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8 Best Apple Watch Timer Apps (2020)

by Arjit pratap singh
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Your Apple Watch comes with an inbuilt timer app, but for the most part, it’s pretty basic. There is no option to set multiple custom timers to run simultaneously or Pomodoro timers. But thankfully, there are many paid and unpaid third-party timer applications that perform more functions than the native timer app. I personally have been looking for the best Apple Watch timer apps, and here’s what I found.

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Best Apple Watch Timer Apps

1. Just Timers

Just Timers is a simple timer app that lets you set multiple timers so that you can keep track of multiple things at once. Say you want to set a timer for laundry and to roast your turkey simultaneously, the timer+ application you can set both the timers which will appear together on your watch screen.

You can get the app for the iPad, iPhone, and the Apple Watch, yet the Apple Watch app works standalone. Meaning, you can create multiple timers from the Apple Watch without ever taking out your iPhone.

The only caveat is, the free version of the app, offers two timers that you can run simultaneously. You can set an unlimited number of timers after unlocking the full app for $1.99.

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just timer app screenshot

Pros: Multiple timers can be set simultaneously.

Cons: You can only set two timers on the free version

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download Just Timers (Price: FREE /$2 for Full version)

2. Workout Timer

As the name suggests, Workout Timer is a workout specific timer application that offers you multiple options to plan your workout. Workout timer can help you with Rounds of a specified time, Interval workout timer, stopwatch, and Tabata, a high-intensity workout timer.

On the watch screen, you’ll find four options, Remote Control that lets you control the timer for both your Apple watch and phone simultaneously, Tabata, Rounds, and Stopwatch. The timers can be activated from your Apple watch itself for all modes including the remote-control function which in fact starts the timer on both devices even if the application on your phone is inactive. The Tabata mode here is a bit different and is specific to a high-intensity workout regime.

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Although the application sticks to workout timers only but the interval timer feature could be used otherwise as well. The application also offers history on the iPhone when on the premium version. But who wants to spend $4 a year to see the workout history when the mirror on your wall could tell you the same for free.

Pros: Accessible from Apple watch

Cons: Restricted to workout specific timer options

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download Workout timer (Free / $3 per year for the premium version)

3. FocusWatch

If you are looking for the best Pomodoro apps for the Apple Watch, this is what you need.

Although the application can start an activity by itself, it is only partly functional when used alone. To set or edit the timer you’ll have to go to the app on your iPhone and do it there. So where does it differ and why to try it? Well, apart from setting and editing the timer from your iPhone, you can add tasks with different titles. You may choose different timers for different tasks which are then available on your Apple watch as well. You can simply switch between tasks and don’t require to reset and edit the timer again and again between your workout or other tasks.

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Although the application is absolutely basic, it still offers a timer history available on the unpaid version. For the full version, you have to pay around $2.5 to avoid ads and have unlimited tasks. But the ads won’t disturb you on your Apple watch anyway and the available number of tasks are pretty much enough so the paid version won’t make any sense.

Pros: Set separate tiles for different tasks

Cons: Cannot edit timer on the watch

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download FocusWatch (free / $2.5 for ad-free version)

4. Intervals Pro

Intervals is a workout specific application again, that focuses on interval workouts. The application’s home screen on the Apple Watch shows a timer preset that could be activated from Apple watch itself, although the timer has to be set and edited on the Apple watch. yes, this is once again a partly operational application that has to be run both from the Apple Watch and iPhone.

Intervals also use workout-tracking, which is inbuilt in your Apple watch, and thus connecting to your health app to keep a track of your fitness. Apart from this the application also uses location and both of these are visible on the Apple Watch home screen of the Intervals application. The application is also voice-enabled and narrates every step.

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For a paid version of approx. 5$ you can get multiple timers, which is restricted to a single timer in the unpaid version and also offers iCloud sharing, workout history and customization to the presets as well.

Pros: Connects to health app to keep fitness track

Cons: Non-editable single timer in the unpaid version

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download Intervals (Free / $5 for the paid version)

5. Brushout

As Apple Watch continues to add intuitive features such as automatic handwash detection, I still don’t have the option to set a toothbrush timer on the Watch. Brushout fills in that gap and offers a quick way to ensure you brush for at least two minutes every day. The interface is simple, just open the app and the timer starts for two minutes but the thing which sets it apart is the 15-second intervals. Yes, the app chimes after every 15 seconds so that you can move on to the different parts of your mouth. And the best part, you don’t need to use the iPhone to set the timer.

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tooth brush timer for Apple Watch

Pros: A two-minute timer is divided into 15-second intervals.

Cons: There is no separate timer for flossing or mouthwash.

Availability: The app is available on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Download Brushout (free)

6. Seconds

This workout timer application seems a little too simple like its name when you first open it on your apple watch. But don’t be disguised, it’s a tricky one. On the very screen on your Apple Watch, this application will show you only a single tab that reads ‘quick timer’ unless you have upgraded to a paid version which shows you’re your saved and customized presets on the main screen.

So what this application does is it’ll ask you to fill in details of your workout before you start the timer like, number of exercises, duration of each exercise, number of cycles, rest between exercises, warm-up time, and cooldown time. This information is pretty much it makes it an intense workout timer application. You just need to fill in details and it’ll take you through.

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There’s also an option to select what workout you are actually doing whereby you select a title that is saved along with the inputs when the workout ends. This saving feature is only available on a paid version though which is approx. $6 which in our opinion is a waste as there’s nothing fancy about the paid version and the free version works just fine.

Pros: Detailed workout timer settings

Cons: Paid version is waste

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download Seconds (Free / $6)

7. Runmeter

A workout timer application specially designed for runners and cyclists, Runmeter is an application that’ll hold almost every detail of your workout. The application is to be operated from your iPhone and has no operational control on the Apple Watch app but provides Apple progress details on the Apple watch screen with half the screen displaying a map tracking your geo-location and the remaining half showing runtime and distance units.

Although the application has nothing to offer on Apple watch apart from a clean and stylish interface, the iPhone application tracks the details of your movements like runtime, pace, distance, geo-location, ascent/descent, elevation, and of course, history.

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The details of this data collection can be seen on different tabs available on your iPhone application that show you map locations, history calendar, workout graphs, pedometer, etc.

The application also offers a paid version that’ll cost you around $12 for a year which gives you an ad-free interface along with coaching announcements, pause feature, saving workout history, music control while workout, Apple watch operations, connect to the health app on your iPhone, iCloud sharing and much more.

Pros: Offers detailed workout history with geo locations and connects to health app as well

Cons: Fully functional version is too expensive

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download Runmeter (free/ $12 per year)

8. Easy Cooking Timer

If you are looking for a cooking timer app for your Apple Watch, then this one is for you. As the name suggests, easy cooking timer, display a timer for each step in your meal, showing when the step will start. For example, boil the eggs for 5 mins and then boil the carrots.

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Pros: This makes sense since you would prefer a hands free operation without making your screen dirty.

Cons: The app is Paid with no free trial

Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch

Download Easy Cooking Timer (free/ $1.9)

Apple Watch Timer Apps

Although it seems like timer apps are only meant for sports utility but there is so much more to it. You can choose the best suitable from the list above. My personal favorite is Seconds which I use for my gym hours. Take your pick and let us know your experience in the comments below.

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