17 Best Countdown Apps Of 2021

The term ‘countdown’ refers to backward counting, which indicates the time remaining before an event is scheduled to occur. Countdowns are most commonly used in the detonation of explosives, the start of a race, the start of the New Year, and other anxiously anticipated events.

You might have used a countdown timer when putting something in the oven, exercising, and completing a task. In many cases, it helps you stay focused and increase productivity.

For example, when you look at the countdown display (like 1 Day, 2 Hours, and 3 Minutes), you feel a sense of urgency as the time gets closer. Somehow, it motivates you to get the task done.

Think about it; if you have a set of small projects that you can complete before time runs out on the timer, you feel proud and motivated for the upcoming challenge.

The good thing is there are tons of countdown apps available on the PlayStore and AppStore for free. We have gathered the best of those for timekeeping on your phone. Whether it’s an event, a date, or you simply just want to be in sync with your schedule, these apps will definitely help you.

17. Event Countdown – Calendar App

Platform: iOS
Plus Point: Add icons and notes to events

Event Countdown is a beautiful calendar and reminder app for important moments and dates in your life. You can use it for almost various events, ranging from holidays and parties to fitness targets and goals.

It stores all your event dates in one place and provides basic notifications. You are free to create unlimited countdowns, choose from 450 icons, color code and add notes to your events, and share them on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Twitter.

16. Countdowns – Track Events

Platform: iOS | Mac
Plus Point: Siri integration

The app is designed to help you count down to memorable moments in life, such as weddings, anniversaries, vacations, retirement, and other special events.

It has a widget that lets you keep track of countdowns right from the Notification Center. The premium version offers iCloud sync, custom notifications, compact display mode, and lists for organizing your countdowns. All in all, if you are looking for a reliable timer, especially for the Apple Watch, this is it.

15. Countdown°

Platform: iOS
Plus Point: Organize your countdowns in categories

Countdown reminds you of your important schedules and events every day. It is very easy to navigate, has various blur effects, vector images, and useful features like pattern lock protection, iCloud backup, and support for widget themes.

You can import events from the calendar, sort them, put them in categories, repeat event cycles, customize reminders, and do much more. Overall, it’s a visually appealing and functional application.

14. Exam Countdown Lite

Platform: iOS | Android
Plus Point: Suitable for all students preparing for exams at all levels

As the name suggests, it is a simple countdown timer, reminder, and exam timetable app for students and teachers. It lets you create unlimited exam countdowns and store all your exam dates in one place.

You can assign different colors and icons to individual countdowns and add notes to exams. Plus, there is an option to invite friends to countdown with you via Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, SMS, and Email.

13. Countdown Widget

Platform: iOS | Android
Plus Point: 4×1, 5×1 dynamic widgets

This widget makes counting down more exciting than it already is. It lets you add photos related to the events, customize each timer, and watch as it gets closer to the moments of the events.

There are numerous ways to personalize Countdown and make it unique. For instance, you can add background pictures, turn on the slideshow, select different combinations of units (months, days, minutes, seconds, and event heartbeats) to count down with.

12. DayCount

Platform: iOS
Plus Point: Light and Dark widget modes

DayCount remembers all your events and alerts you when you want to be reminded. As per its developer, the app helps you focus on what’s important for you, and enhance your productivity – day in, day out.

Users can add countless events and customize them with themes. They can view multiple events in grids, adjust events’ visibility by increasing contrast, and resize them with regular, medium, and large options. There is also a widget to provide quick access to your top events.

11. Days • Event Countdown

Platform: iOS
Plus Point: Simplicity and ease of use

We start preparing for special events well-in-advance. It takes a lot of time and effort to make the event memorable. And that’s where ‘Days’ comes in handy, ensuring you prepare everything as planned and don’t miss out on anything.

The app is extremely easy to use and comes with a variety of customization options. Subtle animation, intuitive swiping, and beautiful imagery set it apart from other countdown apps. And thanks to the reminder, you can instantly find out how far your event is without even opening the app.

10. The Big Day

Platform: Android | iOS
Plus Point: Simple and clear interface

The Big Day is a stunning wedding planner app that lets you create your personal countdown, manage to-do lists, schedules, and guests, all in one place. Upload your pictures, customize fonts and colors, and select from different layouts.

You can keep track of all your expenses and wedding budget. To get timely information at a glance, there is an option to add a widget to your lock screen.

9. Days Counter

Platform: Android
Plus Point: Material design look

Days Counter is a lightweight app that shows the remaining days for an event or days elapsed after the event. It could be useful in various scenarios, for example, if you want to know how long you have been free from smoking or how long you have been eating healthy.

You can customize every event using dozens of inbuilt backgrounds, fonts, and colors. To track important events on a daily basis, you can create a highly customizable widget on your home screen.

8. Time Until

Platform: Android
Plus Point: Online gallery with 100+ free images

With this app, you can create stylish countdowns for any events in the future or past. Although the timer is precise to the second, you can select one or more units (years, months, weeks, working days, minutes, and seconds) for each countdown.

The app is packed with two widgets: one displays normal-size countdowns while the other shows smaller countdowns. Users can also opt for dark mode or enter immersive mode by double tapping for a full-screen experience.

Read: 15 Best Note-Taking Apps To Boost Your Productivity

7. Countdown Time

Platform: Android
Plus Point: Hundreds of HD backgrounds

Countdown Time tracks your special life moments in beauty and elegance. It has multiple themes, hundreds of HD backgrounds, and a fully customizable widget that lets you track as many events as you want.

You can personalize events with display modes and headings; decide if you want your countdown to be in years, months, weeks, or days. The daily countdown notification will keep you excited about the upcoming events as the day draws closer.

6. Big Days – Events Countdown

Platform: Android | iOS
Plus Point: Comes with a reminder alarm

Big Days is a lightweight and stylish app to remember and track your events in a simple and quick way. It can be used for appointments, exams, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and other major events.

Users can customize the interface the way they want: they can select from thousands of free pictures on Pixabay, create an alarm for individual events, and customize the font and color of the app.

Furthermore, there is an option to share the event on popular social networks and save, print, or use it as background wallpaper.

5. Hold – Make It Happen

Platform: Android | iOS
Plus Point: Captures all your life’s achievements

Hold is quite different than all the other apps listed here. It is useful for those people who can’t focus and easily get distracted by unnecessary notifications.

Hold rewards you for not using your smartphone. The app is designed to help you concentrate and stop your habit of regularly checking your phone. When you want to focus on your work, simply start Hold.

The app uses a reward system to keep you away from your phone. For every 20 minutes you are not touching your phone, you earn 10 points. Collect enough points to unlock great rewards and various coupons.

As per some users’ reviews, the redeeming points system seems quite pointless and it should be changed to another format. However, for some people, it does work and increases their productivity significantly.

4. Countdown Calendar

Platform: Android
Plus Point: Captures all your life’s achievements

The app is designed to capture important events in your life  — whether you want to remember milestones that took place or that will happen in the future. You can use it to find how long you have been on a diet, how much time is left before the long-awaited vacation, and when your important documents (such as insurance and passport) are expiring. In fact, the app can remind you to pay your bills on time.

Events can be set in any time format (years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds). You can separate events by groups (such as documents, bills, birthdays, etc) or by date (past and future). Add multiple notifications (reminders) about any particular event days or minutes before it happens.

The app allows you to enable active mode which keeps your display on all the time. Plus, there are options to backup, restore, and transfer the database when you change the device. However, the latter option is only available in the pro version, which costs $3.5 (one-time fee).

3. Reminder & Countdown

Platform: iOS
Plus Point: Share your reminders through SMS, Email, or social network platform

Like all other countdown apps, this app is designed to remind you about your meetings, appointments, common-soon holidays, and long-awaited events.

It presents the information of events in a nice way and allows you to configure every small detail such as icon, font, alert sound, background, and many other things. You can import birthdays from the Address book and import events from the iOS Calendar app and Reminders app.

The app is packed with some excellent sharing options, which give you an opportunity to share your countdowns to anyone through SMS, Email, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and other social network services.

2. Day Timer

Platform: Android
Plus Point: Mulitple days countdown screen widgets

Day Timer is a plain, simple, and accurate countdown application. It beautifully displays the number of days remaining for major events such as love anniversary, birthday, and payday.

You can customize the timer the way you want: edit the background image, blur the image, change the color of the text, or hide text and display it as a photo widget.

The app also has an in-built calculator, which counts the number of days between two dates, or finds a particular date based on the number of days before and after a given date.

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1. Countdown Days App & Widget

Platform: Android
Plus Point: Big collection of stickers and stock images

The app counts days, hours, and minutes until your special event. It could be your vacation, wedding, baby due date, or retirement. You can add as many events as you like.

The app has beautiful calendars, home screen widgets, and reminders for your upcoming events. It also has a unique resizable list widget that displays all your important dates in one place right on your homescreen — you don’t have to open the app to see your upcoming events.

Plus, it gives you notifications of events after your phone calls. You can edit these events or add new ones right after your conversation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best timer app?

While there are thousands of timer applications available for Android and iPhone users, Interval Timer and Timer+ have got excellent reviews from hundreds of thousands of users. They are perfect for multi-taskers and busy people.

What is the Pomodoro technique?

It’s a time management technique that involves breaking work into intervals (of 20 to 30 minutes) separated by short breaks. These frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused. However, this method is not suitable for everyone, especially for people who are extremely passionate about their work.

Read: 15 Pomodoro Technique Apps To Increase Your Productivity

Is there an app with multiple timers?

Yes, there are numerous apps that allow you to manage multiple timers from a single dashboard. MultiTimer, for example, combines countdown and stopwatch timer with a very elegant user interface and powerful features. It allows you to create and customize different timers by adding names, icons, colors, and sounds.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is a professional science and technology journalist and a big fan of AI, machines, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from GGSIPU University. To find out about his latest projects, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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