17 Free Motivational Alarm Ringtones

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17 Free Motivational Alarm Ringtones
Because getting up shouldn't be the hardest part.

The early bird gets the worm. Early to bed, early to rise. We've heard these idioms and plenty of others growing up about the importance of waking early. More time to eat breakfast, work on a side project, or just not feel rushed on the way to work are all fantastic reasons we've wanted to get out of bed early. We've even experienced it a few times and it felt great! “I should get up this early every day,” we think. But we don't.

In college I assumed getting up early was so hard because of how late I went to bed. A pretty obvious and common reason. But even being out of school and in the working world for a few years, where the schedule is much more consistent, I still find getting out of bed at the time I set my alarm clock for to be incredibly difficult.

I've always found it so frustrating that there are essentially two of me. One who has all of the motivated feelings to wake up early the next morning when choosing an alarm time, and the other who can create an excuse for not waking up faster than it takes my arm to swat my phone.

I've wondered why alarm clock noises were so irritating. Sure, when they were first invented they were just bells, then digital alarm clocks had to use what was available with the technology. But today? Why do they have to be so jarring? On the other hand, I've tried waking up to soft music or classical music. But the problem with that is two-fold. First, it was so peaceful I would end up sleeping through it. And second, I would end up hating all of those songs.

I had a theory a few months ago: What if the reason I hit the snooze button so many times is because the alarm sound I'm using is just so repulsive I'll do anything to turn it off as fast as I can? And what if my motivated self in the evening could encourage my groggy morning self to remember why I wanted to get up early in the first place?

So I created some motivational ringtones that weren't irritating buzzes or music but passages that would remind me why I wanted to get up.

And wouldn't you know, it actually worked.

So, I created some more and had them recorded by two talented voice-over actors and offer them here free to share. Each one includes a bit of silence at the end so that it plays once, pauses for a few moments, and then plays again.

I hope they help! I look forward to hearing what you think.

“I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.” – Jonathan Swift

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“The man that went to bed last night wanted you to wake up right now.”

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“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” – Rumi

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“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” – Aristotle

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“Every day you regret not waking up sooner. No one has ever regretted giving themselves more time in the morning.”

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“Get out of bed and do 10 pushups. Don't think about it, just do it.”

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“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be hunting for it all day long.” – Richard Whately

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“How much better would the day be if you got up and made breakfast?”

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“Will you sleep while there's someone else out there working hard?”

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“Morning is when the wick is lit. A flame ignited, the day delighted with heat and light, we start the fight for something more than before.” Jeb Dickerson

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“The day Einstein wrote the theory of relativity, he first got himself out of bed.”

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Kyle

    This is great! Thanks!

  • Justin

    Amazing. Just last week I started trying to get myself up every morning right before the sun comes up (with bad results). I’m definitely gonna use these this week. Thank you! I love this site.

  • http://twitter.com/srking10 S. King

    I’ve had good results with the Tarzan yell.

    Also, something clever one person told me is that he recorded the sound of his baby girl crying. He says that as a parent there is nothing more alarming than the sound of your child crying and that you immediately wake up no matter what.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.moore.1610 Justin Moore

    To bad Paul Harvey isn’t around to do the voice for some of these.

  • brockmcgoff

    I saw this and thought “I hope Marcus Aurelius shows up here…”. Way to include his bit of wisdom for those tough mornings! I like the others too, especially: “Get out of bed and do 10 pushups. Don’t think about it, just do it.”


  • Scott

    I really liked this idea, but I really disliked the way the phrases were recorded. It seemed like the actors were putting too much emphasis in weird spots.

  • DanPatrickFlores

    This makes me want to use Robin Williams’ Seize The Day speech from Dead Poet’s Society

  • http://profiles.google.com/greg.bendash Gregory Bendes

    Great idea and appreciate the effort. 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Highly recommend using something like Adobe Audition to pick 1-2 of these phrases (whichever you find the most motivational), combining them in a repetitive loop, and playing it as an alarm.

    • Judson M

      Or you can use Audacity. It’s free, much easier to use and its free.

      Did I mention it’s free? Oh and easier to use. CRAZY free!

  • guest

    My favorite get up quote is “To cast off sloth now well behooves you (…) for resting upon soft down, or underneath the blanket’s cloth, is not how fame is won” -Dante, and “To the brave and strong rest seems inglorious, and the nights too long” -Erasmus of Rotterdam

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Nice! I like those.

  • Joseph Civitello

    awesome, thanks a lot

    I threaded all the soundclips together into one MP3 so you can DL it and put it on your phone as one file


    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Haha, and if the 3 minutes of quotes dont get you, the nuclear siren will.

  • Christopher F

    Excellent! I just bought the minimalist Cleartones for notification and ringtone, and this will round out my efforts to have non obnoxious tones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539194663 David Henry Kings Aguirre

    Thank you!

  • TJ

    This is great!! Just don’t hit the Snooze button.

  • JJ

    My alarm is this chorus on loop, but I think I may change it up to one of the above ones. Thanks

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I’ve tried this out for the last couple of days. I mashed about 4 quotes (push-ups, “do what unsuccessful people don’t”, etc.) into an MP3 alarm and made each one repeat 3x before saying the next quote.

    I usually get up as soon as I hear the first quote repeated for the third time. I don’t do pushups, but I do get up.

    It also beats listening to annoying sounds as an alternative.

  • Mike Parks

    I’d like a decent voice actor to record a couple of my favorite quotes: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today”,
    “It is never too late to be who you might have been” -George Elliot, and
    “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen. -Michael Jordan

  • http://whiskeynose.com/ Ernie Ayres

    My wife would probably scream if I used this. At least I’d get up.

  • Darius

    If you spent several minutes trying to figure out how to download these files vs just playing them in your web browser; here’s an instructional How To:


    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      The download links are right below the play button.

  • Judson M

    I’m just going to say that these are really great quotes! And possibly a great idea for other people. However, having a recorded man bringing into consciousness in the morning is just NOT ok!!

  • Iulian

    Where did you find the voice from the second ringtone?

  • CLAT Aspirant

    Thank u !

  • iamrohann

    This is great. Thanks for putting these together.

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  • Christine

    Thanks Andrew. At the tender age of 57 I have finally mastered getting up in the morning!!! Spent weeks recently nagging myself about how I should have got up… wouldn’t be in this rush…. would have had time for a coffee….blah blah…. Then found your site and “Everyday you regret not waking up sooner…” I have one musical alarm that starts at 05.35 and by 05.45 when “Everyday” kicks in I am actually able to get up… and you are right.. I dont regret it. Terrific site. All the best Christine

  • Sudhakar

    Great thinking Sir…

  • Just A Bloke

    Obviously, anything before 7am is still the day before.
    But if for some reason you need to get up in the morning ridiculously early, & you can’t escape the duvet, have an energy drink to get you outta there. It is unwise to do this on a daily basis tho.
    Problem is, often folk get up early in the morning to go to work, to earn loadsa money, so that one day they won’t avta get up early in the morning. Alotta people probably figure, when tryner get up, I’ll bypass the 40 years of work, & sleep in now. Corse, just getting a job that starts at 10 or 11am might be the answer.
    Alternatives are going to bed ridiciously early, or setting up some system where a bucket of water pours onto you each morning – expect to have lots of sinking ship dreams with that tho.
    Funny thing is, if you get up really early once in a blue moon, it can be most refreshing. It’s when you tryta to it daily it has the reverse affect.

    • guestss

      Yea, you can speak for yourself.. I get up every day before the sun gets up so that I can do what I love to do. It isn’t hard. I’m wired that way. Just because you’re wired to stay in bed, doesn’t mean that’s human nature…

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  • deepa

    isn’t there anything for women in a woman’s voice?

  • Paul-Joseph de Werk

    Should have had one more set of links, zip files containing all 17 ringtones (one zip file for each type).

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  • Travis

    Am I blind? How do I download. The iPhone link leads me to the audio, but I’m not getting the download

  • Kim

    It doesn’t download for the iPhone I tried 3 times…

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hi Kim, Unfortunately iOS doesn’t have a way to save sound files from a website and use them as a ringtone. You need to do it on a computer and synch it with iTunes.

  • Srinivas s

    Amazing, thanks much. I came to right place

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  • Saif Abdullah

    @andrewsnavely:disqus Dear Andrew I am developing a free alarm app for android. Can I use these ringtones in the app?

  • Blake

    When I hit “play,” they all come out with “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hi Blake, Thanks for the heads up, that’s fixed now!

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