When studying, I used to use one of those cheap digital kitchen timers that chirps every ten minutes as a little reminder of how fast time was passing -- it helped me keep track of time without the temptation to constantly glance at the clock.

The kitchen timer gave out on me recently, so I've been looking for an iPhone app to replace it. Ideally, it would have an on and off setting, and when on, would periodically vibrate in my pocket every ten or fifteen minutes.

Unfortunately, the apps I've found are quite chintzy and don't support switching between apps, or stop as soon as the phone is set to sleep -- and either of these is a deal breaker.

Are there any iPhone apps out there do what I'm looking for?

(I've been burned by a couple of paid apps that turned out to be lemons, so I'd be most grateful.)

  • So something like this theverge.com/2014/1/30/5361210/… but in app form?
    – dwightk
    Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 19:55
  • Exactly, an app that makes the phone vibrate at regular intervals as a reminder of passing time. Commented Mar 24, 2014 at 20:51
  • So you want something like a tabata timer that vibrates? Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 14:53

4 Answers 4


Periodic Timer is exactly what you need: https://apps.apple.com/lt/app/periodic-timer/id933241656.

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    It even has an Apple Watch version! :D
    – dmon
    Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 18:44
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    If you want this timer to just vibrate, turn off the sound with hardware switch on the device.
    – kelin
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 19:58
  • @kelin Link is dead... :-(
    – Samoth
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 10:39
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    @Samoth, thank you! Fixed.
    – kelin
    Commented Dec 1, 2023 at 9:51

I would suggest you use an interval timer like this. IntervalTimer

Just customize it to your needs and don't care about the high and low intensity options it has. If you adjust them you can have a perfect vibrating timer

  • I like that this is simple, just I wish I could turn off the sound and have it just vibrate.
    – mattalxndr
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 23:57

This app is the Best Timer app and it's free with no ads.

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if you're looking for a great and simple interval timer this one's one of the best https://appsto.re/us/U8427.i

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