The Best 8 Alarm Clock Apps of 2019

Use your smartphone to wake up and start your day

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Forget the outdated alarm clocks of yesteryear. Now, you can choose from a smorgasbord of hi-tech alarm clock apps for your Android and iOS smartphone. With clocks featuring challenges to get you out of bed, sophisticated sleep cycle tracking, and soothing Tibetan bowl sounds — here's a rundown of the best alarm clocks apps for 2019.

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Best All-Around Alarm Clock App: Alarm Clock for Me - Wake Up!

Alarm Clock for Me - Wake Up! (iOS)
What We Like
  • Alarm will work even if the app isn't running

  • Vibrate, fade-in, and snooze alarm options

What We Don't Like
  • Ads on free version

Looking for a clock that's both flexible and free? Then look no further than Alarm Clock for Me. Compatible with both Android and iOS, this popular app is packed with features. For starters, it offers a choice of alarm sounds, white noise for sleeping, a sleep timer, and unlimited alarms. Highly customizable, you can choose from different themes, change the clock settings, and add a weather forecast. You can also select different ways to turn of the alarm, including shaking your phone or doing a math problem.

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Best Alarm Clock App for Android: Sleep as Android

Screenshots of the Sleep as Android app.
What We Like
  • Supports Pebble, Wear OS, Galaxy Gear, Garmin, and Mi Band

  • Gentle nature sound alarms (birds, whales, etc.)

What We Don't Like
  • Ads on free version

Sleep as Android is highly-rated two-in-one “sleep cycle and smart alarm” app for Android users. Not only is it a versatile alarm clock, the app “studies” and analyzes your sleep patterns using a sonar contact-less ultrasonic sleep tracking system. The app tracks your sleep duration, deficits, deep sleep percentage, and irregularities such as snoring. The app works with Google Fit and Samsung Health, and is compatible with Spotify and Play Music for radio and music alarms. Unlike other apps, Sleep as Android gives you greater insight into your sleep cycle, so you can get a better night's rest.

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Best Alarm Clock App for iOS: Alarm Clock HD

Screenshots of Alarm Clock HD.
What We Like
  • Works with Apple Watch (full watchOS 2 support)

  • Sleep timer with music to help you fall asleep

What We Don't Like
  • Ads on free version

This multi-functional app is more than just an alarm clock. With Alarm Clock HD, you can set unlimited alarms, select your favorite iTunes music as your alarm, fall asleep to a sleep timer, check the weather, and follow the latest Tweets and news (paid version). The default interface is an attractive neon-green that can be changed to any color, and you can display information such as the date, battery level, the weather, and more. It's a versatile, highly-customizable alarm clock that also doubles as a flashlight when you shake it.

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Best Alarm Clock App for Heavy Sleepers: Alarmy

Screenshots for the Alarmy app.
What We Like
  • Extra loud ringtones for heavy sleepers

  • Different "missions" depending on your needs (e.g., shake, math problems, photos, barcode scanning)

What We Don't Like
  • Ads on free version

If you have a hard time rolling out of bed in the morning, Alarmy can help you rise and shine. This top-rated clock app for Android and iOS has the distinction of being the “World's Most Annoying Alarm App.” What makes Alarmy different (and so annoying) is that you're required to perform different tasks before you can shut the alarm off. For example, you can choose to turn off the alarm by shaking it, solving a math problem, or by snapping a photo of registered location in your home. While it's not an alarm for everyone, it can be helpful for folks who hit the snooze button longer than they should.

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Best for App Tracking Sleep Patterns: Sleep Cycle

Screenshots of the Sleep Cycle app.
What We Like
  • Customizable wake-up window (zero to 90 minutes)

  • Detailed sleep statistics and daily sleep graphs

What We Don't Like
  • A lot pricier than other alarm clock apps

Would you like to understand your sleep cycles better and wake up more refreshed? Sleep cycle is an intelligent, beautifully designed app that wakes you up gently, and provides a detailed analysis of your nocturnal habits. Sleep Cycle's patented sound technology (aka accelerometer) gathers your sleep statistics and creates daily sleep graphs. This enables you to keep a history of your sleep data over time, giving you insights into how your sleep (or lack of it) is affecting your moods. With this information, you can adjust your sleep habits and achieve higher quality rest.

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Best Gentle Alarm Clock App: Progressive Alarm Clock

Screenshots of the Progressive Alarm Clock
What We Like
  • Reduced battery consumption features

  • "Sure wake" with optional loud backup sound

What We Don't Like
  • Not currently available on Android

Are you a light sleeper or a highly sensitive type? Then you may love Progressive Alarm Clock. As the name suggests, the Progressive Alarm Clock app will progressively lull you into waking consciousness by slowly increasing the sound of Tibetan singing bowls. With Progressive Alarm Clock, you can choose from six different sized bowls, each producing varying levels of bass, treble, and overtones. The app also doubles a meditation timer, making it the ideal companion for both sleep and overall wellness.

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Best Alarm Clock App for Travel: World Clock

Screenshots of World Clock
What We Like
  • Works with iCloud sync

  • Home screen widgets for displaying multiple time zones

What We Don't Like
  • Some may find the interface to be busy

World Clock by timeanddate.com is an attractive and highly informative app designed with travelers in mind. With World Clock, you can access up to 5000+ time zones, sync your settings across devices, and see time different zones on your home screen. You can customize the clock display and calendar, as well as display local currencies, calling codes, and more. As you move about the globe, World Clock automatically detects your current time and calculates Daylight Savings Time and GMT offsets for you. With World Clock, you'll always know what time it is, no matter where you happen to be.

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Best Free Alarm Clock App: Timely

Timely Alarm Clock (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.bitspin.timely&hl=en_US

What We Like
  • Cloud integration to backup and synchronize

  • Optimized for tablets too

What We Don't Like
  • Intermittent glitches reported

Calling all Google fans: This hugely popular Android alarm clock owned by Google boasts a lot of functionality and fun. For starters, it uses Google sync to synchronize all of your devices with the same settings and alarms. It features a sleek, attractive interface that lets you choose from gorgeous pre-set color schemes or pick your own. Timely offers a plethora of hand-crafted, high-quality, sounds to choose from and their innovative "Smart Rise" feature will gently rouse you from sleep 30 minutes before you need to wake up. For heavy sleepers, Timely also features optional challenges to get you out of bed more quickly.