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CueTimer helps performers and presenters manage their time during events and broadcasts. Create a list of timers and use triggers or shortcuts to progress during the show. Display the countdown on a monitor connected through HDMI, NDI or weblink. 

CueTimer for Windows

version 2.6

USER GUIDE PC

  • 64-bit Windows 8.1, 10 or 11
  • .Net 4.8 or later installed
  • v. 2.6.0. 3 (13. November 2023) -FIXED an issue where the app could crash when closing the fullscreen window. – FIXED an issue where the preview-window could resize unintentionally -CHANGED so that the fullscreen window always stays on top of the preview when both are displayed For full version-history, see the changelog .

CueTimer for Mac

USER GUIDE MacOS

  • CPU: Both Intel and Apple Silicon CPUs are supported natively
  • OS-support: 10.14 and beyond (Sonoma, Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave)

v.2.6 (2) 27. November 2023 – FIXED an issue where the preferences-menu could crash on Sonoma macs – FIXED an issue where the undo&redo wouldn’t work for the web-timer For full version-history, see the changelog .

Buy and Activate

Starting at $45/year

HOW TO ACTIVATE

  • To use the software without restrictions you need to activate the applications with a licence. Licences can be bought from the  store.
  • We currently offer subscription based licences with yearly payment. 
  • To activate the application, copy your licence key-code into the activation-field and push OK. 
  • You can use the software as much as you want in trial-mode. The only restriction is that the applications will close after 10 minutes. 

Control your time. Stay on schedule

CueTimer provides the tools to ensure that your event runs on schedule. Get started in just three simple steps:

1. Create the timer-list

Write down your schedule in the app interface, or import spreadsheet data: Cuetimer can open CSV & TSV files, and you can paste directly from Excel and Google Sheets. If you prefer a more dynamic workflow where you set the timings as you go, we support that as well.

2. connect the outputs

CueTimer has multiple options for viewing the timers on any device: if you are connected to an external monitor, just push the “Fullscreen” button. Or send the timer-page to broadcast-devices on your LAN-network through NDI. Remote speakers can stay in sync using our online timer.

3. control the time

The interface is tailored for show-control: Start and stop the timers with ease and edit on the fly. Redundancy and backup is secured with undo/redo and autosave. Companion with Stream Deck gives you extra buttons for the commands, and remote control over the network.

Trusted by leading industry professionals

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We are extremely happy to use CueTimer in our productions. We constantly provide AV production solutions for streams, hybrid events and live events catering to state ministries and high-profile corporate clients, so a flexible stage communication and timing tool like this is invaluable to us in securing the flow of the show.

– Panu Koskinen, ShowTekniikka, Finland

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I can without exaggeration say that CueTimer has changed my life on show site in many ways. I really enjoy how much customization is available for the display features like creating a template for repeatable segments. My customers also love the messaging feature. For the cost of a license, laptop and small monitor, it’s definitely a better value proposition over a traditional clock system.

– Craig Trosclair, Corporate Lighting and Audio, USA

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CueTimer and APS are unbelievable lifesavers when working with corporate AV. It helps speed up my workflows and keeps the events on time. The option to give moderators and event producers a link for timers is a great feature. I’m very happy with the support and customer service. I recommend these tools for anyone who asks about solutions for presentation-switching and timers.

– Truls Skæveland, Eventi AS, Norway

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We have installed CueTimer on several Macbook Air and use the tool regularly. The range of functions is very large, the design can be adapted almost as desired and saved as a template. If necessary, the timer can be shared via a link over the Internet, but the software basically works offline, which is a great advantage over other products.

– Simon Anliker, Kilchenmann AG , Switzerland

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Finding a clock-solution for Lego Masters Norway that was reliable, flexible and easy to work with in a TV setting proved to be a challenge until we came across PresentationTools and their CueTimer software. I would definitely recommend CueTimer as a countdown timer and tool to kepp time in a tight program.

– Michael Thunem Berlund, Hilux A/S, Norway

A countdown timer application for physical, virtual & hybrid events

CueTimer can be used for any event that needs precise timings:

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Conferences & Seminars

A monitor with a countdown-timer is very useful for someone holding a presentation. With CueTimer it is easy to control this monitor and display the timers for the different speakers that enter the stage. When the time is running out you can make the colours change to notify the speakers.

CueTImer is a good choice as a countdown timer solution for streaming and digital events. Create an online timer or display the timer through your video-switcher.

Streaming & Remote Workflows

CueTimer is well suited for the digital workflow that has evolved during the Covid 19 pandemic. We have added multiple options for viewing the timers that should cover most scenarios: you can feed the video-mixers with HDMI or NDI video, and share a webpage with the timers to remote presenters and crew-members.

Lego Masters Norway season 2021 used CueTimer as a production timer to let the contestants know how much time they had left.

Broadcasting & Gameshows

A TV-show needs a production-timer that is reliable, flexible, and easy to use. CueTimer was built to solve this demanding task. To give an example, read more  about how CueTimer was used as a countdown-timer for the season one of Lego Masters Norway.

Multiple Output Options – HDMI, NDI & Online Countdowns

With CueTimer you can send the countdown anywhere:

Push the “Fullscreen” button to place the countdown on the external display. With SDI/Fibre extenders the monitor can be placed far away from the computer.

CueTimer has a native  NDI -output using the latest NDI 5 framework. This lets you share the countdown as graphics over the local LAN-network.

Create a webpage to share the current countdown and the schedule with a list of future timers. The page will scale automatically for all browser-sizes.

Control with Companion

Companion lets you control different devices over the local network and with Streamdeck hardware-boxes. It is free of charge and more info can be found  here.  Our Companion module includes buttons for the most important commands, and it has feedback for the current timer with colors that can be set from CueTimer. With our premade presets found in the Companion menu it is easy to drag and drop the buttons where you need them.

Customise the style of the fullscreen timer

The HDMI and NDI-output is completely customizable with colors, placement, fonts, and images. You can have a backgound-image for decoration, your company logo for branding, and to notify the speaker that the time is running out, add a blinking border.

Send messages to the presenters

The confidence-monitor with the timer is one of the few places where you can send messages to the presenter without the audience noticing it. Let them know if their microphone needs to be adjusted, if the next speaker is delayed, or use it for questions from the audience.

If you have a big monitor, place the message on the top of the screen along with the other content. Or if you really want to grab the attention of the speaker, give the message flashy colors and make it fill the whole screen. 

New in version 2.5: Spreadsheet-import

Now you can import a spreadsheet with a schedule or a rundown into CueTimer. And with the Auto-Schedule feature, you just need to know the start-times, and CueTimer will calculate the durations for you.

  • Import CSV and TSV files
  • Paste spreadsheet-data
  • Link timers with start and end times

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Control your licences from the user-dashboard

With a subscription-licence  you  can  create an account  on this site where you can monitor your licences, release licences from activated computers, and manage your subscriptions registered to your email-address.

CueTimer Feature Overview

Create a list of timers from our custom spreadsheet

Multiple outptut-options to display the timers on any device:

HDMI fullscreen output. Push the Fullscreen-button do display the timer on the external monitor.

NDI output. Send the timer-window as a native NDI source from CueTimer

Web output. Create a timer-webpage hosted on our server. Here you can also see the schedule with a list of future timers.

Preview windowed-output that is always on top and never reacts to keystrokes. Perfect for Powerpoint.

Use different timer-types: countdown, countup, countdown to time and regular clock.

Add warnings to notify the speaker that the time is running out

Options for what happens when the timer ends: go into overtime, stop the timer, or start the next timer

Change the duration by adding and subtracting minutes or manipulate the speed of the timers.

Customize the countdown-windows with colors, animations and scaling.

Change the style when the timer changes status. For example, when the timer ends, you can make the screen red, and make the countdown blink.

Send messages that is displayed on the timer-outputs. The appearance of the message is fully customisable: place it in the corner, or fill the whole screen.

Native desktop-apps for Mac and Windows that are light on system-resources. Built for demanding live-shows.

Support for multitasking: With native control over the CueTimer-windows, you can display our timers while using other apps.

Undo/Redo & Autosave. We got you covered if you accidentally start the next timer.

Use Stream Deck buttons to control CueTimer through Companion. Then you also get remote-control over the local network.

Support for multiple workflows: The timer-list can be an ordered schedule, or a selection of timer-templates that can be started easily

Import CSV & TSV files with any delimiter

Copy & paste spreadsheet-data into CueTimer

Spreadsheet-import menu where you can sort the columns you want to import

Export the timer-list as a CSV file

Auto-calculate timer-values so that the end of a timer becomes the start of the next. Then you only need the start-times to make a schedule with durations for all the segments.

Start and stop the timers with keyboard-shortcuts or large buttons

OSC messages to and from CueTimer. Trigger other devices when the timer ends, or start and stop timers with OSC commands.

An open API that lets you control CueTimer over the local network through TCP/IP commands. Create your own controller-app, or use the ones already made for you.

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CueTimer articles

We have collected a wide collection of articles about CueTimer. Read how keep soundchecks on time in music-festivals, or why we decided to go for an offline desktop-app for live-event timers.

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The user-guide is our reference on how to use CueTimer. We have tried to cover all related topics on how to control and configure our countdown-timer app.

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Youtube-channel

If you prefer learning by watching instead of reading, then the CueTimer online-tutorial series is for you. Or get tips about how to connect CueTimer to Qlab.

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Online Timer for Presentations

A shareable timer that keeps presentations on track. Run smaller lectures for free. Pay as you go for single events. Or subscribe to a full-suite presentation timer at affordable rates. Cloud-control the timer from your phone or computer.

Free, no signup required

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What customers love about Stagetimer

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Founder & Producer at Video Village Creative, Inc.

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Alec Creighton

Owner/General Manager at Northeast Colorado Broadcasting

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General Manager at Park Pixel AS

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Founder & Creative Director at Southam Creative

Simple to use & easy to share

Stagetimer is a remote-controlled countdown timer that allows you to set, start, pause, and reset a timer from any device with a web browser. It is available as a web application, as well as standalone versions for Windows and Mac. It include the ability to share the timer via unique links, display customizable messages on the timer, and control the timer remotely. It is perfect for events, meetings, and presentations, and is simple and easy to use.

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Stay on schedule with your presentations

Simplify timing so you can focus on what matters. Whether it’s in-person or online, let your production team focus on delivering a stellar presentation without worrying about timing and cues.

  • No downloads
  • No distracting ads
  • No frustration

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A presentation clock run entirely in the browser

Don’t worry about last-minute timer downloads, tangly cables, or awkward head-turning towards the clock mid-speech. This easy presentation clock runs uninterrupted on the browser, ensuring that all production members can access it from any device at any time.

  • Digital countdown clock with clear numerics
  • No downloads, cables, or clock-watching
  • Time of day display

Agenda link to share the program or rundown with others

Reach every team member with shareable links

Multiple devices? No problem. Keep all production members up-to-date by sharing a link to the speaker timer app. Delegate administrative control and allow a team member to announce messages and moderate event rundowns .

  • Display timers at multiple devices
  • Use any internet-connected device
  • Share timer with a link or QR code

Easily broadcast announcements to keep everyone informed

Need to make an important statement? Give an update or reminder? Keep your presentation production members up to date on event timelines or sudden changes through a live message broadcasting feature.

Start coordinating your presentation segments and Q&As more efficiently with color-coded and designable text formats.

  • Make important announcements on-demand
  • Inform presentation staff in real-time
  • Color-coded messages for better comprehension

The timer display can be customized to match event or company brand

On-brand customizations to personalize your presentation

Tailor your presentation timers to your brand or organization with a custom logo, color sets, font style and size, timer display settings, and a background image. It’s time to start delivering on-brand presentations on time. Live Example

  • Personalize your presentation
  • Market your brand during webinars & conferences
  • Configure timer views for best appearance

Viewer link for full-screen display of the timer

Track presentation progress in real-time

Get a color-coded progress bar stationed at the bottom of each presentation clock to update viewers on a presentation’s timeline in real-time. Take full control of your presentation’s flow by allowing speakers to pace themselves with a steady-moving ticker across the bar.

  • Allow presentation speakers to pace themselves
  • Color-coded blocks to indicate a segment’s timeline
  • Have better control over your presentation’s flow

Control all timers and messages from anywhere

Hold productive presentations, both on-site and globally

Stagetimer’s speaker timer app is perfect for both on-site and virtual presentations. Your presentation timer syncs with foreign time zones to seamlessly integrate international speakers without hassle.

  • Use for on-site or remote conferences
  • Seamlessly sync with different time zones
  • Time speakers from anywhere around the world

Stagetimer’s speaker timer has some of the most affordable pricing. Enjoy all the essential timer-management functions for free.

Need our premium countdown timer for a one-time event? Pay a one-time flat fee and get full-time access for 10 days. Or, pay a small monthly subscription (save 20% annually) for ongoing access to our full-suite public speaking timers to create and manage your events and presentations.

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Frequently asked questions

Can i program or schedule the presentation timer.

You can program Stagetimer by scheduling multiple timers or linking them together so that one starts right when the other one ends. This feature is available on the web version, as well as the Windows and Mac versions. You can also start a timer at a specific time and date by clicking the gear icon on the individual timer, selecting the "Scheduled" trigger, and choosing a time and date. If the time has already passed, the date will be automatically set for the next day. This automation tool is useful for creating a series of timed events or presentations.

Can attendees send questions to the presenter?

Simply share the link or QR code available on the controller page (right under the message column) and your audience will be able to send questions that will automatically turn into messages. You can then edit and reorganize the order of the messages and show them one at a time to speakers.

Can I use Stagetimer for free?

You can use Stagetimer for free. The free version of Stagetimer allows you to use all of the basic features, including creating and running timers, scheduling timers, and linking timers together. However, the free version does not include access to the Pro and Premium features, which include additional customization options and advanced features such as importing and exporting timer data, and real-time control of timers from more than three devices at the same time.

What is a presentation timer?

A presentation timer is a tool that can be used to efficiently conduct remote, in-person or virtual meetings, events and conferences by providing speakers with the ability to easily see how much time they have left to speak. You can set multiple timers for different speakers, send messages to speakers, and automate show flows.

What are some use-cases for a speaker timer?

A presentation timer is essential for in-person events, virtual meetings, online presentations, and live-streamed broadcasts. So if you're organizing any sort of event like this, you should be using a speech timer to make sure things run smoothly every time.

An automated timer makes it easy to give everyone an equal chance to speak whenever necessary, by providing participants with an allotted time for their input.

How does a shareable timer keep a presentation on track?

Automation. Simply set timers for each presentation segment and optionally set triggers for them to start automatically. With a shareable agenda link, you can allow team members to moderate the event. This way, you can monitor your presentation’s flow to the second and move through it smoothly with a human overseeing everything.

Can I use Stagetimer with any device?

You can use Stagetimer with any device that has a modern web browser. This includes desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Stagetimer is a web-based application, so you do not need to download or install any software to use it. Simply visit the Stagetimer website in your web browser and you will be able to use all of the features of the app. You can also use Stagetimer offline on a Mac or Windows computer by downloading the offline version of the app.

Can I share the event agenda with others?

Every room comes ready with a shareable agenda link for your attendees to access anytime. You can also send collaborative links to team members and delegate administrative tasks during events.

What are a presentation clock’s benefits?

A presentation timer automation tool like Stagetimer is an essential tool for companies looking to plan and manage the schedule of their in-person or virtual events and meetings. These tools help make events more effective by keeping speakers on track, ensuring that time-strict events stay on schedule. As an event coordinator or project manager, you can set up event flows on autopilot with Stagetimer's scheduling or trigger features, so you don't have to manually switch between speaker sessions. In addition to keeping events running smoothly, a stage timer is also a simple way to consistently market your brand or product throughout an event, as users will constantly be looking at the timer.

Who uses a presentation timer tool?

A presentation timer can be used by anyone who wants to conduct successful virtual and on-site events with minimal disruptions. So we're talking event production managers and staff, conference organizers, audiovisual professionals, and live-streaming or media production staff who want an automated way to see who's talking and how much time they have left.

Can I use Stagetimer for my PowerPoint presentation?

Absolutely.

Your presentation clock can run on a separate screen while you move through your PowerPoint slides. This way, presenters can pace themselves and finish with each slide accordingly.

The 6 best Pomodoro timer apps in 2023

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The Pomodoro Technique is one of the most deceptively simple and effective productivity tools I've ever used. It stops you from procrastinating or getting distracted, so you can just get things done—and all it takes is a tiny bit of commitment.

While any timer (or timer app) will work for the Pomodoro Technique, a dedicated Pomodoro app can make the already simple technique even simpler by automatically alternating between work and break periods, tracking how many different periods you've completed, and generally just smoothing out the hassle of winding up a manual timer or constantly checking the clock. So, let's look at the best Pomodoro timers.

The 6 best Pomodoro timer apps

MarinaraTimer for a shareable web-based Pomodoro timer

Forest for a mobile Pomodoro timer

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Toggl Track for combining Pomodoro with time-tracking

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique sounds unbelievably basic, but it works far better than you'd think. Here's what you do: You set a timer for 25 minutes, work until it's up, then take a 5-minute break—and repeat the whole process three more times. After that, you take a 15- to 30-minute break, depending on how you feel. That's one full Pomodoro cycle.

I've used the Pomodoro Technique (or variations on it that we'll look at later) for more than a decade. While it didn't single-handedly get me through my college degrees, it helped me get better grades with less effort. As a professional writer, it's the tool I bust out whenever I need to hit a deadline or just get work done without dawdling. I'm using it right now to write this article.

What makes the Pomodoro Technique so effective is just how easy it is to implement. The work blocks are just 25 minutes long. That's long enough that you can stay engaged and make real progress, without feeling like it's a grind, while the 5-minute breaks, which never feel far off, give you a chance to freely check Twitter or look at some emails without overly disrupting your workflow. I'm just seven minutes into my current work block, but I know I only have to wait 18 more minutes until my next cup of coffee. Even I can keep typing that long.

Francesco Cirillo developed the Pomodoro Technique in the 1980s when he was in college in Italy and struggling to study. He kept getting distracted and losing focus (and he didn't even have Instagram or TikTok), so he went looking for a way to keep his mind on track. Inspiration came from a small tomato-shaped kitchen timer. Cirillo started by setting it for 10 minutes and trying to just work for the 10 minutes until the timer rang. And it helped—he was instantly more productive, at least when the timer was running.

After a bit of tweaking, testing, and refining, Cirillo settled on 25 minutes of work followed by a five-minute break, repeated four times, as the best balance for him. Since the Italian for tomato is "pomodoro," he called his system the Pomodoro Technique after the original little tomato timer. 

Over the past few decades, the technique has become more popular. The basic process is normally described as something like this:

Decide what you're going to do. Pick a task that you think should take roughly 25 minutes to accomplish. Bigger tasks will need to be split into smaller chunks. For example, for me, each section of this article is getting assigned one or two 25-minute chunks, depending on how long it is and how much of the information I need to update.

Set a timer for 25 minutes. Get to work, and don't stop until the timer rings. Ignore any distractions or notifications from emails, texts, or the like. (You should really have everything silenced while you work .)

When the timer rings, you've done one Pomodoro. Take a five-minute break to clear your head. You can stretch, get coffee, or check social media. Basically, any of the things you're not allowed to do when you're working are now fair game. Use the timer to keep yourself honest.

After a total of four Pomodoros, take a longer break. Somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes is normally right; it depends on how you feel. Grab lunch, read a book, or go for a quick walk.

Start another Pomodoro cycle. Keep going until your work or study session is done. Most people will be able to accomplish two full cycles, but three or four are possible if you have a lot to get done.

Marvel at how productive you've been.

I love the Pomodoro Technique. But to be totally honest, I rarely use it exactly as instructed. (I find that if you get into a good flow with things, a break every 25 minutes can feel disruptive.) But even if you don't stick exactly to the Pomodoro Technique's time blocks , the underlying principles are really powerful—and the same timer apps can generally accommodate longer (or shorter) work blocks. 

So, if the formality of the Pomodoro Technique turns you off, don't worry. Cirillo discovered it with trial and error. I suggest you find the time blocks that work best for you the same way.

Add automation to your Pomodoro techniques to spend less time tracking and more time focused on your tasks. Here are ways to use automated workflows for time tracking and task management .

What makes a great Pomodoro timer app?

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The key to the Pomodoro Technique is its simplicity. You don't need eight inboxes, three filing cabinets, a virtual assistant, and a subscription to Bloomberg to get it to work. Any timer, whether it's digital or analog, will do. Still, the best Pomodoro timer apps bring a little bit more to the system and make it easier to apply in the real world.

The best Pomodoro timers offer more than the stopwatch app on your phone. There's no point downloading another app if all it does is replicate your phone's existing features. Every app here had to offer a bit more. Some automate the process of swapping between work and break periods; others track how you spend your time or sync between your different devices. One of my favorites is simply a nice browser app, so you can leave your smartphone in another room. 

The best apps are as simple as the Pomodoro Technique to use, nice to look at, and don't add any extra distractions. The Pomodoro Technique is about removing friction, not adding it. A timer shouldn't be a burden to set. Any developer can build a timer app, and there are a lot of poorly-thought-out, half-finished, and otherwise awful apps out there—none of them are on this list, I promise. 

The best timers are productivity process agnostic —you can use them on their own or with whatever other apps you like. The Pomodoro Technique is a low-level technique you can use on top of any other productivity practices. You probably already have a to-do list and a calendar, so you don't need a Pomodoro clock that includes a half-baked tomato-themed to-do list and a bright red calendar. You're not going to move everything across anyway.

The best timer apps let you develop your own personal system. Cirillo only settled on the four sessions of 25 minutes with a five-minute break through trial and error. As convenient as they are for students struggling to study, they're not magic productivity numbers. As you use the Pomodoro Technique, you're likely to find that you want to make some tweaks. I personally prefer much longer work blocks when I'm writing because I can get into more of a flow. For boring admin stuff or my accounts, I'll sometimes go as short as 15-minute blocks. 

Any Pomodoro tracker that made the list had to be up to date and under active development or maintenance. These kinds of apps seem to be a super common practice project for independent developers, so there are a lot of apps out there that haven't been maintained. While they might still work, they're likely to break in the future. Their user interfaces also look horrendously dated now, which is a bit of a pet peeve.

To put together this list, I've checked out more than 30 different Pomodoro Technique timers (and productivity timers claiming they were Pomodoro timers) over the past three years. I've been using the system for more than a decade, so I've developed a pretty deep understanding of how these apps can help—or hinder—your productivity. 

To test things, I used any apps that looked like they could be a good fit for this list as I went about my work life, writing and researching articles. I used every app for at least a few Pomodoro cycles, and in the case of one app that I personally use, a few hundred Pomodoro cycles. I've also found a new app I'm excited to keep using over the next few months. After more than three years of testing, here are the best Pomodoro apps around.

The best Pomodoro app for a simple web-based Pomodoro timer

Pomodor  (web).

Pomodor, our pick for the best simple Pomodoro timer

Pomodor pros:

A quick, easy to use, and great looking web app 

Free account allows you to track your Pomodoro sessions 

Pomodor cons:

Not much more advanced than a stopwatch 

If you're able to ignore the constant distractions, it's hard to beat the convenience of the timer app on your smartphone. But Pomodor comes close, and if you're prone to looking at your phone every time it flashes, it's the much better option. 

Pomdor is a great-looking, minimalist, web-based Pomodoro timer that's perfect for anyone just curious to try out the Pomodoro Technique or who only occasionally needs a Pomodoro app (it even has a Dark Mode). Just hit the Play button, and it'll start cycling through full Pomodoro sessions—with the countdown on display in the URL title bar.

There are lots of timer websites out there, but Pomodor stands out from the mediocre masses for a couple of reasons. You can customize the length of the work and break periods as well as the number of Pomodoros you do before a long break, so you can fit it into how you like to work. Just go to Settings in the left sidebar to customize it all. 

Also, you can set up a free account, which then allows you to track how much work you get done on any given day. Click Add Label on the timer to list what you're working on for each Pomodoro, so it's all categorized properly. 

Really, as a default go-to timer that you don't need to install anything to use, Pomodor is perfect. There are better, more fully-featured timers available if that's what you're looking for. But for anyone who's just Pomodoro-curious, Pomodor is easy to recommend.

Pomodor price: Free, with donations to the site designer recommended

The best Pomodoro app for a shareable web-based Pomodoro timer

Marinaratimer  (web).

Marinara Timer, our pick for the best shareable web-based Pomodoro timer

MarinaraTimer pros:

Shareable timer makes it easy to work with other people 

Surprisingly customizable timers, so you can use it for non-Pomodoro things 

MarinaraTimer cons:

Very dated web app

The Pomodoro Technique is a personal productivity practice, but it's also incredibly effective for small groups of people working together—either in person or online. You work for 25 minutes, then spend five minutes discussing what you're doing. And repeat. Not many Pomodoro timers are set up to be used like this, however, which is why web-based MarinaraTimer makes our list—despite its dated look. (The developers are working on a new version , though maybe MarinaraTimer is now so dated it counts as retro.)

MarinaraTimer is as simple as it comes: you don't even need an account to share timers. When you open the website, you're presented with three timer options: Pomodoro, Custom, and Kitchen. Pomodoro is the normal 25/5 setup with a 15-minute break after four rounds; Custom lets you set up whatever work/break/rest periods you and your team need; Kitchen is just a simple timer. 

Where MarinaraTimer really stands out (other than the questionable design) is that you can share timers. Each one has a unique URL that you can send to your coworkers in other locations. That way, everyone can work off the same countdown. You can customize the link text (just click Manage ) and even create an administrator link, so other people can reset the timer as needed. 

MarinaraTimer price: Free

The best mobile Pomodoro app

Forest (ios, android).

Forest, our pick for the best mobile Pomodoro app

Forest pros:

The utterly charming tree-based conceit genuinely can make you productive 

Deep Focus Mode can stop you from getting distracted by your smartphone 

Forest cons:

Can be slow to use, and the app itself can be a bit distracting

If your smartphone is your biggest source of distraction, Forest is a clever—and very cute—way to fix it. 

The idea is that whenever you want to stay focused, you plant a tree. As you work and the timer counts down, the tree grows on your phone screen in front of you (and you can listen to calming forest sounds). If you're in Deep Focus Mode and leave the app, your tree withers and dies. Every focus session you complete plants that tree in your forest, which grows over the days and weeks you use the app. You also unlock coins, so you can get new trees or even plant a real one . It's a classic bit of gamification that's surprisingly effective.

Forest's cutesy image belies some powerful functionality. You can tag your work periods by what you're doing, and the analytics track when you're most productive. It even provides trends, and if you get your friends or coworkers on board, you can compete to see who's most productive—or work together to plant trees. On iPhone, it also supports Live Activities, so you can see a timer countdown on your lock screen.

Forest isn't strictly a Pomodoro timer—you can focus for as long as you want, and there's a conspicuous absence of tomato-related puns and imagery—but it defaults to the 25/5 split (though you will need to manually take breaks). Still, of all the smartphone timers I considered, it's the one that really stood apart (like a mighty oak?) and was different enough from the built-in apps that it's worth recommending. If you want something more traditional and tomato-inspired, you could also try Be Focused for iOS or Engross on Android .

P.S. If you like cutesy timers but want something with more bears, check out Bear Focus Timer .

Forest price: $3.99 on iOS; free on Android with ads

The best Pomodoro app for most Mac users

Be focused pro  (macos, ios).

Be Focused, our pick for the best Pomodoro app for most Mac users

Be Focused pros:

Simple, one-time payment 

Syncs timers between your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch 

Be Focused cons:

A bit dated at this point

Like with so many app categories, Apple users have all the best options. Be Focused Pro is one of the nicest takes on a pure Pomodoro timer that doesn't charge an ongoing subscription fee, though it is starting to show its age. The user interface hasn't really been updated since it was my go-to Pomodoro app five years ago.

On a Mac, where you probably do most of your work, Be Focused is a small menu bar app. Click the icon, and you can start a timer, name the task you're working on, or access the basic to-do list. It's no replacement for a dedicated to-do app, but it's a handy addition for keeping track of what you're working on and how many Pomodoros it takes. (For more detail on that, you can also check out the Reports section, which breaks it all down into nice graphs). 

On iPhones and iPads, it's a standalone timer app with all the same features. Perhaps the best one is that all your data is synced between all your devices. Even the live timers. This means you can have the same Pomodoro countdown running on your Mac, iPhone, and even your Apple Watch. 

There are free versions of Be Focused available for macOS and iOS, but both are supported by pretty ugly and intrusive ads, and you can't sync between them. I'd recommend upgrading to Pro—it's a one-time total of $8, which is a lot cheaper than most subscription apps.

If Be Focused doesn't strike your fancy, there are plenty of other Apple-exclusive Pomodoro timers around. Two worth looking at are FocusList , if you want a daily to-do list setup and Flow if you want distracting apps automatically blocked. (Or keep reading for my next pick, also for Mac users.)

Be Focused price: Free with ads on Mac and iOS. $4.99 for Be Focused Pro on Mac and $2.99 for Be Focused Pro on iOS to enable cross-device syncing.

The absolute best Pomodoro app for Mac users

Session (macos, ios).

Session, our pick for the absolute best Pomodoro timer app for Mac users

Session pros:

The most over-the-top (in a good way) Pomodoro timer around 

Session cons:

Comically expensive for a timer

Session is an absolutely ridiculous app. The designer has basically set out to make the best possible Pomodoro timer for Apple devices—and pulled it off. Let's talk features. 

Session ticks all the normal Mac Pomodoro app boxes: customizable timer lengths, keyboard shortcuts, and a nice menu bar app. Then it throws in all the nice extras, like syncing between the Mac app and iOS app, detailed analytics, integration with your calendar, and app- and website-blocking on the Mac. Then it just gets silly by supporting all the latest Apple features, like Live Activities in the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro; supporting automations using Shortcuts and AppleScript , so you can trigger anything you want at the start and end of each timer; and even integrating with Slack, so you can set a custom status when you start focusing. 

Finally, on top of all that, it dares to be mindful: each session starts with a quick bit of mindful breathing, and you're prompted to take notes and reflect on how productive your day has been. Session is as feature-complete and overbuilt as any app can be. 

Of course, something this silly obviously comes with a silly price tag. The free plan offers a nice, though basic Pomodoro timer. But to make the most of Session, you'll need to sign up for Pro Monthly at $4.99/month or Pro Yearly at $39.99/year. (It's also available as part of Setapp , along with dozens of other apps, for $9.99/month.)

Honestly, Session almost didn't make the list because recommending any Pomodoro timer as an ongoing subscription would be very hard—if I hadn't signed up already myself. 

Session price: Free basic app; from $4.99/month for Monthly Pro. 

The best time-tracking Pomodoro app

Toggl track (macos, windows, ios, android, and browser extensions).

Toggl Track, our pick for the best time-tracking Pomodoro app

Toggl Track pros:

Integrates with Toggl's other time-tracking and invoicing tools 

Pomodoro timer doesn't feel like an afterthought, despite not being a major feature 

Toggl Track cons:

Way more than most people need

If you get paid by billable hours, then you might want to set up a Pomodoro timer that can actually track how long you're working for, automatically filter out your break periods, and make invoicing your clients easy. Toggl Track can do all that—and more. (Note: the Pomodoro feature is not available in the Toggl web app .)

Now, Toggl is primarily a time-tracking app. ( It's on our list of the best ones, actually .) If you aren't going to heavily use its time-tracking functionality, one of the other apps on this list will be a better choice for you. But if you want to track your billable Pomodoros (or already use Toggl and want to use the Pomodoro Technique), then it can be a great fit. 

Toggl is really easy to use. Whenever you want to track what you're doing, you start a timer. You don't even need to specify what project you're working on or who the client is: you can do that after. With Pomodoro mode enabled on Toggl , you can set the  timer to count down in your chosen Pomodoro length (25 minutes by default), then start a five-minute break. After your brief bit of respite, you can roll through into a new work session. 

And don't worry if you get into a flow and work right through a break or forget to start the timer. In the web app, go to Track , and then select whatever time period you want. Click on the folder icon to assign it to a work project, or click on its name to rename it.

Toggl also integrates with Zapier , so you can do things like create calendar events from new time entries or add new entries to a spreadsheet.

Create Google Calendar events from new Toggl time entries

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Add new Toggl time entries to a Google Sheets spreadsheet

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Toggl price: Free for basic time-tracking and Pomodoro timer; from $10/user/month for the Starter plan with billable rates, time rounding, and more. 

Other timer options

By the very nature of this list, I was focusing on apps that either explicitly or tacitly embraced the principles of Francesco Cirillo's Pomodoro Technique. One of my criteria was that it was primarily a timer app, rather than an app with a timer tacked on. That meant some good timing options didn't make the list because, if I had to review every app that has a stopwatch, this article would have never been written. Among the better options that I haven't otherwise featured are:

A physical kitchen timer, or even a fancy sand timer . Seriously, I'm a huge fan of analog devices. For productivity situations like this, sometimes the solution is less technology, not more. 

Any.do is a great to-do list app. Its Focus Mode is similar to Forest (or a Pomodoro timer). If you already use it for your to-dos, you might not need another app. 

PomoDoneApp integrates a Pomodoro timer with productivity apps like Microsoft Outlook, Basecamp, Evernote, and Trello. At around $5/month for the Lite plan, plus more for certain integrations, it didn't quite make the cut, but it might be worth a look if you're a serious productivity nerd.

If you want something cheaper and just use Trello, check out Pomello .

If you like Kanban boards and aren't already committed to Trello, KanbanFlow is a great option. The Pomodoro Timer is integrated with each card, and it works really well. 

Focus Mode by Geekbot (not to be confused with any of the other focus modes we've looked at) is basically Do Not Disturb for Slack. If Slack is your biggest source of distractions, it can work as a Pomodoro Timer that tells your coworkers what you're busy with. 

If you absolutely insist on combining a Pomdoro timer with a to-do list, Pomotodo has you covered.

In the past, I used Horo , a simple Mac menu bar timer, in my incredibly convoluted productivity setup that involves a Loupedeck , Keyboard Maestro , and the app-blocker Focus . If you want something that's entirely system-agnostic and you're on a Mac, I'm a fan—though right now, I'm still using Session.

Is the Pomodoro Technique for you?

If you're naturally inclined to jump around from task to task, a system like the Pomodoro Technique may provide the structure you need to stay focused and productive. Still, Pomodoro isn't for everyone. If you try it out and find that it isn't right for you, there are plenty of other  task management techniques  to consider.

Remember, the best approach to boosting your productivity is to experiment—both with tools and techniques—to find a system that works perfectly for you. The Pomodoro Technique can be a great base to build from, but don't be afraid to put your own spin on it.

Related reading:

If the Pomodoro Technique doesn't work for you, try Flowtime

5 daily scheduling methods to bring more focus to your day

The best apps to help you focus and block distractions

Originally published in March 2017 by Sean Kennedy, this post has also had contributions from Jessica Greene and Jennifer Allen. It was most recently updated by Harry Guinness in April 2023.

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Presentation Clock 4+

Shawn welch, designed for ipad.

  • 4.4 • 83 Ratings

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This app does one thing but it does it extremely well. If you give presentations, training, tutorials, or speak publicly, this app is for you. Beautifully animated, with large, easy to read numbers that change colors at thresholds you determine. When the timer hits 0:00, the colors invert (black on red) and continue counting up indicating how long you've gone over. Fully customizable options and simple touch controls * Create and save as many timers as you want * Set time limits for color warnings to change the clock to green, yellow and red * Timers can be configured to give audible and/or vibration alerts when crossing a time limit threshold—but if you want a completely silent countdown, thats ok too :)

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Really loved the app until...love it even more..

This was my original post above. But now there is less chance of that because the touch area to start and stop has been reduced. Would be nice if that area were made clear or a stylized Button I still think press and hold to stop would rock. Don't understand what folks complaining about with the running on, as a presenter, you stop your timer when done. You forgot to stop it, that'd be on you. If I go over I need to see how much. This is still the best to me. ALSO: Suggestion: Please make it where it will stay open as small video window so i can use my Good Reader and have my time rocking at the same time. That would just rock!

Does its one thing very well

During timing, this app devotes the entire screen to the clock readout and makes good use of color to signal time's about to run out, or is past the set limit. The interface for controlling the timer is not perfectly discoverable, and there is the occasional glitch… such as an item in the timer list being connected to the wrong timer. So to use this app well, take care to set it up in advance of live use: Fix glitches (by testing and redefining your set of timers as needed), and practice picking, starting, pausing, resetting, and restarting timers until you're fluent at operating the app. I am not deducting stars for these problems/challenges because, dude, it's a 99 cent app. It does its one thing beautifully and that's enough.

Finally! Just what I was looking for!

I am a professional trainer. I even train other to give presentations. This is a great countdown timer to keep us all on track. It has large fonts on black background when you turn your phone sideways. It counts down so you always no how much time you have! You can set the start time (green) and first warning (yellow) and next warning (red) as it counts down by minutes and seconds (even hours). When the presenter goes over time, the background changes to red, the font to black, and the timer starts counting up! It is perfect for times when we need to watch our time. I suggested my whole team download this to our phones. Cost is negligible.

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10 best timer apps for Android to countdown to anything

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There are many types of timers out there. There are timers for productivity, specific types of exercise, cooking, 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 , along with smartwatches, have a timer function built-in as well.

The best timer apps for Android:

Google clock, goodtime minimalist pomodoro timer, interval timer, kitchen timer, multi timer stopwatch, stopwatch timer original.

  • Timerbox Timer

Visual Timer

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.

Price: Free

Google Clock screenshot 2022

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.

Price: Free / $4.99

Goodtime Minimalist Pomodo Timer

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.

Price: Free / Up to $2.99

Interval Timer screenshot 2021

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 screenshot

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.

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Price: Free / $4.49

Multi Timer StopWatch screenshot

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 screenshot

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 screenshot 2023

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.

Price: Free / Up to $5.00

Visual Timer screenshot

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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The 4 Best Timer Apps for Windows

Losing track of time? Let these Window timer apps keep you on track and focused.

Timer apps are great for tracking how much time you spend on a particular task or blocking out time as you get through your to-do list. This helps you avoid distractions that can lead you off course and allows you to focus on the job at hand. Moreover, you can hold yourself accountable if you spend more time on a particular task than you should.

To keep track of your schedule and stay on top of your daily plan, here are some timer apps you can download for Windows.

1. Visual Timers

Visual Timers allow you to track your time for almost any task. With it, you can set a timer for every activity you do throughout the day separately.

Whether you're tracking the cooking time to follow a recipe perfectly, keeping track of your cardio time, monitoring the amount of time you spend studying a particular subject, limiting screen time that damages your eyes, or taking a brief break in the middle of your hectic schedule, Visual Timers let you track it all.

With a few timer tiles already built into the app, with every activity represented by a unique picture, the app's interface is quite appealing. You can also customize the interface to suit your taste. Additionally, you can set different built-in sounds or record an audio message using your voice to play when the timer ends.

Besides using the built-in timer tiles, you can also create a new tile and personalize it. The cherry on top? It is free to use and does not offer anything premium. With its unique features without costing a dime, it has earned the top spot in our ranking of the best timer apps for Windows.

Download: Visual Timers (Free)

2. Countdown+

Countdown+ may not be the best tool to track time for daily activities, but it should be your first choice to set a timer for specific occasions. For instance, you can add the birthdays of your loved ones in the app, and the app will display how much time remains until their birthday (from months to minutes).

It is also possible to add a picture of your loved ones along with the timer you set, making it easy to keep track of everyone's birthdays. The app has a straightforward interface, and you can pin the tiles containing the timer, and the picture you choose will be used as its background.

The Countdown+ app allows you to set the timer to repeat every year. As a result, selecting the birthdays of your loved ones once will allow you to keep track of them automatically for years to come. The best part is that the app is free to use and doesn't require a premium subscription.

With Countdown+, you'll always know when your loved ones' birthdays are, and never forget to wish them on time. If that's not enough, be sure to check out our list of Windows birthday apps .

Download: Countdown+ (Free)

3. Free Timer

Free Timer offers more than just time tracking; it combines a countdown timer, a random number picker, a built-in clock, a soundtrack library, and a whiteboard. Here is what each of these features allows you to do:

  • Countdown: A general countdown timer allows you to start your countdown or choose from presets. With just a few clicks, you can stop, resume, or reset the countdown.
  • Whiteboard: Using the app's built-in whiteboard, your children can draw on their Windows tablet while you can limit their screen time using the countdown timer. The whiteboard has inks of different thicknesses that allow kids to draw seamlessly.
  • Clock: This is a simple clock that displays the time.
  • Soundtracks: A library of different sounds that can be played as a countdown timer's notifications.
  • Random Number Picker: It picks a lucky winner from a pool of selected numbers, which can come in handy if you regularly hold giveaways.

The app's interface is simple yet appealing, and you can easily navigate through all the options. The app, however, has a few downsides:

  • There is no option to set and save timers for specific activities; you must start the countdown manually, and you can run only one countdown at a time.
  • It cannot be used as a widget. So, whenever you want to check the time, start a countdown, use the number selector, or use any other feature, you'll have to open the app.

Download: Free Timer (Free)

4. Free Timer App

The Free Timer App is another feature-rich yet lightweight timer app available on the Microsoft Store. It has an elegant yet simple interface that displays the countdown on an analog clock rather than a digital one. The app displays the remaining countdown time as a colored section that moves counterclockwise, allowing users to monitor the remaining time easily.

With a button click, you can switch between white and black backgrounds and start, stop, and reset the timer easily. Also, like other apps on the list, Free Timer App lets you choose the notification sound you want to play when the countdown ends, and you can also make the notification ring multiple times.

A full-screen mode is also available, which is ideal for exam environments, especially if you have access to a projector. When using it as a countdown timer for exams, you can enable a metronome, which helps the countdown tick every second for a limited time before the countdown finishes.

The app is available in more than 20 languages, and its features are free. Choosing Free Timer App will be a real productivity booster for you. And be sure to check out our guide covering more personal productivity-enhancing apps .

Download: Free Timer App (Free)

Boost Your Productivity With Timer Apps

Using a timer app can be a great way to improve focus, and it helps users get tasks done more efficiently. Hopefully, our list of the best timer apps will help you find the right one for you. While Visual Timers seems to be the best timer app on the list, if you're looking for a simple option, Free Timer App should be your choice.

Have you ever automated repetitive tasks? If you haven't already, you should definitely consider doing so. Using apps such as IFTTT, Frequent, and Linkjar can save you a lot of time.

31 of the best smartphone apps for presenters and professional speakers

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Smartphone apps

Can your smartphone make you a better speaker?

We use our smartphones for just about everything, and they certainly can help you improve your talks and audience engagement.

A few years ago, we posted an article on the 21 apps that you can use to improve your talks, and today we are updating this list with 10 new, tried and tested apps that can help you master your speaking techniques.

Let’s jump right in.

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1.   Voice Notes + Dictation

Some speakers find it easier to get into the flow and say what they are thinking, rather than write out what they would like to say. Voice Notes is one of the highest-rated free transcription apps and can help you by recording what you say and turning the recording into text. You can work out your content through various renditions of the recording, and then find the flow that will work best for your talk.

2.  KeyNote ,  PowerPoint ,  Google Slides , and  Prezi

All of your favorite slide creation platforms: KeyNote, PowerPoint, Google Slides and Prezi, are available as smartphone apps. Create and change your presentation on the go, keep them on hand so you can practice your talk anywhere, and have an immediate backup in case the tech fails at your next event. 

KeyNote on  Android  |  iOS

PowerPoint on  Android  |  iOS

Google Slides on  Android  |  iOS

Prezi on  Android  |  iOS

While PowerPoint has been a keystone for many presentations for years, below are two newer apps which can help you create visually compelling slides that integrate video, images, and audio flawlessly, while you are on the go.

3. FlowVella

Flowvella has been created specifically for iPhones and iPads, and is one of the best new platforms for creating fully integrated and interactive presentations. It has been specifically designed and developed for tablet usage, and uses smart gesture technology. It allows you to flawlessly integrate media from all kinds of different sources so you never get caught awkwardly waiting for a video to connect or being forced to screenshot or open a PDF to include in the presentation.  

4. Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck makes the most beautifully-designed presentations. It is near impossible to make an unattractive presentation with this tool. It is only available as an app: which is perfect if you are on the go or your smartphone is your go-to device. If you are looking for a simple, easy tool that makes gorgeous slides, this is the one for you.

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John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and lecturer at the University of Washington, says that our brains will inevitably start to get bored after a mere 10 minutes , and by changing up the content style every 7-10 minutes, you can keep your audience engaged throughout your entire presentation. With Powtoon, you can create short informational animations that can help explain a specific point or an in-depth piece of information; keeping your audience engaged while still getting your idea across.

6. AIO Remote

Turn your Android smartphone into a presentation remote with the All In One Remote. All you need do is sync the presentation with the app and desktop app and you are ready to go. Integrates with Windows, Linux and Mac, and you can control any application on your computer through WiFi or Bluetooth. And it’s free!

Practice makes perfect

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There is a fine line between over- and under-practicing your speech. Practice your talk until you know all your main points without hesitation, but still sound conversational and flexible.

Stop using filler words and improve your pronunciation

Most people use filler words like “um” and “ah” when they are speaking. However, when on stage this can be very distracting for your audience. Download the Ummo app to get a handle on your “ums” and “ahs”. The app records your speech, then generates a transcript highlighting where you used filler words. This way you can tackle making sure you omit them from your future talks.

This app was designed for non-native English speaker and speakers who struggle with speech impairments. Created by two international engineering students at Drexel University, Orai records your talk and gives you instant, action-oriented feedback which will help you to improve your pronunciation, pauses and energy levels, while offering speaking tips to help you improve the flow and make your talks more understandable.

This app will help you practice taking filler words out of your speaking. While Ummo will help you with your specific talk, what happens when you need to answer a question? The app will help you practice eliminating these words in unpracticed speech. There are two games: TalkAbout and FreeStyle, which record you speaking about various topics. The app monitors how many times you use filler words and gives you a detailed report to track your progress.

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

Timing can make or break a performance — as anyone who has sat in on a session that has overrun by 20 minutes knows.

These next apps will help you manage your timing and pacing. From establishing good speaking rhythms to countdown clocks, these apps will help you go with the flow and stay on time. 

A teleprompter “prompts” you with a visual text of your presentation. It allows you to read the text word-for-word ensuring consistent and accurate speech while maintaining the illusion of spontaneity. 

10. iPrompt Pro 

iPrompt Pro is one of the most intuitive teleprompting apps. It has a lot of options: from colour choices to scrolling speeds. It also has in-app text editing and timing changes, which is ideal for making changes as you are practicing. Although, there is some heavy advertising on the app (which can be quite tiresome) it is a low-cost, flexible app that has a lot to offer. 

11. Teleprompt +3

Teleprompt +3  is a simple and well-designed app that has incredible options that will help you practice your talk. The timer tools are very helpful for ensuring your session runs on time. Tools like the audio and video recorder, rich text editor, and intuitive speed control help you make your talk look and sound natural. This is one of the more expensive apps, but if you are looking for a tool that will go above and beyond your expectations for a teleprompter, this is it.  

12. Prompster

Prompster is smoothly-designed and provides readable text for all sorts of audible presentations, including talks, lectures, and sermons. You can create or import your documents, record your presentation (pro version), and share your talk with your audience via email. The onscreen controls allow you to set your text size and speed easily. If you are looking for a great tool to practice with, this is a tried-and-true app. It was voted iPhoneLife Magazine’s Best Public Speaking and Presentation App.

13. Teleprompter Pro Lite

Teleprompter Pro (both Lite and Premium) are very responsive and easy to use. You can type in or import your talk, then select your font, text size, and pace. The app continuously highlights where you are in the script so you won’t get lost. You can share your scripts on all of your devices: ideal for setting up your backup solutions. You can export prompt files using AirDrop or email. The Pro version also has a video recording function, which is perfect for watching your practices and making improvements.

Normal conversational speech ranges between approximately 120-200 words per minute, and listening to someone speak outside of this range can be difficult.

For example, an auctioneer can speak upwards of 400 words per minute, but listening to someone speak for 20 minutes in this range will befuddle and irritate any audience. On the other hand, speaking at less than 110 wpm will cause the audience to get bored and tune out.

Speech rate guidelines:

Slow: less than 110 wpm

Conversational: between 110 wpm and 160 wpm.

Fast: more than 160 wpm

Radio hosts and podcasters tend to speak at 150-160 wpm.

Auctioneers and commentators speak between 250 and 400 wpm.

Using a metronome can help you set your pace, but don’t forget to vary your pace — keeping it too even will sound monotonous, so play around with your pacing until it is in the right range while still sounding natural.

14. Metronome Beats

Metronome Beats has easy-to-use controls for increasing and decreasing the tempo in small increments. The visual beat indicators help you to keep track, and it is easy to mute the metronome while visually monitoring your tempo.

15. Pro Metronome

Pro Metronome was created for all kinds of stage performers, including musicians, to improve their rhythm. It is a fantastic app for public speakers who are working on their pacing. This app has a variety of ways to keep your tempo: from screen color changes to vibrations and sounds.

Timers and Clocks

It is so easy to lose track of how long you’ve been on stage. Being able to keep your talk on time is crucial. It keeps you from waffling on and ensures that the whole event runs in a timely manner.

Having a timer will help you keep your presentation flowing on time.

16. Amber Light Speech Timer

Modeled after a traffic light, this app helps you figure out where you are in your talk and how long you have left to get your point home. A green light displays for the introduction and body of your talk and it changes to amber when you are getting close to the end, and red when your time is up. The app is easy to use and allows you to custom-set your time frames. You can even change the alarm to a vibration if you are keeping it in your pocket onstage.

17. Toastmaster Timer

This app was originally designed for those who play the “Timer”, the individual in Toastmaster’s meetings who signals to the speaker when it is time to finish. It is a superb, free option for practicing. The timer is simple to use and has been designed specifically for speakers. It also uses the traffic light system but has slightly less customizable options than the Amber Light Speech Timer.

18. SpeakerClock

The SpeakerClock was inspired by the famous countdown clock that is used at TED conferences. The LED-style countdown clock is easy to see, even from a distance, so you are free to move around on stage. This app has a great design, and also includes a traffic-light-style feature that alerts you when it is time to get to your conclusion.

Keep your pre-performance jitters under control

Keep your pre-performance jitters under control

While the above apps are practical and skills-focused, they don’t address one of the greatest challenges when speaking — stage fright.

Where a little bit of pre-stage anxiety is normal, if it tips into too much, it can have a detrimental effect and potentially ruin your talk.

These next few apps will help you manage your stress levels and bring your heart-rate back down. Helping you get your message out clearly and confidently.

19. Confident Public Speaking Now

This app is part guided meditation and part stress-relief training. It offers meditation-style hypnosis sessions, like “Relax Completely” and “Total Relaxation in 10 minutes”. It also offers video interviews on what causes, and how to deal with, stress. It aims to teach you how to enjoy small doses of stress and gives you some tools to help you deal effectively with anxiety.

20. Public Speaking by HiveBrain

Sometimes, all you need is some soothing, confidence-boosting words to get you in the right headspace. Dr Andrew Johnson's guided meditation / self-hypnosis program will help you relax and minimize the anxiety of speaking in front of crowds.

21. VirtualSpeech's Public Speaking

One of the most interesting new apps for public speakers helps you by putting you on a virtual stage. Upload your presentation, then practice in front of a fake audience. The app requires a virtual headset, but its 3D, realistic-looking scenarios can be very helpful in getting a handle on being in front of a group.

22. Insight Timer

With over 4.5K free guided meditations from over 1K meditation practitioners, and over 750 meditation music tracks, you will be able to find something that will help you stay calm. You can even customize your meditation using the background sounds and meditation tool intervals, so you have something that is specific to your needs and fits into your pre-performance routine.

23. Headspace

While not specific to public speaking, Headspace is a great way to learn more about meditation and start regular practice. The free trial helps you relax for 10 minutes a day for 10 days with guided exercises and lessons, and includes a personalized progress page, reward system for continued practice, and can even hook you up with a buddy to help ensure you stick to the practice. All the while being fun, light, and engaging.  It is one of the top-rated apps on both iTunes and Android.

Calm offers a wide range of guided meditations to help you relax. Meditations of various lengths can help with building self-esteem and calming anxiety. There are also breathing exercises, unguided meditations, and more than 25 soothing sounds to help calm your nerves.

Interact with your audience

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The next set of apps are all geared towards helping you engage with your audience while on stage.

Audience engagement

25. EngageNow

EngageNow lets you design attractive-looking polls and quizzes that empower the audience to interact with the big screen during an event. It can also be used to crowdsource questions or open up chat around the event in order to spark debate and connect audience members with each other.

26. Glisser

Glisser is a “complete package” when it comes to audience engagement. Within a few seconds they can visit your unique URL, see and download your slides, write personal notes, share content on social media; participate in polls and live Q+As, vote on content, or offer feedback. Even if you only incorporate a few of these features into your next presentation, yours will be miles ahead of the average presentation.

27. BuzzMaster

BuzzMaster takes the idea of polling to the next level and is perfect if you’d like to engage your audience in a more holistic debate about a topic. BuzzMaster encourages your audience to have an active role in sharing experiences during the event. These interactions are perfect for fueling inspiring debates and giving the audience members a distinct voice, providing you with valuable insight. Companies like Google, ASML, Microsoft, ABN-AMRO, and KPMG have been using BuzzMaster in their conferences to better engage their audiences.

28. Poll Everywhere Presenter App

Poll Everywhere has been around for some time and is still one of the best apps on the market for polling your audience. Audience members can participate through the app, text message, web browser, or Twitter, and the results are ready to display instantly. Use it as a standalone polling app alongside your presentation or integrate it directly into your PowerPoint with the software Poll Everywhere.

29. Mentimeter

Instantly and seamlessly interact with your audience by having them vote in real-time. Your audience does not have to sign-up or download anything. They only need to visit the website on their device, punch in the code unique to your presentation, then watch the stats tally instantly on a beautiful display. Mentimeter is a mobile voting app that lets you show the results live with real-time graphs and charts. Able to handle over 30,000 votes per minute, it can work for small events or big ones.

The app provides many different question/response formats such as multiple-choice, open-ended, rating scale and word clouds, and you can style it with your branding.

Q&A Apps

Slido has many of the same tools as the other apps mentioned in this section but has an interesting variation to the Q+A element for audience engagement. The audience can vote to discuss popular questions so that you can answer the ones that affect the most members. The questions can then be vetted by you on stage or by event organizers; saving a lot of time while giving your audience the feeling that they are connected to others who share the same thoughts.

31. Crowd Mics

Crowd Mics allows attendees to use their own phones as wireless microphones. Their questions can easily be amplified without the need to walk up to the microphone or have a runner try to access them. Your audience can also participate with text comments, questions, and live polling.   

There has been a slew of new apps developed that can help you give better presentations, as presentation skills become more important for professionals across all industries.

From platform which will help you create visually stunning presentation slides , to tools which will train you on perfecting your pace and timing—there is an app for that.

While none of the tools can get up stage and do your talk for you, they can help smooth out the rougher bit, helping you tweak and perfect your talk.

Are there any tools that you use that you would love to see on this list? Contact us  — we’d like to know what you are using!

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If you find creating visually appealing and engaging slide decks to be mentally draining, try using ... [+] an AI-powered presentation designer to save you energy and time

In need of a slide deck refresh? Looking for a way to enliven your meetings and presentations this year so they can stand out from the crowd? While PowerPoint certainly offers a variety of useful features, including embeddable media, design elements, a design assistant, and animations, it sometimes helps to give your slide deck an update and try something new. What if you could halve your preparation time?

That's where AI-powered presentation software comes in. They are becoming increasingly popular, and their features range from design engines, "smart" templates that require slight tweaks with just a few clicks, data visualization, and even branding and color schemes! Read on for a round-up of five of the best AI-powered presentation design tools:

1. Beautiful.ai

Beautiful.ai is a software that enables you to create stunning presentations without it being time-consuming. The entire process is automated, so all you need to do is select one of the Smart Slides, input your content, and let it align and incorporate design elements for you. You can also customize it so that it reflects your brand colors. Additionally, the software has the facility to import existing PowerPoint presentations, so if you have a dull-looking presentation with all the content ready to go but you're still not satisfied, the tool can adapt it for you and add a touch of sparkle.

2. Simplified

Simplified hosts, amongst other AI tools, an AI Presentation Maker. This handy application can create beautifully designed slide decks, no matter the topic, and can also convert slides into videos. Existing slide deck template categories range from GTM strategies, to start-up business plans and conference presentations.

3. Designs.ai

Designs.ai has an almost endless selection of templates, styles, and themes to choose from, via its Designmaker tool. It also boasts an exhaustive library of thousands of graphic element assets.

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Launching your own start-up? Slidebean is purpose-built for start-up founders, and is a platform that gets you equipped with impressive pitch decks for investors. It offers two options: the AI self-service option that designs your pitch deck and allows collaboration with your founder team, or its pitch deck service in which business analysts will help you with designing and writing your deck including GTM strategy and financial modeling.

5. Gamma AI

Gamma is one of the most engaging presentation tools available. It allows you to embed a range of media including GIFs, videos, charts, and websites, and even has a feature that enables you to drill into the details using nested cards. If you're super busy and short on time, Gamma is perfect because you can easily customize and refine layouts for entire presentations within minutes. You can then share your beautifully designed presentation to team members or clients who can view it from any device. The tool can also be used to create captivating documents and webpages with all the complex information presented in a condensed, user-friendly format.

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You’ve been asked to give a new presentation and Copilot for Microsoft 365 can help! For this example, we’ll imagine you’re a professional landscaper and you’ve been asked to present to a local community organization about tulips.

Start from an outline

Often the best way to prepare a new presentation is to create an outline of what you plan to cover. For our example we’ll start with Copilot in OneNote.

Start OneNote.

Navigate to the section where you want your presentation outline to live.

Create a new page for your presentation.

Start Copilot from the ribbon.

The Copilot pane will open on the right, waiting for your prompt. You can use natural language, and the more details you can give Copilot the better your results will be.

You could just enter:

Create an outline for a 45-minute presentation on tulips.

But you’ll get better results if you do a couple more things.

Give it context

Start by telling it what role you want Copilot to play in creating this content.

Act as a professional landscaper. Create an outline for a 45-minute presentation on tulips.

By setting that context first, you let the AI know how you want the content framed.

Give it more details

Try adding to your prompt details about what you want it to cover, and who the audience is.

Act as a professional landscaper speaking to a group of interested community members. Create an outline for a 45-minute presentation on tulips. Include sections on the history of the flower, different types, best time to plant, care and feeding.

Now when you run the prompt, you’ll get a more detailed response.

Tip:  Don’t be afraid to play around with the specifics – add or remove details, change the order, try different contexts.

If you’re happy (or mostly happy) with the draft outline Copilot has created, select the copy button in the Copilot pane and paste the outline onto your OneNote page.

Review and edit

Now you’ll want to add your own touches. Go through the outline and add or remove things as you see fit.

Tip:  OneNote excels as a research tool. Don’t be afraid to add your own notes, copy in content from websites, or add other supporting materials to the page that will be helpful as you prepare your presentation.

Create your handout

When you’re happy with your outline it’s time to create some handouts for the audience. Select your outline in OneNote and copy it to the clipboard. Then open Microsoft Word to a new, blank, document.

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When Word opens the Copilot dialog should appear. Let’s give it a prompt:

Act as a professional landscaper creating an article for an audience of interested community members. Make it clear, simple, and engaging. Base it off this outline: <paste outline from OneNote>.

Copilot will draft an article for you based on your presentation outline.

Save to OneDrive

Before you spend much time editing your handout, save it to OneDrive. This will make sure your work is saved as you go and it’s key to our final step in preparing the presentation.

Go through the article and make sure that what Copilot added is what you wanted. Edit for voice and tone and make sure any facts it’s added are accurate. Remove anything you don’t want and add anything it missed.

Tip:  You can ask Copilot to add more content if you like. Place the cursor where you want that content to be, then click the Copilot button on the ribbon. Tell it what you want. Add two paragraphs about other plants that look good with tulips.

Go to the Insert tab, select Pictures , and then Online Pictures . Search for “Tulips” and select one or more nice images to make your article more appealing.

Create the slide deck

Now it’s time to let Copilot in PowerPoint get to work.

Open PowerPoint to a new blank deck.

Select Copilot from the ribbon.

In the prompt box type Create presentation from  file.

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Copilot in PowerPoint will build a draft presentation based on your Word document, complete with images and speaker notes.

As always, it’s important that you review the draft Copilot has created. Add any additional slides or information you want, remove any that you don’t.  Add your own expertise where appropriate.

If you want to change any of the images Copilot has added just right-click the image and select Change picture .

Tip:  Practice with Speaker Coach When you’re happy with the presentation you might want to practice it once or twice with Speaker Coach before the big day. For more information see  Rehearse your slide show with Speaker Coach.

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5 Best Countdown Timer Apps for Interval Training and Workouts

Posted: July 6, 2023 | Last updated: July 6, 2023

Stop counting numbers in your head and concentrate on the exercise. These free timer, countdown, and stopwatch apps are the virtual gym buddies you never knew you needed. Some of the best workout apps will coach you along as you exercise, but that's not always what you want.

You can have a set workout routine in mind, like the seven-minute workout or a variation of that, or different types of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). So, all you need is a timer or a stopwatch. That's where these free apps come in. With that said, here are the five best free interval timer apps that you should use while training.

Seconds is a popular interval timer app for workouts and exercises, available mainly as a mobile app. You'll find templates for several common interval training styles like Tabata, HIIT, stretching, calisthenics, boxing, MMA, and more.

Each workout is fully customizable, where you can add the exercises, give each a defined color, and set a custom timer for it. Seconds includes text-to-speech to read out the exercise name, as well as countdown the last three seconds of any interval. You can also flip it sideways to make it a large full-screen monitor, which is great for working out in groups.

You can also use Seconds through a web browser. Here, you can create an online timer for Tabata, HIIT, circuit training, rounds, or any custom workout. Again, you can name the exercises, the number of sets, rest intervals, and warm-up and cool-down intervals.

The free version of Seconds, much like the Web version, restricts you to using a timer only once. If you want to use the same timer or workout plan again, either upgrade to Seconds Pro or re-create the plan anew.

Download: Seconds for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Exercise Timer

If you don't want to keep looking at your screen, Exercise Timer's fantastic voice alerts make it the best workout timer app for you.

The highly customizable alerts and speech features are enough to keep you on track. Choose from vibration, bell sound, and text-to-speech voice alerts for exercise start, finish, half-time, countdown, and laps. The app can also read out the next exercise five seconds early, and lower your music volume, so you can hear it clearly.

Much like the voice alerts, Exercise Timer is customizable in other aspects too. You can add a preparation time for each exercise in a workout, keep the screen on when the app is open, and enable full-screen mode.

When you add any exercise to your routine, try to choose from Exercise Timer's catalog. This way, the app can also show an exercise description, along with a small animated GIF of what the exercise is.

Once everything is set up, start your workout for uninterrupted exercising. You can view a workout in large-screen mode that shows the timer, the next two exercises, and the GIF; or in a list view mode that shows all the sets you'll be doing.

Most of these features are available in the free version of Exercise Timer, making it a robust timer app for workouts. However, the free version limits you to only two custom workouts, three skips per workout, and includes video ads before you can start or end the training. Although it's an interval timer app, the app's features make it a strong competitor for our best workout apps .

Download: Exercise Timer for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Time Rise

The simplicity of a sand clock or hourglass is fantastic for a workout, especially interval training. It's a clear visual indicator of time for any set of exercises, and something that all can see in a group workout. And once it's done, you can flip it around to start the next set.

Time Rise is one of the best free sand clock apps for a digital version of the hourglass. First, set the timer to any amount that you want in seconds, minutes, or hours. Then, flip the phone or tablet upside down.

The whole phone will fill up with color from bottom to top, just like sand filling up the glass. And there's a countdown clock too, for a combined large visual cue. Once you're done, flip the phone to restart the clock.

You can also set a notification chime (customizable from your ringtones) when the clock runs out. It's a nice additional digital feature to a standard hourglass sand timer.

Download: Time Rise for Android (Free)

While there are several hourglass apps on Android, unfortunately, iOS doesn't offer any great alternatives to sand clock apps. The best you can do is Hourglass 2, which looks like Time Rise but misses key features like a notification chime and auto-resume by flipping it a second time.

Regardless, if you love simplicity, Hourglass 2 is as simple as it gets. You start by naming the activity, select when the activity should end, pick a background color, and you're off to the races.

Download: Hourglass 2 for iOS (Free)

4. Timerdoro

Timerdoro borrows its name from the famous Pomodoro productivity method . While the web app is made for productivity techniques, you can easily adapt it to workout routines and exercise circuits. Plus, it works wonderfully well on mobile browsers too.

When you create a new timer, give it a headline and set the amount of time for the first interval. Hovering over the box, you'll see a + icon to add a second interval. From a dropdown menu, you can choose the chime or sound to play when the timer goes off. This includes motivational messages like "Keep going!" or different types of alarms and bells.

You can add as many intervals as you want, and create multiple timers too. Also, if you register for Timerdoro, you can save all the timers you create to access them again later.

Unfortunately, you can't customize the notification message or add a name for each interval to remind you what exercise to do next. But that's a small miss, especially for people who know their workout circuits and just want a good timer accessible on desktop and mobile.

5. Speaking Timer

If you mix cardio like running with your workout routines, you'll like an app like Speaking Timer, which mixes a timer and a stopwatch. There's a focus on voice prompts and vibration alerts in the app to avoid looking at the screen in the middle of your exercise.

Both aspects are flexible. You can save timers for different purposes, adding a set interval time and a countdown time (10 to zero or five to zero). Unfortunately, you can't get a countdown between intervals, but you could always do a series of timers for that.

The stopwatch keeps your screen on as you run, and will again announce intervals as set by you. At any point, you can tap the Lap button to indicate you've finished a lap, and the app will calculate how long you took on that lap. It sucks that you can't add these laps through a voice command, saving you from ever having to touch your phone during your runs.

For iOS users, the default stopwatch in iPhone is a fantastic app, and you actually don't need to install anything more. For an audible timer, we'd recommend SpeakTimer, which surpasses Speaking Timer by letting you add custom messages. So, you could add your entire workout plan, which it will read out as the time expires.

Download: Speaking Timer for Android (Free)

Download: SpeakTimer for iOS (Free)

Focus on the Exercise, Not the Numbers

The purpose of these timers and countdown apps is simple. They do the counting, while you focus purely on the actual exercise. The less your mind is occupied with how many seconds it has been, the more you can enjoy your workout. And if you're looking to make working out a habit, there are other fitness apps that can help.

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It’ll soon be time to hold your loved ones, chant the final countdown and ring in 2024 while watching with the iconic Times Square ball drop.

No matter where you welcome the new year — on the dance floor, under the mistletoe or on the couch — here’s where to watch the countdown festivities.

This year, NBC won’t carry national New Year’s Eve programming as the holiday falls on a Sunday, when “Sunday Night Football” airs, but other networks will air spectacles that include rock star performances and show celebrations across the country.

‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023’

Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET

Channel: ABC

How to stream: “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” will be live on TV and on ABC’s website and app. It can also be viewed on subscription services with live TV, such as Hulu and YouTube TV. 

Hosts: Ryan Seacrest in New York with co-host Rita Ora, Jeannie Mai in Los Angeles and Dayanara Torres in Puerto Rico. 

Performances & more:  Cardi B will perform from Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and LL Cool J will perform a medley of his hits from Times Square. Other stars appearing include Megan Thee Stallion, Tyla, Sabrina Carpenter, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Reneé Rapp, Post Malone from Las Vegas and K-pop group NewJeans from South Korea. 

‘New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen’ 

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Channel: CNN

How to stream: It’ll stream live on CNN Max and, for TV subscribers, on CNN.com and the CNN app. 

Hosts: The dynamic duo Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will celebrate their seventh year as co-hosts of the New Year's Eve celebration in New York. Broadcasters Sara Sidner and Cari Champion will take over the celebration at 12:30 a.m. ET to ring in the new year from Austin, Texas, in the Central time zone. 

Performances & more: Enrique Iglesias, the Jonas Brothers, Flo Rida, Rod Stewart and Miranda Lambert are just some of the artists to perform. There will also be interviews with Patti LaBelle, Jeremy Renner, Neil Patrick Harris and Bowen Yang & Matt Rogers, as well as a special appearance by illusionist David Blaine.

‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ 

Time: Part 1 will air at 7:30 p.m. ET and part 2 at 10:30 p.m.

Channel: CBS

How to stream: It’ll air live on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee, and stream on CBS.com and will be available on demand on Paramount+ 

Hosts: Grammy-nominated artist Elle King and “Entertainment Tonight’s” Rachel Smith host the third annual Nashville bash.

Performances & more:  The greatest of country music will take the stage, including Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson, Thomas Rhett and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Watch the Times Square Alliance New Year’s Eve show in person

For the brave souls who want to see the rain of confetti from the ball drop in person in New York City's Time Square, here's how to get in on the fun.

Time: The New Year’s Eve Ball is raised to the top of a pole at One Times Square around 6 p.m. ET, and it’s released at 11:59 p.m. to make its 60-second drop to celebrate the new year.

How to stream: Live pictures from Times Square will be streamed from 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC New York and Peacock. 

Where: Access points to the viewing area are at 49th, 52nd and 56th streets on Sixth and Eighth avenues. 

Hosts: Actor Jonathan Bennett and co-host Jeremy Hassell

Performances & more: Megan Thee Stallion, Flo Rida, Paul Anka and an appearance by Mayor Eric Adams.

Breaking News Reporter

What channel is Michigan football vs. Alabama on today? Time, TV schedule for Rose Bowl

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Top-ranked Michigan football (13-0, 9-0 in Big Ten play) will play in its third College Football Playoff semifinal game in as many seasons on Monday while aiming to stamp its first ticket to the CFP national championship.

But first, Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines must take down Nick Saban and No. 4 Alabama (12-1, 8-0 SEC) for a shot at the title.

The Wolverines will look to tire out the Alabama defense with their ground game, led by running back Blake Corum. He has been a steadying presence for Michigan through this undefeated season and, in the Big Ten championship game vs. Iowa , notched his 55th career rushing touchdown to tie the Michigan program record. A central force for the Wolverines' offense, he also has led FBS running backs with 24 touchdowns and achieved his third 1,000-yard season.

MORE: Watch Michigan vs. Alabama in the Rose Bowl live with Fubo (free trial)

Michigan will have to find a way to stifle Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe, who has electrified opposing defenses since being benched in Week 3 against South Florida. He has been responsible for 23 passing touchdowns and has committed only six interceptions, guiding the Crimson Tide to 11 consecutive victories after a Week 2 loss to No. 3 Texas.

There also is the chess match between Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Alabama coach Nick Saban. They have met just once as coaches of their current teams: a 2020 Citrus Bowl matchup that saw Saban's Crimson Tide get the best of Harbaugh and the Wolverines in a 35-16 win.

Here's everything you need to know about the game, including time, date, TV and streaming info, and more:

What channel is Michigan vs. Alabama today?

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app, Fubo (free trial)

Michigan vs. Alabama will be broadcast live on ESPN from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Jan. 1.

Streaming options for the game include ESPN+, the ESPN app (with a cable login) and Fubo , which offers a free trial to potential subscribers.

Michigan vs. Alabama start time

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 1
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET

The Wolverines and Crimson Tide will kick off their CFP semifinal matchup from the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET.

REQUIRED READING: Michigan football's top focus in 'money game' Rose Bowl vs. Alabama: QB Jalen Milroe

Michigan vs. Alabama betting odds

Odds courtesy of BetMGM as of Wednesday, Dec. 27.

  • Spread: Michigan (-1.5)
  • Over/under : 44.5 points
  • Moneyline: Michigan -120 | Alabama +100

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REQUIRED READING: Michigan football 2024 recruiting class: What to like about each player

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