Top 10 April Fool’s Cell Phone Pranks


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Let me start by saying, I have never been a fan of April Fool’s Day. It’s a day I usually spend in my home, not answering the phone and not subjecting myself to any situation where I might get fooled. Why? I have no idea. I guess, like most people, I just don’t like people laughing at me for any reason. So when I became a Mom, I promised myself that I would never purposely try to fool my kids.

And I kept that promise… for about the first 10 years or so. But then my oldest came home from school on April Fool’s Day and was telling me all of the ways that her friend’s parents had fooled them. I thought I was being a good Mom, but she thought she was being left out. So, the following year, I cut a bunch of E’s out of brown construction paper, dropped them in a baking pan and covered it with aluminum foil. When she got home from school, I told her and her younger sister that there was a pan of brownies waiting on the counter for them (brown E’s… get it?). They ran in, ripped the foil off and yelled.. “MOOOOMMM!” I’ll never forget the laughter that followed. They couldn’t wait to go to school the next day and tell their friends. It was the day I changed my mind about April Fool’s Day.

This year, since most of our day-to-day lives revolve around our cell phones, I thought it would be fun to share 10 ways you can prank your loved ones, just by borrowing their cell phone for a few minutes.

Top 10 April Fool’s Cell Phone Pranks

  1. Change Contact Names – change some of their contact names to random things like Spiderman, This Guy, Little Miss Sunshine, Uh Oh.. Not Him Again, April Fool’s
  2. Set Alarms… Lots of Alarms – set alarms every few minutes, for hours. That should be fun!
  3. Change the Language – Go into settings and change it to another language.
  4. Change the Fingerprint – if you have an iPhone, you can add your own finger print and delete theirs. They won’t be able to access their phone with their print (only with their pass code)
  5. Change the Wallpaper – Change it to something that’s sure to make them giggle. A goat wearing a dress perhaps?
  6. Add a Text Replacement – Choose a word they probably use often in text or emails like “the” and add a keyboard text replacement to something funny “April Fool’s”… so when they text “I’ll be at the house soon”, it will change to “I’ll be at April Fool’s house soon.” Get creative! The possibilities are endless.
  7. Change their Ringtone – Pick a song they are most likely to dislike and make it their ringtone.
  8. Add Your Birthday to Their Calendar (feel free to make your birthday every day, for the next couple of weeks) – Add a special note like “make sure to buy ____ an awesome gift”
  9. Selfie Bomb – Take as many selfies as you can.
  10. Crack & Break It – Download this app, take a screenshot of their main screen, add a break and leave that image on their phone. When they open their phone, they’ll think their screen is shattered.

Which one will you try?

10 best April Fool's Cell Phone Pranks to play on your friends and family.

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  1. Honestly I really dont do April Fools anymore (adulting growth). But maybe if you had teen or younger kids this could be interesting.

  2. Those are some great ways on how to get rid of my hubby days. Lol! I will definitely try some of your April fools prank.

  3. These are all great April Fools pranks. I do not celebrate April fools but love all these.

  4. I had to laugh reading the first few sentences of this because I am the same lmfao. I avoid all people and sites during April Fools.

  5. One can’t go wrong with these classic April Fools pranks. I still relish the moments when I played the phone pranks on friends.

  6. I have downloaded the app Crack and break it and it was so cute. I tried to prank my partner haha. These are all nice suggestions for April fools.

  7. Some of these are quite hilarious. The cracked screen would be great for my husband.

  8. Oh man – I would freak out if these happened on my phone! Definitely some great April Fool’s pranks if you know how to fix them. 🙂

  9. Haha this is really fun to try. I wanna try setting the alarm probably at midnight. I wonder how everyone would wake up.

  10. Lol, This really made my day. I have to try this. It would be fun for sure. I’m afraid how my husband will react into this haha

  11. These are fun ideas! It would be crazy to do some of these. I don’t think I would attempt them on an adult, but my kids would get a kick out of it!

  12. I pranked my best friend before by changing the language of her phone. She was so funny! She was panicking! Haha

  13. My kids really wanted to do something to trick my husband, but I couldn’t think of anything. This will be perfect as he uses his phone a lot for work. Fun pranks for any day of the year!

  14. Haha, my daughters were making so many pranks for April Fools. If they had this list, they would have totally wreaked havoc on my cell phone.

  15. I managed to get by without any pranks pulled on me this year but I am keeping these in mind for next year for sure! Some simple yet great pranks.

  16. it sounds funny and ok to me. but I am not a big fan of April fool, prank go off the line way too often with me

  17. These are all so hilarious!!! What great pranks! I have to confess, I did the alarm prank, but then it back fired on me because I had to listen to all of them go off lol!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. These are all fun ideas. The crack the screen one takes the cake. I’m going to try it on the Mister tonight.

  19. Those cellphone pranks would be fun. Too bad I didn’t think of any of them yesterday. Maybe next year.

  20. Oh no! Pretending to have a cracked screen would be the worst. I have one now, and it’s not fun.

  21. Haha! So funny! I have done the selfie bomb no end of times. My husband and our boys always do it on mine too! Always makes me laugh.

  22. Setting lots of alarms is definitely going to annoy people. But that is truly fun. How about setting a lot of alarms and hiding their phone? ?

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  23. I can never really think of good April Fools pranks so I might have to consider some of these for next year!

  24. I tried changing the language and my friend just got really mad at me. :0) It took him quite some time to change it back to English.

  25. These are some fun ideas. I might just have to do some of them belatedly to my son when he’s home from college!

  26. Oh man! The alarm one would have been SO funny to play on my husband! I’m sad I didn’t do it!

  27. I have always been lost of ideas when I thought of playing pranks on this special day. Now I have some great options to choose from. Sad part is I got to wait for a year ?

  28. These had me busting out laughing!! I will have to do these to my kids…I know they will get a laugh out of them as well haha!

  29. Ok I’ve never been a fan of April Fool’s either, but I love how simple and innocent these pranks are. Let me apologize to my husband in advance, who is about to get his contacts names changed! HA!

  30. Great tips but too funny. Love how there is also app on point no 10. I do love to try that out.

  31. Haha, setting a bunch of alarms could be fun. If you could customize the alarm tone you could do some fun things with that too.

  32. youve got here a few funny ways to celebrate april fools day. will try some from the list just to put a smile on my face.

  33. Hahhahaa…all of these cell phone pranks are awesome! I would probably change the wallpaper, do a selfie bomb, but stay away from the cracked screen one! I wouldn’t want to make anyone too stressed out!

  34. Too funny! I love the selfie bomb one. I didn’t do anything this year, I guess you could say I was lacking inspiration!

  35. Oh if only I had seen these yesterday and could have used them this morning! I love April fools day and always prank my family!

  36. I was never a fan of April Fools Day either. However my cousin chose April Fools Day to get married because he said only fools get married lol.

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  37. I’ve done the text replacements and they can be SO hilarious! I really need to try the “Crack & Break It” prank this year. That is next level clever!

  38. I used to change the wallpaper of my friend’s computers all the time, not just for April fools day. I used to search for the funnies animal pictures, like goats or giraffes and then laugh when they would turn their machines on and burst into tears of laughter.

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  39. How fun! I am tempted to try some of these. But we’re a lazy family and rarely do anything for April Fools. I nearly forgot it even was April Fools until the news reminded me.

  40. I haven’t even thought about it being april fool’s day today. we don’t really participate but I used to love it when i was younger!

  41. I love these. Great minds think alike, as they say. This morning, all three of my kids were awaked about 30 minutes early to alarms that went off every minute. It was FANTASTIC.

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  42. This is the first year that my boys have understood April Fool’s Day. I feel sorry for their teacher today! Haha!

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  43. Oh my gosh! Some of these are excellent and harmless pranks! I don’t mind a good April Fools joke, as long as there’s nobody being physically or mentally harmed. I love the idea of setting excessive alarms, especially if they’re in school or work. Cruel? Yes! Perfect? Absolutely!

  44. I cannot believe it is April already. This is going way too fast. I like the idea of these pranks. It would be fun to do.

  45. Nope nobody can get into my phone with out my password and thumb print. These are funny if done to someone else of course.

  46. My phone is my baby and I would be livid if anyone messed with it, but I think I will do a couple of these to my kids LOL!

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  47. These are all great April Fools pranks. I’m so lame when it comes to thinking up pranks so these will come in handy. Let the fun begin!

  48. haha oh my gosh i love these esp the setting of alarms- my husband NEVER wants an alarm set but i just did this the other day to him and he was like OH MY GOSH WHY DO THEY KEEP GOING OFF ha. great ideas!

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