have my kids and family. Otherwise it doesn't make a peep or light up! Also, you shouldn't put it under your pillow. Have you seen those fires that start by keeping the phones on soft surfaces?

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I keep my phone on the nightstand next to the bed. The volume for Notifications is set extremely low. Fortunately, nobody calls during the night...   I did have a problem, months ago, but that number was calling the 2nd SIM number, which I'd stopped using, so I put that number on Call Block and I removed the 2nd SIM.  I don't use a Watch anymore, so the phone is my Watch too.

 

 

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I have my phone on. I have it set on "Do not disturb". No notifications come through for any apps or email and it doesn't ring for most calls. However, I did set that up to allow my 'favorites' calls to come through. If my dc or dh calls, the phone will ring at normal volume. If they text me, again, I receive a normal volume notification beep. I'm contemplating adding CodeRed to my 'favorites' list.

 

Oh, forgot to add - it is on my nightstand beside the bed. I try to put it within reach but not right next to the bed. So, at the outside limit that I can reach. It is face down. 

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I usually keep my phone in the kitchen, which isn't far from our bedroom. I don't change any of the settings, so it'll make its normal sounds. I don't usually hear text messages, but I'd hear it if it were to ring.

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We have a landline. Cell phone is in the living room, plugged in to charge. I would most likely wake up if it rang for a call, but would not hear texts.

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Next to me.  It will chime for texts and ring for calls, but nothing for emails or other notifications.  I don't really have any problems with getting woke up/  My phone is my alarm, so it is within arms reach. I do not keep it under my pillow, but also not that far away.  I would be interested in hearing any science behind proximity dangers (aside from fire). 

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Next to me.  It will chime for texts and ring for calls, but nothing for emails or other notifications.  I don't really have any problems with getting woke up from notifications.  My phone is my alarm, so it is within arms reach. I do not keep it under my pillow, but also not that far away.  I would be interested in hearing any science behind proximity dangers (aside from fire). 

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I turn mine off at night and keep it on my bedside table, and dh's phone is downstairs in the kitchen charging. Dh read a news article about the possible health hazards of keeping a phone turned on in close proximity while you sleep, and I've turned mine off ever since. We have a landline phone in our bedroom if anyone needs to get ahold of us.  

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It's on my bedside table charging.... and I have set as my alarm to wake up. 

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My phone has a do not disturb mode that turns off all notifications and calls and everything... unless I get two phone calls within fifteen minutes. Everyone knows to call me twice if it's the middle of the night and it's an emergency.

 

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Next to me.  It will chime for texts and ring for calls, but nothing for emails or other notifications.  I don't really have any problems with getting woke up from notifications.  My phone is my alarm, so it is within arms reach. I do not keep it under my pillow, but also not that far away.  I would be interested in hearing any science behind proximity dangers (aside from fire). 

 

The guidelines for this should actually be somewhere in the phone itself.  The testing for emissions is done according to certain standard distances, which are not right next to the body.

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I have mine set to no notifications after 11pm, but I have the ringer on high. I don't always hear my father-in-law's fall alert, so I will get a call after a few minutes if he needs help. 

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We have a landline, but only downstairs.  Our bedroom is upstairs, so we wouldn't hear it ring at night.  Also, family and friends don't call on our landline anymore.

 

I have elderly parents and kids all over, so I do like to be available during the night in case of an emergency.  But, I don't like to leave my sound on, because I get random notifications and sounds pinging now and then.  

 

I've gotten in the habit of putting it under my pillow with it on but the sound off.  I generally wake up for a few minutes here and there during the night, so that way I can grab it easily and quickly check it in case there is some emergency somewhere. 

 

Wondering what others do...

 

I leave my cell phone downstairs in my purse (unless it's charging, and then it's on a table instead of in my purse, but still downstairs).

 

I do have a landline phone on my nightstand. I suppose if we didn't have the landline I'd bring the cell phone upstairs. Maybe.  I can hear my cell phone when it rings downstairs because of our semi-open floor plan.

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My phone charges on the night stand. The only sound that is on is for the alarm clock. I almost never have the ringer turned on because it's so rarely used as an actual phone. :rofl: I have to remember to flip the switch when I'm expecting a call and then it startles me. If I needed to receive phone calls from emergency others, I'd set up the priority number thing.

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I typically set my iPhone to either vibrate or "Do Not Disturb" mode, but my understanding is that it will ring for those in the important numbers list.  I also turn off vibrate and notification settings in most apps. And I don't have facebook or facebook messenger on my phone at all.

 

A few times when I've been really exhausted I warned my top 5 most frequent contacts I am turning my phone all the way off so I can catch up on sleep.

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

 

Also, my phone is set so that of the same number calls twice in under 5 minutes it will over ride the no notifications setting and ring. Hopefully in an emergency someone would try twice so it will ring.

Exactly the same here.  And mine is charging on my nightstand, within easy reach. I don't need an alarm clock because at 6 AM all my held notifications start coming through. 

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it's plugged in to charge on my kitchen counter.

I have a landline next to my bed.. . . I also have people who only call my cell.  including my daughter.  but I can hear it when it rings.

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

 

Also, my phone is set so that of the same number calls twice in under 5 minutes it will over ride the no notifications setting and ring. Hopefully in an emergency someone would try twice so it will ring.

 

Those are good ideas.  I should figure out how to do that!

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Mine is on silent at the foot of the bed -- it's always on silent. Everyone that might need to reach me for an emergency knows to call my spouse, his phone is on the night stand. 

 

I'm surprised at those sleeping with it under a pillow - that makes me anxious. I don't wear a tin hat all day, but I wouldn't want to sleep on top of my phone, my antenna engineer husband agrees with me. 

 

I've thought about that.  I should probably find a different place to put it.  I don't have a nightstand.  (No room on my side of the bed!)

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I plug mine in beside my bed. I either leave it on the bed beside my pillow or on my nightstand. I always keep my phone on silent, but I use "Do Not Disturb" from 11:00-6:00 so it will only vibrate for a call from my immediate family.

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I am surprised at the number of people who have it under their pillow.  I just saw a story on the news about a house fire that was started by a phone under the the pillow.  When I saw it I was like "that sounds like a kid wasn't supposed to have their phone and trying to hide it from mom and dad."  I didn't know that was a thing for people. 

 

 

 

Well, I think I've been convinced to not keep it under my pillow anymore!

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I also have kids all over, so I keep my phone on the widow sill on my side of the bed at night.  The media sound is off.  The notifications sound is usually off.  And the ring tone is turned down very far.  

 

Dh puts his in the kitchen and forgets to turn off the sounds, if they're even on.  I sometimes turn off all his sounds at night because our kids know to call my phone in emergencies.  

 

How are some of you carrying your phones around your house if they're not in your pockets?  I don't carry a purse at home, so I stuff my phone in my pocket when I have to run outside for something, or when I'm vacuuming (so I'm sure to hear it ring).

 

I don't know how people would do this.

 

The guidelines for testing were created when people used holsters.

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How are some of you carrying your phones around your house if they're not in your pockets?  I don't carry a purse at home, so I stuff my phone in my pocket when I have to run outside for something, or when I'm vacuuming (so I'm sure to hear it ring).

 

If I don't have pockets, I stick it in my waistband or under my bra strap.  It's not ideal.  I keep thinking I should buy an arm band. 

 

BTW I only do that if I'm listening to an audiobook as I do my chores. 

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I also have kids all over, so I keep my phone on the widow sill on my side of the bed at night. The media sound is off. The notifications sound is usually off. And the ring tone is turned down very far.

 

Dh puts his in the kitchen and forgets to turn off the sounds, if they're even on. I sometimes turn off all his sounds at night because our kids know to call my phone in emergencies.

 

How are some of you carrying your phones around your house if they're not in your pockets? I don't carry a purse at home, so I stuff my phone in my pocket when I have to run outside for something, or when I'm vacuuming (so I'm sure to hear it ring).

I don't. It just stays in the kitchen unless I go out and remember to take it.

 

It would never occur to me that I should have it right on my body or next to me at all times. If anyone calls, they can leave a message if it's important enough.

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I also have kids all over, so I keep my phone on the widow sill on my side of the bed at night.  The media sound is off.  The notifications sound is usually off.  And the ring tone is turned down very far.  

 

Dh puts his in the kitchen and forgets to turn off the sounds, if they're even on.  I sometimes turn off all his sounds at night because our kids know to call my phone in emergencies.  

 

How are some of you carrying your phones around your house if they're not in your pockets?  I don't carry a purse at home, so I stuff my phone in my pocket when I have to run outside for something, or when I'm vacuuming (so I'm sure to hear it ring).

 

I usually put my phone on a table in the room I'm in. With the ringer on full volume, I can usually hear it wherever I am. If I have to go outside briefly, I carry it in my hand if I'm expecting a call or just leave it inside and go to voicemail if I'm not expecting anything important. I frequently wear wireless Bluetooth headphones to listen to podcasts while I do housework, so I can hear the ringer through those even when doing something noisy.

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How are some of you carrying your phones around your house if they're not in your pockets?  I don't carry a purse at home, so I stuff my phone in my pocket when I have to run outside for something, or when I'm vacuuming (so I'm sure to hear it ring).

 

Well, I carry it in my hand lol.  But, if I am not using it and not directly bringing it to someplace else in the house....I just set it down.  In the morning, I bring it with me from the bedroom to the living room and then I set it on the end table.  I usually plug it in to charge at that point since I don't charge it overnight.  it tends to live on the end table most of the time when I am at home, and often, it's running swagbucks while living there.  If I need to bring it into the kitchen because I need a recipe off the web or something, I just carry it in there. 

 

If I am vacuuming and don't hear the phone, that's ok.  I can certainly call them back when I am done.  Back before cell phones, I sometimes didn't hear the landline ring either....and that's ok lol.  If I step out to get the mail or get something out of my car or whatever, I just leave it on the end table.  If I am sitting out on the back porch for any real length of time, like if DH is grilling or the kids are in the pool, I just bring it with me and set it on the table out there. 

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It's downstairs, getting charged. We do have the landline in our bedroom. Our family knows to call it in an emergency. It's normally the first number they call anyways.

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I have mine set to no notifications or rings from 10pm-6am except from a few "priority" numbers I have designated....my kids, husband, brother, mom, MIL and 2 close friends. Their calls and texts will come through.

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This is what I do.

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