The Best Alarm Clock Apps for the iPhone

One struggle that most of us go through on a day to day basis is waking up in the morning and actually feeling refreshed. Whether you have a great sleep or a bad sleep, no one wants to get up. If we could stay in bed all day, we would. Unfortunately, that’s not the case as most of us have jobs, school or other things to do in the morning.

While some lucky souls out there can wake up and get out of bed on their own, most of us need to use an alarm to help us out. Unfortunately, these alarms are usually quite annoying and jarring to wake up to. But just as it has changed almost everything in our lives, technology has also changed the game when it comes to waking up in the morning. That’s right, even alarm clocks have changed thanks to the rapid growth of technology.

There are dozens and dozens of alarm clock apps out there, but they are not created equally. There are many out there that are worth your time, and others that are not. There are many different types of alarm clock apps out there that aim to wake you up in various cool, fun and interesting ways, and some that are more traditional, all different kinds will be examined. This article will go through some of the best alarm clock apps out there and help you choose which one might be right for you.

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This app has been called the most annoying alarm clock in existence and I would have to agree. This app is perfect for people who struggle to get up out of bed, even with an alarm clock. That is because this app was specifically designed to force you to get up out of bed.

This innovative app gets set up by you taking a picture of somewhere in your home, either a room or an object and registering it. Once the alarm goes off, the ONLY way to make it stop is to take a picture of that registered area of your home again.

As a result, it forces you to get up or be annoyed forever by the alarm going off. While some could take the easy way out and just register the foot of their bed so they could easily take a picture, but that sort of defeats the purpose of the app. While this alarm clock is most definitely annoying, it might just be the best way to make sure that you get up on time in the morning.

While many of these alarm clocks in this article will come with a ton of different features and may be confusing to some, there is something to be said for a simple app that does its job beautifully without the bells and whistles.

The app works by everything being interactive in a number of ways such as touching the screen and dragging a clock to set an alarm, or shaking the device to set a short alarm for a nap, and much more.

Rise works in a number of different languages, lets you fall asleep to a number of relaxing tones and allows you to set what kind of sound you want to wake up to. Rise also allows you to purchase the ability to set up multiple alarms, which could ensure that this is the only alarm app for you. If simplicity and an easy-to-use interface are big sellings points to you in an alarm clock app, you may want to give this one a try.

This app is similar to Alarmy in the fact that it doesn’t simply let you snooze/turn off the alarm and go right back to bed. But while Alarmy just makes you take a picture of something in your house to stop the alarm from sounding, this app decided on another method.

As you can probably guess from the name of the app, Walk Me Up makes you get up out of bed and do some walking to turn the alarm off. This app is perfect for those who simply can’t bring themselves to get up out of bed, even with a standard alarm. It even has the option to set multiple different alarms and you can even customize how many steps you want to take to turn the alarm off.

Now, you may be thinking that you can cheat the app just by shaking it or something, but that is not the case. In fact, the app has algorithms that can tell when you are trying to cheat and as punishment, so if it catches you, the app will penalize you extra steps, so it’s best to just take the steps and wake up!

Many alarm apps will make you fiddle around with your phone or the app to make the alarm snooze or turn off, but not this one. SpeakToSnooze is one of the only alarm apps which allow you to speak to your alarm and turn it off or snooze it without having to ever even touch your phone.

The design of the app is customizable and you can pick from a number of voices that can help motivate you to wake up in the morning, but easily the crown jewel of this app is the voice control feature.

Not only can you turn the alarm off with your voice, but you can also set an alarm, ask for the time, and even turn on the flashlight, all using only your voice. There is even a mode where if you say a specific set of words, the app will prevent you from snoozing anymore. If you don’t keep your phone right beside you when you sleep or simply don’t want to actually touch your phone for whatever reason, this app is for you.

CARROT has a number of different apps that help you be more productive in life, and that includes a pretty great alarm app. In addition to being very simple, the Carrot alarm has more “personality” than any other alarm clock app out there.

In terms of its simplicity, all you have to do to set the alarm is swipe up and down on the app until you reach your desired time and then drag to the left or right to set the alarm in stone. But the main reason people download the app is the witty dialogue from the app and the creativity that goes much beyond most alarm apps.

This app wakes you up with a mix of songs as well as some funny dialogue. The app will try and tempt you to wake up, but will tell you off if you snooze or disobey the app. Also, the app makes you complete a couple of different chores/minigames that help you wake up and not be so groggy in the morning. All in all, this app is one of the most creative offerings in the space and does its job in a simple and fun manner.

There must be a prolem with people not getting up on time with a standard alarm. This is because there are numerous different apps that make a user do something “extra” to turn off the alarm instead of just pressing a button.

As you likely can tell by the app’s name, Barcode Alarm Clock makes you get up out of bed and scan the barcode of an item of your choosing. Of course, you could just scan something in your room and put it beside you, but that defeats the purpose.

It is recommended you choose something in a different room such as a box of cereal, your toothpaste or anything else. Just make sure that you remember what you registered, if not, you will be stuck dealing with a very annoying alarm. The app also supports multiple alarms, which each can have a different registered item.

Not only will this app wake you up, but it will also get you moving throughout your house to get your day started on the right note.

Again, this phone makes you do something special to turn it off, but not only that, there is also no way to turn down the volume or snooze the alarm once it has gone off. Once the alarm on this app goes off, the only way to silence it is to mercilessly shake the device until the alarm finally stops.

You can adjust the intensity of how you shake the phone, and there is even sleep music included in the app to help you to sleep at night if you choose to turn it on. The app also lets you customize the sound you wake up to.

The app’s design is also very minimalistic and keeps it simple. Simply turn the alarm on, and once it goes off in the morning, just shake the device to turn it off, that’s it. It is that simplicity and straightforwardness that has led to thousands of people trusting this app to wake them up on time in the morning.

Not only is this app completely free, but it also is much more comprehensive and inclusive than many of the different and unique apps on this list. Not only does this app obviously offer an alarm clock, it also offers users weather information, notification alarms, a gorgeous interface, a sleep timer and much more.

All the functions of this app are also fully adjustable so you can easily pick when to wake up, what sounds to wake up to, what time to fall asleep and more. While this app doesn’t track your sleep patterns and data as much as some of the other apps on this list, that type of thing isn’t always important to everyone. The app does include things like live weather updates and more, so it still has value over many other alarm clock apps.

If you just want a simple, yet fully-featured, app to wake you up in the morning, this could be worth a download. There are no crazy bells and whistles or hoops to jump through in the morning, just an app that does as advertised in a completely customizable way.

This app turns your phone into the ultimate device for going to bed and waking up in the morning. Nightstand Central includes a number of different features such as alarms (with great music features), a sleep-timer, custom background options, weather info, a “shake on” flashlight and more.

When going to sleep and waking up, you can choose from a variety of different relaxing tones and music, and can even choose music from your own library to use in the app. If you need a little light at night, just shake the device and the flashlight will come on. It is the small little features like that which make this app worthwhile.

Whether you like to keep your phone in bed with you, or on a nightstand next to your bed, this app will work the same either way. The fact that everything in the app can be customized is also very cool as you can tweak everything so it is the perfect alarm clock app for you.

This app is different than many on this list, but is definitely among the best sleep and alarm apps out there. While many of the apps which feature alarm clocks focus on that feature, not this app. Pzizz focuses on making sure you are relaxed and have a good sleep, with the option to be woken up by an alarm too.

Using a scientific algorithm, the app plays you a mix of music, tones, voiceover and sound effects that have a goal of relaxing your mind and helping your sleep better. It also helps to make sure you wake up relaxed and refreshed. This is one of the best apps out there for getting to sleep, staying asleep all night and waking up feeling amazing.

While the app is free to download, that only gets you a free 7 day trail to try the app. If you decide that you like it and want to keep using it after the 7 days is up, you have to choose one of three subscription options to continue. You can either choose to pay $4.99 per month, $49.99 per year or $119.99 for 3 years. While it is quite a bit more expensive than the other apps in this article, it may be worth it to you if you try it out and love it.

Not only is Sleep Time one of the best alarm clock apps out there, it also gives you a comprehensive sleep analysis which will help you improve your sleep over time. Not only is it a great app and works well, but it also highly rated and has tens of millions of downloads.

As for the alarm, it is highly customizable and will definitely do its job in waking you up every morning. You can choose from one of the 20 built in alarms, or can even use your own music to wake up to. It is also extremely easy to set the alarm as well.

When it comes to the other features, the one that sticks out the most is the sleep analysis that the app provides. Not only will it analyze your sleep per night (using factors like how long you slept and the quality of your sleep), it will also keep graphs of all your sleeps so you can compare them over time.

While the app is completely free and can be enjoyed without paying a dime, there is also some premium subscriptions. These allow you extra features like HD videos, tips on being healthier, workouts, programs and more. The premium subscription costs either $8.99 a month or $39.99 a year.

This is definitely among the most innovative of the different alarm clock apps out there. This app features motion control features that allows you to snooze or stop your alarm without even touching it. Simply motion your hand over the phone when the alarm is going off and it will turn off.

In addition to the motion control, this app has a number of other features such as a gorgeous aesthetic, 10 different alarm choices, and even background alarms if you accidently close the app before using it or sometime during the night.

While this may not be for you if you are looking for a more traditional alarm, it is most definitely for those who like innovation and creativity in their apps. Apps often play it safe now, so to see something like this pop up and be successful is very good to see.

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