Timer apps for Windows 10 are not the most glamorous apps around, but can be handy utilities when you need to watch the clock. From pacing a workout to cooking a ham, timers can help with a host of day to day activities.
In many respects, Timers are some of the more overlooked of Windows 10 apps. Even though they may not be the most glamours titles in the Windows Store, there are plenty of fantastic options available. They include countdown timers, stopwatches and alarm features, all wrapped up in an easy to use package. We have sifted through the Windows Store and these are the best timer apps available for Windows 10.
Timer + Pro
Timer + Pro is a very simple countdown timer app for Windows 10 Mobile. The interface lends itself to one-handed operation: you set the timer by sliding the blue dot around the timer's face. A quick tap at the center of the circle will start and stop the timer.
Additional features include a vibration feature that pulses as the time works its way down and a sound effect feature that functions in the same way. Timer + Pro does not support multiple timers and maxes out at 60 minutes.
Timer + Pro does have Cortana support — just tell Cortana, "Timer thirty minutes" and the app launches at that time interval. There is a menu button in the upper right corner of the display that allows you to set the timer alarm and dim the timer's brightness.
Along with the countdown timer, the developer offers Stopwatch + Pro that can be accessed directly from the Timer + Pro screen. Just tap the stopwatch icon at the top of the screen. It would be nice to have both timer styles under one roof, but not everyone needs a stopwatch.
All in all, while Timer + Pro is one of the more basic offerings, but the free Windows 10 app does a good job of offering a simple, easy to view timer.
Perfect Timekit is from the talented souls at Perfect Thumb and offers a combination of alarms, timers, stopwatch and a World clock to help you keep track of time. The interface is simple, clean and lends itself to one-hand operation. For example, the alarm feature has two circles that can be touched and rotated around the center of the screen and represents your hour and minutes.
The stopwatch feature supports laps and displays your total time and splits. The timer feature is very similar to the alarm in that you can set the timer by touch. You can also tap the minute or second buttons in the lower right corner of the screen to set the timer. The World clock feature allows you to enter a global location and monitor the local time.
Perfect Timekit does support multiple timers and alarms. Once you have the first timer or alarm set, just tap the + button at the bottom of the display to create the next timer or alarm. Multiple alarms are automatically displayed once you add that second alarm. To monitor multiple timers, just tap the Show All button at the bottom of the display. Alarms and Timers can be edited to give them a specific name (timer for roast, medication, meeting, etc.).
Available for Windows 10 Mobile, Perfect Timekit offers a nice variety of time management features in a user-friendly package. The free app is ad-supported with the option to remove the ads with a $0.99 in-app purchase.
Round Workout Timer
There is a boatload of workout timers available in the Windows Store. You have the likes of 7 Minute Workout that times and guides you through specific routines, and more flexible options like Round Workout Timer that allow you to configure the timer to your exercise routine.
Round Workout Timer is a free app, available for Windows 10 Mobile and PC and allows you to create an unlimited number of interval timers. The app comes with a handful of preset timers that can be edited or added to with you own timer sets.
Timers can include up to 20 sets (or rounds) with a maximum duration per set of 30 minutes. Interval rest times can be set up to 15 minutes. Each timer has a large collection of sound effects to mark the start and completion of each timer. There is also the option to receive a ten-second warning to alert you that the timer is about to expire.
Round Workout Timer offers a lot of flexibility in managing your fitness time and the timer display is large and easy to view. My only nit with the Windows 10 Mobile app is that some of the menus can be hard to read. It's not a deal breaker, but the app could use a little more contracts between the text and backdrop.
All in all, if you need a configurable timer for your gym time, Round Workout Timer is a good option to consider. It is a free, ad-supported app for Windows 10 Mobile.
Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, MultiTimer allows you to setup multiple countdown timers for tracking activities. Timers take advantage of toast notifications that allow the app to run in the background.
Key features include:
- Voice Integration
- Timers can be grouped together as logical units
- Timers can be linked together to run as a sequence
- Track elapsed, remaining and completed time
You also have the option to use your own images as the timer wallpaper for that custom touch.
Setting up a timer or group is simple with plenty of options to customize the timer to fit your needs. You can edit the name, timer icon, notification sound and message when the timer completes. The voice integration is a neat feature where your notification message is spoken out loud. This can come in handy when you have your hands full and cannot view your Windows 10 device. For example, if setting a timer for baking a cake and you have your hands full mixing the icing, this alert might help you avoid overcooking things.
This timer app is free and ad-supported with the option to remove the ad banners through a $2.99 in-app purchase. Overall, MultiTimer is a simple and effective countdown timer app that can be used for a wide range of activities.
If you have given any of these Windows 10 apps a try, let us know what you think of things in the comments below. There are other capable timer apps in the Windows Store and these stood out from the pack as the best. If we have missed your favorite Windows 10 timer app, feel free to share your recommendations below as well.
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Does anyone use these apps now that W10M has it built in? I feel like, at least for me, it has gone the way of the flashlight app. I guess it makes sense if they add features that aren't in the OS.
I like the unibeam app though the iron man flashlight is awesome
I was just using the timer app last night. Userd cortana to set a timer for 10 minutes. 10 minutes later, it went off. Can't ask for better than that really
These seem better than the I built app. The interval stuff is exactly what I need.
All these apps look ugly, so I won't use them.
Do any work with the Band ... I have found the timer app on the band to be severely lacking.
I haven't had any issues with the timer and stopwatch on my Band. What's missing for you?
I would like the ability to have preset timers, interval alarms, etc. All the stuff a legitimate fitness watch should have.
Ah ok. Makes sense. I mostly use mine for cooking. LOL.
Some of these ones do. I just downloaded the one by Mantis. Tried it, it is perfect.
The app that is baked into the OS works fine for my needs.
Fully agree. Multiple timers and alarms, can't do better than that. Typed Timer 30 minutes into Cortana and the built in app started with a 30 minute countdown. Similarly, typed in "Set alarm for 1 pm" and the app started with the alarm turned on. I would use Cortana for this, but the apps seems to have all of the features, and more as any of these apps.
I use Round Workout Timer because I can set up interval timers depending of the workout I'm doing and the native app can't do that. Other than that, the native app is perfect imo.
I can recommend countdown by donmar, a lifetime centric timer. Present timers in the app, including title and live tile customization. You can also program the live tile to return to startmenu. What this does is, when you press the live tile timer, it opens the app, starts the timer, runs the timer in the background, and returns to start. The effect of this is essentially that the live tile tile works like a timer autostart button. Convenient for starting timers quickly at the press of a button on thee start screen after opening the phone. I use it daily for cooking. Extremely useful. Press it and forget it. When the timer finishes it also automatically opens the notification and starts the audioalarm, all under the lock screen and running as a background task. A very powerful featurepacked function in one app
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