Waking up, like breaking up, is hard to do. But it can be a lot easier with the right alarm app. If you’re still relying upon an old alarm clock, the alarm app that came with your phone or no alarm at all, it’s time to get with it. Starting your dar off right — including starting it on time — is the first step to having an awesome day. Because it’s so important, an entire ecosystem of alarm apps has sprung up vying to be your goto wakeup buddy. There are a lot of really good alarm apps to choose from and I’ve rounded up ten of the best to help you out. Whether you’re into top quality design, fun features, social features, weird features or simply need an app that is guaranteed to wake you up (there are several here), you’re in the right place. Leave me a comment with some feedback if you’re tried any of these or like any in particular.
Wake Alarm is full of really unique, fun features to help you get up in the morning. For instance, you can slap it, shake it or flip it to shut off the alarm or you can wake up to your own music. I like the interface a lot: you can use intuitive gestures — or your voice — to set alarms, and the design beautiful, minimal and to-the-point.
Cuckuu is a social alarm app that lets you share important alarms with your friends so everyone makes it to events on time. Alarms on Cuckuu are less boring as you can enhance them with photos and text and the overall design is really sleek and nice. If you’re in the mood to make a game out of getting up, Cuckuu also lets you earn points and rewards depending on how fast you turn off an alarm. Bonus: it works on your Apple Watch!
CARROT Alarm (like all CARROT apps) is different because it has a personality. The app is meant to give you a humorous start to the day. If you’re looking for an alarm app that offers a wake up noise other than a dull buzzing sound, you’ll like this app’s 30 different wake up songs. Let’s just say the things you’ll need to do to shut this alarm off are going to be… interesting (and very different). The user interface is extremely simple and easy to use.
The aptly named Alarm app is as simple as it’s name. There aren’t any crazy features or gimmicks here; instead you’ll find a beautifully designed interface paired with some soothing (rather than startling) sounds. This is an app designers will love for sure, but anyone who appreciates great aesthetics will be on board as well.
Barcode is a very unique alarm app that makes you actually get out of bed, walk to the bathroom and scan a barcode (like on your toothpaste or hair gel) in order to shut it off. Not only does it wake you up, but it gets you out of bed and into your morning routine.
Summarise aims to be the most convenient alarm app on the market by informing users when they wake up. This app will show you the latest news, weather, items from your calendar and more. The best part? Summarise can read all of this information to you so you can soak the days info in like a sponge (while walking up gradually). This option is definitely less harsh than many of the others listed here.
The UHP app (pronounced up) is probably not by favorite in terms of design (although it’s certainly not horrible), but it’s features are super unique and useful. UHP learns your morning routine (you teach it where you go when you get up in the morning) to disarm itself. Where do you go when you wake up? The coffee maker? To grab the newspaper? Wherever it is, that is where you will go to shut off your alarm.
Alarmy gets you out of bed by making you take a picture of a certain object. It’s similar to the concept of Barcode, except a bit less limiting as you can take a picture of anything to shut the alarm off, rather than a barcode.
Walk Me Up
Walk Me Up is an alarm that helps you wake up by walking (if you couldn’t guess by the name). You can set the number of steps needed to dismiss the alarm and you can also turn on evil mode (no snooze). I like how the developer has developed an algorithm that detects if you’re shaking the phone trying to cheat (lol).
Snap Me Up
Snap Me Up is an Android alarm app that gets you up by making you take a selfie (and making it as fun as possible by allowing you to add filters and share with friends). Additionally, you can keep a dream diary (by recording your dreams when you wake up which is when you’re most likely to remember them).