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5 Best Android Alarm Clock Apps for Heavy Sleepers

One of the first “alarm clocks” was used by Greek philosopher Plato, around 350 BC. It was some kind of a water clock, with an alarm signal similar to a water organ. He used it for signaling the beginning of his lessons at dawn.

More than 16 centuries have passed, and bum – we have Android alarm clock apps.

Many people find it hard to wake up in the morning. Or their alarm tones are too mild and smooth. Therefore, we have tested and reviewed the best Android alarm clock apps, to help even the heaviest sleepers wake up.

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1. I Can’t Wake Up! – Alarm Clock

I Can't Wake Up! Alarm Clock

This app offers a fully customizable wake-up screen. Maybe you want a light waking up, with a dimmed screen and a volume slowly rising, or maybe something more “powerful”? You can fully customize it from the settings.

Quit Block feature will prevent you from turning off the alarm and continuing the sleep. The alarm screen will be closed only after the alarm has finished.

Awake Test feature is also a great thing! The test will be initiated a few minutes after you have turned off the alarm – if you fail the test, the alarm will be initiated again. This will prevent you from waking up just to turn off the alarm and going back to sleep.

Besides that, the app also features all the tasks from the apps above, including math task, picture task, barcode task, and so on. The app is free but supports ads.

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2. Challenges Alarm Clock

Challenges Alarm Clock

The best thing about the Challenges Alarm Clock is that it lets you fully customize the settings. You can set your alarm and choose the interval between snoozes and the number of snoozes you want. Of course, for heavy sleepers, you can choose to not have a limit for the snoozes.

As the app’s name suggests, the alarm will only go off if and only if you were able to answer the chosen tasks such as retyping words, memory problems, shapes sequence, and of course, the infamous Math problems. You can also choose the difficulty of each problem.

The app is user-friendly with a visually pleasing user interface.

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3. Shake-it Alarm

Shake-it Alarm Clock App

The Shake-it Alarm clock app is quite different from the other apps on this list. Although you will also be asked to perform tasks to turn off the alarm, the tasks in this app will require you to move a little.

You can choose how you want your alarm to be dismissed. Your options are by tapping the screen multiple times, by shouting, shaking, and more. The alarm will turn off after the yellow bar on the upper part of the screen is full.

Personally, all the methods woke me up but shouting to dismiss the alarm made me feel awake the most.

The app comes with cute characters that moves as you perform the tasks. The graphics are great and the app is perfect for beginners.

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4. Puzzle Alarm Clock

Puzzle Alarm Clock

The Puzzle Alarm clock app is a really effective app for heavy sleepers. It is because the app will not stop ringing the alarm until you passed your task.

The app is relatively easy to use and has a good user interface. When you are setting your alarm, there are numerous tasks you can choose from. The task unique to this one is the maze.

Basically, you would need to reach the other corner of the maze given the time limit and the changing controls. It is a bit tricky and will surely wake your soul up.

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5. Smart Alarm Clock

Smart Alarm Clock

The Smart Alarm clock allows you to customize your alarm to your liking. It has various setting options such as the sound, the alarm volume & vibrations, alarm off methods, snooze duration, and more.

It has a number of methods to turn off your alarm. You can choose from button holding, shaking, solving math problems, puzzles, and more! These methods are not timed and the difficulty can be adjusted on the alarm’s settings.

Related: Alarmy App Review

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FAQs

Emerson SmartSet Android Alarm Clock

If you are using alarms on a daily basis, you might be interested in this Android alarm clock.

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It also supports a radio station and multiple alarm options. Can be connected to an Android phone or a tablet via USB.

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The Best Alarm Clock App?

All of the apps that we reviewed are free. However, some of these will support ads, which can be removed only by buying a paid version.

We have carefully chosen the apps with various tasks to perform in order to disable the alarm. That way, even the heaviest sleepers will have to wake up. You can’t make a mistake by downloading any of the apps from the list – it just depends on which one would you personally like more.

All of the apps have a nice, smooth, and intuitive interface, making them easy to use.

Have you tried any app from the list? Which one is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments below…

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17 Comments

    1. Orenbac
      Perception differs from person to person. We will review this app when we update our article. Thanks for suggestion.

  1. I used to be a grouchy morning zombie and then I found a great new android app that forces you out of bed called Eject Alarm Clock. It has a simple design and great UI but more importantly, it gets me out of bed every day! I’ve finally said good bye to my snooze addiction. The phone automatically fingerprints each room’s WiFi signal, so it forces you to move into another room to turn it off. Brilliant! Try it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.rage.alarmclock.lite

  2. There must a app that acts as a screen lock and only way to unlock it by doing 20 pushups. It must be a sensor based app. Both good for us and them.

    1. Hi There,
      I don´t think there is an app like that, but If I had to do 20 pushups in order to unlock my phone, I would probably pass out on pushup #7, ha ha. It would be a good workout.

  3. The “I Can’t Wake Up!” app does not actually work for me. I say ‘actually’ because it does get me up, but I doze off to sleep and no other alarm that I had set in that app managed to wake me up. “I Can’t Wake Up!” is good for sleepers that don’t tend to doze off after their awake, but if you do tend to doze off, then stay away from it.

    1. So technically you turn off the alarm and go back to sleep? I used to do exactly that but then I started setting another alarm 15 minutes from the first one lol. Use double alarms, even on the same app to avoid missing classes/work.

  4. When these alarms go off i can still turn my phone off is there any way i can stop this from happening any apps which you can not turn your phone off?

    1. Woah there Riley! I don’t think there is an app which doesn’t allow you to turn off the smartphone. Btw I’m curious, how do you turn off your phone lol

    2. There is an option on alarmy that doesn’t allow you to turn your phone off. Probably on others as well. I liked alarmy until it went silent on me one day. Luckily my son woke me up just in time. It never rang again so now I’ve had to use 2 apps just in case.

  5. Hi Billa,
    I love to the way you write, very informative article. I will definitely try some of the alarm clock app in your device.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I use VISUALARM. It lets me set text or image content (including GIFs) so as to remind me of something important/motivating to get me moving. Works every time

    1. That’s a great suggestion, Satyajith, especially for those who need an extra push to get going in the morning! Thanks!

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