By default our smartphones have a basic clock with the option of setting alarms. Those apps even give us the option to set alarm tunes of our choice and even alter with the snooze duration. So why exactly do we need annoying alarm clocks?

Getting up after a long deep sleep is a difficult task already. And with habits like remaining awake till late night and spending too much time on smartphones/laptops, the tiredness we feel while waking up will be harder to shake off. It is a well-known fact that the quicker you are able to get off the bed, the lesser will be the chance of over-sleeping.

Yes, we have alarms and we have parents who will try to wake us up. But, more often than not, these are not enough to get us off the bed. The main problem is the fact that we will find excuses to get that extra 5 minutes of sleep. The moment our brain senses that we are ready to wake up, it will come up with variety of excuses. And if it seems acceptable, chances are that we will doze off for a few more minutes. Hence, we often find our clock app filled with alarms like the image above. And then there’s that evil snooze button too.

 

But this is not always the case. If you have a good enough reason to get up early, or if you are excited for something that’s gonna happen on that day, you will find yourself waking up more easily. So, it all comes down to what happens immediately after you wake up. If there is something that forces you to be active immediately or annoys you enough, then that can wake you up a lot more easily. This is what the following apps will do to ensure you don’t over-sleep.

1. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

Rating: 4.7/5

The ‘About’ section of this app starts with the line : “World’s Most Annoying Alarm App, featured by Cnet, Gizmodo,Huffington post etc.

It features three different modes : Photo Mode, Shake Mode, Math problem Mode.

Alarmy
Alarmy

In Photo Mode, the alarm can be turned off by taking a picture of a registered place. Most ideal place for this would be your bathroom, which makes sure that you are ready for bath as soon as you get up. But this feature can spoil your morning if you take a picture where the brightness changes time to time. Or if you register some immovable things (like bathroom), and you sleep over at your friend’s place, then rest assured that it will be the last day of your friendship!

Shake Mode requires shaking your phone around 10 times and Math problem Mode is self-explanatory. There won’t be three digit multiplication questions, but if you are awake enough to solve a simple sum, you are ready to get off your bed.

Download Links :

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) [Free]

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) – Pro [Paid]

2. Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock

Rating: 4.5/5

This is a heavily customizable alarm application. You can set different settings for each of your alarms. There are different challenges to turn off the alarms, and also features NFC scanning. This app also shows up the current weather details when the alarm goes off. The alarms can be set for a specific location, which means you can set it to go off only at your home. That’s great if you plan to sleep at a different place. Another interesting feature is that the app knows the public holidays (of 60+ countries), which means you will be allowed to sleep even if you forgot to disable the alarm. It also provides stats about how much time you spend snoozing the alarms.

Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock
Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock
The challenges in Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock
The challenges in Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock

Download Link:

Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock [Free]

3. Morning Routine – Alarm Clock

Rating: 4.3/5

Morning Routine – Alarm Clock is almost similar to all other annoying alarm apps. But it scores highly in design aspect. It follows Material Design language and other little transitions make this app gorgeous! Other than that it can be used as a simple alarm clock as well as an annoying one. You can set it to turn off by scanning a barcode.

For advanced users, you can set a sequence of alarms where you are required to do different tasks for turning them off. For e.g you can set an alarm to scan your toothpaste’s barcode, then your shampoo’s and so on. Hence its name Morning Routine – Alarm Clock. The alarm turns off when you are walking so that others sleeping around you won’t be disturbed if you walk by them to complete the sequence. Wifi-locking is also there which acts similarly as the location feature of Oversleep? AMdroid Alarm Clock.

Other features include opening up different apps when you wake up and recording the time you take to snooze.

Stats

Sequence Alarm
Sequence Alarm

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 4. Shake-it Alarm

Rating: 4.3/5

Well, the name says it all. You can disable this by shaking the phone a few times. Additional features include a crazy ‘Scream off’ mode in which you have to stop it by screaming out loud! There’s also a ‘Touch off’ mode in which you have to touch the screen multiple times continuously. In case you sleep alone at your home/hostel, there’s a text message feature which sends a message to specified contact, reminding them to give a wake-up call, if you fail to turn off the alarm on time.

Shake-it Alarm

Shake-it Alarm

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5. Sleep as Android

Rating: 4.3/5

This app is a bit different from all the above ones. It’s because this one is more famous for helping us to sleep better than it is for its annoying nature. There are enough challenges that will ensure you wake up on time, with modes like Math Solving, Sheep counting, QR or NFC scan. But the best feature of this app is its sleep tracking mode. To use this, you have to keep the phone as close to you as possible while sleeping. It uses the phone’s sensors and mic to record your movements, sleep talks, etc. It also analyses your snoring patterns and even sends an anti-snoring signal. For those who are interested in analysing their sleep patterns, this is the best app on Play Store.

Sleep Tracking

Snore patterns

Download Links:

Sleep as Android [Free]

Sleep as Android Unlock [Paid]

 Others

There are a lot more applications on the Play Store which functions in similar manner. SpinMe Alarm Clock disables the alarm only when you hold the phone with two thumbs on the screen and physical spin yourself until it turns off. Walk Me Up! Alarm Clock forces you to take a few steps with the phone in your hand. Both are useful in their own way, but users are complaining about these apps after recent updates, hence we didn’t include these apps here.