Android Productivity

The 7 Best Timer Apps for Android

Shubham Agarwal Updated 26-03-2019

The onset of mobile app stores has brought us variety even for mundane everyday tasks we wouldn’t normally think twice about. The ability to set timers is one of them.


You now have the option to choose from a vast gamut of timer apps, whether you need it for an exercise or a study session. Here are the best timer apps for Android.

1. Visual Timer

Visual Timer is a minimalistic app with a clean design that lets you quickly start a timer. It features a large clock interface on the home page which you can interact with to set the duration. Once you release your finger, Visual Timer will automatically kick off the countdown.

The app has a bunch of other tools you might find handy, such as custom presets for sessions you regularly need, concurrent timers, audio options, a night mode, and more.

Download: Visual Timer (Free)


2. Goodtime

If you’re primarily looking to create timers for productivity purposes, try Goodtime. The app is built for time management and allows you to follow the Pomodoro approach of time management How a Simple Pomodoro Timer Made My Life Better The Pomodoro Technique is one of the simpler time management life hacks. Break through distractions with the help of 25-minute chunks and a timer. It could be a life-changing routine change if it suits you. Read More . Pomodoro involves you breaking down work into short sessions separated by mini and long breaks. It’s a clever time management technique which has proved successful for many, including me.

Goodtime lets you easily do the same with a simple gesture-based UI. You can move between break and work by swiping left or right, swipe up to add another minute, and swipe down to terminate the session.

The app also has a statistics tab where you can see how well you performed in your previous sessions and label each one with the relevant flag. There is an OLED-friendly dark theme and fullscreen mode as well. In addition, Goodtime is open source and doesn’t show any ads.

Download: Goodtime (Free, premium version available)


3. Timer Plus

For people in search of a workout timer, look no further than Timer Plus. This free app offers the ability to configure entire interval training sessions with options for breaks, the number of rounds you’d like to go through, and the number of total sets.

What’s more, you’ll find a big, bold design so that you can view the status without any hassles while exercising. Timer Plus also has voice assistance which speaks up when you’re about to head into a break or a new round. Similarly, the app flashes your phone’s screen or triggers the rear LED flash—great if you usually keep it away from your workout space.

You can create as many as custom training presets as you want and jump into them without navigating through heaps of menus. There’s a built-in stopwatch too.


Download: Timer Plus (Free)

4. Interval Timer

In case you feel Timer Plus is a little overwhelming for your needs, take a look at Interval Timer. The app has a significantly more straightforward interface, with barely any learning curve, and allows you to quickly define sets as well as their durations.

You can specify one work interval and another for resting in each lap. Apart from that, it has large fonts and bright colors so that you can comfortably check on your pace. However, Interval Timer does show ad banners.


Download: Interval Timer (Free)

5. Timer

Timer is another fitness-focused app which is built primarily for workouts involving laps, like sprints. It features a clever interface that lets you instantly kick off a stopwatch or timer, and it’s easy to interact with to mark laps.

The app displays these points with different colors and you can simply swipe to the left to view the complete lap list. Plus, you have access to options like themes, presets, and a few others.

Download: Timer (Free)

6. Brain Focus

Brain Focus is a productivity-centric timer app. Compared to Goodtime, it houses a couple of advanced utilities especially for people who have a hard time concentrating. For starters, you can produce sessions based on the Pomodoro technique and analyze statistics for more insights into how you work.

But Brain Focus builds on top of this by adding a bunch of nifty tools. For instance, it can block Wi-Fi and sound when you’re in the middle of a session. Moreover, you can block time-sucking third-party apps (such as Instagram) right from Brain Focus.

You also have the ability to generate new presets for specific tasks and categorize for easier access. Themes are also available, along with customization settings for the timers and associated notifications.

Download: Brain Focus (Free, premium version available)

7. Engross

Engross offers a familiar array of features for a timer app, but it sets itself apart with a tab for your to-dos. That enables you to start timers and link them with your tasks.

Engross follows the same Pomodoro style, but you can personalize the periods based on your preferences. There’s also a comprehensive screen for statistics on the left, which even shows you an analysis of your focusing capabilities.

Download: Engross (Free, premium version available)

Next, Try a New Alarm Clock App

By this time, you must have realized there’s a bevy of timer apps available on the Play Store which can satisfy any specific need you have. The apps listed above do offer the best set of functionalities in their areas of expertise, and most of them totally free as well.

If you also find the default alarm clock app on your phone too lacking, try these best third-party clock apps for Android The 10 Best Alarm Clock Apps for Android What's the best alarm clock app for Android? Here are some great apps that each add something unique to your mornings! Read More .

Related topics: Android Apps, Time Management, Timer Software.

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  1. Tom Norton
    July 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Does "Smart Timer" have a "Pause" button?
    I'm not talking about the "built-in break setting"
    I mean, if you've programmed one of the timers for a ten minute workout and sometime, in the middle, someone comes by and asks you where someone is - you can hit "Pause" , and it just holds at 5:34:12. You say "last hall to the right, second door" , then hit "Pause" again and the timer continues 5:34:13 - - - -

  2. carl
    June 3, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I want a timer with some easy preconfig buttons.
    LUNCH TIME : 45 minutes
    BODY WORKOUT: 30 minutes
    WORK SPRINT: 90 minutes.

    Does anyone have something like that?

  3. Patrick
    December 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    ME: "Ok Google, set a timer for 5 minutes"

    Google: "Ok. Setting a timer for 5 minutes. Starting"

  4. Amr
    June 11, 2016 at 11:10 am

    A Call For A Timer: I need a timer that i can specify five minutes. Then, specify a small alert or a beep on top of each minute. And, a different alert at the end of the five minutes.

  5. Malcolm
    February 17, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Ovo will allow you to speak a time. Just press the microphone icon.

  6. Evl
    January 17, 2016 at 8:36 am

    By the way, if you like the layout and functionalities of the Kitchen Timer, but is not working well on your newer (or bigger) device, as it was not updated since Android 2.3, then you should give a try to Kitchen Timer Revived, which is simply the rewrite of the previous, but adapted to the newer phones.

  7. Wizard Prang
    January 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    What I need is a timer that can be set via a URL. This makes it easy to co-ordinate raids, chats and conferences in an online game.

  8. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Check this one, with speaking feature!
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  9. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    here's something different [Broken Link Removed]
    designed to be simple and quick to use....and its a widget!

  10. Greg
    May 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    On my phone (HTC One M8) I use the "Voice Control" button on my home screen. I press it, say "Start timer for 5 minutes" and it automatically starts counting down the timer for 5 mins. It's pretty slick really. I think this is a general Android thing so it should work for most phones.

  11. Dennis Q
    March 20, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Multi Timer is the best app for this category. You can set up as many times as you like. Each can have there own alarm sounds so that you can distinguish one alarm from another. Have used Multi Timer for a couple of years now. Shush is another that I have been using for a long time now.

  12. Umesh
    January 21, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Is there a count down timer that maintains the time even after a phone restart?

  13. Prateek
    October 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I am looking for a timer which can beep after every 2 minutes which would help me keeping track of time taken by me in solving maths questions..

    • Erez Zukerman
      October 9, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Not sure I know of such an app, to be honest.

  14. PotatoTree
    July 29, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Great. Here is another one new Visual Timer App on GooglePlay

    Timer Master
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  15. Samsudeen Hussain
    June 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    OVO certianly seems to a eyecatching timer. Will try using it. Thank you for the recommendations.

    • Erez Zukerman
      June 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Sure thing! Yeah, Ovo is my go-to these days. I only wish it would keep ringing rather than stop after a few seconds.

  16. waylon smithers jr.
    May 24, 2012 at 7:05 am

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    This one looks nice. It brings back a lot of memories...

  17. Lawrence Siebert
    May 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    The android voice actions let you set an alarm like that. You can both pick a specific time or a set interval in the future.

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 21, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Yup, just discovered that! Thanks Lawrence :)

  18. Hildy
    May 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I like OI Countdown - one of a number of simple, free, and ad free apps from Open Intents. As for a voice timer, Android 4 has it baked in. You can say "Set alarm for five minutes from now" and you're golden.

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Nice tip! But don't I need to use the default alarm app for that?

  19. Scoot Diggity
    May 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I use UltraChron. It has some great features including the voice options that you were looking for. When a timer is set, periodically the phone will also let you know how much time is left also. Wonderful. Can't remember if I paid for it or not. But if I did, it was worth the money.

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      That's very cool! I had a problem with tapping "start" manually at first, but then I found the setting for auto-starting it.

      I like the voice announcements during the countdown, they make me feel like I'm in a Bruce Willis movie.

  20. Clarinus
    May 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

    AIVC does what you are looking for. Its like what Siri is for iPhone. You can give voice commands

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Nice! Just gave it a spin and it worked well. The only thing that confused me is when I told it "countdown 2 minutes" it registered "1:02:00", but it really did count down just two minutes (not an hour and two minutes). Thanks for the tip!

  21. Es
    May 19, 2012 at 6:44 am

    A nice timer/countdown (and -up too) I've been using for a while is Event Counter.
    Pretty basic, with nice, simple widgets.

    • Erez Zukerman
      May 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      That's a nice app! But doesn't it make it feel like there are still ages until whatever it is you're counting towards? :)