For many of us, getting out of bed in the morning is the hardest part of the day. While there are many alarm clocks apps available, it’s all too easy to ignore the beeping or keep hitting the snooze button.
Sure, there are some truly evil alarm clock apps that will assuredly wake you up in the morning. But you might want to also throw your smartphone out the nearest window after using one. Social alarm clock apps are different.
Here are some great apps that harness the power of social connections to get you out the morning stupor and ready to tackle the day ahead on a positive note.
Cuckuu is much more than just a social alarm clock app and can help remind you to do almost anything. By combining a to-do list and alarm clock, you can create a cuckuu for almost anything imaginable to help you better manage events.
When creating an event, you can select to keep it secret, share it with a select group of friends and family, or with everyone else using the app. You can add pictures, videos, or links to cuckuus to help tell the story behind the event, whether large or small.
If your alarm is public, others can send messages of encouragement to help complete the task. And you can even take part in the fun thanks to a wide variety of different kinds of cuckuus to join, like an alarm with a funny joke of the day or vegan recipes.
Any iPhone user with an Apple Watch can also access the app on the wearable device to see upcoming alarms, view activity, and more.
2. Wakie Chat
Instead of a beeping or some other kind of noise to wake you up from a deep slumber, Wakie Chat takes a decidedly old-school approach: a live call from a complete stranger.
That may seem a bit odd, or just downright mean. But Wakie’s CEO says that a live phone call from a stranger is a 99 percent guarantee to wake your brain up from slumber. I can safely assume that’s a lot higher percentage than a traditional alarm clock with a snooze button.
Before you head to sleep, just open up the app and select what time you want a real wake-up call. And in the morning, you’ll be roused by a caller. Phone numbers and other identifying information are always kept private.
Along with a simple wake-up call, there are many other topics you can use Wakie Chat for. You can have another caller wish you goodnight before bed, help select a TV show or movie to watch, and much more.
Think of Snoozle as a social network for alarms. Your friends and family can send voice messages that you’ll hear each morning at the alarm time, instead of the usual beeping tone. Each of the voice messages will automatically delete after you hear them. That means you’ll always wake up to something new each day.
Along with people you know, you can even hear alarm messages from other popular content creators on the network. Some of the topics available include comedy, trivia, and inspirational messages from entrepreneurs or relationship experts.
You can also return the favor and create alarm messages for others. Everyone using the app has a profile page to customize and share.
The app even offers something when you have trouble getting to sleep. Some of the Snoozle Lullabies include chakra meditation and other soothing nature sounds.
WakeMe is all about video. Instead of being woken up by music or noises, the app plays personalized videos from friends and family. You can even return the favor and create videos for others.
Using the app is simple. Start by creating an alarm with a time, date, and reason. You then select friends you would like to see video messages from when the alarm goes off. They’ll then be notified and can record videos up to 15 seconds long.
And in the morning, you can get out of bed with a smile after seeing the different videos. It’s a simple and fun way to start the morning.
Galarm is a nice choice if you’re looking for an alarm clock app that offers both social and non-social features. You can create alarms for any event imaginable—everything from a simple wake-up call to a meeting reminder. Each alarm can repeat daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
If you’re specifically looking for a friendly way to help get out of bed in the morning, the app allows another participant to join in on an alarm. Other participants will be reminded of the task at the same time your alarm goes off. The other person can also gently nudge you if you miss the alarm, and will also see when you’ve marked the alarm as completed.
You can even create a group alarm for multiple users of the app. The alarms will go off at the same time, and each person can confirm or decline. There is even a private chat room to discuss plans or just tell everyone good morning.
As a nice touch, the app will adapt to whatever time zone you are in. Alarms are also stored securely in the cloud, so even if you change phones, the information will automatically download to your new device.
Shake Up Your Mornings With Social Alarm Clock Apps
With a little bit of luck, one of these social alarm clocks can bring a fun new way to get up and roll out of bed in the morning.
And if your day isn’t going well thanks to fatigue and stress, make sure to take a look at apps that can help relax, destress, and clear your mind.