I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock for Android

Waking up is a huge problem for me.  There have been mornings where I have hit snooze in excess of 20 times before finally uttering a swear word, stretching, and forcing myself to get up.  I am the kind of person who wakes up hours after they intended to, unless there is some motivation for me to get up.

The app I am about to describe eliminates that.  As a result, I kind of hate it, but only because I love it so very much.

I Can't Wake Up! Alarm ClockMiklos suggested the I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock app to me before bed the other night.  Having to scan a barcode in order to shut the alarm off?  Excellent concept.  I hopped onto Google Play and downloaded it free to my Android phone.  (There is a paid version, but I think the only difference is that it doesn’t run ads.  Don’t quote me.)

Well, it definitely didn’t shut off the first morning.  I had selected Memory and Barcode as wake-up methods.  Memory did a good enough job of making me want to stab my eyes out while the alarm rang.  I had however not realized I’d have to install the barcode scanner separately (Menu > W.U.M Preferences > Barcode Method > Method config info), and, of course, choose which barcodes to scan.

… Listen, I was tired when I downloaded the app.

After shutting off my phone to silence the infernal, seemingly endless racket it was making (proclaiming that the barcode scanner was not installed and simultaneously demanding I scan a barcode), I fell back asleep.

I was skeptical.  Of course, I had not given I Can’t Wake Up! a fair shot.

The next night, I configured the Barcode method, scanned my barcodes and added the Pairs method.  Now my wake-up program was a fail-safe random ordered Memory/Barcode/Pairs combination.  I would have to solve all three.  Surely I’d be awake by then.

The alarm went off as it should.  And I was disappointed that it chose Barcode first.  I had to leap out of bed and scan my face-wash.  Disgruntled, I zombied myself back into the bedroom solving the Memory puzzle and then choosing Pairs (in this case, choosing one of two city names to match with the country it belonged to).  The alarm is a bit less effective when you crawl into bed because your house is cold and begin to text someone who loses interest after 20 minutes.  I fell back asleep for 2.5 hours.  Crap. It has an Awake test ensure you actually woke up.  Perhaps I should select this option for tomorrow morning, yes?

Let me say, I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock is good.   It’s very customizable with lots of interesting options and it really does get you out of bed.  The ringing is annoying enough and doesn’t stop until you’ve completed your chosen tasks.  Ensure you have a warm house to wake up to, or at least some slippers and a robe on to ensure coziness when you get out of bed, and you’re golden.  The only star I take away from this app is half because it installed some other program I had to delete right away (hopefully it actually deleted), and half because the app doesn’t physically grow hands out of the phone to slap my face around until I’m awake.  I guess that’s my own issue, though.

Rating: ★★★★✰ (4/5)

Have you used this app?  What was your experience?

About Nikki

I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.
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  1. I use Gentle Alarm – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobitobi.android.gentlealarm&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5tb2JpdG9iaS5hbmRyb2lkLmdlbnRsZWFsYXJtIl0.

    I had used the option on this app to do math when it woke you up, and I had another app before that I had to punch in some random colour string (like when you play Simon), but found I got too mad at it, and waking up angry is no fun. With Gentle Alarm, the first ‘pre-alarm’ sort of wakes me up, so that when the actual alarm goes off, I’m already out of a dead sleep and a little more ready to face the day.

    My ‘pre-husband’ method of waking up was two VERY loud alarms on either side of the room that went off at the EXACT same time. Worked like a charm.

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