Waking up in the morning is a very personal thing. You can either get up easily with just a subtle sound to alert you, or you have to be kicked out of bed, and still might fall asleep on the floor for 10 more minutes.

We’ve got a list of some of the best alarm clock apps that are sure to wake you up when you need to. You’ll never have to worry about being late to work again.

Rise Alarm Clock


Rise is very easy to set up. To set an alarm, drag your finger up or down on the clock to pick a time. Then, tap the screen to finetune it. Make a playlist for falling asleep to, and shake your iPhone to hit the “snooze bar.” Turn off the alarm by pulling the screen to the left or right. You can change the alarm sound to one of 16 different chimes, including “Grandma’s Alarm” and “Babbling Brook.” Tap and hold the clock to change designs to day view, night view, and even camera view with a transparent clock. This app is available for $1.99.



This basic alarm clock app lets you set your time from your current location, or from a drop down list of locations. It shows the current time and temperature for the selected region. The wake up music changes according to the weather and a voice will recite the time, day, and current conditions. You can share the time and temperature of your present location to Facebook, Twitter, and more. The background view is different, depending on the day of the week. The app’s music was written by award winning songwriters specifically for the alarm clock. This app is available for free.

Wake & Shake Alarm Clock

Wake N Shake

Another app that works over time to make sure you are not going to fall back asleep is the Wake N Shake Alarm Clock. You’ll have to shake, shudder, and convulse your way out of bed. The app forces you to shake away the color until it leaves the screen entirely. It includes a strobe light to make sure those earplugs don’t keep you from noticing the alarm going off. There are 24 different alert chimes to keep your mornings lively. You can even earn achievements for your shaking skills. This app is available for $1.99.



This app lets you flip your phone over to turn off the sound. It features a gesture-based user interface so you can set and edit alarms easily. You can also create up to eight repeating alarms. So, if you get up at different times every day of the week, you won’t have to reset a new alarm each time. Choose from three different wake settings. If you need the extra jolt, set the shake alarm. If it is easy for you to get out of bed, set the swipe alarm. If you plan on hitting the snooze button anyway, set the Slap and Flip alarm. This app is available for $1.99.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle

Waking up in the morning involves more than just a good alarm clock. Having a well-rested sleep is the key to a happy morning. This app tracks your sleep cycle and analyzes your patterns. It knows when you are in your lightest sleep and can wake you at just the right time. It is compatible with Apple’s Health app so you can send your statistics and sleep graph to it for a well-rounded health summary. You can also customize the alarm clock to get you out of bed immediately, or bring you out of your dreamland slowly over as much as 90 minutes. This app is available for free.

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine

From one end of the wake-up extreme to the other. If you aren’t the type of person that needs to be physically jolted out of bed in the morning, you may be the type that prefers a calm, soft wake up call. This app has two main features, light and sound. Your iPhone screen will slowly brighten with a comfortable glow up to 60 minutes before your alarm goes of. Then, when the time comes, you can use ambient noise to bring you out of your slumber slowly as it fades in. This app is available for $1.99.

What are some of your favorite alarm clock apps? Do you wake up automatically to your own internal clock, or does someone have to dump a bucket of water on you to get you out of bed? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Maxim∑

    Thanks! These are nice articles, always looking for new apps I think Apple’s deafult alarm is good enough though

    P.S – AAPL up 20 points!

    • FWIW, I agree. But that’s maybe I don’t really need an alarm clock since I have a 20 month old daughter who’s in charge of waking us up in the morning.

      THis being said, I’m sure there are some people out there looking for more than the stock Clock app, which is why we provide these posts 🙂

      • mahadragon

        Agree, not sure why anyone would bag on a topic like this. The stock app on iOS can be improved tremendously.
        The good alarms gradually get louder. This isn’t even an option in the stock alarm. And I consider this a must have feature.

        For some people am old beat up truck will do for transportation. Yes, it’s useable, but I’d rather drive something nicer every day.

    • burlow

      for me, it’s having a bedside clock with the time visible. If the stock app had this, there would be no need for alarm apps.

  • Javier Lopez

    Rise is awesome. I’ve figured out that most terrible sounding alarm noises piss me off and only make me want to sleep more. I’ve found that setting a mellow tune on rise as the alarm sound helps me wake easier. I’m def someone who has issues waking up.

  • Casey H.

    I can’t seem to get rise to cooperate with do not disturb. How do you hear the alarm?

  • David Woje

    Rise doesn’t work well with ios7, there’s no alarm sound! Awaiting for an update.

    • wow! i thought it was just me. thanks for letting me know!

  • mabr

    Are there any third-party alarm apps that will work if that app is not active? That has always been my problem with them.

    • cr0w_69

      i use the app “Wake” mentioned above. You can put your device in sleep mode and it still sounds in the morning. It doesnt work if you choose the Slap And Flip Function, however. But anyway i suggest using Wake. Not only that but it also has a Night mode that is easy to set if you like to see the time at night but dont like the brightness.

  • Albert

    Sleep Cycle!!! im surprised its missed… works well with DnD.

    • bw00ds

      Sleep Cycle is the best, I agree. All other clocks are “pretty.” Some even “functional.” However, what good is that if you wake up in the wrong part of your sleep cycle? Sleep Cycle is ingenious and wakes you in your lightest sleep cycle so you don’t have that groggy feeling. AND the snooze is so easy, you just tap your iPhone anywhere or slightly bump your bed. Check it out.

  • Toxic Popcorn

    SleepBox is better than all of these alarm clocks combined in both appearance and functionality.

  • Xman71

    Yocto Clock, FWIW

  • mav3rick

    There are some nice designed alarm clock apps (not sure why Rise is so hyped up and called “gorgeous”). But because apple’s censorship and none of the apps can have access to the physical buttons to snooze the alarm without changing the volume, or snooze from the screen and app running in background, none of this apps are really at help. Only if you want to keep the screen on all night with phone plugged into a charger. And there are really people following some app stupid demands to walk around and take pictures of your coffee in the morning to prove to this app that you’re awake?!?

  • Dr. Joseph S. Curcio

    What about the Black & White Clock with Red minute sweep hand on the front page of the article ?

    • Miklós Mándoki

      you mean the iPad clock app?

  • Wake n shake wins

  • Alan Bracewell

    Step out! is a very poorly designed app. Like the idea, but not sure how you could endorse it as one of the best alarm apps…

  • Emma Stone

    Thanks – My only real issue with the default alarm is that you cannot adjust the snooze length – 9 mins is not long enough to actually have a snooze IMO! There are also some alarms on the market that provide a biometric body clock alarm, which sounds like a great idea – I just haven’t had the time or patience to get around to using them yet.

  • Guest

    SNV Timer – Multiple Alarm Clock App for Win 7,XP (Shareware)

  • NotAtWork

    I use Siri to set my alarms, but I use the Disappearing Bedside Clock app to show me the time when I need it during the night. I ditched my clock radio in favor of this app & my iPhone on a nightstand charger. I use the app’s proximity detection feature, so I just reach toward the phone to activate the time display (which I can read without my glasses). I love being in the dark!

  • Sheri W.

    I have been trying different alarm apps for two days now (since I got my iPhone), and this is the first one that seems like it just might work out. So many of them require the app to be opened in order to work, one that I PAID for, did not, however, I could not get the snooze function to work correctly. I use alarms throughout the day to help keep me on schedule, and NEED to be able to have an alarm with adjustable snooze times, and that can run in the background. I think this is going to work great with my needs. Thanks for mentioning it!!

  • I wish there were other alarm clock apps that were compatible with my iHome alarm clock. Their app the a piece of s***! Deserves 0 stars.