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Oh, that infernal alarm clock. We need it, but we hate it. And we hate it even more when it doesn’t wake us up properly. If you need to guarantee that you’ll wake up on time, you need one of these evil apps.

Let’s face it, some of us are heavy sleepers. We love that snooze button. But it all contributes to our own downfall, as we end up being late. That’s why we need such alarm apps, which won’t stop ringing till you perform a certain activity.

1. Walk Me Up (Android, iOS): Get Up and Walk Around

This is the simplest alarm concept to ensure you are awake. You can dismiss Walk Me Up only if you get out of bed and walk around. It counts your steps as you walk to ensure you aren’t faking it.

When you set the alarm, you can also tell the app how many times you can hit the snooze button, or enable the “evil mode” to disable snooze altogether. You will also need to tell Walk Me Up how many steps to count in the morning, without which it won’t switch off.

I tried cheating Walk Me Up, but the app actually seems smart enough to figure out your tricks. If what you need is an alarm that forces you to move around, then you should use this hilariously annoying alarm app 3 of the Most Hilariously Annoying Alarm Clock Apps for Android 3 of the Most Hilariously Annoying Alarm Clock Apps for Android Here are some of the wackiest alarm clock apps for Android. Maybe they'll annoy you, or maybe they'll help wake you up! Read More

Download — Walk Me Up for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

2. Alarmy (Android, iOS): Take a Photo in a Particular Place

Everyone has a morning routine. What’s the first thing you do after your alarm goes? Maybe you head to the bathroom, or hop to the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee. Whatever your routine destination is, mark it in Alarmy. The only way to dismiss the alarm then is to take a photo of you in that place.

In a way, Alarmy is making sure you aren’t only awake, but have started doing the task you need to. It’s a technology hack for your morning routine Discover New Ways to Hack Your Morning Routine with Technology Discover New Ways to Hack Your Morning Routine with Technology The promise of a productive day lies in an effective morning routine. Design it well and it will help you be happier, more productive, and more efficient. Take it one step at a time. Read More . Alarmy recommends choosing a place that is far from your bed, and where the lighting is consistent. The bathroom usually works best for this. Try out the app a couple of times before you start using it, you don’t want to be stuck with a blaring alarm in the morning after you’re wide awake.

Alarmy also offers other modes like solving math problems or shaking the phone. But the “photo from a location” works flawlessly.

Download — Alarmy for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

3. Wake N Shake (iOS): Shake the Phone Relentlessly

Like Alarmy, there are several other apps where you need to shake the phone to stop the alarm. But none worked as well as Wake N Shake did, in my test.

With all the other apps, I could shake the phone vigorously enough without getting out of bed. But boy, Wake N Shake tested my muscles.

That little video isn’t lying. Wake N Shake will force you out of your slumber and relentlessly shake your phone before the alarm switches off. There is no chance that you aren’t waking up for this one.

It only works on iPhones now, but hey, you can’t argue with the price tag.

DownloadWake N Shake for iOS (Free)

4. Shake-It Alarm (Android): Shake It or Scream Into It!

Like Wake N Shake, in the world of Android alarm clock apps The 10 Best Alarm Clock Apps for Android in 2016 The 10 Best Alarm Clock Apps for Android in 2016 Having a solid alarm clock app is important if you want to wake up on time. Try out one of these. Read More , Shake-It makes you shake the phone to dismiss the alarm. It’s pretty easy to cheat though. You know what’s not easy to cheat? Screaming into your phone.

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Shake-It Alarm’s second mode makes you shout into your phone repeatedly. You need to fill up a meter, and only then does the alarm stop. It’s a lot of work and you’ll need to really give it a go.

Shake-It Alarm also has a neat feature where it sends a message to someone in your contact list 5 Social Alarm Apps to Help You Get out of Bed 5 Social Alarm Apps to Help You Get out of Bed If you really have a hard time waking up in the morning, tapping into your friend groups for extra alarm and reminder options might be just what you need. Read More if the alarm isn’t switched off. That way, in case the alarm hasn’t woken you up, a friend will!

DownloadShake-It Alarm for Android (Free)

5. I Can’t Wake Up (Android, iOS): The All-in-One Alarm Clock App

If you don’t like all the methods mentioned above, check out I Can’t Wake Up. It has multiple tasks to annoy you into getting out of bed, both mental and physical.

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There are math problems, memory problems, and logic problems. You can shake the phone, scan a barcode, and write some words. My favorite is the “repeat this sequence”, which shows you a sequence and you have to repeat it, forcing you to wake up and pay attention to the screen.

I Can’t Wake Up is also supremely customizable. You can set ringtones, record your voice, and even wake up to your favorite songs How to Wake Up to Your Favorite Music Each Morning How to Wake Up to Your Favorite Music Each Morning Mornings can be tough, but the right music can help you start your day on the right foot. Here you'll discover how to choose the right songs, and turn them into the perfect alarm. Read More . Plus, you can set different tasks for different days and alarms, so it doesn’t get repetitive.

Download — I Can’t Wake Up for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

Clocks vs. Phones: Which Alarm Is Better?

It’s a common scenario these days. You wake up to your smartphone’s alarm, and before you know it, you’ve spent an extra 15 minutes in bed checking out the notifications and updates you’ve got. It kind of defeats the purpose of the alarm, doesn’t it?

A new productivity technique is to ditch smartphones and replace them with traditional bedside alarm clocks, so you aren’t tempted to look at your phone before getting through your morning routine. Heck, you could even build your own smart alarm clock Arduino Night Light and Sunrise Alarm Project Arduino Night Light and Sunrise Alarm Project Today, we'll be making a sunrise alarm clock, which will gently and slowly wake you without resorting to an offensive noise-making machine. Read More .

What do you prefer: smartphones or good old clocks?

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  1. Drew F
    April 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Sidenote: do NOT wake up to your favorite songs. I ruined Umbrella, Viva la Vida and several others by trying to do that in college. To this day those songs give me a little shiver of dread when they play.