What are the best desktop countdown timers?

May it be beating your deadlines, keeping track of your work pace, or fighting procrastination, these desktop countdown timers could push you to speed up and finish your tasks on time. Go over our list and vote which one is helpful for you! You could add some more so the community has other options!

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    #1Focus Booster

    Focus Booster

    Focus Booster is an app available for free download for Windows, Android, and iOS that incorporates the Pomodoro technique to lessen distractions and maximize productivity. Users can access Pomodoro timer and customize the alarm and theme settings.


    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac


    Liu Du
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "Keeps me pressured and focused to beat my deadline because of its timer program, alarm reminder, and the pomodoro technique. A focus booster indeed. "
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    Hourglass timer is free software with advanced features like built-in color theme, smart input, customizable beeping tone, and more. When accidentally closed, the timer goes on and users can resume it. When the timer stops, it automatically closes.




    Bobby Holmes
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "I just type the specific time and then it's set. the downside is there are no sound volume and other alert tones to choose from."
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    #3Cook Timer

    Cook Timer

    Cook Timer is an open source application that requires no installation. It features a customizable count down and a set time intervals of 3/5/10/15 minutes. An alarm rings when it's done and will only stop ringing when it's turned off. 




    Xu Yang
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "I love that this windows timer tool is portable and is easy to use. The time intervals are very helpful when I have to prolong the cake in the oven for another 5 or 10 minutes. This has no other options but for the simpler, the better."
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    #4Cool Timer

    Cool Timer

    Cool Timer is available for free download for Windows users. It allows multiple presets set-up, customizable sound alert, and changeable skin and theme. It also enables the users to customize a scrolling message that appears when the alarm rings.




    Jessica Wu
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "this is among the best desktop countdown timers because of its many customizable settings. I like that i can personalize the theme and the color. ohhhh. and I like that their default color is pink. MY FAVE! 😍 "
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    SnapTimer is a portable app that users can download for free and run without installation. It features customizable alarm sound and display font, display push messages and runs a program. It also has an optional automatic save settings.




    William Chapman
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "i'm using this desktop timer for windows 10 for its many features. The simple interface makes it manageable and the automatic save setting is a time-saver. This one's a good choice for a timer. "
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    WakeUpOnStandBy is a downloadable portable app that automatically wakes up the computer from hibernation or sleep mode according to the time the user has set. Users can also set certain actions for the program to perform after it turns the PC on.




    Jacob Knight
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "as a gamer, the first i do in the morning is to turn the pc on so it's ready when i'm about to play. with it just set it my PC on sleep mode and it wakes up on the time i set. yet sometimes the app failed to run the game right after it's turned on. "
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    MultiTimer is a free app available for Windows and Android users. It features timer set-up, multiple countdown timers, pop-up notification, and track elapsed, remaining, and completion time. It's a manageable app that keeps the timers under control.


    Windows, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Mary Walters
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "this makes my list of tasks manageable because it allows me to group all the timers I've set. The toast notification still pops up even when the ap is not running. Impressive. 👍👏"
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    #8Free Timer

    Free Timer

    Free Timer is Windows software available for free download. It features a countdown timer, analog clock, alarm options, and tracking time. The whiteboard and soundtrack features provide entertainment to users while the timer's running.




    Bryan Davidson
    Written on April 30, 2019
    "this may be a basic timer but I consider it as efficient as the others. what's important is it helps me keep track of my time duration when working on a task. "


Best What are the best desktop countdown timers
1Focus BoosterApps 18 Free
2HourglassSoftware 11 Free
3Cook TimerSoftware 8 Free
4Cool TimerSoftware 3 Free
5SnapTimerSoftware 2 Free
6WakeupOnStandBySoftware 2 Free
7MultiTimerSoftware 2 Free
8Free TimerSoftware 1 Free

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