The ability to customize your device is an integral part of what makes Android different (and better) than iOS. Widgets have been a quintessential part of that customization, as Android offered widgets first. With better app shortcut options built into many versions of the OS, the excitement over widgets has died down over the years. They can quickly clutter the home screen.
However, one widget remains vital to your device, and can help to keep you organized, rather than add to clutter: the clock. You already have the default option on your phone, no doubt, but it’s only in the form of a digital clock on most versions. If you would prefer to use an analog clock, you will need the help of a different widget. We have compiled a list of the best here for you.
GO Clock Widget
While GO Clock does offer you both analog and digital selections, the analog options are unusually good. The app is based on GO Launcher EX. Customization is key, with nine different themes supported, and the ability to choose different sizes of clocks. You do have to install the latest version of GO Launcher EX in order for the widget to work.
Download: GO Clock Widget
Download: GO Launcher EX
Simple Analog Clock [Widget]
If you want a clock that is easy to read (and who doesn’t?), check out Simple Analog Clock. You only need to glance at your phone for a second to know the time. A common drawback to many of these clock widgets is that they drain battery, but this is not the case for this app. The clock stops when your screen is off, preserving your battery life.
With various clock sizes, the widget is also customizable to match your home screen. To add to your home screen, long-press a blank spot, select Widgets, and choose the option for Simple Analog Clock.
Jelly Bean Clock Widget
Whether you want your clock to be in the shape of a circle or a square, whatever your color desire, this app’s got it. It’s also free. A seconds hand is an option that can be added; you just have to reach out to the developer.
An Android analog clock widget with a second hand option is just one of the things that helped the Jelly Bean Clock Widget to land a spot on our list of the best analog clock widgets for Android.
Download: Jelly Bean Clock Widget
Animated Analog Clock Widget
An app that’s most likely compatible with whatever launcher you have, Animated Analog Clock Widget is simple and attractive.
While there isn’t a wide selection of clocks inherently, you do have the option of downloading other plug-ins. With over a million installs and a 4+ rating, the app obviously does a lot right.
The latest update added functionality for resizing. What you see is what you get though; or at least that’s been the case for the last couple of years, since the app hasn’t been updated since 2015.
Download: Animated Analog Clock Widget
Analog Clock Wallpaper/Widget
So many choices! Perhaps you want the equivalent of a Rolex on your screen, or you maybe you actually prefer the nightstand alarm clock look, or gears and coils. Analog Clock Wallpaper/Widget can accommodate them all with its 54 options.
The clocks are quite realistic looking; I can envision them on my wall or bedside table. You don’t have to waste your time going in and out of the app trying on different clocks either, because the Live Preview feature shows you how the clock will fit on your home screen.
Optimized for tablets and HD compliant (kind of like having a 3D analog clock widget), Analog Clock Wallpaper/Widget also comes with an integrated alarm clock. Need an analog clock for your lock screen? Look no further.
Download: Analog Clock Wallpaper/Widget
Analog Clock Widget
There aren’t a ton of clock options that come with this app, but the ones that are available are beautiful. There are five different designs to choose from, and all are reminiscent of an elegant grandfather clock.
The widget comes in two sizes, and you can enjoy the app free without any ads. If the Analog Clock Widget for Android does not appear on your Widget list, try rebooting.
Download: Analog Clock Widget
Sense Analog Clock Widget
When I first viewed this clock, I was surprised because I was expecting more of an exclusively analog look, given the name. But the analog clock option is there, it’s just combined with other useful information as well.
You can go entirely digital also if you please. The great thing about this app is that it provides 140 choices of skins (or themes) plus time, calendar, weather, and system info.
Download: Sense Analog Clock Widget
Analog Clock Live Wallpaper-7
Live wallpaper is one name this application might go by; widget is another. This is a big analog clock widget.The analog clock face beams out from a dark background. The app looks great and is very customizable.
The date is included as well. Analog Clock Live Wallpaper-7 is one of the best analog clock widgets for Android.
Download: Analog Clock Live Wallpaper-7
The clock itself is simple, but Clear Clock (AKA transparent analog clock widget) comes with 20 different themes in case you get bored. You can even use the app to create your own themes.
Clear Clock supports 27 different languages, and offers shortcuts to your Android’s alarm and calendar. Unlike many of the other analog clock apps, Clear Clock has been updated this year.
Download: Clear Clock
Analog Night Clock
Bright neon against a jet black background makes this clock striking. Naturally, it’s perfect to use when you are needing to check the time in the dark. It is recommended that you charge your phone when in use, but if you already do this at night it shouldn’t pose a problem.
If you prefer something a little easier on the eyes, the level of brightness can be adjusted, and there are 24 colors to choose from.
Download: Analog Night Clock
Speaking as someone who has never cared to place anything on my wrists, especially a wristwatch, these widgets still allow me to have that functionality.
So these are the analog clock widgets that we liked the best. Do you have other analog clock widgets to add to the list? Of these apps, which did you find to be most useful, or the best-looking? Feel free to let us know in the comments.