Since our smartphones stay with us all day and night, it makes sense to use them as alarm clocks, especially since they are more than capable of producing loud sounds and vibrating incessantly till even the heavy sleepers among us get up. So, if you’ve been getting late to school or work, try the 11 alarm clock apps for Android listed below to rise and shine bright and early!
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#1. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)
I love Alarmy, and it is rightly labelled the ‘most annoying Alarm app’ because it won’t let you sleep if you use it properly. The basic idea here is to select a place or preferably an object like your bathroom sink or kitchen oven and take it’s picture to register it with the app. Then you simply set an alarm and go to sleep – when the alarm rings, you can only turn it off by going to the place you registered and taking a picture of the exact same object. This works best if you choose items or objects which require you to get up from your bed and walk – some people (my brother included) register their bedside lamp or fan, and that kind of defeats the whole purpose of the app. Nevertheless, it’s a great free alarm clock for your Android phone and you should definitely give it a go if you’re serious about waking up on time.
#2. I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock
If you can’t wake up in the morning, you have to install I Can’t Wake Up Alarm Clock on your Android. Just like Alarmy, this app requires you to perform certain tasks in order to turn off the alarm. You can also pick your own favorite music to wake up to, but the tasks you need to perform include Math questions (multiplications etc), memory quizes, barcode scanning (like a code in the kitchen), physically shaking your phone and connecting related words. Just to make sure you’re actually awake, the app also tests you a while after you turn off the alarm, and if you fail that test, the alarm starts all over again.
#3. My Alarm Clock Free
A simple alarm clock app that offers just enough options, My Alarm Clock can play your favorite tunes to wake you up and even help you fall asleep with white noise in the background. The app can also turn your tablet or phone into a bedside clock and provide additional info like weather and alarm reminders in case you forget.
The app is also decent in terms of permissions, only requiring camera permission for the built-in torch and location permission in order to provide local weather info.
#4. Alarm Clock Xtreme Free +Timer
Alarm Clock Xtreme is a popular free alarm clock for your Android and offers a good variety of options to help you wake up when you want. You can set it up to gradually increase volume while playing your favorite music or have it make you solve Math questions to really rouse you. The app design is simple, but the snooze button is large so you don’t turn off the alarm unless you really want to. This is one of the most downloaded alarm apps and you should give it a try.
#5. Life Time Alarm Clock
The first thing you’ll notice about Life Time Alarm Clock is it’s design. It is both good looking and has a good set of features, including customized alarm tones, different snooze settings, multiple alarm settings and puzzles to wake you up. You can also limit the number of snoozes and the app is also quite battery friendy – a worthy alarm clock overall.
#6. Alarm Clock Plus
Alarm Clock Plus is one of the simplest alarm clock apps, yet it offers features rivaling the best. You can set your own music tracks to fade-in gradually, set nap timers for quick snoozes and even have the app present you with math calculations. The app can also flash your phone’s camera flashlight during the alarm, and another great feature is the option to integrate other apps, like your radio app with Alarm Clock. Overall, Alarm Clock Plus is a simple app which gets the job done.
#7. AlarmMon (alarm clock)
Alarmon is a fresh looking alarm clock app for Android which moves away from the traditional design. It’s perfect for kids or young ones who have trouble getting up and features a set of cute and funny characters. You can choose a character to greet you with a loud sound at alarm time and the app also has games for a little fun in the morning to get you in a good mood. Even if you’re an adult you can give this app a go if you want to smile while you wake up.
#8. Timely Alarm Clock
Timely is another great looking Android alarm clock app and has a reasonable set of features that get the job done. You can visually customize the app to your liking and even set up alarms on all your devices because the app has a sync feature (all alarms can also be turned off from one device). Setting up alarms is also a breeze and the app uses the accelerometer to lower the alarm volume as soon as you pick up your device. All in all, its a good free alarm clock which looks great and has a nice variety of ‘hand-crafted’ sounds to wake you with.
#9. Puzzle Alarm Clock
As the name suggests, Puzzle Alarm Clock is all about forcing you to wake up through puzzle solving. The app has a random selection of puzzles it throws at you (the usual math questions, memory games and pattern matching) and you can also set it up to work with NFC tags and QR codes. If you can hook up external speakers with your Android at night, the app can wake you up with a huge explosion sound too (but it might just put you in a bad mood). Overall though, it’s a great alarm app worthy of a download.
#10. Sleep as Android
Sleep as Android is another great Android app with a loyal user base. The app uses the accelerometer to gauge your sleeping pattern and identifies when you’re about to wake up. It then stats the alarm gradually to rouse you at the best time in your sleep cycle.
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You can also set up timed alarms and the app has puzzles, QR codes and Captcha tests to make sure you are up. You can try the app for free, but all the features cost around $5.
#11. Wave Alarm – Alarm Clock
Wave Alarm is a good alarm app which uses the proximity sensor on your Android to allow you to wave your alarms off. This means, if your Android phone is placed on the side table next to your bed, you can simply wave your hand over it when the alarm rings and put it to snooze. The app also shows weather updates and lets you choose your own music for the alarm. While it won’t really force you wake up, it’s still a good alarm clock for people who are disciplined enough to use one.
If you download and use any of these free alarm clock apps for Android, do let us know what you think of them and comment below with your suggestions and tips.