Waking up in the morning is a point of contention for many people. Some enjoy being up with the sun while others enjoy their rest. In either case, it’s usually a good idea to keep an alarm clock on hand so that you can wake up whenever you actually need to. With this list, we’ll explore the best iPad alarm clock apps!
[Price: Free / $1.99]
First on our list is Alarm Clock 4 Free. This simple, well-designed alarm clock app has the basic features like setting alarms and it also comes with a classic-style digital clock face in case you intend on keeping your device on your night stand to use as a clock. You can also set it to show weather info, play music, and more. You can also choose among a bunch of themes, use it as a flashlight (turning your screen bright white), and use the sleep timer. It’s a good, simple, clean alarm app.
Alarm Clock & Weather HD is a powerful alarm clock application with a laundry list of features. Along with the standard stuff, like setting alarms, you can use a variety of built-in alarm sounds, set unlimited numbers of alarms, choose from a few different clock faces, and use it to play music. It also includes more weather features than most, including a 5-day weather forecast and more. The price is a bit steeper than most, but you do get quite a bit out of this one.
Alarm Clock HD is another cheap, clean, and simple alarm clock solution. It comes with the basic features like being able to set an alarm and you can also play music from it, use it as a flashlight (white screen), personalize with various colors, and you can have it display weather information. On top of that, there is also news and social media integration so you can see headlines, tweets, and more for a more functional experience.
CARROT Alarm is one of the more popular alarm applications and it’s one that is highly regarded and often recommended. CARROT is unique because it is a talking alarm with a bit of an eccentric personality. Her job is to get you out of bed every morning and she’ll annoy the living daylights out of you trying to do it. The app plays like a game that rewards you when you wake up on time and punishes you for not doing so. It’s a unique option and one that should be tried by those who have trouble waking up in the morning.
Clock Pro HD is a solid alarm clock application with a fairly standard set of features. You can, of course, set alarms at our leisure and you’ll also be able to set alarms using your own music and choose between 18 digital and several analog clock designs. This also doubles as a game clock and stop watch for those who need one for playing chess or other time-sensitive games or events. There is even a metronome built in for you musicians out there. There’s a lot here and it’s worth a shot.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Nighstand Central is another one of the more popular alarm apps out there. It comes with a free price tag to start and includes a laundry list of features. Most notable are the various alarm customizable settings that include various adjustments so the alarm goes off exactly how you want it to. The one caveat is that this does come with a bunch of in-app purchases for an alarm app which is concerning as the whole app costs just under $10 when you factor everything in. Otherwise, it’s pretty solid.
Progressive Alarm Clock for iPad uses a slightly different philosophy than most. Instead of jarring you awake with a loud ringtone, this application uses a pre-determined set of sounds that progressively get louder and louder. The idea is that this will ease you out of sleep in a more relaxing way and help you get off to a better start. The app is well-designed and seems to work well. There are a few customization features to make it a bit more enjoyable as well as multitasking support.
Sol: Sun Clock is a unique alarm clock that has a variety of features. On top of the usual stuff like setting alarms, this application will give you detailed information on the sunrise and sunset times each day. This includes solar midnight, solar noon, astronomical twilight, nautical twilight, and civil twilight. You can even set alarms for these events and they’ll change every day to coincide with the correct time they all occur. It’s a unique premise although not the best for waking up unless you literally like waking up a the crack of dawn.
[Price: $2.99 with in-app purchases]
SpeakToSnooze has one of those features that we secretly all want: to be able to talk to our alarm clock. You can set alarms and there are a variety of clock faces to choose from but the defining feature of this app is the ability to tell it to go away for a while. You can set alarms simply by talking to it and you can even snooze it the same way. It’s a fun little app with a very fun premise, although it isn’t quite as powerful as some other alarm clocks in terms of pure functionality.
[Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases]
Last, and certainly not least, on our list is Wake Alarm Clock. This alarm clock uses gesture controls to setting and interacting with your alarm in various ways. For instance, you can slap your device to snooze it. While we don’t recommend physically striking any electronic device, it is a unique, strangely satisfying way of shutting an alarm off in the morning. You can set multiple alarms, use a variety of gestures, and it also uses the progressive volume level system so you don’t get woken up by a sudden loud noise.