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10 best timer apps for Android to countdown to anything

People use timers for a lot of stuff and it's not just in the kitchen. Here are the best timer apps for Androidf.
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June 27, 2021
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One would think a timer to be a fairly simple tool. You create a timer, it ticks down, and alerts you when it is done. However, people have iterated, evolved, and adapted plenty of things into a basic timer. There are timers for productivity, specific types of exercise, and all kinds of other things. Of course, most people still use them for things like the kitchen or the washing machine. Whatever your needs, there is an app out there that works. Here are the best timer apps for Android.

Of course, don’t forget that you can ask Google Assistant, Bixby, Alexa, or Siri for a quick timer if all you need is something quick and basic. Most smart fitness bands have a timer function built-in as well.

The best timer apps for Android:

Focusmeter

Price: Free / $2.99-$11.99

Focusmeter screenshot 2021

Focusmeter is a timer app for productivity purposes. It lets you set two timers. The first is a timer where you are as productive as possible and then a second timer to track your break. This is a method known as The Pomodoro Technique and people swear by it. This one works pretty well as far as timers go. It’s easy enough to configure and use. You can also keep track of your productivity with the integrated calendar. Some other features include a light and dark mode, a tag system to keep track of your timers, and you can export your data in case you need to move to another device. The Play Store lists a price range of $2.99-$11.99, but to be honest I couldn’t find anywhere to buy a pro version.

Google Clock

Price: Free

Google Clock screenshot 2021

Most clock apps make for excellent timer apps. Google Clock is pretty much the king of the clock app. You can do things like set alarms, use the stopwatch function, or set a timer. We like Google Clock specifically for this list because you can set multiple timers. This is great if you’re doing something like cooking multiple items that need a timer or other such things. This also works with Wear OS and is one of the few timer apps on the list with that functionality. It’s also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases.

Goodtime Minimalist Pomodoro Timer

Price: Free / $4.99

Goodtime Minimalist Pomodo Timer
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Goodtime is another Pomodoro timer that you can also use as a normal timer. The app hits a lot of positive notes. There are no ads, it’s open-source, and it boasts no tracking or data collection. The free version includes support for 43 languages, an AMOLED-friendly dark mode, Wear OS support, and a fairly customizable timer. Meanwhile, the pro version adds colored labels, export via CSV, more themes, a screensaver mode, and a few other goodies. It’s a solid option in the Pomodoro space.

Interval Timer

Price: Free / Up to $2.99

Interval Timer screenshot 2021
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Interval Timer is another simple timer app. This one is mostly useful for exercise. You can set timers for each exercise interval and move from one to the next seamlessly. The app features a minimal UI that is easy to read while active. The base app works well enough. However, once you learn how the presets work, it really adds an extra level of awesome to this one. The premium version is cheap and it’s a good app for manual workouts.

Kitchen Timer

Price: Free

Kitchen Timer screenshot
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Kitchen Timer is a bit of a diamond-in-the-rough pick for this list. It works as a timer but the features are mostly for kitchen use. You can set multiple timers and also name them so you know what they track. Thus, if you are making garlic bread and also mozzarella sticks, you can label each timer so you know which one is which. The UI is clean enough. There are also buttons to add minutes onto the timer in case the food isn’t done enough by the time the timer reaches zero. It also includes pre-alarms at five and ten minutes before zero so you can remind yourself to check or flip your food. We’d like to see some granularity in the pre-alarms for cooking purposes, but otherwise this app works pretty well.

Multi Timer StopWatch

Price: Free / $4.49

Multi Timer StopWatch screenshot
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Multi Timer StopWatch is great for multitaskers. You can set multiple timers at once. There are no specific features for things like the kitchen so you can use the timer for just about anything and it’ll work. You can also assign alarm tones to each timer individually or use text-to-speech to have the phone tell you which one went off. Finally, the app stores your stopwatch records in case you need that. The pro version doesn’t really add any features, but it does remove ads and help support further development.

Sand Timer

Price: Free

Sand Timer screenshot
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Sand Timer is something a bit more fun. It functions like a multi-timer app. However, the timers are hourglass timers with different colors. To be honest, there aren’t any super unique features with this one other than its UI. However, it sets the mood pretty well for things like board games or if you’re timing the kids during homework or before bed. It does use the accelerometer so you can turn your phone upside down and have the sand drain down to the other end. We thought that was kind of neat. You can also set this one for up to a fairly arbitrary 83 days if you really want to.

Stopwatch Timer Original

Price: Free

Stopwatch Timer Original screenshot
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Stopwatch Timer Original is a lightweight and minimal timer app. Both the stopwatch and timer functionality are pretty simple. You simply swipe back and forth between the two as needed. The timer function is nice and not overly complicated. You set a timer, hit start, and then you can choose whether it repeats automatically after each countdown. This is best used for simple applications like cooking easy dishes or as a super basic workout timer. It works very well and is very easy to use, which is why it’s on this list.

Timebox Timer

Price: Free / $0.99

Timebox Timer is another timer app with a minimal UI. The premise of this one is to start timers as quickly as possible whenever you need them. It comes with Google Assistant support, an easy but effective UI, and support for up to two hours. It works well as a Pomodoro timer as well if you need an all-in-one option. We would’ve liked multi-timer support with this one, but it’s an effective solution on its own without it.

Visual Timer

Price: Free / Up to $5.00

Visual Timer screenshot
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Visual Timer is a timer app just like all these other ones. However, this one uses graphics to show the passage of time and how much time remains. This helps it work at a glance, something that is useful for productivity or exercise. The app has presets so you can plan for various activities. Plus, the UI is quite nice so most shouldn’t have a problem using it. It’s a bit basic so those with more complicated needs may need to look elsewhere. A few users reported some minor bugs as well, but nothing too terrible.


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