Many of you probably get up every day with the help of an alarm on your smartphone. But you are using your phone's alarm to its full potential, or settling for the standard default ringtone at a certain time and leaving it at that? These are the tricks, apps, and gadgets that can upgrade your wake-up experience.
The Clock app on Android
The Clock app comes with Android recently added support for Google Assistant routines so you can turn (19459007) Alarm tab, tap Google Assistant Routine When you set a alarm under the Alarm in the panel underneath. You can get a report on weather, news, or your schedule.
On top of that, you can play the news, and podcast, or an audiobook by selecting an option under And then play heading (tap the cog icons on the right to configure these features further)
If you want to wake up to music, tap the alarm sound on the main Alarm screen. The options to wake up to YouTube Music (if you're a premium subscriber) or Spotify (whether you're a premium subscriber or not) were recently added to the Clock app so you should see them alongside the usual selection of ringtones. If you want to wake up to a specific song or audio clip without the help of Spotify or YouTube Music, you'll need to create your own custom alarm sound
To take more control over your alarms on Android , tap the menu button (three dots, top left) on the Alarm screen then choose Settings . The following list of options lets you set how long the alarms ring as well as their volume, how long the default snooze period is, and the function of the volume buttons on your phone.
Tap Gradually increase volume to do just that: If you do not want to wake up the rest of your household with an (19659002) The Clock app on iOS
The clock app on iOS
The clock app on iOS
] Adding alarms on the Alarm tab of the Clock app for iOS is straightforward enough, but there are a few tricks and features you might have missed. First of all, you can toggle the Snooze option off for when you really need to get out of bed immediately
There is also the option to name each of your alarms via the Label field . The only purpose this is to help you distinguish between alarms – eg, weekend wake-up calls and reminders to take medication – but the option is there if you need it
Tap on the Sound button and you get a host of options, including ringtones that come with iOS, ringtones you can buy from iTunes, and songs you've synced to your phone from iTunes or available from Apple Music (tap Pick a song to make your pick). Follow this guide if you want to make some custom ringtones
If you want a more subtle wake-up call in the morning, you can turn on vibration as well as a sound alarm instead. If you want to use this option, you can choose from the list of options that iOS gives you, or even create a custom vibration by tapping on the screen (select Create New Vibration to do this.)  Screenshot: Gizmodo
To control the volume of alarms on iOS, tap Sounds & Haptics from the Settings app in iOS. Drag the Ringer and alerts slider to change the default alarm volume, and turn the Change with Buttons toggle switch on if you want to be able to adjust it as it rings with the volume buttons .
Get familiar with the Bedtime feature now available in iOS as well. (It's a separate tab in iOS Clock app.) It takes you through the process of setting a morning alarm, but it will also remind you when it's time for bed based on how much sleep you want to get as well as track how well you
Third-party alarm apps
You have a wealth of options to pick from when it comes to third-party alarm apps, and it seems like more are being added all the time. If you are struggling to get out of bed, these apps may force you to, for example, complete a math challenge or some other task to silence the ringing
Several of these apps will try to wake you up at the same time that fits in with your body's natural circadian rhythms. In theory, this makes it easier for you to get out of bed. Sleep Cycle for Android and iOS is one of the best in business, and it's free to get started. With this one, you can customize your wake-up window, analyze your sleep patterns over time (based on the sounds you make during your slumber), and get nudged into wakefulness during a light period of sleep
Sleep As Android for Android is another great app that combines sleeping with smart alarms, but as the name suggests it isn ' t available for iOS. It sits on your mattress to judge how well you are sleeping and can wake you at a time that fits your periods of light sleep. It also comes with a selection of natural sounds to use as an alarm.
For iPhone users, the freemium Pillow for iOS is similar to Sleep As Android. Either place your phone near your pillow or connect it to an Apple Watch, and the app measures the quality of your sleep and picks up the optimal time to wake you up (within a specific time window you've already configured ). It also comes with a choice of ambient and natural sounds to wake you up more gradually