How to turn your old Android phone into an alarm clock for your bedside table

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In recent months we have seen how we can give a second life to our old mobile, either turning it into a Wi-Fi router, a GPS locator, a Dash Cam, a surveillance camera or a music player. Well, now let’s see we can turn our old mobile into an alarm clock.

Next we will see several tips, tricks and apps to use the screen of our old mobile as a classic alarm clock in order to give a new use to that device that we have forgotten in the bottom of a drawer and take it to our bedside table.

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Turn your old phone into an alarm clock

The first thing we need is to have a mobile phone holder for the bedside table or a support that allows us to firmly support the mobile and use it without risk of falling by touching your screen. In the market we can find very basic supports for less than four euros.


Then we’ll have to set screen brightness so that it does not disturb when we are completely in the dark sleeping. We don’t want your screen to dazzle us. In Settings > Display we can adjust the brightness level and activate your auto brightness or adaptive.

If the auto brightness shows too much brightness in a dark room we can try to fix it by customizing the auto brightness with Velis Auto Brightness. Then we just have to install one application that simulates the interface of a bedside alarm clockand among all the alternatives that we have found in Google Play we have stayed with the following applications:

wake up for me

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Under the name of wake up for me we found an application that recreates the interface of a digital alarm clock for our very customizable bedside table, to which we can show the weather forecast, remove the seconds, change its color or show an analog clock design or screen burn protection among other options. The only drawback is that in its free version it shows an advertising banner at the bottom that we can eliminate by paying 3.49 euros in a single payment.

wake up for me

wake up for me

  • Developer: Apalon Apps
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Category: Productivity

Free alarm clock

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Totally freewe find the application awakened free, also with a very retro digital design, but without customization options or protection against possible burn-in on AMOLED or OLED screens. But if you like that design and bright green color then this is your app.

Free alarm clock

Free alarm clock

  • Developer: iHandy Ltd.
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity

Big Digital Clock

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With Big Digital Clock We are facing another very customizable digital clock application in which we can change the color, the bottom and the clock font including the seven segment retro style. Its paid version allows you to adjust the brightness in its night mode or activate its anti-burn protection on the screen, among other options for 1.49 euros. It also allows us to unlock its premium features every day by watching its ads.

Big Digital Clock

Big Digital Clock

  • Developer: Riccardo Camattari
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity

Alarm clock

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With the simple name of Alarm clock we found a curious design of very retro vertical digital clock that shows us the date, the weather, wind, humidity, three alarms and a timer. In its configuration we can customize the colors of the clock.

Alarm clock

Alarm clock

  • Developer: mons
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Category: Productivity

Zen Flip Clock

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With Zen Flip Clock we are now going to the most retro or vintage design watches, with “flip clocks” in which it simulates the physical time change mechanism through its cards. This application shows the hours and minutes in large, showing the seconds within the minutes in small. In its free version we have four color themes. In its paid version at 1.69 euros for life, it unlocks the protection of the OLED screen, changes the text font and activates the flipping sound, among other additional features. The only drawback is that it does not integrate an alarm, so we have to use our mobile’s native application for the alarm.

Zen Flip Clock

Zen Flip Clock

  • Developer: Wang Shudao
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Category: Productivity

Flip Clock: Desk Clock, Alarm Clock, Study Timer

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The application Flip Clock is very similar to the previous one. It shows the time a little smaller but yes integrates alarms and allows you to activate in its free version the flip sound, screen burn protection and change the text type of the time and texts.

Flip Clock: Desk Clock, Alarm Clock, Study Timer

Flip Clock: Desk Clock, Alarm Clock, Study Timer

  • Developer: Lean StartApp
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity

Fliqlo & FlipClock

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fliqlo It offers us a flip-type clock that shows the hour, minutes and seconds in large, but it does not integrate an alarm either, so we have to activate the alarm from another application. Its paid version at 5.49 euros unlocks original backgrounds, more sounds and clock fonts to change its design. It also does not have a protection mode for the screen, so you have to be careful if the screen is an OLED type.

Fliqlo & FlipClock - zen clock

Fliqlo & FlipClock – zen clock

  • Developer: Watermark Remover & Slow motion & SlowMo
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity

Flip clock & clock widget

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By last, Flip clock & clock widget It offers us a flip clock that in its free version allows us to activate any of its fun themes if we see ads or pay 2.09 euros to unlock all its functions by removing the ads. Nor does it integrate alarm management, so you have to use the alarms from another application.

Flip clock & clock widget

Flip clock & clock widget

  • Developer: System monitor tools lab – Cpu Ram Battery
  • Download it at: google play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity

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