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Nightstand Central - A Music Alarm Clock with Sleep Timer, Weather, and Photos

By Thomas Huntington

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"Best Alarm Clock App" -


With music alarms, a built-in sleep timer, weather info, customizable photo backgrounds, and even an included shake-on / shake-off flashlight, Nightstand Central turns your device into the ultimate bedside hub.

Wake up to your favorite tunes and drift into sleep a little easier with the included sleep timer. You can play everything from music playlists to relaxing sounds. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, just shake to toggle the included flashlight, and shake again to turn it off. And when you wake up, see the current weather conditions before you even get out of bed.

Nightstand Central is equally at home away from the bedside, as well. Stand your device on a desk or coffee table and use it as a beautiful photo frame with heads-up time and weather information.

Almost everything about Nightstand Central can be tweaked to fit your personality, for example:
-Pick wallpapers from your Photo Album and Nightstand Central will automatically cycle the background image among these how ever often you'd like. You can mix and match your own photos and any of the gorgeous included wallpapers, as well.
-Set up different music alarm playlists for different days. You can even make your alarm gently fade in - it's all up to you.
-Configure the clock / weather HUD to make it bigger, smaller, centered, or move it off to one side or the other

So throw away your boring, standalone alarm clock, and replace it with something that truly stands out - Nightstand Central.

Complete Features:

Clock and Weather
-Works in Portrait and Landscape Orientations
-Adjustable brightness
-12 or 24 hour time format
-Show / Hide seconds
-Current and accurate weather conditions for almost anywhere in the world.

-Use your own songs / playlists or one of 27 built in alarm sounds
-Repeating alarms on certain days of the week
-Adjustable alarm volume
-Adjustable snooze time
-Set your iPhone to vibrate during an alarm, either with sound or only vibration
-Fade in option, so you can wake up gently
-Alarm works even if device is sleeping or screen is locked
-Shake to snooze option

Unique Sleep Timer
-Fall asleep to your favorite music, relaxing sounds, or even audio from apps like Spotify or Pandora. Nightstand Central will automatically pause the playback after the time interval that you've set.

Convenient Flashlight
-Shake your device to toggle an included flashlight that's actually quite bright.

Wallpaper and display
-Multiple wallpaper support: If you’d like, select more than one photo to use as wallpaper, and let Nightstand Central automatically cycle through them however often you choose.
-Choose from over 30 gorgeous included wallpapers, or add your own photos.
-Easily customize the position of the clock / weather display

What's New in Version 4.2.4

-Added an option to display a countdown until the next alarm. You'll find this option under Settings > Next Alarm Indicator.
-Bug fixes


More updates are coming soon. Thank you for using Nightstand Central and sharing it with your friends :-) Your support means a lot to me!


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Customer Reviews

This is a good one! Get it if you're looking for an alarm clock app.

Totally reliable, and great features.
I got this app when my previous alarm clock app was no longer being supported and then disappeared. So far, this one has been very reliable, and has very good features, such as being able to set multiple alarms for different days of the week, setting your own wallpaper and playlist from my iTunes. I also like the feature that allows you to turn on a display for when the next alarm is going off, so I can double-check to see if it's going to be a 5:30 morning or a 7:00 morning. The only feature I miss from my previous alarm app is the Power Nap feature that allowed you to set the alarm to go off in 10 minute increments up to 60 minutes. But I created my own Power Nap alarm and turn it on when I need to, so that has a workaround.

I like it

I like this app. I like the multiple alarms and the many choices of sounds and pictures. I like that you can have recurring alarms too. I like the flashlight when you shake it and I like the dimmer feature on the face of it. It works reliably. One thing I think could be better is I wish that the name of the alarm that you give it showed up on the alarm list instead of the wake time. For example it could say Running day instead of 5:30. It lets you name it but then the list still shows the time. And I have to remember that Running day is the 5:30 time. I also wish the snooze would stay on after you touch other keys or apps on the phone. I think it turns off because it "knows" you are awake now but even though I have pressed snooze and checked the weather for example I would like to doze for a minute and have the snooze go off again. It seems that sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't.

The Ultimate Alarm Clock

I tried a bunch of different apps before settling on this one. It has a nice clean interface. I like the weather display. It’s easy to set different backgrounds. (Including Black.) The lullaby feature lets you listen to sound loops like rain or ocean waves. The alarm function has a lot of good features, including a volume ramp up.

About the only negative thing I can say is that when using it in landscape orientation the display does not update properly after you have been in the menu settings. It comes out of the menu in portrait mode even though the phone is rotated landscape. I wish the menu settings would also work in landscape mode. I am sure this detail will get fixed eventually.

Nightstand Central - A Music Alarm Clock with Sleep Timer, Weather, and Photos
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.2.4
  • Size: 66.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Premium Package$2.99
  2. Remove ads$2.99
  3. Lullaby Sleep Timer$0.99
  4. Music Alarms$0.99
  5. Pro Wallpaper$0.99
  6. Flashlight$0.99