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Android and iOS both have basic alarm clock apps that you can use for a variety of things. You can set a wake-up timer, you can set a regular timer, use a digital stopwatch, or even measure up the current time with international times.
But again, they’re pretty basic. If you want something that looks more attractive — like Timely — or something that offers additional features, you have to go elsewhere.
Below, you’ll find a list of the best alarm clock apps for mobile, separated by platform.
1. Wakie Community
What if you had an entire community behind your wake-up alarm? That’s the idea for Wakie Community, a social alarm app for both Android and iOS.
Instead of regular alarms, the app will facilitate a wake-up call, similar to one you’d get from a concierge in a hotel. The difference here, of course, is that you’re getting a wake-up call from another Wakie Community user.
Within the app, you set the time you want to wake-up and you’ll receive a call at the scheduled time.
Generally, another user within the community will be selected, but if there isn’t one available a bot will do the dirty work.
If you wake up in a good mood and would love to be social in the morning, this app is for you.
Alarmy offers a few unique features, some of which will help ensure you’re actually awake and ready to start the day — rather than hitting snooze and falling back into a slumber.
Three alarm modes help you stay awake: photo mode, shake mode, and puzzle mode.
In photo mode you take a picture of an item to make sure you’re up, in shake mode you shake your phone up to 50 times, and in puzzle mode you have to solve a math problem.
When you’ve completed the respective mode’s task the alarm will finally turn off — so make sure you choose a pleasant alarm sound.
3. Walk Me Up
Like the name implies, Walk Me Up requires you to get up, pick up your phone, and walk a certain number of steps before you can disable the alarm. The process not only ensures that you are awake, but active too.
Other features include an ‘evil mode’ that disables the snooze function and voice-assistant support.
4. I Can’t Wake Up
I Can’t Wake Up is meant for people who really have trouble getting out of bed. If that fits you, then you’ll want to check this one out.
There are a variety of challenges to complete when the alarm goes off, only then will the audio turn off and let you go about your day.
It doesn’t have the prettiest UI, but it works, especially for the basic functions available.
Absolutely beautiful. That’s the best way to describe Timely. It’s functional too, with plenty of features including a ‘smart rise’ function that starts out low and increases in volume over time to wake you more peacefully.
You can also activate challenges to wake yourself up if you have trouble abiding by alarms. Plus, there’s a cloud save feature that lets you sync up your regular alarms across Android devices.
6. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Sleep Cycle uses insights gleaned from your health, sleeping patterns, and personal information to find the perfect time to wake you. You see, as you sleep there are different levels from deep to shallow.
If you’re in a deep sleep and you wake up too quickly, it can ruin your mood, energy and overall experiences.
But if you wake up at just the right time, when you’re in a light sleep, you’ll be just fine. That’s exactly what Sleep Cycle is meant to do.
It tracks vibrations and sound while you sleep to measure your sleep phase(s).
7. Sleep as Android
Sleep as Android is essentially Sleep Cycle, for Android devices. It uses a variety of information including movement and vibration data to measure your current sleep phase.
When you’re in a light sleep, that’s when the alarm will go off to wake you.
It can also tap into Google Fit enabled connections — such as a Fitbit — to measure health and action data. That all gets rolled back into the apps ability to discern your personal sleep cycle.
Statistics are provided too, including sleep deficit, sleep cycle, and deep sleep info, and snoring habits. It can even be used to monitor serious sleep-related conditions like sleep apnea.
8. Wake N Shake
The name literally says it all. In order to disable the alarm, you must continue to shake your phone for the specified number of minutes.
It helps ensure you are wide awake and ready to start your day, not just stumbling around like a half-dead zombie.
There’s no snooze function available either, so you can’t turn the alarm off any other way no matter how tempted you are to do so.
Timely is the beautiful alarm clock app for Android, while Rise is the equivalent for iOS — and it is definitely beautiful.
The interface is equal parts minimal and intuitive, which allows you to swipe and use gestures to complete various actions.
You can set alarms to play music from your iTunes library, or use a variety of soothing, pre-loaded sounds.
10. Clock by Google
Clock is actually the stock alarm and clock app on Android devices, but because many manufacturers add their own skin, it may not be installed on your device out of the box. That’s okay, because Google offers it via Google Play.
All the basic features are available including the option to set alarms with custom ringtones and schedule a variety of them.
If you’re looking for something better than the stock alarm clock app on your device, you’ll certainly find one or two suitable options on the list.
Across the board, they’re all relatively similar so you can’t go wrong with any of them.
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