Best alarm clock apps

Let’s face it: all of us have had a hard time getting up in the morning at some point. And even if not that, it can be nerve-wracking the night before you have an important early appointment that you need to be at, wondering if you’ll be able to wake up, and maybe even having nightmares about not hearing your alarm.

Thankfully, especially if you don’t own a physical alarm clock, we’ve come to your rescue with our top five favorite alarm clock apps for Android users. Whether you want something simple and to the point, or a huge mind challenge to get your day started, these apps have a ton of variety and you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for (or maybe even better than you originally thought).

Original Alarm Clock

If you ever find yourself stressed about time (and not only waking up on time), Original Alarm Clock is an app you can count on so you’ll never be late again. It has a pleasing, relevant design and alarm sounds that will make sure you get up, or get to the place you’re going, right on time, every time. The alarm sound itself can also be changed to “crescendo mode,” so that the sound gradually increases instead of a straight-up blaring alarm if that’s something you’d rather have.

Other features on Original Alarm Clock include a widget, different scheduling modes, and maybe one of the best: ten minute delay. Yes, you read that right, you can have your sleep and get to your meeting too. If you’re really feeling it that morning, hit the snooze and Original Alarm Clock will make sure to sound the alarm in 10 minutes again, so you really don’t have to worry about oversleeping.

Download it now: Google Play

Clock by Google

Sleek and simple, Clock by Google is a fantastic option if you’re looking for an app that’s multi-functional but completely minimal and simple at the same time. There’s not a ton of extra features or fluff— in fact, many will be pleased to find out that there’s no extra features and fluff. With Clock by Google, you can add another app to your phone without feeling like it’s something you’ve got to manage, keep up with, or constantly alter.

With Clock by Google, you can set an alarm for any time (or set several), with different sound options available (or you can download some from another app), but an alarm isn’t all that Clock by Google can do. Clock by Google will quickly become your go-to clock for just about anything time related, because it has options for a stopwatch, timer, alarm, and last but not least, just time. You can check and keep time from anywhere in the world on Clock by Google.

Download it now: Google Play

Rooster Alarm Clock

Maybe the most hilarious clock on this list (or created in general), Rooster Alarm Clock is a fantastic fill in for a real rooster, and even great alongside one. In this app, you’ll be able to have full confidence that you’ll wake up on time for just about anything, no matter what time of day, and to any rooster sound you choose (and actually, if the rooster gets old for you, you can set your favorite music to wake you up instead).

Ever heard the claim that the rooster crows at dawn? Well, they weren’t joking. That’s true for actual roosters, but the amazing thing is, that’s true for this app too! If you allow Rooster Alarm Clock to access your location, there’s an option you can choose for it to wake you up at dawn wherever you are every day. And even if you don’t give Rooster Alarm Clock location access, you can still use it as a regular alarm clock with amazing rooster sounds.

Download it now: Google Play

Shake-it Alarm

If you’re someone who finds it generally hard to wake up in the morning, or you just find yourself not wanting to get moving, Shake-it Alarm will help you get that bit of motivation you need to get out of bed and get your day started. You can choose from several different actions and difficulties to make certain you never go back to sleep and end up being late again. This may be the best thing since sliced bread.

With Shake it Alarm, the alarm only stops after you’ve performed pre-chosen or random actions. The blue bar will fill either by shaking your phone, tapping it repeatedly, or even yelling. How fast does it fill? Well, that depends on the difficulty you set. If you choose the most challenging setting, you can rest assured that you won’t be accidently falling back asleep afterward. Extremely clever, Shake it Alarm is an app that some of us have needed for a very long time.

Download it now: Google Play

Puzzle Alarm Clock

A little similar to Shake it Alarm, in that you have to complete an action in order to get your alarm to turn off, but in this case with Puzzle Alarm Clock, it’s a little different, and maybe even a little more challenging. Rather than simple tasks like shaking your phone, tapping it, or yelling at it, you have to get up and solve a puzzle, which aside from getting your alarm to turn off, is a great way to get your mind ready to tackle the day.

While Puzzle Alarm Clock is free and you can select some simple puzzles to put together (I mean, who wants to try and solve a thousand piece puzzle right when they wake up anyway?), you’ll also have the option to purchase some harder puzzles if you’re up to the challenge. What will your choice be?

Download it now: Google Play


Whether you’re trying to find a creative way to get your child up in the morning or you just want an alarm clock that is crisp and refreshing, take the plunge and try one of the awesome apps on this list. You can bet one thing: you’ll be saying goodbye to being late in no time!

About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.

  • jraju

    The other alarm clocks mentioned here has features, but did not have the auto snooze or auto dismiss. Even google alarm does not have auto snooze or it is not working. Now, i have tried almost all the apps except original. i will try.