If your Android phone is running a stock version of Froyo, you might have noticed there’s no way to create a shortcut for the Alarms panel, which can be frustrating if you use your phone as an alarm clock. Here’s how to do it.
Note: this probably won’t work on HTC phones with a customized interface, because they often have a completely different Alarms application. But… you can probably use the same technique to create a shortcut to the HTC Alarms panel.
Just so we’re all on the same page, this is the Alarms screen that we’re talking about:
Create the Shortcut to the Alarms Panel
To create the shortcut, you’re going to have to install an application called LauncherPro, which is actually a really excellent Home screen replacement—you should definitely check it out. However, you don’t have to use it as your home screen in order to make this work.
First search for LauncherPro in the Market, download and install it, and then when you hit the home button you’ll be prompted to choose the home screen you want to use—if you want to stick with the default home screen, press the “Use by default” checkbox and press the Launcher item.
Now long press somewhere on the desktop, and choose Shortcuts –> Activities, which you can see is using the LauncherPro icon.
Now browse down in the list until you find Clock, and press it to open up the sub-items. From there you can choose the Alarms item that says com.android.alarmclock.AlarmClock underneath it.
And just like that, you’ll have an Alarms icon on your home screen.
Once this is done, you can uninstall LauncherPro if you want to, and the shortcut will still work.
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- Published 10/7/10