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How to Use the Countdown Timer Pro iPhone App

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Follow this user's guide for the Countdown Timer Pro to create an accurate countdown to any date, including the New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and much more on your iPhone. Find out how to use the new timer function, which makes timing everyday tasks easy - from boiling an egg to games or exercise.


How Do I Get The Countdown Timer Pro?

You can download the Countdown Timer Pro from the App Store on your iPhone or in iTunes.

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To download the app, simply tap the price button in the upper right-hand corner and navigate through the “Buy Now” options. When the download is complete, your new Countdown Timer Pro will appear on your home screen and is ready for you to use at any time.

Using the Countdown Timer Pro

  • Press the Home button at any time to go to the Home screen.
  • Tap on the Countdown Timer Pro icon to open the app.

There are five icons/tabs at the bottom of the screen (from left to right):

  • Events - This is the countdown function. The main screen lists preset and created countdowns (see Figure 1).
  • Timer - This is the timer function. The main screen lists preset and created timers (see Figure 4).
  • New Year - Preset countdown for the New Year in time zones worldwide (see Figure 3).
  • Accuracy - Shows your current local time and the synchronization option.
  • Help - More information about how to use the application.
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Countdown Function - Create and View Countdowns

Select the "Events" tab at the bottom of the screen to view a list of your countdowns, set up or customize a countdown.

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Figure 5: Switch between a shorter or more detailed format.

View a countdown (detailed view)

  • Tap on a countdown in the list to view a more detailed display.
  • To switch between a compact and a more detailed view of the time left, tap on the button depicting two gray arrows forming a circle, which is located at the bottom-right of the screen.
  • To delete an event, tap on “Edit” at the top right of the Events screen. Then tap on the red button next to the event you wish to delete. Then tap on the “Delete” button.
  • To change the font and text color, tap on the left-facing arrow on the right side of the screen.

Create a new countdown

Tap on the plus (+) symbol in the top-left corner of the screen to set up a new countdown (see Figure 2).

  • Event name: Type in a name for your countdown or event.
  • Repeat yearly: Flick the switch to the "On" position if you want this countdown to be repeated in the years to come.
  • Stop when complete: If this option is enabled, the countdown will stopp at zero seconds. If it is disabled, it will start counting up again after reaching zero seconds.
  • Event Date: Choose the date and time of the event you wish to count down to.
  • Background: Define the background image for the detailed display of your countdown (see "View a countdown" above).
    • Take New Picture: Make a photo with your device's camera and use it as the backdrop for your countdown.
    • Picture From Camera Roll: Use an image from your camera roll.
    • Choose Picture From Library: Use an image from your device's library.
    • Choose from App Directory: Use a pre-defined image from the app directory.
  • Animation: Choose a visual effect for the last seconds of your countdown. Tap on an item in the list, then tap on "Preview" in the top-right corner of the screen to preview this effect. No preview available for option "None".
  • Voiceover: Choose the voice you want to count down the last seconds of your countdown. Tap on an item in the list, then tap on "Preview" in the top-right corner of the screen to preview this effect. No preview available for option "None".
  • Ticking Sound: Choose a sound for the seconds. Tap on an item in the list, then tap on "Preview" in the top-right corner of the screen to preview this effect. No preview available for option "None".
  • Notify (10 min before): If you enable this option, you will be notified 10 minutes before this countdown expires. The notification will also work if you close the app.

Your new countdown and all selections will automatically be saved. Tap on "Events" in the top-left corner to return to the list of countdowns.

Customize an existing countdown

In the list of countdowns, tap on the blue arrow (>) button on the right hand side of the countdown you wish to configure. This will take you back to the configuration menu (see "Create a new countdown" above).

Delete a countdown or timer

To remove a countdown or timer from the list, swipe horizontally across the item you wish to delete. Then tap on the "Delete" button that appears on the right-hand side.

Alternatively, tap on "Edit" in the top-right corner of the screen, tap the red button on the left-hand side of the countdown or timer you wish to delete, tap "Delete" on the right side, then tap "Done".

Change the order of the countdowns or timers

Tap on "Edit" in the top-right corner of the screen. Three horizontal lines appear on the right side of each countdown. Place your finger on these lines, then drag it up or down the list.

The Timer Function: Create and View Timers

Select the "Timer" tab at the bottom of the screen to view a list of your timers, set up or customize a timer.

Start and view a timer

  • To start an idle timer, tap on the green "Start" button. This will automatically take you to a larger display of this timer.
  • To return to the list of timers without stopping the timer, tap on "Timers" in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • To stop the timer, tap the red "Cancel" button.

Create a new timer

Tap on the plus (+) symbol in the top-left corner of the screen to set up a new timer.

  • Select the number of hours, minutes and seconds for your timer.

To start your timer right away, tap on the green "Start" button. To return to the list of timers and start the new timer later, tap on "Timers" in the top-left corner of the screen.Your selection is automatically saved.

If you wish to have more options for your new timer, tap on "Edit" in the top-right corner of the screen.

  • Event name: Type in a name for your timer.
  • Seconds chooser: Enable this option if you wish to determine the number of seconds for your timer. Disable to select only hours and minutes.
  • Animation: Choose a visual effect for the last seconds of your timer. Tap on an item in the list, then tap on "Preview" in the top-right corner of the screen to preview this effect. No preview available for option "None".
  • Voiceover: Choose the voice you want to count down the last seconds of your timer. Tap on an item in the list, then tap on "Preview" in the top-right corner of the screen to preview this effect. No preview available for option "None".
  • Ticking Sound: Choose a sound for the seconds. Tap on an item in the list, then tap on "Preview" in the top-right corner of the screen to preview this effect. No preview available for option "None".
  • Notify on App close: If you enable this option, you will be notified when your timer reaches zero seconds. The notification will also work if you close the app.

Your new timer and all selections will automatically be saved. Tap on "Back", then on "Timers" (both in the top-left corner of the screen) to return to the list of timers.

Customize an existing timer

In the list of timers, tap on the timer you wish to configure. Then tap "Edit" in the top-right corner of the screen. This will take you back to the configuration menu (see "Create a new timer" above).

New Year Countdown

Tap the "New Year" icon at the bottom of the screen to view a list of countdowns to midnight on Januray 1 in different time zones around the world. The countdowns are ordered starting from UTC+14 to UTC–11.

Screenshot of gray arrows to switch view

Figure 5: Switch between a shorter or more detailed format.

View a countdown (detailed view)

  • Tap on a countdown in the list to view a more detailed display.
  • To switch between a compact and a more detailed view of the time left, tap on the button depicting two gray arrows forming a circle, which is located at the bottom-right of the screen (see Figure 5).
  • To change the font and text color, tap on the left-facing arrow on the right side of the screen.

Accuracy - Synchronize your Clock

Synchronize your clock for Accuracy

If you tap on the "Accuracy" tab you will be directed to a page that shows your current local time and a synchronization option. Tap on the green “Synchronize clock” button. A message will appear underneath the button if your clock was successfully synchronized.

The Countdown Timer Pro app syncs to timeanddate.com to provide you with the correct time. Only the time in the app will be synchronized, not the time in your device. This means that the time shown within the app might be different from the time in the header bar. If you change the system clock, the app will not know that until it syncs again (one hour by default).

Note

It is important to note that when synchronizing your clock, it will only synchronize the clock used within the Countdown Timer Pro application. Unfortunately the app cannot update the clock in your device because apps are currently not allowed to update the device clock.

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