Whether you want to take intervals at the right time during your work, sleep on time or never get late for any step while cooking, these best Apple Watch timer apps can be of great help!
Timer apps can help you stay tuned for your work or anything important to you. They can alert you to carry out a particular work in time. And while Apple’s native Timer app is great, other third-party apps can offer a more personalized experience.
So, let’s explore some of the finest timer apps for watchOS and find the best fit for you.
- Timer app
- Interval Timer – Seconds
- Interval Timer – Intervals Pro
- BFT – Bear Focus Timer
- Insight Timer
- Easy Cooking Timer
1. Timer app: Apple’s in-built app
The beauty of Apple’s native Timer app is its simplicity, ease of use, and customization options. It comes with eight presets varying from 1 minute to 2 hours.
And all you need is a tap to start. Tap the Custom tab to create a timer for any time between 1 second to 24 hours. What’s more, the Apple Watch displays several last custom timers.
So whether it was for a workout, meditation, or power nap, you can repeat them in a tap. And if your fingers are busy, simply call upon Siri to start a custom timer.
If you are looking for a basic timer, this one should be sufficient. But if you want some more features into the mix, check out other apps in the list.
- Quick and efficient
- Works with Siri
- Re-select a custom timer
- No interval timer
- Limited features
2. MultiTimer: Editor’s Choice
A colorful, easy-to-use timer app that enables you to set multiple timers simultaneously. Easily track laundry, that cake in the oven, or more while you are clocking some work hours.
And not just by time! You can also track events by date. So you could easily incorporate everything from a weekly meeting and doctor’s appointment to anniversary and more.
What’s more? You can customize the timers to the T. Give them a custom name, color, icon, alarm sound, add Siri Shortcuts, set them to auto-repeat, and more.
To start, pause, or end a timer, all you have to do is tap it from your Apple Watch. Plus, a smart complication lets you see the progress from the watch face.
- Set multiple timers at once
- Colorful and intuitive UI
- Up to 100 days of countdown duration
- Can only edit a preset timer from iPhone
- No layout option for Apple Watch
Price: Free (Subscription starts at $3.99)
3. Interval Timer – Seconds: Best HIIT timer app for Apple Watch
Seconds is a great companion for every fitness enthusiast. Firstly, it can time your whole routine and factor in several exercises, their duration, warm-up or cool-down time between them, and plenty of cycles.
And all of this in a unique color and fun manner. Moreover, you don’t have to keep an eye on the screen; it speaks out the interval name in the language of your choice.
To bring more fun into the play, Seconds can also sync the music with the timer. However, you can’t save the custom timer in the free version.
And you’ll have to enter all the details every time you workout. Notably, the pro version offers custom and preset templates for HIIT, Tabata, and circuit training.
- Detailed interval timer
- Voice-over support
- Syncs with the Health app
- Built-in countdown and stopwatch
- Can’t save the timer in the free version
- Sightly complex UI
Price: Free (Paid version for $4.99)
4. Interval Timer – Intervals Pro: Timer app for workouts
A fitness-oriented specific app with a particular focus on interval workouts. It boasts 6 workout templates, 2 running training programs, and 3 timer types.
So, whether it’s running, HIIT, circuit training, 7-minute workouts, or yoga, Interval Timer can handle it all. Plus, it syncs with the Activity app, completing your rings as per your chosen workout.
Once the exercise preset is set from iPhone, the Apple Watch can manage it all with just a tap. The app also offers voice support, so you don’t have to look at the screen regularly.
Although there is a chink in the armor. While you get multiple timers in the pro version, the free one is restricted to just one.
- Supports many workout types
- Voice support
- Connects with the Health and Activity app
- Slightly expensive for a timer app
- Single timer in free version
- Can’t edit settings from Apple Watch
Price: Free (Unlock all features at $8.99)
5. BFT – Bear Focus Timer: Best for productivity
BFT uses the Pomodoro method, i.e., it splits your time into 25-minute chunks separated by short breaks. It combines this theory with a friendly bear called Tom to help you track these work sessions.
The idea is to ignore distractions entirely and reward yourself with small, planned distractions after completing each cycle to scratch the procrastination itch.
Tom covers your watch face with cute little line-drawn art, from the live timer to motivational quotes to avoid all other distractions. Additionally, the app offers a variety of white noises to help you concentrate better.
Notably, you can change the session time in the settings and reset the timer by pressing Tom’s belly button.
- Cute and fun UI
- Configurable timings and audio
- No unnecessary gamification
- No free version to test
- Limited features
6. Insight Timer – Meditation App: Best for quick relaxation
Insight Timer is amongst the best meditation apps out there. And even though the Apple Watch version is limited, it manages to help you meditate, calm down, and sleep better.
For starters, it boasts a meditation and yoga timer for up to 60 minutes. So you can start and log your sessions in the Health app from the watch itself. There is also a guided meditation course.
The audio-guided course is designed to help you explore your breath, mind, body, and emotional state. In all, it improves your focus, concentration, and overall state of mind.
Notably, it might not be a great standalone ‘timer’ app, but it is indeed a worthy option for yoga and meditation lovers.
- Free yoga and meditation timer
- Syncs with the Health app
- Just 1 audio course available on Apple Watch
Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $4.99)
7. Easy Cooking Timer: Best cooking assistant
A kitchen timer might not be the fanciest culinary tool, but it is invaluable for established chefs and home cooks alike. This app takes the utility of the cooking timer up by several notches.
All you have to do is fill in the details of each step and time it requires. The timer will calculate your total cooking time and take you through each step accordingly.
Audio and visual alerts will warn you when a step needs to be performed. It is beneficial if you have a complex recipe on your hand.
What’s more? You can duplicate meals or copy steps from other meals to create combinations.
- Cooking timer and notification on Apple Watch
- Audio and visual alerts
- Easy to use UI
- Limited preset steps/recipes
8. Countdowns: Best for remembering special days
A handy app for poor fellas who often forget days like birthdays and anniversaries and later face its wrath. And also for those nostalgic kinds who like to count days until a special event.
And not just far-flung events; you can set unlimited timers for an upcoming meeting, submission, and more. You can even pick custom units, i.e., markdown hours or seconds for each countdown.
There’s more! You can even sync your Apple Calendar with the app and mark special dates. However, all these luxurious settings are only available for your iPhone.
The Apple Watch app can only show you the time remaining for an event and ping you when the time is approaching.
- Unlimited countdowns
- Repeat yearly timers
- Custom units for each countdown
- Can’t sort or rearrange in the free version
- Not many settings for Apple Watch
Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)
9. Brushout: Fun timer for Apple Watch
Ever wanted to make brushing time fun for kids or yourself? No worries, we have a special app recommendation for that as well. Brushout ensures that you brush for at least two minutes every day.
The dedicated app has a no-nonsense interface; you are directly taken to the time, and it starts with just a tap. Quite like an electric toothbrush with a timer, 15-second intervals further separate the two minutes.
It reminds you to move on to a different part of the mouth, ensuring that every corner gets its due attention.
The best part is that you don’t need to use the iPhone to set the timer; your Apple Watch can manage it all on its own.
- Keeps track of your brushing routine
- Unlocks achievements to keep you (kids) motivated
- Daily reminders
- Can’t edit the timer
- Could have a more colorful UI
Price: Free (Monthly plan starts at $0.99)
These were some of the best timer apps for the Apple Watch. Which one of the above-mentioned apps have you chosen? I would be glad to know its name and the features you have liked in it. Share your answers in the comments below.
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Thanks for your research and clearly communicating the features of each app.
Thank you for enlightening me.
As I thought there are no straightforward countdown multiple timers.
I will stick to my Ticwatch which allows ME to decide how many and what length timers I want.