What is the Countdown Timer Feature?
The Countdown Timer is a feature that allows you to place a timer within your app. In this article we’ll go over a couple of ways that the feature can be used in different types of apps, how to set it up, how it’s used within your app, some pro tips that we think will help, as well as links to a couple of related articles. First let’s go over some of the use cases for the Countdown Timer feature.
What are some use cases of the Countdown Timer?
There’s a number of different apps that can benefit from having a timer built into them. Some examples of these are:
Gym and Fitness Apps: This is a great feature for your users who want to time their different workout routines.
Educational Apps: Educational apps can use a timer for reading assignments, and students can use this feature to time their study sessions. Along with educational apps, Church apps can benefit from this type of use case as well.
Self Help and Health Apps: Apps that deal with self help and mental health can use this timer for healing practices such as meditation sessions.
Cooking Apps: This feature is perfect for cooking apps that include recipes which require something to be cooked or baked for a specific amount of time, or have time specific steps.
What is the Countdown Timer’s primary function and what are the steps to accomplish it?
As we mentioned before, the primary function of the Countdown Timer is to give your users a timer in your app. First let’s go over how to set it up, then we’ll go over how it’s used within your app.
How to set up the Countdown Timer
Setting up the Countdown Timer feature is very simple! Once added to your app it’s ready to be used. If you don’t know how to add a feature to your app we encourage you to check out this article.
While it’s ready to be used once it has been added to your app, there’s a couple of settings that you can change to make it a better fit for your app and brand. When you’re adding the Countdown Timer feature to your app you’ll see a couple of options in the tabs of the feature editor. The first group of options are found in the Content Tab:
Here you can enable an audio message that plays letting your user know when time is half way over, as well as an audio message that counts down the final five or three seconds of the timer. You can enable these by clicking “On” in the toggle next to these options:
The second batch of options are found in the Design Tab:
Here you can change the background color of the timer as well as the progress bar. To do this check the box next to “Use Custom Colors” or “Progress Bar Color” then click on the square next to “Color”:
Clicking on that square will open up the color editor where you can adjust the settings of the colors that you want to use. Make sure to click “Save” so that your changes take effect:
Now that you know how to set up the Countdown Timer feature let’s go over how it’s used within your app.
How the Countdown Timer is used within your app
Using the Countdown Timer is extremely easy. Once your users have opened the feature, they then select the amount of time that they want for the timer:
They can pick anywhere from fifteen seconds to an hour:
They then press the play button to start the timer:
While the timer is counting down they can pause or stop it in the same area where the play button was:
That’s it when it comes to setting up and using the Countdown Timer. If you have enabled the halfway or ending audio messages they will play at the halfway point and five or three seconds before the countdown ends. Next let’s go over some Pro Tips that we think will help you with this feature.
What are some Pro Tips you should know to help take your app to the next level?
Having worked with apps for years, we’ve learned a thing or two. So, to both help your app stand out and help you take full advantage of the Countdown Timer, here are some tips you should consider.
Pro Tip 1: Change the timer’s colors to better fit your brand
Earlier in this article we mentioned that you can change the colors of the timer’s background and the progress bar in the Design Tab of the feature’s editor. We recommend that you take the time to adjust the colors of these elements so that the Countdown Timer fits in with the look of your app and brand.
Pro Tip 2: Add it to your side menu
While you can place it to your app anywhere, we recommend adding it to your side menu for quick and easy access. Assuming that your users will want to use this feature on a regular basis, it makes sense to put the feature in a place that can be accessed anywhere within your app. If you would like to learn more about the Side Menu you can do so in this article.
What are some related articles?
In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to best use our system:
Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help :)