5 Free April Fools Pranks To Play With Friends

By | January 15, 2022

When it comes to April Fools’ Day, preparation is key. An unplanned prank can go wrong, so you have to plan ahead. With that in mind, here are some April Fools’ jokes for your friends.

Whether you want to make your friends’ hearts race with a scary computer joke or confuse them, here are the best April Fools’ joke ideas for you to test on your friends.

Mess Up Your Friend’s Desktop

A good April Fool’s idea is to affect your friend’s desktop computer in some way. The only problem is the need to wait until they leave their PC unattended and unlocked. When that happens, here are some ideas on what to do.

Disorient Them By Turning Their Desktop Screens

One of the simplest and fastest April Fools pranks to trick your friends is to rotate their computer screen. As a non-OS-only joke, you can bring a little screen clutter anywhere, anytime.

For macOS:

  • open System Preferences.
  • Hold down the button Command and Options.
  • Click Displays.
  • Under the Display tab, a new pull-down menu will appear titled Rotation.
  • Choose between 90º, 180º, and 270º to rotate their screen.
  • Close the window.

For Windows:

  • Try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Down, Ctrl + Alt + Right, or Ctrl + Alt + Left to rotate their screen (this will not work on all settings).
  • If that doesn’t work, navigate to their desktop.
  • Right click on their desktop.
  • choose Display Settings from the menu.
  • Scroll down for Display Orientation under Scale and Layout.
  • Change from Landscape to Portrait, Landscape (flipped) or Portrait (folded).
  • Close the window

If you’re not pressed for time, rearrange their icons to add a little extra confusion to this joke.

Make Desktop Icons Unclickable

If flipping their screen upside down or sideways isn’t enough, how about a joke that causes confusion? By taking a screenshot of their desktop, you can leave your friends desperately trying to figure out why clicking something isn’t working.

Depending on your system, there are several ways to perform this prank, so your method will change based on your favorite keyboard shortcut. Here are the two fastest routes you can use:

For macOS:

  • Go to their desktop.
  • Press Command + Shift + 3.
  • Wait a moment and a screenshot will appear on the desktop.
  • Open the screenshot in Preview.
  • Press Control + Command + F to bring up a full-screen photo replica of their desktop.
  • Let Preview be their new desktop.

For Windows:

  • Go to their desktop.
  • Press logo button Windows + Shift + S.
  • Click Snip full screen.
  • Double-click the preview image to open Snip and Sketch.
  • Press Save Icon.
  • Save the screenshot to a folder (not on the desktop).
  • Close the window and return to the desktop.
  • Right click and select Personalize.
  • Make sure to select Picture from the Background pull-down menu.
  • Click Browse, find your screenshot, and select Choose picture.
  • Close the window.
  • Right click on your desktop again to select View.
  • Scroll up and down for Show desktop icons and deselect it.
  • See how long it takes for them to realize they can’t click anything.

Blacken the Desktop Screen

The fake Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) trick remains popular along with other fake virus pranks to scare your friends. However, that is not true meaning your friends can use the cotton quickly. Alternatively, try using BlackScreen to catch your friends off guard and give them some scary computer jokes.

BlackScreen turns the entire screen black. No cursor, no icon, and no desktop. As it approaches, even the most discerning of users may miss whether their monitor is unplugged or some other serious problem occurs.

Before accidental damage or data loss occurs, close the app by pressing Alt + F4 or by using Ctrl + Alt + Del to access the task manager. After opening Task Manager, end the BlackScreen (32 bit) process.

Unfortunately, only Windows users can take advantage of this prank.

Make Mess With His Web Browser

While you can easily use a prank that triggers an alarm here, you can also choose to arouse curiosity. With the GeekPrank website, you can turn any web browser into all sorts of visual jokes: fake Windows XP simulators, hacking programs, various kinds of broken update processes, or other funny ways.

After launching the web browser, you just need to do the following:

  • Go to Geekprank.com.
  • Click the prank you want to open (as if it were your desktop) or close the window to interact with the fake Windows XP.
  • Make sure your browser is full screen by pressing F11 (Windows) or Control + Command + F (macOS).
  • See open prank.

Give Prank Call

In the past, prank calls required a lot more planning from your computer. You should look for some kind of sound modulator software, make sure the sound is really precise, and hope it recognizes your microphone. You also have to figure out what to say.

You can still go a more creative route. However, if you don’t have much time then you can simply use your browser.

US PrankDial lets you choose from an extensive library of prank call templates. From the homepage, you can sift through individual prank candidates as well as search for customizable ones for additional personalization.

After finding your joke, you simply enter your friend’s phone number and the phone number you want to call appears. For most calls, you can choose to record calls (outside certain states). By default, the site also adds a prank call sign at the end, but you can disable that too.

For non-custom pranks, it should take less than a minute to initiate a phone call. You can also use it as a distraction for another joke if you’re feeling more naughty. If you’re also looking for some prank call ideas to play with the family, the ability to send them pretty quickly makes it a great option for family gatherings.

Play April Fool’s Prank On Your Friends Responsibly