Every iPhone owner has a handful of favorite applications. Camera, Messages, Spark for email, Fantastical, Maps or Waze, Flipboard, Music, theScore, or maybe even the Phone app. We use those apps. We appreciate those apps.
The Clock app on iPhone and iPad is one I use everyday and it may be Apple’s must underrated and under-appreciated app. There are other clock, alarm, stopwatch, and timer apps, but none are as easy to use and as dependable as Clock on iOS. What’s not to like?
Clock is built into iOS and it does one thing I truly love. The alarms work even when Do Not Disturb is activated. That’s what an alarm should do. Always work. Always. Clock has more going for it than alarms, though that is my major requirement.
Take a look.
Clock is drop dead self explanatory. Tap the Plus button to create a new alarm. Tap Edit to change an alarm setting. Easy peasy, right? With each alarm you can change settings– Repeat for days of the week. Set a Label. Change the Sound. Even set a Snooze. The scrolling list displays Time in one minute increments.
As noted, I appreciate the fact that Clock is simple to setup and use and it always works (with a single caveat which I’ll explain later) and even when Do Not Disturb is activated. Clock is not just about alarms. There is a built-in Stopwatch and a Timer. Both are self explanatory. Stopwatch does laps. The Timer starts with a tap but requires you to set a dime. Duh. There is an option to buy additional tones from the Tone Store (yes; that’s a thing).
The newest function in Clock is called Bedtime.
This is a good way to allow iPhone to help you get a good night of sleep. Set the timer for when you want to go to bed and then wake up. I set mine for a little over eight hours because I hit the bathroom once or twice a night. Bedtime does a sleep analysis but it isn’t based upon actual sleep; just when you set it to go down and wake up.
Tap Options and you can set an early-to-bed Reminder, selection a Wake Up sound, and select days of the week. The Wake Up sounds are not the same as reminder Alarms; they’re more gentle and ease you into being awake instead of screeching with sound to high heaven.
I like that.
Clock comes with the standard World Clock options, too. Tap Plus to set a new city. Tap Edit to delete or rearrange the city listing.
Not bad for free, right?
Other clock-timer-stopwatch-alarm-alert apps may have more bells and whistles, but Clock just freakin’ works and that’s what you want. And, yes, it works with Watch so alarms on iPhone Clock show up on Watch.
Two in one. First, I use an app called Hourly to chime every half hour. Yeah, I’m like that and Clock does not do a chime unless you set an alarm. Many alarms. So, a chime function would be an improvement. Second, the Hourly chime sometimes interferes with a Clock alarm. You get both at the same time but one is muted.
Other than that, Clock remains one of Apple’s most underrated and under-appreciated iOS apps.