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Pin a big old clock on your Windows Phone 8.1 Start screen with Clock Hub

The function of Clock Hub is about as simple as it gets. It gives you the option to pin a live tile on your start screen that displays the time, which is something that HTC-branded Windows Phones can do using the HTC Hub, but is lacking on Nokia and Samsung devices.

But not any more! 

Want a clock on your start screen? You got it!

Clock Hub offers you two options, 12-hour or 24-hour time format, and updates every minute, as one would both hope and expect. The trick here is the app is only for Windows Phone 8.1. Reason? 8.1 allows apps to update once per minute, whereas 8.0 has a 30 minute constraint. Boo-ya.

If you are looking to add a time tile to your start screen or replace your HTC Hub, you can get Clock Hub for free here in the Windows Phone Store. WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 ONLY

Pro tip: As you can see from the above lede image, the Clock Hub does have a transparent background, making it ideal for those of you with custom background images!

Thanks, Sarang D., for the tip!

QR: Clock Hub

198 Comments
  • I know it's redundant, but I like this app. Works well with 8.1 devices where you need another 'transparent' app and some space. Plus, free.
  • Just what I was thinking!
  • Looks nice and clean
  • With that ugly status bar "always on" definitely it is a redundant tile. Takes up too much space anyway. I don't even want to start thinking about how it affects the battery by running in the background every minute!
  • "I don't even want to start thinking about how it affects the battery by running in the background every minute!"
    Um, it's not accessing the internet and doing a data pulldown. It simply updates. Let me ask: how much do you think that consumes in processing power as compared to flipping a Tile or animating Cortana? Alternatively, if updating a tile every minute was extremely deleterious, why would Microsoft enable it for 8.1?
  • If you put it that way, may be as long as nothing it does is waking up my phone every 1 minutes, I will never think of battery when using this app. However, putting it right under a clock in the corner, unless I am desperate to put an awesome background on my tiles.. is a no no.
  • My lumia 1520 battery life decreased significantly after installing windows 8.1
    Maybe by 50% or more. Its only 1145 am and i have 35% remaining. Used to be 45% at 10 pm ( i wake up at 530am and unplug ) I guess I'm not getting this app for now :(
  • Not to brag but battery life in my lumia has been excellent (almost unchanged) after the update. I think we all had different installation scenario (i.e. amount of data, apps installed). I think there should be a thread where poeple can share how they installed the update. How much data was there? Battery status at the time of install? Whether the phone was plugged in during the install. Hard reset was done or not? If yes, was it before installing the update or after? And finally, whats the result in terms of battery life, performance, lags, glitches, etc. I think this can give a good indication on whats going wrong with so many people who are complaining in the forums.
  • There is no need for that. Rule of common sense dictates after any update if things don't work as you expect, there is a conflict with old info. Just remove that. How? Hard reset. Hard reset fixes everything with Windows phone. If it's related to hardware you don't have any solution. But hardware related issues are expected from any preview build. Why? It doesn't update your firmware.
  • How long does it take to hard reset wp? And how long or how do i get back my apps, start screen and other info back? Sorry, never done it on wp. Done on android and apple countless times...
  • perhaps its a bug in an 8.0 app that isnt optimised for 8.1. 
  • Maybe you should do a hard reset because my battery life is the same or better. Getting consistently, more than a day.
  • Ill do it on the weekend! Thanks for idea!!
  • Of the first day after updated, my L920 battery life was horrible, decreased very deeply, so, I let the phone discharge totally, and then charged fully, and do it again, after that, I made a software reset, to reboot completly the system and apps, now two days later, seems to be normal again.
  • Likely because after the update your phone was downloading and installing updated apps on the background. I noticed I had like 30+ apps showing as "installing."
  • You need to go into the battery sense and manually turn off some of the apps running background tasks.
  • Start disabling tasks. I noticed that disabling tasks on 8.0 didn't work well, but after 8.1 it works great. Increases my battery life a ton, even from 8.0. Nokia Lumia 1020, AT&T
  • Good point about the tile flipping...why though did they not allow this before 8.1, hardware is the same? Guess its just maturity of the API. At least, I hope it is open to 3rd party apps...Will soon know.
  • You're probably right about minimal battery drain but to answer your question, tile flips and animations stop after about 30 seconds on 8.0. if you don't touch the screen. Is this still the case on 8.1?
  • Hi Daniel, I haven't came across any documentation in MSDN & WP8.1 SDK stating the ability of updating tiles every minute locally on the device. The closest methods I found was - Windows push notification service (WNS), could do the per minute update, but it would require network access. - TimeTrigger, which doesn't required network, but have a minimum of 15 minute gap - SystemTrigger, which only run when certain action is trigger, but would take up a spot of lockscreen slot. Maybe you could shed some light on this? Thanks!
  • The clock was "always on" to begin with.   Even on HTC phones that have had this tile since forever.
  • Seems Android....ish.
  • Android doesn't have tile layout,I don't know it is Android-ish
  • You might want to take a closer look at the HTC One ;) But I'd say they copied metro more than the other way around
  • Hi Daniel, I'm the developer of this app, in the current version there is a bug that show many notifications in the Action Center. I've published now an update that fix this bug, it will online in a few hours, sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Hi Fela. Have not had chance to look at the new SDK. How are they limiting what you can do in a 1 minute background task?
  • Sure am glad to hear your comment. I want the clock app but been put on hold after reading about the notification annoyance. Will download it tomorrow. Also, consider removing the app title in the tile. If it's good enough we will tell our friends, no need for the title. THX for supporting WP.
  • Hey Fela. I tipped wpcentral about your app. Just one request please. Is it possible in a future update to remove the clock hub name on the live tile?
  • what are the battery implications of updating a tile every minute?
  • It must also give the date, but atleast per minute updating tile is gud, hope that happens for other tiles as well.
  • OMG !!! Not compatible with L520...... :/
  • Are you running WP8.1?
  • Not compatible?? I got it on my L521. Do you have WP8.1?
  • Yes it is its running just fine on my 520
  • NO..... Working Fine with L520!!!
  • Not available for my device. Lumia 1020 USA WP8.
  • Correct. Now noted above that this is for 8.1 devices only. Sorry!
  • On second thought, Glance fulfills this need anyway.
  • Unless you have an Icon/Lumia 930 or Lumia 520 ;)
  • Yeah, sucks to be those guys! 1020 is rad...
  • what 1020 color did you get?
  • Black with black charging shell. Would've gotten cyan if it was available. Very happy!
  • thanks for the fast reply. are you using a desktop? coz i dont know how to see notifications about people who reply to my comments on wpcentral.com .....is there a way on how to activate it? edit: i just manually go to the article and scroll to my comment to see if someone replied to me :|
  • There is a option of "Notify me when someone comments" Beneath the text box..Tick the box before it..You would be inboxed with the reply and ofcourse the name of that person..
  • oh. thanks! inboxed where? in my yahoo email?
  • I'm guessing in the email you used to create your account but it's only a wild guess.
  • The post said WP 8.1 -_-
  • But why is it 24mb ???
  • +1
  • +920
  • Agreed, that a hefty clock app.
  • Yeah why 24mb??
  • It's 1MB for each hour of the day. Seems legit.
  • Lol
  • Hahahahaha!!!
  • maybe the author is using some frameworks.. for no reason though
  • lacks more unicorn blood.
  • I thought 3rd party Live-Tiles couldn't update faster than every 30 minutes...
  • So did I...
  • 8.1 can do every minute.
  • Cool, thanks Daniel ... I wasn't really sure about this one.
  • Wondering if updating every minute would have a negative effect on the battery?
  • Not compared to flipping Tiles or animating Cortana. It's not pulling down data, just refreshing. I don't think it'll be a huge drain, otherwise why would MS give devs the tools to do it?
  • Is Cortana working for u properly dan?
  • Then the Glance would not be using up a lot of battery life..As it's only refreshing..IF The sensors don't take up a lot of battery..
  • But glance is different since the display must be turned on for glance to work ... 
  • Oh nice, this'll make battery live tiles so much more useful.
  • I wonder if he got clearance from Microsoft EDIT: Nevermind Daniel Rubino has explained it.
  • Not avaiable, 920 on ATT in USA
  • You really need to read the article. Of course it works for L920
  • Not compatible with Lumia 1520
  • The Lumia 1520 in the lede photo would betray that conclusion. Running 8.0, I presume?
  • Daniel a question out of proportion.. Hope you don't mind it..i was actually thinking of WiFi direct..it was claimed to be there any news about it because I cant find it
  • And by the way this app is awesome..i have used it.. Now I require a battery app with per minute update
  • Are you on WP 8.1? Compatible with my 1520 updated to 8.1.
  • Been waiting for this for 2 years now. I loved it on my blue HTC we received at build.
  • If only it didn't say 'Clock Hub' at the bottom of the tile. But it's a 3rd party app, and I think it's great!
  • Thank you thank you thank you !!!
    I felt kinda lost when the HTC clock stopped working after 8.1 !
  • Yea, whattup with that???
  • Works fine on L925
  • Though this is not my prefrence but microsoft should have integrated a tile in the OS itself. I have seen a lot of people crying about it in forums in last few months. Well glad we can expect more apps now as restrictions are slightly less.
  • Wouldn't it be nice if background can also be set for app list menu.
  • How pointless.
  • Its keep getting better and better :)
  • Will this update cycle make notifications on apps like 6tag and 6snap pop more often if one have a snapchat marathon?
  • I guess not coz such APIs aren't given to 3rd party developers
  • Time:Me by Arnold Vink has a lot more features and is a much better app, plus they have a sideload version that runs on 8.1 without the 30 minute limitation. Arnold also has a Windows 8.x version you can pin to your start screen that has the exact same layout. You can get it here: projects.arnoldvink.com
  • Agreed +820
  • That app is severely buggy, I wouldn't recommend it until that developer updates the dev. Version.
  • It's current version is 1.9.8.1 with transparent live tile
  • I'm still using his app even on WP8.1. He mentioned some time ago that he is planning on a building new version that works in the store. Nice to have the current time, weather, and battery percent all in the same app!
  • I gave up on the side-loaded TimeMe. It would often miss updating and be off. Maybe the wp8.1 version will be better but I'd rather not have integrated weather. Might be nice if it did something tho, like opening alarms, and showing alarms on the tile.
  • I'm amused by the idea and credit the dev with making the app, but.... I think the second and third screen caps of this article show the redundant nature of the app...  
  • Yeah, it's annoying you can't hide the icons in the top bar.
  • Need analogue
  • ^This
  • I realize it's intended to clone the HTC clock, but I'd rather have the option to use Segoe instead of that HTC-style font.
  • Thank you,Seth!
  • Now I'm expecting many awesome apps to get more awesome by utilising this one minute update cycle..
  • I've always wanted something to replace my HTC hub after switching to Nokia.
  • Just tried it out - nice app actually, wonder why MS didn't include this natively? Would love to see this give the full date as well, date day and month. Good job!
  • Maybe some exclusive HTC stuff? Maybe don't want to anger the Taiwanese phone maker. :)
  • Good point! And rather unfortunate. Either way this live tile helps arranging my tiles to get maximum transparent coverage. I like that!
  • If there's one thing HTC is good at is copying the best features from Nokia and include them in their phones.
  • Works great on my ATIV.
  • Should remove the name of the app on the tile. Nice app for those who want such.
  • Going to download this!!!
  • Why is the app not launching on my 920 :(
  • Only thing i don't like with this app is it is showing the app title on the tile. Otherwise, great app. How battery hungry it might be is above me.
  • I need a transparent wpcentral app! :)
  • When used right it is aesthetically pleasing. Though I wish there were more customization options.
  • I wonder why the file size is so big....  
  • I always get sad when reading comments on articles ... does anyone read an article first anymore? I can imagine Daniel sitting there, reading the comments as they post, wondering "Why do I bother?". Someday soon, he'll be in his office one morning, looking at that drawer full of free smartphones he's got, then he grabs the drawer, rips it out of the desk and tosses it all out the window (oh the irony), never to be heard from again.
    For the sake of Daniels sanity, please...READ.
  • I would be weary of the 24mb size. An app of this nature should be NO where near that! 1mb max
  • 1520, Not working for me either, but TimeMe quit updating after the 8.1 install as well.
  • FIXED: Look in Battery Saver. Make sure it is allowed to run in the background.
  • I like the new setting to let it keep running in the background during battery saver mode.
  • I'm using the TimeMe just fine here.
  • I kept misreading clock :|
  • Love that start screen background.
  • I wouldn't think this app deserves an article only for itself. Also I hate that it bugs me (in Action Center) every 5 minutes to rate it, while I already have done it.
  • I like the idea, buy really that's a lot of stupid notifications. Block them using the notification center settings?
  • "I wouldn't think this app deserves an article only for itself."
    Were you in anyway burdened by our publishing this article? lol I happen to like this app, so it gets an article.
  • That's funny shit.   But I bet he still doesn't get it.  The purpose of any article to them is to do one thing.....and that's bitch.
  • Yeah. It's something I saw on android. I never thought I would see the spamming notification center on windows phone.
  • Too much oldschool for me, waiting for something with a little more style ;) or maybe I'll do it myself :)
  • Nice app, though needs to not say "Clock Hub" in the bottom of the tile. Also, it keeps spamming me every few minutes to review the app (notifications appearing in action centre), so while I like the app, I will be giving the developer a scathing review for this behaviour.
  • Anyone know of a nice weather app, that has a transparent background? Neither amazing weather, weather flow nor weather from Nokia seems to work...
  • Try Blue Skies
  • Its also the first app to spam my action center asking to review the app...
  • Anyone know of a weather app that has a live tile which shows the forecast but also has a clear tile to support the new start screen? WPC needs to update there app too. Surprised they haven't yet honestly.
  • Lockmix http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ca/store/app/lockmix/f010a687-6818-4cd2-8...  
  • I don't mean the lock screen... I'm talking about the Start Screen.
  • does both
  • Ok. Pinned to my Start as a wide tile and it shows the weather. But is not clear. Lol... Am I losing my mind. When its medium its clear. Small... Clear. Large... Not.
  • Weather app from Microsoft... Simple and effective... (not bing)... Its 1mb in size I think... Never drained battery and updated very frequently...
  • I use this one... But its doesn't turn clear to show my background wallpaper
  • Blue Skies
  • Wow thanks! Gorgeous too!
  • Thank you WPC I needed one of these. WP8.1 and the HTC hub on my 8X don't play well together
  • Why there is so much spare space on left and right side of the start screen?
  • Working awesome on Lumia 920
  • Hey Dan, I'm still asking where I can get that particular background in the lede photo...
  • Nah. Glance screen is more than enough for me.
  •   I don't see the point in this app, is it beautiful yes and completely agree with it. On the other hand it's completely useless and redundant. I installed the app thinking I can pin 2 tiles with 2 different time zone but I cannot and that kills the one possible use of it.  
  • Many find useful as app makes great addition for start screen
  •   Clock is already present on the home screen and on lock screen, so IMO is useless and it's 24MB for one tile which has no alternative use. I see waste of time and productivity as the asp could have been so much more as I need an which can show more than one time zone.
  • It is pointless and I wouldn't even say it's beautiful - the font choice is horrible.
  • Not bad but it is a little slow to update.  It's currently 2 minutes off the current time on the phone. Remove the "Clock Hub" name on the live tile and have the current date instead would be better.       
  • I hope they can turn it into the old flip clock image like HTC always had on WinMo. I really miss that!
  • +One
  • It was cool until it started to send notifications to rate it. Uninstalled!
  • You could have blocked notification
  • THANK YOU! I always enjoyed the look of having a clock at the top, something I always missed from my Android days. Looks great.
  • My HTC hub live tile stop working. It stopped displaying the time and weather after the update.  It's just a blank tile with the word HTC on the bottom left corner. Anyone else had the same problem?
  • Yes mines doing it tob
  • Why exactly is it 24mb?
  • Wow! that's awesome..within 2-3 days of launching WP8.1 & that too DEV's preview..we are seeing soo many Customization Apps & many others coming on..
    this is just the teaser..PICTURE TOH ABHI BAAKI HAI MERE DOST. Hip-hip hurray for WP8.1
    & LONG LIVE LUMIA!
  • I like it! :-)
  • I feel its redundant now that the time is always displayed on the top of the screen, and holy notifications! Ok, I'll review the app already, but don't expect a great review after filling up my notification center like that!
  • App has beautiful layout, out looks awesome even though we have fixed clock. Notification can be blocked.
  • Finally! When I suggested this feature a couple of months back I was almost crucified on the comments but as it turns out a lot of people find it useful.
  • FINALLY for sure!!!!! Thanks to whomever developed this app.
  • Forget this app...it's spamming the hell out of my notification center!!!
  • Block notifications for this app, simple
  • I shouldn't have too...simple. Once - fine. Twice - ok. Three - wtf. Every 60 seconds - drop dead.
  • Some people have left negative comments in store for this app. May be they don't know it requires WP 8.1
  • Nokia already had this same feature back on my old N8...could set it to show clock always on home screen..not to much new with this app
  • Really cool! Ive always been jealous of HTC owners :)
  • When is ruddy making his apps update every minute!????? :)