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focus keeper - Time Management
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focus keeper helps you keep your productivity high avoiding burnout using the timer. Work with time. Not against it! * Check out the review article by Brighthand for more detail: http://j.mp/fkeeper Here is what this app offers: • Simple, beautiful and intuitive interface. • Customize focus sessions, goals, colors and sounds. • Track your productivity with insightful charts. • Universal(iPhone/iPad) app with iCloud support. Basic Focus Steps - It’s all about focusing your work efforts in timed 25-minute chunks, with a 5-minute break in between each burst of activity. 1) Choose a task to be done. 2) Set the timer for 25 minutes. 3) Focus on the task until the timer rings 4) Take a short break (just do something relaxing for 5 minutes) 5) Once you’ve completed 4 focus sessions, take a longer break. (20~30 minutes) Features: • Adjust the timer with your fingers just like you do with real egg-timer. • Next session starts automatically when the current session ends. • Track your progress with two different charts (14 days and 30 days) • Set your daily goal (number of Focus Sessions per day) • Set how many Focus Sessions you want to finish before taking a long break(number of Focus per round) • Customize the length of Focus Session, short break, and long break. • Choose your ticking from 10 different ticking sounds and your own music library. • Choose your alarm from 14 different ring sounds. • Set any sounds separately for the short break, long break, and Focus session. • Set any colors separately for the​ short break, long break, and Focus session. • Receive alarm notifications even when the app is running in the background. • Today Widget for Focus Sessions • Icon Badge shows how much time you left to finish the current session in the home screen focus keeper icon when the timer is ticking. • Focus Reminder: If you're struggling to make a habit of using focus keeper, this could come in hand. You can set when you want to be notified to use focus keeper through weekdays and weekends. • Option for resetting the Focus Count at midnight automatically. Now you can set your own reset time. • Set different volume sounds for each ticking and alarm sound.
Two thumbs up
by Alexd2005 on 2021/01/22 17:48
I use it all the time when I’m studying or doing a project that is time based.
Great app
by cokejoke on 2021/01/22 13:58
This app is wonderful and lets me concentrate for longer periods. However, there is a bug in the notification counter. For instance it shows me 4 missed notifications on the app icon after having finished 1 focus session of 25min. Will give 5 stars when bug is removed
Pls get this app
by glomayy on 2021/01/21 22:08
I am a college student who does not like studying and this app help so much. I’m able to get so much more done knowing that I have a break coming up!!
Works great
by Keend0g on 2021/01/21 20:19
I just got this and it’s great. Hardest thing is breaking old habits of distraction and staying focused on something for too long.
Totally Worth the Small Investment
by Fangdynasty on 2021/01/21 19:37
I love the pomodoro technique but doing it with an old school egg timer was...well...getting old. It’s got small little features that make a world of difference on productivity vs just using a timer on your phone. Some of my favorites are the “ticking” during your working time that gives you something to zone in on and the auto cycling from work, to rest, then back to work for however many rounds you set it for. Do yourself a favor and just pay for the added features. What I gained in productivity and time has been well worth it.
Best app ever
by cant use app on 2021/01/20 21:00
I have had trouble focusing for such a long time now. I discovered this app and I couldn’t be happier. Try it out! You won’t regret it.
THIS IS THE ONE
by YassineKaissi on 2021/01/20 15:01
This is the best app that Sky rocked my productivity Ive accomplished a lot with the help of this app. If you’re looking for the perfect Pomodoro app.. then you just found one.
It stops randomly
by Oona.shafer on 2021/01/20 09:26
This app is great if you have a hard time focusing on things. However I have been experiencing a stop in my timer when I have not touched my phone. It is annoying as I only realize that my timer has not been working as it just doesn’t go off and I double check it.
Helps with Writing!
by Jaxonsgirl on 2021/01/19 17:41
I’ve only just used this for three writing sessions and I have to say that it’s pretty fun. It keeps me motivated to keep writing and when I’m done I can feel proud of myself for the productivity I have gotten done while using this app.
Best thing ever
by bluehusky101 on 2021/01/19 06:25
I’ve suffered with chronic procrastination since forever, this is a god send! I’ve been so incredibly productive and it just feels amazing!
Excellent application
by Наказать!!! on 2021/01/18 08:59
Excellent application
Demo mode shows nothing
by oldworldlegend on 2021/01/18 03:17
Useless to evaluate. Cannot even determine how it functions. Just so keeps going to buy me. Why should I?
Reduced my Anxiety as a college student
by ShirleyAk on 2021/01/17 18:03
The best app to help those with severe anxiety. It helped me focused on my courses and assignments without being overwhelmed on the work. The timer is perfect and the background sounds are a plus. I’ve tried a lot of apps but this is by far the best productivity app for me as a college student.
Great start for ppl with no set control!
by lack of self control gurl on 2021/01/16 01:16
I have never been able to sit down and focus on an assignment for more than 10 minutes at a time for all my life. I always get distracted and take “breaks” that last longer than the amount of time I study. This app has helped me sooo much and Everytime I feel like taking a break, I see the timer counting down and push myself until the timer goes off! Super helpful!!
Helpful, but...
by elsie_the_wood_fairy on 2021/01/14 18:25
I bought the full version to get access to other sounds. (The ticking wasn’t very calming..) But I find it very distracting when the sound pauses and restarts. It would be nice if it looped like a sound machine. I find myself waiting and listening for the pause in the sound as it restarts quite often, which then causes me to lose focus.
Great system, easy to use
by C_elaine on 2021/01/13 23:16
The pomodoro system is great for people who have trouble focusing (for whatever reason). This app is very easy to use and faithful to the original “kitchen timer” concept. I like that I can pause a work session or skip a break if needed - there is flexibility in using the app, and it does help me get stuff done in a work-from/home environment.
Timer keeps pausing.
by Feathersandowls on 2021/01/13 15:59
I need to be able to use my phone when focus mode is on. Touching the timer will pause it and will cause it to pause when you swipe to change apps. There needs to be an option to turn this feature off.
Useless unless yo”go pro”
by Skieg on 2021/01/12 16:49
This free app is just to get it installed on your device. In order to customize anything, you must pay.
Focus keeper
by bdiddub on 2021/01/12 15:21
Great app. Keep focus. Simple.
Simple and easy to use
by Hannah T8845 on 2021/01/12 04:30
User interface is simple, I like that the timer rings even if you set your phone on DnB
HUGE help!
by oricatd on 2021/01/11 20:15
This app has been so beneficial in helping me focus during wfh. I struggled with different methods now that I’m stuck wfh until ???, and this is by far one of the better apps I’ve tried.
Does what it says, no extras
by too.much.to.read on 2021/01/10 07:36
Pretty straightforward, no frills app. Does what it’s supposed to do. Prefer it to other apps that have more going on for that reason. A focus app shouldn’t have distractions. Few minor quibbles: no (at least in free version) push notification that it’s time for work/break. Just soft chime that you can easily miss. Also no way to incorporate your own music.
Great App!
by I have been using this app on 2021/01/08 14:21
I have been using this app since college and now use it I my job! Good for keeping my focus up so I can be more productive
Great app but wish it would sync
by swordsandpens on 2021/01/08 04:06
I love this app for keeping me on track and productive, but I wish it would sync between iPhone and iPad so I could use whichever was more convenient. That should at least be available with the paid version. Instead I can only use it on one device. Otherwise it’s a very helpful app.
Helps me out sooo much!!
by sarahbarrett :) on 2021/01/07 20:08
I have been pretty behind on virtual school but the fact that this app has timed study sessions and breaks that go along with them helps me stay superrr focused!! It’s amazing if you need to study for a test or you just get distracted easily. I have never been more excited to sit at my desk and actually learn before.
I like it
by Tjsgirl93 on 2021/01/07 19:21
I like this app, when I’m really struggling to focus on homework, I make sure to utilize this app and it helps! I’ve recommended to others as well! My recommendation for improvement, would be to access it from the Lock Screen instead of having my phone open the entire time.
Yessss needed this app
by Kellen Gildersleeve on 2021/01/06 21:33
Love this app. Gets me into the flow and I can count on the breaks! Love this! Game changing 💪🏼
Does what it’s supposed to AMAZING
by RyticusRoy on 2021/01/06 19:49
A lot of apps do everything but what they’re designed to do. This is not the case, after having it for a day, I immediately upgraded to the Pro version. Easiest money I spent. Less than a Big Mac, invest the money. It’s worth it.
Use it all the time
by lookie-lou on 2021/01/06 19:49
I use this app ALL.THE.TIME to get work done. It’s been a really effective way for me to stay focused on one task, and jam through it bite-sized pieces. The waves during the long break are amazing and I like to use that time to meditate—which completely restores my energy after 4-sprints. I would recommend this app to anyone; but especially my focus-challenged friends.
First session doesn’t count
by Peneloplume on 2021/01/06 15:09
The first session never registers as number one and instead it only starts counting at the second one. It’s very annoying.
Students and writers
by Yqyasssss on 2021/01/05 21:02
Great for setting blocks for free writing or deep study. Breaks are important for integration, but too long and you lose track of where you were. Also helps with initial motivation (ugh okay let’s just do 1 Pomodoro - inevitably leads to a full session, or at least you got something done! ) This got me through grad school.
The best
by its being serious for me😭 on 2021/01/05 18:59
This app is helping me study and take breaks, this helped me retain information more. Really reccomend.
Great for working productively at home!
by Mbhirm on 2021/01/05 16:57
I recently began working from home and found a hard time focusing due to a number of distractions. While considering purchasing a timer for my desk to implement the Pomodoro technique, I came across this app. It does exactly what I need - 25 minute timer followed by a 5 minute break. After 4 rounds of that, a 25 minute break. Highly recommend to anyone looking to improve focus and work more productively.
Just great !
by Ron Goodbin on 2021/01/05 12:56
Helps me stay focused !!! Thank you.
Does exactly what it says
by Turkish beginner on 2021/01/04 18:47
Using the free version and find it very simple. Clean minimal UX. Exactly what I was looking for.
As good as it gets
by SabR on 2020/12/29 15:02
This app is beautiful, streamlined, easy to use and keeps you moving forward with the task at hand. It is easy to glance at and quick to interact with, the perfect balance of reminding you of what you’re focusing on but not being too intrusive.
Кайф!
by РомаШа on 2020/12/28 19:35
Работаю блоками по 25 минут. Эффективность выросла на 80%! Рекомендую отключать уведомления и закрывать почтовый клиент и мессенджеры. Разработчикам респект!
It’s fine
by Haru Ruben on 2020/12/25 22:32
It’s perfectly acceptable
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by mahdi1266 on 2020/12/25 19:27
Its best
Super Helpful Pomodoro App
by DelightedConsumer on 2020/12/23 19:30
I haven’t tried other focus apps, and I’m not planning on it. This app helps me so much that I’ve recommended it to all my friends that need some support focusing, and they love it too. My partner has ADHD, and while it doesn’t completely solve his distractibility, it definitely helps him get on track, stay on track, and take breaks that help his productivity. I also love that this resource is free to use, and the design is super streamlined. 10/10 would recommend
Great app!
by Gemin5186 on 2020/12/20 22:13
Amazing application. I have used on all of my homework assignments and projects. This is a game changer. Try it out today.
Keeps me going
by ADHD Helen on 2020/12/18 20:39
This app has helped me to finally get things done. There are projects that I don’t like doing, but I can at least get started. I can handle 25 minutes, then another 25 minutes and another!!
Good
by JJMCL on 2020/12/17 21:57
It’s very simple and super easy to use.
1,000,000th adhd reviewer
by 123yupitsme on 2020/12/17 16:48
Loved it! I had trouble staying focused while I’m studying for my MCAT. This is such a big helper for those like me who have issues staying focused I wish they had this 25 years ago when I was a kid.
Split Screen
by Felix PGC on 2020/12/17 15:26
Would have purchased and gave 5 stars but would like to see split screen in the future.
Life Changing!
by Seakraken on 2020/12/17 01:02
I’ve never been formally diagnosed with an attention disorder, but I’ve have difficultly balancing focus and distraction my whole life. I have really been struggling with staying on task while working from home. This app has changed my productivity more than I would have ever thought possible. I’ve gone from feeling guilty and stressed at the end of most days to feeling accomplished and proud. Something about the 25 minute time blocks really helps lock me into my tasks; if a distracting thought pops up, I look to see the time ticking down on my phone screen. It’s always under 25 minutes to go. Seeing that enables me to push off that distraction, knowing I can satisfy the urge to do whatever when my phone chimes shortly. Thank you so much for this elegant and effective solution!
Awesome
by FrancisPoseidon on 2020/12/16 03:40
At first I hated it because I couldn’t get rid of the ticking noise. But now that it is gone, this app is awesome!
Love it
by Ryant59 on 2020/12/15 23:57
This handy tool has really helped me change my practice habits!
INCREDIBLE.
by ASHKONASHJAZADEH on 2020/12/15 14:26
Smooth and simple. GAME CHANGER for me. I needed this structure to perform consistently.
New way of studying
by kenzkim on 2020/12/13 22:39
I’ve heard of different methods of studying. But being at home and not being at to study at a library I get much more distracted and I was using my phone as a time but then I would keep using my cell phone after. This app helps me stay on task for longer periods without overloading my brain.
THANKS
by mohammedkeewan on 2020/12/12 18:20
If u dont know how to manage your time this the app you are looking for!!!
Perfect if...
by katewithlove on 2020/12/11 19:58
It would be great if you could block time a little more flexibly. I’d like to make shorter and longer times/ breaks throughout the day to make it better for an 8 hour workday.
Grateful for this app!
by AkankshaC on 2020/12/10 19:59
Helps me focus on stuff and notifies regularly making me aware of the time especially when I am distracted.
4.5/5
by productive liv on 2020/12/10 18:57
This is a wonderful app. I’ve used it for several years now (throughout my undergrad and now my graduate studies). It’s helped me toward focusing and achieving productivity (hw & study/productivity/chores). I always recommend an app like this one that embraces the Pomododo focus technique. It’s nice and simple and not too complex or confusing. That said, if I am being picky, it would be awesome to have some updated features as an area for improvement. Overall, love the app and am very thankful!
Best Pomodoro-style app I’ve tried!
by LuEsmeC on 2020/12/09 22:51
I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro method, which greatly helps my easily-distracted brain. This app is the best I’ve tried and the design is sleek and easy to use!
A life saver for me in college and general task organization
by IkeDotC on 2020/12/09 04:55
So, I love the versatility of this app. That said I recommend the purchased upgraded version, cause its nice and adds more versatility. No bells and whistles, just a clock that runs in the background and plays the audio you want and doesnt (usually) stop when in another app or the phone is on whatever sleep mode.
OBSESSED
by Sydney9999 on 2020/12/09 03:36
I love this app! I am currently getting my masters while working full-time (or trying to!) so staying focused while studying is a must. I do not necessarily have attention issues when studying but taking the five minute breaks help re-focus my mind and give me clearer thinking when studying and doing work! It also helps long hours feel more manageable!
Great
by LeoFlowers on 2020/12/08 22:53
Are use the app to keep me on track when I write every day for 25 minutes on five minutes off and I do for around.
Amazing
by ljs v=lj srfuip on 2020/12/08 21:55
I’ve tried many apps but this one is amazing! It gives you a notification when to get back to work and I love it!! 10/10 recommend to someone with procrastination
Yes
by Elwood V on 2020/12/07 22:36
Thumbs Up
Simple yet effective
by ethancdaniel on 2020/12/06 23:41
Helps keep me focused, try it out and see if it works for you too.
Really great. One change for five stars!
by Coopelk on 2020/12/06 23:23
I am in medical school and have been using this to help keep me motivated and on task. I wish you could choose to play from playlists and from Spotify for your “focus ticking” sounds. If you could do this, it would be perfect!
YES.
by Gehrig@icloud on 2020/12/05 19:40
This app keeps me on track. I get sidetracked, distracted, and led astray constantly, but this app has genuinely kept me on my toes all day. You guys saved me from procrastinating on my English final, lol.
تطبيق ممتاز
by shield blinker🏵 on 2020/12/04 12:40
تطبيق ممتاز يجعلك منتبه طول الوقت وترى الانجازات تتحقق الواحدة تلو الأخرى بين يديك انصح به لكل من يهتم ويريد زيادة تركيزه وزيادة الانتاجية في حياته
Love everything EXCEPT
by Bdiddy2301 on 2020/12/04 05:08
I do love the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of this app. However, I like to use this on my iPad so I would love to have an option to have the timer visible at all time on my screen while using other apps. I don’t usually like to even keep my phone around when I study, which I know most people seem to use these types of apps to stop themselves from using the phone, but I am just using the app for workflow. This option of multitasking or a picture-and-picture screen of the timer seems to be unavailable in any of the pomodor apps I’ve tried unfortunately. So I am hoping my favorite pomodoro app will pioneer the idea!
Excellent Tool easy to use
by BluGuitarGirl on 2020/12/04 00:13
I have tried other apps that are difficult to use and set but this one is very helpful. I suffer from ADHD, GAD, and depression. This has been a blessing for me in being able to get stuff done like chores and my studies! Thank you! Not having a reset button as a feature is my only qualm.
Great app to keep you focused
by Dr_Swarna on 2020/12/04 00:09
The Pomodoro technique is a great way to keep you focused especially when you feel like procrastinating. And the focus keeper app does a great job of making this technique so easy to apply. Thank you developers!
simple and elegant
by Mpusic on 2020/12/03 18:02
really well done, works well
Super simple and effective
by OttMan12 on 2020/12/03 17:06
The app is straightforward. Works very well at tracking time spent for each sprint and allowing for pauses. I love how it runs in the background and provides subtle but clear alerts for the end of each segment.
Good but one major flaw
by Zoeybully on 2020/12/01 18:38
I really, really wish there was a way for it to continue counting when I navigate away from the app - if I use my phone during a break, it pauses the countdown, for example.
helpful
by Warguy61 on 2020/12/01 04:39
had it for one day so far and really helps
Drains the battery
by nevosial on 2020/12/01 02:17
Been using this for a while and I’m quite unhappy with the battery consumption by this app. Would be great if made more power efficient. I’m using iPhone 11 Pro with iOS 14
Valuable for decreasing procrastination
by Jollershine on 2020/11/29 12:37
It helps on keeping you efficient and accountable in using your time wisely on studying. Would highly recommend using it!
A minor improvement
by Bro Des on 2020/11/27 18:36
My work is quite varied and I only use the app on certain days when I am working from my desk, so I quite like it but don’t much care about the ‘goals’. However, one glitch: If I use the iPhone on which I’m using the app to make a work call the time seems to freeze. It would be better if it carried on.
good
by Bippity-Boppity, Dawg on 2020/11/27 03:10
is good
Effective
by maxn71 on 2020/11/25 18:44
This app helps me stay focused on a task and take breaks in order to give my mind a break. I didn't give it 5 stars only because the sound choices for the alarms are too few and frankly similar. It's be great to be able to use one's own sounds!
Game changer
by ChrisLemniscate on 2020/11/24 22:47
Awesome tool to increase to my productivity. I make a lot of calls for work though, and the timer stops when you’re on the phone...otherwise good simple app.
Lifesaver
by Giftdsawqbjopfsr43 on 2020/11/24 15:13
I have difficulty focusing, especially when I have access to the internet. This app helps me time-box distracted behavior from productive behavior.
Love this app!
by AlySIY on 2020/11/23 22:19
This app really helps me manage my time and focus on my studying. My only complaint is that sometimes the timer stops when certain apps are open. I had to redo I round I was halfway through because of it. I hope that part can be updated.
Easy and productive app
by Mrshuggs on 2020/11/23 21:15
Since starting to work from home this year, I’ve had a difficult time dealing with distractions. This app and technique has helped my days be much more productive without feeling overwhelmed or overworked. I can’t stress this app enough for work or study!
Fix the Music
by Blackrider6702 on 2020/11/21 21:40
I love the app overall, but the feature where you can use music doesn’t work right. While I am able to see all of my playlists in my Apple Music Library, it only allows me to play purchased ITunes songs, which may not be broken but is, nevertheless, quite annoying. What’s really broken, though, is that whenever I do try to play music automatically through the app, it immediately crashes. Plus the fact that you can choose only one song as opposed to a playlist or an album it stupid. If they could fix/update their music feature, it would easily be 5 stars, but at this point it is still lacking
Great app
by erds 62 on 2020/11/21 00:29
Good way to make me stay focused. Always used to stray away for a coupe minutes but this app is making me push through to the minutes. Real nice
Very good helps me focus on hard tasks
by ADHD Girl who cant focus on 2020/11/20 22:07
I just love this app so much it is so helpful with my ADHD brain and so helpful for focusing on hard work!!!!
Make an Apple Watch app please!
by UB Bros on 2020/11/20 09:49
I love your pomodoro timer implementation on iOS after trying many Pomodoro apps, and if you can make an Apple Watch app it would be perfect! I work in an office with other people sitting in the same room so watch app notification is more unobtrusive as I don’t need to keep the sound on.
Really helpful and good for late night study sessions🌙
by syl2437 on 2020/11/19 00:46
The only down side is how there are so many things you can access without the premium.
Works
by Tyler Wasabi on 2020/11/18 17:11
This app works really well. I love that it has no ads and that it’s easy to understand. It also doesn’t drain your battery. I use this to work and then nap in five minute intervals because I have excessive fatigue. This helps me get my work done and my naps in. I would even love a watch that specifically does what this app does. Sometimes simplified things are mom. The Apple Watch causes too many distractions.
Yaaaaaayyyy!!!
by Luxpravus on 2020/11/17 10:45
It’s great now leave me alone already!
Keeps me focused
by Avi_95 on 2020/11/17 00:57
Best timer app. No unnecessary stuff in it.
A must have brain hack.
by BostonP3 on 2020/11/16 21:51
I’m so very glad I purchased this based on a few reviews that said it was a game changer and helpful for ADD. I feel so much more productive. After using the free version for a few days I upgraded to the pro 2.99 well spent to say the least. Being able to customize the sounds color and timing intervals is so nice. The cat meow makes me smile 😂 I looked up the Pomodoro method that this app is based on and am grateful for it. I hope it enhances your energy and enjoyment with the things you want to truly focus on like it did for me.
Wow... i mean thank you
by smalhotra7 on 2020/11/16 21:40
This is perfect timer for me. No fulf, no unnecessary features, just one feature done right. Great work by devs on this one.
Great
by SoulSplinter on 2020/11/15 12:58
Great application. I always need a push to focus and deter my procrastination. This I found is the only method that helps me. Very clean UI. Only feature request that would be a tremendous help to me would be to extend support for the Apple Watch.
Best focus app!!
by Leslyyyy Horan!!!(: on 2020/11/15 02:39
I’m studying at the university level and trying not to get distracted is a big thing. This, using this app and knowing I’ll have a break soon allows my brain to focus and retain the information more.
Perfect pomodoro timer
by cDivish on 2020/11/14 17:32
I’ve been using the pomodoro method for years now, but I used a website timer. This app is so perfect. With different sounds, it’s really obvious whether you should be working or resting. Plus the sounds for the longer breaking period is extra nice. In my years of pomodoro-ing, I never included the longer break like you are supposed to, because I would lose track. Excellent app!
Good for ADHD
by Ish26 on 2020/11/13 22:54
I’ve used this app before and after I started taking Adderall and it has always been very helpful. It’s a great too to help you keep track of time and to keep a good work/break balance.
Review
by TehreemJee on 2020/11/12 22:17
Love it
Love it!
by _pulliam_ on 2020/11/11 21:35
I think this app would be awesome for a lot of different work styles — but I gotta say, as a person who has ideas often and multiple projects going at once (all of which can get me off track)... this app really helps me get things done! Definitely GOVE it a try :)
Only thing missing is the watch
by wanderlust3333 on 2020/11/11 12:14
Would give 5-stars if it had support for the Apple Watch - is everything I need to focus and take needed breaks from my computer.
I love it
by Cgdhcft on 2020/11/11 01:33
I love it beautiful app amazing
Unable to cancel subscription
by ninnocent10 on 2020/11/10 16:47
App seems to work fine, but I’ve been trying to figure out how to cancel it because I got charged for it, but i’m not sure how to cancel and it’s not showing up in my subscriptions. There’s no information how to do it either and I don’t want to get charged again. I also have no idea how to contact the company.
Another ADHD-approved reviewer!
by SEGwrites on 2020/02/24 19:02
After getting diagnosed with Adult ADHD last year, I realized how all these “impenetrable systems” I created over the years became penetrable... although my symptoms were exacerbated by a major hormone shift, it threw me into desperately seeking help to maintain focus as my work as an entrepreneur and writer declined and continued descending rapidly. With that, I re-discovered Pomodoros. What I believe sets this app apart (from the ones that I know of, at least) is the ability to assign sounds and music to intervals and breaks. It’s a great way to keep working, *ding* stop and take a break, [sound] start working again. The constant sound (waves crashing on the shore) while working adds more focus for me as my brain assigns the sound on a loop with relaxation and focus—and it’s automatic so I don’t have to fiddle with the music app and get distracted there too... And now that my hormone situation is back under control, the Pomodoro method is even more effective in keeping my brain engaged when necessary, and queuing me to reward myself when the breaks roll around. The only thing I’d add to improve it is the option to label intervals. For example, in another app I have on my desktop it allows me to identify what exactly I did during those working intervals. (i.e. “Maintenance Tasks” and “Writing” and “Journaling” and “Brainstorming”.) It makes a difference for me, but it definitely isn’t a deal breaker. Five stars! Highly recommend it.
ADHD / ADD APPROVED!!! Yes!!!
by Jasmin-Corvette on 2020/04/09 13:38
Wow! Never in a million years would I have thought that I would gain effective productivity with an app, such as this one! I suffer from anxiety and uncontrollable ADD and my medication to control this challenge, lately, has been effective for my energy (caffeine boost), but I needed something to support me, in addition, to my focus concerns. I have been extremely behind on my work assignments which increases the negative behaviors through my anxiety. I find that I do well, with my medications, combined with a simple tool or self-challenge to hold myself more accountable toward my efforts (or ability) to complete my massive load!!! This app is beyond simple and user friendly and that’s all you need to get your task DONE!!!! I love the fact that I have the ability to change the countdown times, however I see fit for myself in the moment of. I have literally been more productive in my very first time of using this app, that I have in MONTHS! This is my new life saver and I would totally recommend this to ANYONE with ADD/ ADHD. I feel more accomplished and at ease because I am getting my work caught up in long sittings!!! The routine breaks are perfect!!! Prior to the app, I had my life coach advise this on and off rotation for my condition, but it’s not as beneficial or effective as an app that can track your progress! I’m grateful! I think this app saved my job as a director!!! Wow.
Best Pomodoro Timer You Can Get!!
by seasickdyl on 2020/03/19 22:03
Trust me I’ve scoped them all, even written a couple myself (via Shortcuts), but this is the best app on the AppStore if you’re often distracted, unmotivated, or suffer from adult ADHD. I definitely upgraded to pro, worth it to customize my chimes (Pavlov conditioning myself haha), and set the background colors to something I enjoy glancing at all day. The main benefit of this app in my opinion is the tracking/data analytic aspect they perfectly built in. The only thing I wish this app had was a text box you could enter your current task into so that it was present on-screen while the work-session timer is counting down. All in all this is my favorite and most used app whenever I have big tasks to work on or if I ever feel my productivity isn’t at the level where I know it can be. Highly recommend my friends! Edit: One other note, seems the chime settings are a bit backwards. I guess I expect to set the chime sound that would start the session. For example when setting the Focus Alarm to News Is expect that sound to play when I’m going into a new Focus session however I have to set this sound to the other two breaks to get this to play how I intend since the sound for Focus Alarm actually plays when that session is over.
Helping me through my roughest day
by Chelley449 on 2020/10/06 20:02
If I have a day of intense productivity (aka hyperfocus), I suffer from brain fog for the next few days, sometimes even a whole week. Today is one those days. I was struggling through the most basic tasks. I couldn’t even focus for a 5 minute stretch in order to answer my work emails. This app is a lifesaver for my ADHD brain. I turned on the White Noise app and set the timer for 10 minutes. So far I’ve been able to complete 3 cycles of 10 minutes each. I’ve now bumped it up to 15 minutes. Hopefully the apps will carry me through the day. Update 10/6 - I have one complaint about the way the app functions. I have it installed on my iPhone. It seems to stop randomly and it doesn’t restart itself or even alert me to let me know that I need to restart it. I don’t know if it stops when I get a text message or a phone call or if a calendar alert pops up. I’m so focused on my work (or trying to be focused re:ADHD). I only realize that the timer has stopped when I switch to it to see how much time is left until my next break. It’s very frustrating.
ADHD??? This is your GOD SEND!!!
by kelly etheredge on 2019/11/25 19:20
ADHD?? This is your GOD Send!! I have only been using this APP since this morning and I have already managed to complete several tasks with minimal interference! I’m beyond amazed! Nothing has ever worked for me. Squirrel Moments as my husband fondly calls them would overtake my days to the point that at the end of the day I hadn’t actually accomplished anything but had managed to begin at least 4 or 5 more projects!!! All of my “Projects” would remain unfinished until I HAD to complete one! Even then a 1 hour task, could and usually did, take upwards of 4 or 5 hours and even then maybe still not be completed but always another 3 or 4 would be in the works!! I’m not kidding you! Since this morning I have started and completed one project and finished 3 that were in the works!!! Hallelujah!!! And it’s only 2:15pm!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this App, I’m deleting all the rest except for AnyList!! I use that one daily and now I can actually get everything at the grocery that’s “On the List “. Before AnyList, I always lost the list! 😂 Anyway get this! You will Love it!! ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙌👍😀
Completely Changes the WFH Balance
by L•R•C on 2020/09/24 16:22
After switching from 5-6 days a week in the office, to COVID and working from home, I really struggled to balance everything. Somehow the load of laundry or the dishes in the sink were very hard to ignore while trying to focus on work. I found myself constantly distracted, only able to focus on work when household tasks were done (which of course they never are!) This app changed my life. The structure of working for 25 minutes with a 5 minute break allows for focus time, and then I can take 5 minutes to switch the laundry or empty the dishwasher, which really helps to keep the work-life balance actually balanced. Four repeats of a “block” equals 8 hours of focus, which also makes a very tangible way to work 8 hours during your day. And this is broken up by 30 minute breaks between each two hour block, which I find helps me produce higher quality work throughout the day, while also giving me time to keep up with housework. I highly recommend focus keeper to anyone struggling to work from home and keep their work life balance.
Pretty Decent
by NobodyUnoe on 2016/10/21 05:12
A simple but effective app to prevent burnout while working or studying (I use it for studying Japanese). The Pomodoro method helps not only with keeping you at your peak of attention span, but also helps with the much more subtle fear that feeds wandering attention and procrastination: the fear that the workload will never end. It's perfect and very comforting for overwhelming tasks that you dread sitting down to tackle. The app itself is so visually simple, it doesn't distract, but reassures you in an easy to read timer. Personally, I customized it, turning off the tick tick sounds on the work sessions and the long break- on work sessions I found it to be stressful, and who wants a timer ticking loudly on their long break away from work? The ticking works well though for the short breaks, to keep you mindful that they're brief. There's also a reminder that rings every Monday at 2pm, suggesting that you plug in for a session, which I rather found adorable. It's kept me from dropping the app and forgetting it, and as a result, put in more regular study time.
Great app, annoying default tick
by jdidn736 on 2020/05/27 19:17
I love this app! I use it for writing my research book. It can be hard to focus for the long periods of time I need to invest to keep it moving along, and my writing quality declines after I’ve been writing too long without a break. This app is great! I love its short breaks, which hardly take any time out of my work block and make me much more productive. Distraction and writers block is cut short by its alarm—I use my break time to do something physical outside and always feel more mental clarity and refreshment afterward. It is also very convenient not to have to waste time setting alarms, for the app does it all for me. As soon as you download this app, change the default ticking sounds to silence; otherwise, it is tremendously annoying. I would appreciate if the developers would make the sound-setting buttons more sensitive to touch—I had to punch them several times before I could silence the tick. However, that all was a quite minor issue and very easily solved. Overall, a great app!
Very helpful
by 1jdien-9 on 2018/12/06 00:16
I downloaded this app because I couldn’t get myself to study, I kept either overworking myself studying for hours without a break and could hardly remember anything or just took hour long breaks and couldn’t get myself to focus on studying. With the help of this app I was able to quickly and easily go through my studying without wasting time looking at the paper with no motivation. I find it best to have a 5 minute break every 25-30 mins (which is how long the average person can focus) and with the help of this app I am usually done within 3 hours (usually it took me a whole day, now I have more time) Another thing that I absolutely appreciate about this app is that the free version doesn’t have any ads and that you can use the most important function without paying. I also love the little ring that rings whenever I have a break (you can turn it off!)
Great app, but...
by idealistic.realism on 2020/07/29 18:07
So I’ve only been using this for a few days to help keep my focus on work at home instead of all the background activity that I don’t usually have when I was working in the office. Generally speaking, I really do like this and find it easier to keep my focus on my tasks knowing I’ve got a short break coming up. I like the functionality of the app - I appreciate the simplicity and ease in using it. My only complaint is that, if I have to switch apps, it will stop the clock. I know the point is to focus, but my employer is using a VOIP app to let us answer our calls via our mobile phones while at home, meaning I don’t really have a choice about switching between this and the phone app. But, when I switch back, the timer has often stopped. And, if I forget to switch back and check it, then I’m often sitting there thinking to myself that it seems like a really long 25 minutes! If this bug was fixed, I would absolutely give this app 5 stars.
Got me through crunch-time studying
by cheergirl1001 on 2020/03/05 04:31
We’ve all had the heart-dropping-through-stomach, holy-guacamole-I-haven’t-even-STARTED-my-10-page-Literature-paper-due-tomorrow feeling, and it’s a feeling that leaves us hopelessly overwhelmed! I didn’t know what else to do other than, like my fellow Gen Z’ers, to consult my mobile phone (this here iPhone) and seek the counsel of the App Store gods. Profs have recommended to me the Pomodoro technique (4 rounds of 25 minutes working, 5 minute breaking followed by a longer break—I thought it sounded silly but silly is perhaps the best option once you’ve hit rock bottom!) and I knew I couldn’t trust myself to keep myself accountable for the time intervals, so why not use the app? Super simple, no frills, honestly not very fun either but I guess that’s the point, lol. 12/10 would recommend to a friend (or even an enemy). Paper still isn’t done, but here’s to 25-on, 5-off for the rest of this fine evening! Cheers
Almost perfect, the best I've used so far
by katscott93 on 2017/05/03 21:00
I really enjoy this app - it has a clean interface (with NO ads in the free version - much appreciated) and the option to tweak the length of each type of work or break session. It also includes long sessions & breaks, which many of the apps I've tried that rival this one to me, do not include - very big plus, and truer to the pomodoro technique. The only thing so far I can complain about is that the sound alert for new sessions does not take priority over things like music or videos playing in the background - pretty much every other app that has a sound alert will slightly lower the volume of whatever you have playing to allow the chime to be heard, but this one gets drowned out. I either have to not have music playing, or have the app idle and visible so I can notice the sessions changing. I'm not really satisfied with being able to up the volume of the alert - I'd really appreciate if this were updated.
So helpful with my Adult ADHD!!!
by Chanelle777 on 2020/08/17 20:56
After being diagnosed with ADHD in my late adulthood, meeting in my late 20s… LOL, I had to find ways to figure out how to manage my focus. Even with medication, I still find myself focusing on the wrong things. But this app has been extremely helpful in reminding me to take breaks, and then use my super power of hyperfocus to get things done. I definitely recommend this to a lot of people who are struggling with distractions, and one thing that I would change, is being able to set a title during each focus session so that I know exactly what I should be focusing on. I use stickies at the moment and then crumble them when I’m done (which is so rewarding). Definitely will be using this... without I think I would be homeless because I wouldn’t get any work done. I rarely leave reviews, but this is the GOAT of focus apps. Good job!! (And this comes from a UX Designer btw 🤓)
Very Simple & Intuitive
by sheisimperfectt on 2016/11/30 06:11
It's been forever since I've rated an app, but this simple tool helped me perform my best on my recent exam, as well focusing and studying smarter as well. Normally i just try to use my own pomodoro techniques and take mini breaks, but even i get sidetracked and want to linger on my social media a little longer. So having this app is handy, not only for reminders, but also keep track of my study sessions and mini breaks/progress as well. Because of this and because it's aided me to study 'smarter' and to study more efficiently, I've upgraded to the pro and I found it to be worth it (: You just have to believe and push yourself to the best of your ability whether it's in school or for work purposes, just do it. And before using this app, i was overwhelmed with information and which resources to utilize, but having something handy like this, really helped me A LOT. 5/5 😌
Nuther ADHD/ND approved
by gggggggggggggggggggggeasy on 2020/04/24 21:37
I knew this technique existed, but this app made it so easy to implement. There are three different phases to this timer, and five “rounds”: two 25-min work rounds, two 5-min break rounds, and one 25-min break round. Each different phase has a different sound to it, so it’s easy to know which round is happening without having to pick up your phone and reset. This is a HUGE bonus for me, since picking up my phone is focus suicide. You can leave this open, even with your phone on silent, and still hear the time ticking away, which is enough auditory stimulation for me to focus on what I’m doing. It will go through the phases without you having to touch anything. This is all for free, by the way. Additional customization options are available for a one-time purchase, but the app can stand on its own without these. Perfect! I use this on my iPhone 7 for refs sake
My favorite Pomodoro timer
by Sam941bklyn on 2020/07/19 19:46
Of the many Pomodoro technique timers I’ve downloaded on my phone and desktop to help me stay focused during my work sprints, this has by far been my favorite. I’m a stickler for good, intuitive UX, especially when it comes to productivity apps. The last thing I need when trying to get work done is an app that takes too long to customize or setup! I love that I can readjust my focus segments right there on the timer page with a simple slider, rather than being forced into the options to make a universal change. That way, my focus segments can fit any sort of scheduling fluctuations or preferences that day. Signals and alarms when the segments are up are loud enough over any background focus music I’m using, but aren’t jarring. Overall, I highly recommend this app for anyone needing help to focus and get work done with a simple setup!
Not too rigid, but you still need self control!
by J9rossi on 2018/12/07 20:13
I love this app because you can also customize The timer based on your own needs. It’s not rigid. So if you’re in a good work flow and don’t really want to stop when it tells you to stop, you just skip the break time to go into the next round. Only thing is that it only starts and stops if you tell it too, so it’s not as disciplinary. Also, it does not lock you from going on snapchat or wherever, so it really is just mind power and self control to not do anything other than work during those 25/whatever minutes. What would be cool is if they had a note/to do setting where if you think of something that you want to be worried about later, you can write it down there and then the break time shows and reminds you the things you quick typed down before. Amazing regardless.
Great app
by notso_tall on 2019/03/08 11:55
It is very very useful for studying. This technique is great but what’s even better is that this app is so simple and provides such a wonderful experience even without paying. There are absolutely no ads and everything functions the way it should. I did end up buying it because it was very cheap to do so and because I used it so much, it was worth the payment of $0.99. With the paid version you just get to tweak things and change things to suit you better but even without the paid version, it’s still so amazing. I decided to change the time intervals to suit me and after a while I just reverted back to the suggested time because it just worked the best for me. I highly recommend this app for its usefulness and because I am thankful to the creators for not bombarding me with ads and making the nonpaid experience perfect!
Next Right Thing
by Edwardexe on 2019/10/08 22:19
This is a simple app with a powerful outcome. Following the Pomodoro principles, it gets the job done. I use it regularly as a tool for reminding me when to start and stop work. It does require that I actually plan my work before using it. It’s not magic. But it is really effective if used within the Pomodoro principles. I started incorporating the idea of “Throw away your todo list” by Brooke Castillo first. That helps me get all my work organized. Then I use this app as my method for turning off distractions and going to work. I can focus for just 25 mins, come on! All my Fomo quiets down knowing a 5 min break is coming soon. This approach I will attribute to my most productive work year in my 20+ year career, no joke. Again, not magic, but great approach to do the “next right thing.” And that’s generally all you ever really need to do.
Easy to use and definitely more focused
by Jeunoh on 2020/07/25 16:21
I like how user friendly this app is!! It’s easily customizable with a simple interfacing allowing minimal distractions. It keeps me accountable for myself. I like getting the notifications letting me know I haven’t used it in a while/“time to get focused”. There is a big difference in my work efficiency when I use this app and when I don’t. (The former being more effective.) I recommended this app to multiple ppl and it has helped them too. I also tried tomato timer using just a regular timer when I didn’t feel like using the app. I think the app is better because of the interface and automatic breaks and focus timers disallowing any pause in between!! Another positive: the small bell announcing the end or start of break is definitely better than the alarm sounds.
Amazingly Helpful
by pasteltears on 2016/12/04 15:53
It's extremely helpful in keeping you focused on any task. There's something about it where you feel satisfied and also like you owe it to the app and yourself to continue. 25 minutes doesn't seem long, and if you do face a passage of your work that isn't capturing your interest, you know that you only need to try until the break, and you'll be able to step away for a few minutes and relax. I'll never study or write papers without this app again. Nothing captures my attention and keeps it more than this app. I could have all the time in the world, but be unable to stick to a schedule, but with this, I can keep myself absolutely focus and undistracted for hours. I only feel accomplishment and pride in what I've done. I cannot recommend this app enough!
Making Pomodoro flexible and personal
by Grandma Leena on 2018/12/22 23:11
First of all, I started using Pomodoro as an older person to help with my arthritis by forcing myself to take short breaks from working on the computer. After success with this I began personalizing by varying work session and break sessions according to what I am doing : meditating, cooking, cleaning. It basically reminds me to keep an alternating standing and moving around vs. sitting time schedule. When I have a particularly difficult task, I use it as a reward system — I extend the long break and take a walk or read a book. I keep a 12 session schedule, and then give myself the evening off — or, alternately take the morning off and begin at noon. I am much more productive, in less pain, and suffer a lot less guilt since I began using Pomodoro.
Must have for university students.
by Sierra Overby on 2019/10/09 00:46
I love this app. I use it every day for school work. I’ll keep it open on my phone so anytime I start to get distracted and pick up my phone, the bright red screen and timer pops up to remind me I’m on the clock. It makes dreadful tasks less dreadful because there is always an end in sight. It makes me feel productive because I can visibly see how much I’ve gotten done. I really like to spend the work period working, and the break period cleaning or doing chores. It’s a good way to be active in between long periods of sitting, keeps me awake, and is a nice way to get chores done in short periods that would have otherwise been spent scrolling on my phone. The pomodoro timer is an excellent way to put some much needed routine into my study sessions.
Best Pomodoro app available!
by Auk KD on 2020/09/19 09:38
I’ve been using this app for years and finally I am getting around to reviewing it. I think I’ve probably been using this app on and off for work since circa 2016. I originally tried a number of different Pomodoro focus apps, but ultimately I came back to this one because of its simplicity, customization options and the selection of sounds and alerts. Personally, I like to listen to the noises of the coffee shop while I’m working and then the waves when I’m on my break. A couple years ago I finally broke down and paid for the premium version and I’m glad I did. To pay a small one time fee to be able to use this app whenever and however I want is obviously worth the cost! Keep it up developers of Focus Keeper!
If you have ADHD, get this
by Bananaguy7 on 2017/10/05 03:24
This app is an essential tool for those with ADHD or with any kind of trouble focusing. You turn on the timer, turn off your screen, and then just work until you hear the ding. Then you can rest easy knowing you have a pre-timed break. When you hear another ding, you get back to work. Repeat a few times and you get a longer break. The app does all the timing for you. No need to set ten thousand reminders, you automatically get notified when work time and break time are over. Also, if the default settings for the app (25 min of work, 5 min break) aren't effective for you, you can easily set the times to be different. Maybe you do better with 30 min of work and five minute breaks. An hour of work and 10 minute breaks? You can play around until it fits you. You can also turn off the ticking if it distracts you. This app will not solve everything. You still have to have the willpower to commit to your work. You still have to summon up the strength to start. It won't give you magic concentration powers. It will give you a nice structure with which it is much easier to do your work. Seriously, make use of this great tool.
Great for Procrastinators
by valg• on 2019/08/12 19:17
This app is a great resource to use to successfully space out your time. One thing I learned about me and other procrastinators is that we often over calculate how much time we need for breaks from productivity. Constant excuses keep people from staying on task, and that’s how time loss happens. This app has really helped me to stay focused because you always know there will be a break after a certain period of work, while also not overdoing it. I like to go with the 25:5 ratio, but you can adjust your times according to your needs. This has helped me keep it a habit to be productive with my time, and it’s really easy to use. Definitely suggest you try it out for a few days and see how it goes! (Because it’s really helpful!)
Best and most simple app ever!!
by breannnanicole on 2020/08/01 23:34
I love this app. It was recommended to me by a friend and I can’t stop using it. It’s really hard for me to stay focused and productive throughout my day. I find myself side tracked easily and always wanting to socially browse. When I got this app to try out I wasn’t sure it was going to work because I’ve used self timers before. But for some reason the presentation of the timer, the ticking sound of the clock showing time passing by, makes me more motivated to stay focused and get my stuff done. I only have the free version but I am looking at getting the pro so I can set my own goals and times. 100% recommend this app!! And I also never rate things but thought this app was worth it!!
Effective yet imperfect
by Collegestudent303 on 2017/01/29 22:06
The app has a great idea and is really simple to use. I like the ticking as a background noise, personally, but it can be shut off for when you aren't studying alone or when it gives you a touch of anxiety about the work. The only thing I didn't particularly find helpful was the pause button on the timer. It allowed me to take breaks during the supposed "work time," so I found myself getting distracted with friends and texts and food... you name it. I guess the good thing about that is when you have the ability to pause for little things like shooting a text to a friend or getting a snack, it keeps you working for the entire work period (default 25 mins). Overall highly recommend the app, as I would have taken much longer to do these assignments without it!
Just about perfect - one minor adjustment
by .C.R.S. on 2019/11/30 14:18
This app is exactly as simple as it needs to be. Easy to maneuver, easy to set and allows you to customise colours/tones for personal preference. HOWEVER, one slight adjustment that I would make is that you can currently only set a different tone to denote the end of a long break, however it would be more useful to have a different tone to denote the beginning of a long break. I try to avoid any interaction with my phone when I am working (and therefore using this app) and naturally I use my breaks differently when I have a long break compared to a short break. At the moment, I have to check the timer to see if I have a short or long break but it would be much more preferable to avoid having the pull my phone out as that reintroduces the distractor.
This app is game changing
by sabsriv on 2020/09/05 02:30
I am so glad that I gave this app a try today. Ever since I was young, I struggled with my ability to focus and read material for long period of time. I foolishly thought that buckling down and trying to get through long readings/tasks in one setting was the key to efficiency, and boy was I wrong. This app is so incredibly helpful in increasing my productivity. Normally I struggle with reading upwards of 30+ pages of homework/other material in one day. Only using this app for one day, I have been able to read over 100 pages without feeling any sort of burnt out. The Pomodoro method that this app is meant to emulate is ingenious, and is a game changer in the realm of productivity and self improvement.
Effective for studying but underhanded in selling pro version
by Focus_123 on 2020/03/30 00:21
I’ve never written a review for an app before but I felt like I had to warn other people. First of all, credit where it is due, this app is effective. It is set to the traditional pomodoro technique as a default: four rounds of 25/5 minute study/break sessions followed by a longer break. I found it worked very well when I was studying. When I was poking around in the settings I noticed there were some settings that I couldn’t change without buying the “Pro” version. That’s normal. HOWEVER hidden at the bottom of the settings menu is a button labeled “Restore Pro” which when I clicked it, bought the Pro version of the app without giving me a chance to authenticate it. I didn’t intend to buy the Pro version. Because of the underhanded tactics I can’t give it 5 stars.
Great all-around
by cmc26_whyarethesealltaken on 2019/11/29 16:34
I like this app because unlike other apps similar to it, you can leave your phone on do not disturb and still get the notifications from this app. That way, this app helps you stay on track without getting distracted by other phone notifications. It also allows you to skip, shorten, and extend breaks and work sessions. This app also automatically resets the timer for each new day as you sleep (you can change the time for it to reset in settings if you're typically up past midnight). One slightly annoying thing is that if you get a phone call while the timer is going, it will automatically pause itself when the call ends.
Work Smarter and Get More Accomplished
by easy2focus on 2020/01/09 03:20
Focus Keeper enables me intense focus for my studies. By breaking up study sessions into 25 minute blocks it is never too daunting to get started. The 5 minute breaks are a fantastic respite and keep me from getting off task while I study (when I get tempted by a distraction I think, “No, I’ll do that when the bell rings.”) And the 25 minutes FLY and I get super absorbed in the content. Five minute break is plenty and then I easily dive back in. I like this system so much that I even use it to motivate myself to complete chores that I am prone to put off. 25 minutes cleaning out a closet, 5 minute break, 25 minutes more cleaning closet, etc. I tutor students and I introduce this app to each of them. Most LOVE it.
Helped me pass college
by Leo_da_kid on 2020/05/01 06:52
I’ve always been bad with time management, especially during studying or staying on schedule. I watched a video where Jordan Peterson said if you want to succeed, split your goal into measurable units. I chose time as my unit to get stuff done. Purchasing the extra features were worth it so I can customize my study time and how many sessions before I get a break. So worth it!! Next thing you know, I was getting assignments done, I was aware of the time and able to catch the bus, and slip in some study time if I was in between classes. I did amazing my last semester of college and graduated. I wonder why I didn’t use it before. I highly recommend to anyone!!
Very simple clean UI with good product focus
by timothi_banks on 2020/06/23 18:25
I bought the pro Version of this app, and I really appreciate the focus of “focus” app (pun intended). Not a ton of bloated features, just the focus intervals (and plenty of customizations to look and feel / interval timings). I use this app while coding to get focused tasks done. In a world of slack messages, iMessages, emails, social media and noisy app notifications, it’s amazing we are able to get anything done at all. Additionally, these constant distractions, without breaks, cause stress response in the body. This app helps me be more sustainable as a developer, and take better care of my mental and emotional well being. UPDATE: edited to four stars, because a Apple Watch app for this would be epic. Using some haptic taps to signify breaks versus work.…😍
Gets the Job Done
by If a Philosopher Had ADD on 2020/05/28 18:01
I really enjoy this application, as someone with ADD having such a tool is really helpful to keep me organized and staying on task with a sustained amount of energy. However, I do wish that the long break time could be tweaked without having the PRO version and also it’d be nice if there could be a checklist where there’s a task I’m working on for 4 rounds. There’s a similar application (that has the qualities I stated aboveI prefer over this one, that I use on my laptop. (I forget the name, and my laptops broken, but it’s in the App Store). I will be trying other pomodoro timers to see if there’s a better fit- but this definitely does the job with a clean not-distracting look! I hope my thoughts don’t seem too jumbled in this review, lol.
Delivers what it promises beautifully, which is rare nowadays
by Tenshi Sora on 2020/02/23 22:50
This app is simple but powerful. I have been using it recently to study and it has helped me stay focused. In a day where ads rule the apps, this is the 2nd one where I am glad to pay for it (even if I don’t use the paid things) just to support the app developers. Great app all around! If I could criticize one thing it would be that on mobile, if you have a iPhone X and higher, you will accidentally stop/start the timer if you have the phone on it’s side and you switch apps or go to the home screen. Apparently it recognizes the gesture as a tap on the timer. Minor but this app still deserves the 5 stars
Timer stopped counting down in background
by Ez550 on 2020/10/21 19:38
I recently purchased the Pro version of this app because it was helping me organize my time so well. Within the last week, the app has stopped functioning correctly. When I leave the app, the timer stops counting down in the background. I did a test where I had my phone next to me with a stopwatch. The stopwatch recorded two minutes had past, while Focus Keeper had only gone down one minute. This makes no sense. It leaves me working way longer than the 25 minutes and confused with the amount of time I have spent working on an assignment. Please fix this!! I LOVED this app and began recommending it to all my college friends but now if it is not working, I cannot continue telling people to use it. If this problem were fixed I would be giving this app 5 stars but unfortunately this is my only way of reliably contacting support.
Best Pomodoro App: clean + customizable
by Edward Dansen on 2019/04/18 13:56
This is the best Pomodoro app I’ve tried. It manages to strike a nice balance between staying simple and clean, but offering a lot of customization. I also really like that this app will allow you to receive notifications while Do Not Disturb is on. The other Pomodoro apps I tried do not have this feature, which I find to be quite important so I can hear the Pomodoro alarm without being distracted by other notifications. The only con I see is that this app does not offer an Apple Watch version. I don’t currently own an Apple Watch, but I may get one at some point, which would require me to start using a different app.
The App is Gold
by MusicJourneys on 2018/11/01 21:49
I’ve never written a review before, but this app deserves it. I tried 7 or 8 other Pomodoro style timers and while they work, they were either ugly, overly busy, or distracting or so simple that they weren’t much better than the Timer app. Life requires flexibility. This app lets you change everything, but is also structured. I love being able to increase or decrease session and/or break times on the fly. I like being able to change colors. I like that the timer itself is what is big on the screen. I did pay the $1.99 to be able to change the extra options. Worth the cost. This app developer talent is in knowing how to make it powerful and simple. The other apps frustrated the heck out of me. This app works more naturally and flexibly, while still giving you all the structure you may want. One or two others were close, but were too rigid or ugly. This is a great daily companion app! 5-Stars easily! Worth the price. No annoying nags or up sells. Complete control over sounds, etc. Perfection!
Almost perfect—almost.
by YourAverageAppleReviewer on 2020/09/29 19:40
You can’t ask much from these apps. It does everything it needs to. I love the UI and the way you set the time. There’s only one thing that frustrates me about this app. Why can’t you mute it? I would be watching a video on my iPad and have to switch to a different device due to the incessant ticking. I’m not saying remove the sound(I like it at certain times), but the sound makes it unusable whenever I need to have a video open alongside the app. I love everything else about this, but until that changes I have to use a different pomodoro timer. Looking forward to that being addressed!
Great, but one feature missing!
by JackHouston on 2018/02/16 14:36
I love this app and have purchase the full version. However, there is one glaring omission: "Volume of Break." Although I appreciate being able to make the alarm super loud, I don't particularly want the ticking to be more than barely audible. It has two different volume adjustments for "alarm" and "ticking," and that's great. What it does not have, is a volume for the only other mode which is "break." I would like to keep the alarm at 10, the ticking at 2, and maybe the ambient "break" soundtrack at a nice medium 5 or 6. It typically quieter and less grating than the ticking sound (although you can choose the sound yourself), and I'd like to be able to hear it a little better.
Focus is that You?!
by Mho' on 2020/09/19 18:35
What can I say? When I study, I easily get distracted by my phone or my surroundings. With the focus app, it challenges me to sit still and be productive for a consistent amount of time. Now, if you find yourself having troubles focusing I strongly suggest this apps. It’s something about the clock ticking that makes me want to be consistent and finish the task. Please keep in mind that this app only helps with setting a consistent time table to study, it will not force you to study. You must do the conversations between self & self to motivate you to study. Regardless, download this app and start effective studying today! I promise you’ll love it!
Great app for focused work
by MamazinhaBR on 2017/06/02 02:09
This app is sooo good! I am doing a PhD, which means that I have to be very disciplined with doing focused work every day. Some texts that I have to read are very difficult and sometimes I lack the motivation. This app has helped me to create a study routine, keep track of amount of my focused work every day, and has boosted my motivation to work, especially on difficult readings. I just finished writing 2,500 words today just in a few hours, and it was with help of the app. I wouldn't had done so fast before. Also, the 5-min break is awesome to remind me to get up and move a little. This app changed my day to day work!!
One of the Best
by purevisualenergy on 2020/10/12 16:54
The app does its job and does it nicely! The ability to quickly change time periods is ideal, since every project has different needs and scheduling the sessions with flexibility is an added value. This is an ideal companion app to combine it with online teams like Caveday or Go Go Done, and reading so often that people with attention issues benefit from the app, I would strongly urge them to review those groups too, since the combo might be ideal to kill distractions and procrastination all in one shot If there is something to improve is just fixing the response of the timer when changing a established schedule, since it could respond faster to the newly adjusted time. Thanks guys!!
Great for work/studying
by DaniR998 on 2020/09/17 02:49
As a perpetually busy grad student, this app has been a life saver. I can’t tell you how many times I lost hours by frustratingly throwing myself into the same assignments feeling like I couldn’t possible take a break without falling behind. Or even sometimes because I was ALREADY behind. Using this app to remind myself of the natural limits of the human attention span has really forced me to take better care of myself. And really 5 minutes is usually all I need to come back refreshed for another 25 minutes. I’m spending less time doing work, getting a lot more done, and winding up with far fewer headaches.
Has helped me get all As in nursing pre-reqs
by Nararabbit on 2017/03/01 04:58
I have been using this timer for some months now and I love it. I have ADD and really struggle with staying on task while studying. The sublet background ticking gives my fidgety brain something to focus on while I study. When it's going, I don't even feel tempted to go on social media. It has made such an improvement for me that I got accommodation to use it during exams. I went from Cs to As in subjects like Anatomy and Physiology. I'm already using it to do independent study in Chemistry and Med Terminology to be ahead of the curve next semester. I also recommend the Brainscape app for doing your own custom flash cards.
Great with a couple issues
by cs31415 on 2020/01/24 19:52
Overall I like this app and got the paid version. Just a couple of minor annoyances: 1. The most recent update seems to not have been tested on smaller form factor phones (iPhone SE etc). The app displays black bars on the top and bottom and doesn’t fill the screen. 2. If headphones are removed the ticking sound continues playing on the speaker. This is annoying - especially when a boss will interrupt me and I have to pull out my AirPods - the ticking can be loudly heard on the phone speaker and I have to frantically turn it off. An option to only play the ticking on headphones or to stop/pause the ticker when headphones are pulled out would be very helpful.
Thank you thank you thank you!
by Funbags266896 on 2020/01/15 15:57
I’m a slacker but, man, does this timer keep me on track! I’m not sure why a normal timer doesn’t work for me...? But this sure is a god send! I DREAD projects I don’t like doing but after reading about time-chunking, I followed up by finding and downloading this app. Thank you for creating it. It has definitely made my messy time-management more manageable. Last year, I had to file an extension for 2018 taxes...I didn’t even START my accounting process until June because I dreaded it so much. This year, my taxes are done ready to go! I honestly can’t believe why you guys don’t have a 5 out of 5 rating!
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focus keeper - Time Management
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focus keeper helps you keep your productivity high avoiding burnout using the timer. Work with time. Not against it! * Check out the review article by Brighthand for more detail: http://j.mp/fkeeper Here is what this app offers: • Simple, beautiful and intuitive interface. • Customize focus sessions, goals, colors and sounds. • Track your productivity with insightful charts. • Universal(iPhone/iPad) app with iCloud support. Basic Focus Steps - It’s all about focusing your work efforts in timed 25-minute chunks, with a 5-minute break in between each burst of activity. 1) Choose a task to be done. 2) Set the timer for 25 minutes. 3) Focus on the task until the timer rings 4) Take a short break (just do something relaxing for 5 minutes) 5) Once you’ve completed 4 focus sessions, take a longer break. (20~30 minutes) Features: • Adjust the timer with your fingers just like you do with real egg-timer. • Next session starts automatically when the current session ends. • Track your progress with two different charts (14 days and 30 days) • Set your daily goal (number of Focus Sessions per day) • Set how many Focus Sessions you want to finish before taking a long break(number of Focus per round) • Customize the length of Focus Session, short break, and long break. • Choose your ticking from 10 different ticking sounds and your own music library. • Choose your alarm from 14 different ring sounds. • Set any sounds separately for the short break, long break, and Focus session. • Set any colors separately for the​ short break, long break, and Focus session. • Receive alarm notifications even when the app is running in the background. • Today Widget for Focus Sessions • Icon Badge shows how much time you left to finish the current session in the home screen focus keeper icon when the timer is ticking. • Focus Reminder: If you're struggling to make a habit of using focus keeper, this could come in hand. You can set when you want to be notified to use focus keeper through weekdays and weekends. • Option for resetting the Focus Count at midnight automatically. Now you can set your own reset time. • Set different volume sounds for each ticking and alarm sound.
Two thumbs up
by Alexd2005 on 2021/01/22 17:48
I use it all the time when I’m studying or doing a project that is time based.
Great app
by cokejoke on 2021/01/22 13:58
This app is wonderful and lets me concentrate for longer periods. However, there is a bug in the notification counter. For instance it shows me 4 missed notifications on the app icon after having finished 1 focus session of 25min. Will give 5 stars when bug is removed
Pls get this app
by glomayy on 2021/01/21 22:08
I am a college student who does not like studying and this app help so much. I’m able to get so much more done knowing that I have a break coming up!!
Works great
by Keend0g on 2021/01/21 20:19
I just got this and it’s great. Hardest thing is breaking old habits of distraction and staying focused on something for too long.
Totally Worth the Small Investment
by Fangdynasty on 2021/01/21 19:37
I love the pomodoro technique but doing it with an old school egg timer was...well...getting old. It’s got small little features that make a world of difference on productivity vs just using a timer on your phone. Some of my favorites are the “ticking” during your working time that gives you something to zone in on and the auto cycling from work, to rest, then back to work for however many rounds you set it for. Do yourself a favor and just pay for the added features. What I gained in productivity and time has been well worth it.
Best app ever
by cant use app on 2021/01/20 21:00
I have had trouble focusing for such a long time now. I discovered this app and I couldn’t be happier. Try it out! You won’t regret it.
THIS IS THE ONE
by YassineKaissi on 2021/01/20 15:01
This is the best app that Sky rocked my productivity Ive accomplished a lot with the help of this app. If you’re looking for the perfect Pomodoro app.. then you just found one.
It stops randomly
by Oona.shafer on 2021/01/20 09:26
This app is great if you have a hard time focusing on things. However I have been experiencing a stop in my timer when I have not touched my phone. It is annoying as I only realize that my timer has not been working as it just doesn’t go off and I double check it.
Helps with Writing!
by Jaxonsgirl on 2021/01/19 17:41
I’ve only just used this for three writing sessions and I have to say that it’s pretty fun. It keeps me motivated to keep writing and when I’m done I can feel proud of myself for the productivity I have gotten done while using this app.
Best thing ever
by bluehusky101 on 2021/01/19 06:25
I’ve suffered with chronic procrastination since forever, this is a god send! I’ve been so incredibly productive and it just feels amazing!
Excellent application
by Наказать!!! on 2021/01/18 08:59
Excellent application
Demo mode shows nothing
by oldworldlegend on 2021/01/18 03:17
Useless to evaluate. Cannot even determine how it functions. Just so keeps going to buy me. Why should I?
Reduced my Anxiety as a college student
by ShirleyAk on 2021/01/17 18:03
The best app to help those with severe anxiety. It helped me focused on my courses and assignments without being overwhelmed on the work. The timer is perfect and the background sounds are a plus. I’ve tried a lot of apps but this is by far the best productivity app for me as a college student.
Great start for ppl with no set control!
by lack of self control gurl on 2021/01/16 01:16
I have never been able to sit down and focus on an assignment for more than 10 minutes at a time for all my life. I always get distracted and take “breaks” that last longer than the amount of time I study. This app has helped me sooo much and Everytime I feel like taking a break, I see the timer counting down and push myself until the timer goes off! Super helpful!!
Helpful, but...
by elsie_the_wood_fairy on 2021/01/14 18:25
I bought the full version to get access to other sounds. (The ticking wasn’t very calming..) But I find it very distracting when the sound pauses and restarts. It would be nice if it looped like a sound machine. I find myself waiting and listening for the pause in the sound as it restarts quite often, which then causes me to lose focus.
Great system, easy to use
by C_elaine on 2021/01/13 23:16
The pomodoro system is great for people who have trouble focusing (for whatever reason). This app is very easy to use and faithful to the original “kitchen timer” concept. I like that I can pause a work session or skip a break if needed - there is flexibility in using the app, and it does help me get stuff done in a work-from/home environment.
Timer keeps pausing.
by Feathersandowls on 2021/01/13 15:59
I need to be able to use my phone when focus mode is on. Touching the timer will pause it and will cause it to pause when you swipe to change apps. There needs to be an option to turn this feature off.
Useless unless yo”go pro”
by Skieg on 2021/01/12 16:49
This free app is just to get it installed on your device. In order to customize anything, you must pay.
Focus keeper
by bdiddub on 2021/01/12 15:21
Great app. Keep focus. Simple.
Simple and easy to use
by Hannah T8845 on 2021/01/12 04:30
User interface is simple, I like that the timer rings even if you set your phone on DnB
HUGE help!
by oricatd on 2021/01/11 20:15
This app has been so beneficial in helping me focus during wfh. I struggled with different methods now that I’m stuck wfh until ???, and this is by far one of the better apps I’ve tried.
Does what it says, no extras
by too.much.to.read on 2021/01/10 07:36
Pretty straightforward, no frills app. Does what it’s supposed to do. Prefer it to other apps that have more going on for that reason. A focus app shouldn’t have distractions. Few minor quibbles: no (at least in free version) push notification that it’s time for work/break. Just soft chime that you can easily miss. Also no way to incorporate your own music.
Great App!
by I have been using this app on 2021/01/08 14:21
I have been using this app since college and now use it I my job! Good for keeping my focus up so I can be more productive
Great app but wish it would sync
by swordsandpens on 2021/01/08 04:06
I love this app for keeping me on track and productive, but I wish it would sync between iPhone and iPad so I could use whichever was more convenient. That should at least be available with the paid version. Instead I can only use it on one device. Otherwise it’s a very helpful app.
Helps me out sooo much!!
by sarahbarrett :) on 2021/01/07 20:08
I have been pretty behind on virtual school but the fact that this app has timed study sessions and breaks that go along with them helps me stay superrr focused!! It’s amazing if you need to study for a test or you just get distracted easily. I have never been more excited to sit at my desk and actually learn before.
I like it
by Tjsgirl93 on 2021/01/07 19:21
I like this app, when I’m really struggling to focus on homework, I make sure to utilize this app and it helps! I’ve recommended to others as well! My recommendation for improvement, would be to access it from the Lock Screen instead of having my phone open the entire time.
Yessss needed this app
by Kellen Gildersleeve on 2021/01/06 21:33
Love this app. Gets me into the flow and I can count on the breaks! Love this! Game changing 💪🏼
Does what it’s supposed to AMAZING
by RyticusRoy on 2021/01/06 19:49
A lot of apps do everything but what they’re designed to do. This is not the case, after having it for a day, I immediately upgraded to the Pro version. Easiest money I spent. Less than a Big Mac, invest the money. It’s worth it.
Use it all the time
by lookie-lou on 2021/01/06 19:49
I use this app ALL.THE.TIME to get work done. It’s been a really effective way for me to stay focused on one task, and jam through it bite-sized pieces. The waves during the long break are amazing and I like to use that time to meditate—which completely restores my energy after 4-sprints. I would recommend this app to anyone; but especially my focus-challenged friends.
First session doesn’t count
by Peneloplume on 2021/01/06 15:09
The first session never registers as number one and instead it only starts counting at the second one. It’s very annoying.
Students and writers
by Yqyasssss on 2021/01/05 21:02
Great for setting blocks for free writing or deep study. Breaks are important for integration, but too long and you lose track of where you were. Also helps with initial motivation (ugh okay let’s just do 1 Pomodoro - inevitably leads to a full session, or at least you got something done! ) This got me through grad school.
The best
by its being serious for me😭 on 2021/01/05 18:59
This app is helping me study and take breaks, this helped me retain information more. Really reccomend.
Great for working productively at home!
by Mbhirm on 2021/01/05 16:57
I recently began working from home and found a hard time focusing due to a number of distractions. While considering purchasing a timer for my desk to implement the Pomodoro technique, I came across this app. It does exactly what I need - 25 minute timer followed by a 5 minute break. After 4 rounds of that, a 25 minute break. Highly recommend to anyone looking to improve focus and work more productively.
Just great !
by Ron Goodbin on 2021/01/05 12:56
Helps me stay focused !!! Thank you.
Does exactly what it says
by Turkish beginner on 2021/01/04 18:47
Using the free version and find it very simple. Clean minimal UX. Exactly what I was looking for.
As good as it gets
by SabR on 2020/12/29 15:02
This app is beautiful, streamlined, easy to use and keeps you moving forward with the task at hand. It is easy to glance at and quick to interact with, the perfect balance of reminding you of what you’re focusing on but not being too intrusive.
Кайф!
by РомаШа on 2020/12/28 19:35
Работаю блоками по 25 минут. Эффективность выросла на 80%! Рекомендую отключать уведомления и закрывать почтовый клиент и мессенджеры. Разработчикам респект!
It’s fine
by Haru Ruben on 2020/12/25 22:32
It’s perfectly acceptable
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by mahdi1266 on 2020/12/25 19:27
Its best
Super Helpful Pomodoro App
by DelightedConsumer on 2020/12/23 19:30
I haven’t tried other focus apps, and I’m not planning on it. This app helps me so much that I’ve recommended it to all my friends that need some support focusing, and they love it too. My partner has ADHD, and while it doesn’t completely solve his distractibility, it definitely helps him get on track, stay on track, and take breaks that help his productivity. I also love that this resource is free to use, and the design is super streamlined. 10/10 would recommend
Great app!
by Gemin5186 on 2020/12/20 22:13
Amazing application. I have used on all of my homework assignments and projects. This is a game changer. Try it out today.
Keeps me going
by ADHD Helen on 2020/12/18 20:39
This app has helped me to finally get things done. There are projects that I don’t like doing, but I can at least get started. I can handle 25 minutes, then another 25 minutes and another!!
Good
by JJMCL on 2020/12/17 21:57
It’s very simple and super easy to use.
1,000,000th adhd reviewer
by 123yupitsme on 2020/12/17 16:48
Loved it! I had trouble staying focused while I’m studying for my MCAT. This is such a big helper for those like me who have issues staying focused I wish they had this 25 years ago when I was a kid.
Split Screen
by Felix PGC on 2020/12/17 15:26
Would have purchased and gave 5 stars but would like to see split screen in the future.
Life Changing!
by Seakraken on 2020/12/17 01:02
I’ve never been formally diagnosed with an attention disorder, but I’ve have difficultly balancing focus and distraction my whole life. I have really been struggling with staying on task while working from home. This app has changed my productivity more than I would have ever thought possible. I’ve gone from feeling guilty and stressed at the end of most days to feeling accomplished and proud. Something about the 25 minute time blocks really helps lock me into my tasks; if a distracting thought pops up, I look to see the time ticking down on my phone screen. It’s always under 25 minutes to go. Seeing that enables me to push off that distraction, knowing I can satisfy the urge to do whatever when my phone chimes shortly. Thank you so much for this elegant and effective solution!
Awesome
by FrancisPoseidon on 2020/12/16 03:40
At first I hated it because I couldn’t get rid of the ticking noise. But now that it is gone, this app is awesome!
Love it
by Ryant59 on 2020/12/15 23:57
This handy tool has really helped me change my practice habits!
INCREDIBLE.
by ASHKONASHJAZADEH on 2020/12/15 14:26
Smooth and simple. GAME CHANGER for me. I needed this structure to perform consistently.
New way of studying
by kenzkim on 2020/12/13 22:39
I’ve heard of different methods of studying. But being at home and not being at to study at a library I get much more distracted and I was using my phone as a time but then I would keep using my cell phone after. This app helps me stay on task for longer periods without overloading my brain.
THANKS
by mohammedkeewan on 2020/12/12 18:20
If u dont know how to manage your time this the app you are looking for!!!
Perfect if...
by katewithlove on 2020/12/11 19:58
It would be great if you could block time a little more flexibly. I’d like to make shorter and longer times/ breaks throughout the day to make it better for an 8 hour workday.
Grateful for this app!
by AkankshaC on 2020/12/10 19:59
Helps me focus on stuff and notifies regularly making me aware of the time especially when I am distracted.
4.5/5
by productive liv on 2020/12/10 18:57
This is a wonderful app. I’ve used it for several years now (throughout my undergrad and now my graduate studies). It’s helped me toward focusing and achieving productivity (hw & study/productivity/chores). I always recommend an app like this one that embraces the Pomododo focus technique. It’s nice and simple and not too complex or confusing. That said, if I am being picky, it would be awesome to have some updated features as an area for improvement. Overall, love the app and am very thankful!
Best Pomodoro-style app I’ve tried!
by LuEsmeC on 2020/12/09 22:51
I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro method, which greatly helps my easily-distracted brain. This app is the best I’ve tried and the design is sleek and easy to use!
A life saver for me in college and general task organization
by IkeDotC on 2020/12/09 04:55
So, I love the versatility of this app. That said I recommend the purchased upgraded version, cause its nice and adds more versatility. No bells and whistles, just a clock that runs in the background and plays the audio you want and doesnt (usually) stop when in another app or the phone is on whatever sleep mode.
OBSESSED
by Sydney9999 on 2020/12/09 03:36
I love this app! I am currently getting my masters while working full-time (or trying to!) so staying focused while studying is a must. I do not necessarily have attention issues when studying but taking the five minute breaks help re-focus my mind and give me clearer thinking when studying and doing work! It also helps long hours feel more manageable!
Great
by LeoFlowers on 2020/12/08 22:53
Are use the app to keep me on track when I write every day for 25 minutes on five minutes off and I do for around.
Amazing
by ljs v=lj srfuip on 2020/12/08 21:55
I’ve tried many apps but this one is amazing! It gives you a notification when to get back to work and I love it!! 10/10 recommend to someone with procrastination
Yes
by Elwood V on 2020/12/07 22:36
Thumbs Up
Simple yet effective
by ethancdaniel on 2020/12/06 23:41
Helps keep me focused, try it out and see if it works for you too.
Really great. One change for five stars!
by Coopelk on 2020/12/06 23:23
I am in medical school and have been using this to help keep me motivated and on task. I wish you could choose to play from playlists and from Spotify for your “focus ticking” sounds. If you could do this, it would be perfect!
YES.
by Gehrig@icloud on 2020/12/05 19:40
This app keeps me on track. I get sidetracked, distracted, and led astray constantly, but this app has genuinely kept me on my toes all day. You guys saved me from procrastinating on my English final, lol.
تطبيق ممتاز
by shield blinker🏵 on 2020/12/04 12:40
تطبيق ممتاز يجعلك منتبه طول الوقت وترى الانجازات تتحقق الواحدة تلو الأخرى بين يديك انصح به لكل من يهتم ويريد زيادة تركيزه وزيادة الانتاجية في حياته
Love everything EXCEPT
by Bdiddy2301 on 2020/12/04 05:08
I do love the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of this app. However, I like to use this on my iPad so I would love to have an option to have the timer visible at all time on my screen while using other apps. I don’t usually like to even keep my phone around when I study, which I know most people seem to use these types of apps to stop themselves from using the phone, but I am just using the app for workflow. This option of multitasking or a picture-and-picture screen of the timer seems to be unavailable in any of the pomodor apps I’ve tried unfortunately. So I am hoping my favorite pomodoro app will pioneer the idea!
Excellent Tool easy to use
by BluGuitarGirl on 2020/12/04 00:13
I have tried other apps that are difficult to use and set but this one is very helpful. I suffer from ADHD, GAD, and depression. This has been a blessing for me in being able to get stuff done like chores and my studies! Thank you! Not having a reset button as a feature is my only qualm.
Great app to keep you focused
by Dr_Swarna on 2020/12/04 00:09
The Pomodoro technique is a great way to keep you focused especially when you feel like procrastinating. And the focus keeper app does a great job of making this technique so easy to apply. Thank you developers!
simple and elegant
by Mpusic on 2020/12/03 18:02
really well done, works well
Super simple and effective
by OttMan12 on 2020/12/03 17:06
The app is straightforward. Works very well at tracking time spent for each sprint and allowing for pauses. I love how it runs in the background and provides subtle but clear alerts for the end of each segment.
Good but one major flaw
by Zoeybully on 2020/12/01 18:38
I really, really wish there was a way for it to continue counting when I navigate away from the app - if I use my phone during a break, it pauses the countdown, for example.
helpful
by Warguy61 on 2020/12/01 04:39
had it for one day so far and really helps
Drains the battery
by nevosial on 2020/12/01 02:17
Been using this for a while and I’m quite unhappy with the battery consumption by this app. Would be great if made more power efficient. I’m using iPhone 11 Pro with iOS 14
Valuable for decreasing procrastination
by Jollershine on 2020/11/29 12:37
It helps on keeping you efficient and accountable in using your time wisely on studying. Would highly recommend using it!
A minor improvement
by Bro Des on 2020/11/27 18:36
My work is quite varied and I only use the app on certain days when I am working from my desk, so I quite like it but don’t much care about the ‘goals’. However, one glitch: If I use the iPhone on which I’m using the app to make a work call the time seems to freeze. It would be better if it carried on.
good
by Bippity-Boppity, Dawg on 2020/11/27 03:10
is good
Effective
by maxn71 on 2020/11/25 18:44
This app helps me stay focused on a task and take breaks in order to give my mind a break. I didn't give it 5 stars only because the sound choices for the alarms are too few and frankly similar. It's be great to be able to use one's own sounds!
Game changer
by ChrisLemniscate on 2020/11/24 22:47
Awesome tool to increase to my productivity. I make a lot of calls for work though, and the timer stops when you’re on the phone...otherwise good simple app.
Lifesaver
by Giftdsawqbjopfsr43 on 2020/11/24 15:13
I have difficulty focusing, especially when I have access to the internet. This app helps me time-box distracted behavior from productive behavior.
Love this app!
by AlySIY on 2020/11/23 22:19
This app really helps me manage my time and focus on my studying. My only complaint is that sometimes the timer stops when certain apps are open. I had to redo I round I was halfway through because of it. I hope that part can be updated.
Easy and productive app
by Mrshuggs on 2020/11/23 21:15
Since starting to work from home this year, I’ve had a difficult time dealing with distractions. This app and technique has helped my days be much more productive without feeling overwhelmed or overworked. I can’t stress this app enough for work or study!
Fix the Music
by Blackrider6702 on 2020/11/21 21:40
I love the app overall, but the feature where you can use music doesn’t work right. While I am able to see all of my playlists in my Apple Music Library, it only allows me to play purchased ITunes songs, which may not be broken but is, nevertheless, quite annoying. What’s really broken, though, is that whenever I do try to play music automatically through the app, it immediately crashes. Plus the fact that you can choose only one song as opposed to a playlist or an album it stupid. If they could fix/update their music feature, it would easily be 5 stars, but at this point it is still lacking
Great app
by erds 62 on 2020/11/21 00:29
Good way to make me stay focused. Always used to stray away for a coupe minutes but this app is making me push through to the minutes. Real nice
Very good helps me focus on hard tasks
by ADHD Girl who cant focus on 2020/11/20 22:07
I just love this app so much it is so helpful with my ADHD brain and so helpful for focusing on hard work!!!!
Make an Apple Watch app please!
by UB Bros on 2020/11/20 09:49
I love your pomodoro timer implementation on iOS after trying many Pomodoro apps, and if you can make an Apple Watch app it would be perfect! I work in an office with other people sitting in the same room so watch app notification is more unobtrusive as I don’t need to keep the sound on.
Really helpful and good for late night study sessions🌙
by syl2437 on 2020/11/19 00:46
The only down side is how there are so many things you can access without the premium.
Works
by Tyler Wasabi on 2020/11/18 17:11
This app works really well. I love that it has no ads and that it’s easy to understand. It also doesn’t drain your battery. I use this to work and then nap in five minute intervals because I have excessive fatigue. This helps me get my work done and my naps in. I would even love a watch that specifically does what this app does. Sometimes simplified things are mom. The Apple Watch causes too many distractions.
Yaaaaaayyyy!!!
by Luxpravus on 2020/11/17 10:45
It’s great now leave me alone already!
Keeps me focused
by Avi_95 on 2020/11/17 00:57
Best timer app. No unnecessary stuff in it.
A must have brain hack.
by BostonP3 on 2020/11/16 21:51
I’m so very glad I purchased this based on a few reviews that said it was a game changer and helpful for ADD. I feel so much more productive. After using the free version for a few days I upgraded to the pro 2.99 well spent to say the least. Being able to customize the sounds color and timing intervals is so nice. The cat meow makes me smile 😂 I looked up the Pomodoro method that this app is based on and am grateful for it. I hope it enhances your energy and enjoyment with the things you want to truly focus on like it did for me.
Wow... i mean thank you
by smalhotra7 on 2020/11/16 21:40
This is perfect timer for me. No fulf, no unnecessary features, just one feature done right. Great work by devs on this one.
Great
by SoulSplinter on 2020/11/15 12:58
Great application. I always need a push to focus and deter my procrastination. This I found is the only method that helps me. Very clean UI. Only feature request that would be a tremendous help to me would be to extend support for the Apple Watch.
Best focus app!!
by Leslyyyy Horan!!!(: on 2020/11/15 02:39
I’m studying at the university level and trying not to get distracted is a big thing. This, using this app and knowing I’ll have a break soon allows my brain to focus and retain the information more.
Perfect pomodoro timer
by cDivish on 2020/11/14 17:32
I’ve been using the pomodoro method for years now, but I used a website timer. This app is so perfect. With different sounds, it’s really obvious whether you should be working or resting. Plus the sounds for the longer breaking period is extra nice. In my years of pomodoro-ing, I never included the longer break like you are supposed to, because I would lose track. Excellent app!
Good for ADHD
by Ish26 on 2020/11/13 22:54
I’ve used this app before and after I started taking Adderall and it has always been very helpful. It’s a great too to help you keep track of time and to keep a good work/break balance.
Review
by TehreemJee on 2020/11/12 22:17
Love it
Love it!
by _pulliam_ on 2020/11/11 21:35
I think this app would be awesome for a lot of different work styles — but I gotta say, as a person who has ideas often and multiple projects going at once (all of which can get me off track)... this app really helps me get things done! Definitely GOVE it a try :)
Only thing missing is the watch
by wanderlust3333 on 2020/11/11 12:14
Would give 5-stars if it had support for the Apple Watch - is everything I need to focus and take needed breaks from my computer.
I love it
by Cgdhcft on 2020/11/11 01:33
I love it beautiful app amazing
Unable to cancel subscription
by ninnocent10 on 2020/11/10 16:47
App seems to work fine, but I’ve been trying to figure out how to cancel it because I got charged for it, but i’m not sure how to cancel and it’s not showing up in my subscriptions. There’s no information how to do it either and I don’t want to get charged again. I also have no idea how to contact the company.
Another ADHD-approved reviewer!
by SEGwrites on 2020/02/24 19:02
After getting diagnosed with Adult ADHD last year, I realized how all these “impenetrable systems” I created over the years became penetrable... although my symptoms were exacerbated by a major hormone shift, it threw me into desperately seeking help to maintain focus as my work as an entrepreneur and writer declined and continued descending rapidly. With that, I re-discovered Pomodoros. What I believe sets this app apart (from the ones that I know of, at least) is the ability to assign sounds and music to intervals and breaks. It’s a great way to keep working, *ding* stop and take a break, [sound] start working again. The constant sound (waves crashing on the shore) while working adds more focus for me as my brain assigns the sound on a loop with relaxation and focus—and it’s automatic so I don’t have to fiddle with the music app and get distracted there too... And now that my hormone situation is back under control, the Pomodoro method is even more effective in keeping my brain engaged when necessary, and queuing me to reward myself when the breaks roll around. The only thing I’d add to improve it is the option to label intervals. For example, in another app I have on my desktop it allows me to identify what exactly I did during those working intervals. (i.e. “Maintenance Tasks” and “Writing” and “Journaling” and “Brainstorming”.) It makes a difference for me, but it definitely isn’t a deal breaker. Five stars! Highly recommend it.
ADHD / ADD APPROVED!!! Yes!!!
by Jasmin-Corvette on 2020/04/09 13:38
Wow! Never in a million years would I have thought that I would gain effective productivity with an app, such as this one! I suffer from anxiety and uncontrollable ADD and my medication to control this challenge, lately, has been effective for my energy (caffeine boost), but I needed something to support me, in addition, to my focus concerns. I have been extremely behind on my work assignments which increases the negative behaviors through my anxiety. I find that I do well, with my medications, combined with a simple tool or self-challenge to hold myself more accountable toward my efforts (or ability) to complete my massive load!!! This app is beyond simple and user friendly and that’s all you need to get your task DONE!!!! I love the fact that I have the ability to change the countdown times, however I see fit for myself in the moment of. I have literally been more productive in my very first time of using this app, that I have in MONTHS! This is my new life saver and I would totally recommend this to ANYONE with ADD/ ADHD. I feel more accomplished and at ease because I am getting my work caught up in long sittings!!! The routine breaks are perfect!!! Prior to the app, I had my life coach advise this on and off rotation for my condition, but it’s not as beneficial or effective as an app that can track your progress! I’m grateful! I think this app saved my job as a director!!! Wow.
Best Pomodoro Timer You Can Get!!
by seasickdyl on 2020/03/19 22:03
Trust me I’ve scoped them all, even written a couple myself (via Shortcuts), but this is the best app on the AppStore if you’re often distracted, unmotivated, or suffer from adult ADHD. I definitely upgraded to pro, worth it to customize my chimes (Pavlov conditioning myself haha), and set the background colors to something I enjoy glancing at all day. The main benefit of this app in my opinion is the tracking/data analytic aspect they perfectly built in. The only thing I wish this app had was a text box you could enter your current task into so that it was present on-screen while the work-session timer is counting down. All in all this is my favorite and most used app whenever I have big tasks to work on or if I ever feel my productivity isn’t at the level where I know it can be. Highly recommend my friends! Edit: One other note, seems the chime settings are a bit backwards. I guess I expect to set the chime sound that would start the session. For example when setting the Focus Alarm to News Is expect that sound to play when I’m going into a new Focus session however I have to set this sound to the other two breaks to get this to play how I intend since the sound for Focus Alarm actually plays when that session is over.
Helping me through my roughest day
by Chelley449 on 2020/10/06 20:02
If I have a day of intense productivity (aka hyperfocus), I suffer from brain fog for the next few days, sometimes even a whole week. Today is one those days. I was struggling through the most basic tasks. I couldn’t even focus for a 5 minute stretch in order to answer my work emails. This app is a lifesaver for my ADHD brain. I turned on the White Noise app and set the timer for 10 minutes. So far I’ve been able to complete 3 cycles of 10 minutes each. I’ve now bumped it up to 15 minutes. Hopefully the apps will carry me through the day. Update 10/6 - I have one complaint about the way the app functions. I have it installed on my iPhone. It seems to stop randomly and it doesn’t restart itself or even alert me to let me know that I need to restart it. I don’t know if it stops when I get a text message or a phone call or if a calendar alert pops up. I’m so focused on my work (or trying to be focused re:ADHD). I only realize that the timer has stopped when I switch to it to see how much time is left until my next break. It’s very frustrating.
ADHD??? This is your GOD SEND!!!
by kelly etheredge on 2019/11/25 19:20
ADHD?? This is your GOD Send!! I have only been using this APP since this morning and I have already managed to complete several tasks with minimal interference! I’m beyond amazed! Nothing has ever worked for me. Squirrel Moments as my husband fondly calls them would overtake my days to the point that at the end of the day I hadn’t actually accomplished anything but had managed to begin at least 4 or 5 more projects!!! All of my “Projects” would remain unfinished until I HAD to complete one! Even then a 1 hour task, could and usually did, take upwards of 4 or 5 hours and even then maybe still not be completed but always another 3 or 4 would be in the works!! I’m not kidding you! Since this morning I have started and completed one project and finished 3 that were in the works!!! Hallelujah!!! And it’s only 2:15pm!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this App, I’m deleting all the rest except for AnyList!! I use that one daily and now I can actually get everything at the grocery that’s “On the List “. Before AnyList, I always lost the list! 😂 Anyway get this! You will Love it!! ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙌👍😀
Completely Changes the WFH Balance
by L•R•C on 2020/09/24 16:22
After switching from 5-6 days a week in the office, to COVID and working from home, I really struggled to balance everything. Somehow the load of laundry or the dishes in the sink were very hard to ignore while trying to focus on work. I found myself constantly distracted, only able to focus on work when household tasks were done (which of course they never are!) This app changed my life. The structure of working for 25 minutes with a 5 minute break allows for focus time, and then I can take 5 minutes to switch the laundry or empty the dishwasher, which really helps to keep the work-life balance actually balanced. Four repeats of a “block” equals 8 hours of focus, which also makes a very tangible way to work 8 hours during your day. And this is broken up by 30 minute breaks between each two hour block, which I find helps me produce higher quality work throughout the day, while also giving me time to keep up with housework. I highly recommend focus keeper to anyone struggling to work from home and keep their work life balance.
Pretty Decent
by NobodyUnoe on 2016/10/21 05:12
A simple but effective app to prevent burnout while working or studying (I use it for studying Japanese). The Pomodoro method helps not only with keeping you at your peak of attention span, but also helps with the much more subtle fear that feeds wandering attention and procrastination: the fear that the workload will never end. It's perfect and very comforting for overwhelming tasks that you dread sitting down to tackle. The app itself is so visually simple, it doesn't distract, but reassures you in an easy to read timer. Personally, I customized it, turning off the tick tick sounds on the work sessions and the long break- on work sessions I found it to be stressful, and who wants a timer ticking loudly on their long break away from work? The ticking works well though for the short breaks, to keep you mindful that they're brief. There's also a reminder that rings every Monday at 2pm, suggesting that you plug in for a session, which I rather found adorable. It's kept me from dropping the app and forgetting it, and as a result, put in more regular study time.
Great app, annoying default tick
by jdidn736 on 2020/05/27 19:17
I love this app! I use it for writing my research book. It can be hard to focus for the long periods of time I need to invest to keep it moving along, and my writing quality declines after I’ve been writing too long without a break. This app is great! I love its short breaks, which hardly take any time out of my work block and make me much more productive. Distraction and writers block is cut short by its alarm—I use my break time to do something physical outside and always feel more mental clarity and refreshment afterward. It is also very convenient not to have to waste time setting alarms, for the app does it all for me. As soon as you download this app, change the default ticking sounds to silence; otherwise, it is tremendously annoying. I would appreciate if the developers would make the sound-setting buttons more sensitive to touch—I had to punch them several times before I could silence the tick. However, that all was a quite minor issue and very easily solved. Overall, a great app!
Very helpful
by 1jdien-9 on 2018/12/06 00:16
I downloaded this app because I couldn’t get myself to study, I kept either overworking myself studying for hours without a break and could hardly remember anything or just took hour long breaks and couldn’t get myself to focus on studying. With the help of this app I was able to quickly and easily go through my studying without wasting time looking at the paper with no motivation. I find it best to have a 5 minute break every 25-30 mins (which is how long the average person can focus) and with the help of this app I am usually done within 3 hours (usually it took me a whole day, now I have more time) Another thing that I absolutely appreciate about this app is that the free version doesn’t have any ads and that you can use the most important function without paying. I also love the little ring that rings whenever I have a break (you can turn it off!)
Great app, but...
by idealistic.realism on 2020/07/29 18:07
So I’ve only been using this for a few days to help keep my focus on work at home instead of all the background activity that I don’t usually have when I was working in the office. Generally speaking, I really do like this and find it easier to keep my focus on my tasks knowing I’ve got a short break coming up. I like the functionality of the app - I appreciate the simplicity and ease in using it. My only complaint is that, if I have to switch apps, it will stop the clock. I know the point is to focus, but my employer is using a VOIP app to let us answer our calls via our mobile phones while at home, meaning I don’t really have a choice about switching between this and the phone app. But, when I switch back, the timer has often stopped. And, if I forget to switch back and check it, then I’m often sitting there thinking to myself that it seems like a really long 25 minutes! If this bug was fixed, I would absolutely give this app 5 stars.
Got me through crunch-time studying
by cheergirl1001 on 2020/03/05 04:31
We’ve all had the heart-dropping-through-stomach, holy-guacamole-I-haven’t-even-STARTED-my-10-page-Literature-paper-due-tomorrow feeling, and it’s a feeling that leaves us hopelessly overwhelmed! I didn’t know what else to do other than, like my fellow Gen Z’ers, to consult my mobile phone (this here iPhone) and seek the counsel of the App Store gods. Profs have recommended to me the Pomodoro technique (4 rounds of 25 minutes working, 5 minute breaking followed by a longer break—I thought it sounded silly but silly is perhaps the best option once you’ve hit rock bottom!) and I knew I couldn’t trust myself to keep myself accountable for the time intervals, so why not use the app? Super simple, no frills, honestly not very fun either but I guess that’s the point, lol. 12/10 would recommend to a friend (or even an enemy). Paper still isn’t done, but here’s to 25-on, 5-off for the rest of this fine evening! Cheers
Almost perfect, the best I've used so far
by katscott93 on 2017/05/03 21:00
I really enjoy this app - it has a clean interface (with NO ads in the free version - much appreciated) and the option to tweak the length of each type of work or break session. It also includes long sessions & breaks, which many of the apps I've tried that rival this one to me, do not include - very big plus, and truer to the pomodoro technique. The only thing so far I can complain about is that the sound alert for new sessions does not take priority over things like music or videos playing in the background - pretty much every other app that has a sound alert will slightly lower the volume of whatever you have playing to allow the chime to be heard, but this one gets drowned out. I either have to not have music playing, or have the app idle and visible so I can notice the sessions changing. I'm not really satisfied with being able to up the volume of the alert - I'd really appreciate if this were updated.
So helpful with my Adult ADHD!!!
by Chanelle777 on 2020/08/17 20:56
After being diagnosed with ADHD in my late adulthood, meeting in my late 20s… LOL, I had to find ways to figure out how to manage my focus. Even with medication, I still find myself focusing on the wrong things. But this app has been extremely helpful in reminding me to take breaks, and then use my super power of hyperfocus to get things done. I definitely recommend this to a lot of people who are struggling with distractions, and one thing that I would change, is being able to set a title during each focus session so that I know exactly what I should be focusing on. I use stickies at the moment and then crumble them when I’m done (which is so rewarding). Definitely will be using this... without I think I would be homeless because I wouldn’t get any work done. I rarely leave reviews, but this is the GOAT of focus apps. Good job!! (And this comes from a UX Designer btw 🤓)
Very Simple & Intuitive
by sheisimperfectt on 2016/11/30 06:11
It's been forever since I've rated an app, but this simple tool helped me perform my best on my recent exam, as well focusing and studying smarter as well. Normally i just try to use my own pomodoro techniques and take mini breaks, but even i get sidetracked and want to linger on my social media a little longer. So having this app is handy, not only for reminders, but also keep track of my study sessions and mini breaks/progress as well. Because of this and because it's aided me to study 'smarter' and to study more efficiently, I've upgraded to the pro and I found it to be worth it (: You just have to believe and push yourself to the best of your ability whether it's in school or for work purposes, just do it. And before using this app, i was overwhelmed with information and which resources to utilize, but having something handy like this, really helped me A LOT. 5/5 😌
Nuther ADHD/ND approved
by gggggggggggggggggggggeasy on 2020/04/24 21:37
I knew this technique existed, but this app made it so easy to implement. There are three different phases to this timer, and five “rounds”: two 25-min work rounds, two 5-min break rounds, and one 25-min break round. Each different phase has a different sound to it, so it’s easy to know which round is happening without having to pick up your phone and reset. This is a HUGE bonus for me, since picking up my phone is focus suicide. You can leave this open, even with your phone on silent, and still hear the time ticking away, which is enough auditory stimulation for me to focus on what I’m doing. It will go through the phases without you having to touch anything. This is all for free, by the way. Additional customization options are available for a one-time purchase, but the app can stand on its own without these. Perfect! I use this on my iPhone 7 for refs sake
My favorite Pomodoro timer
by Sam941bklyn on 2020/07/19 19:46
Of the many Pomodoro technique timers I’ve downloaded on my phone and desktop to help me stay focused during my work sprints, this has by far been my favorite. I’m a stickler for good, intuitive UX, especially when it comes to productivity apps. The last thing I need when trying to get work done is an app that takes too long to customize or setup! I love that I can readjust my focus segments right there on the timer page with a simple slider, rather than being forced into the options to make a universal change. That way, my focus segments can fit any sort of scheduling fluctuations or preferences that day. Signals and alarms when the segments are up are loud enough over any background focus music I’m using, but aren’t jarring. Overall, I highly recommend this app for anyone needing help to focus and get work done with a simple setup!
Not too rigid, but you still need self control!
by J9rossi on 2018/12/07 20:13
I love this app because you can also customize The timer based on your own needs. It’s not rigid. So if you’re in a good work flow and don’t really want to stop when it tells you to stop, you just skip the break time to go into the next round. Only thing is that it only starts and stops if you tell it too, so it’s not as disciplinary. Also, it does not lock you from going on snapchat or wherever, so it really is just mind power and self control to not do anything other than work during those 25/whatever minutes. What would be cool is if they had a note/to do setting where if you think of something that you want to be worried about later, you can write it down there and then the break time shows and reminds you the things you quick typed down before. Amazing regardless.
Great app
by notso_tall on 2019/03/08 11:55
It is very very useful for studying. This technique is great but what’s even better is that this app is so simple and provides such a wonderful experience even without paying. There are absolutely no ads and everything functions the way it should. I did end up buying it because it was very cheap to do so and because I used it so much, it was worth the payment of $0.99. With the paid version you just get to tweak things and change things to suit you better but even without the paid version, it’s still so amazing. I decided to change the time intervals to suit me and after a while I just reverted back to the suggested time because it just worked the best for me. I highly recommend this app for its usefulness and because I am thankful to the creators for not bombarding me with ads and making the nonpaid experience perfect!
Next Right Thing
by Edwardexe on 2019/10/08 22:19
This is a simple app with a powerful outcome. Following the Pomodoro principles, it gets the job done. I use it regularly as a tool for reminding me when to start and stop work. It does require that I actually plan my work before using it. It’s not magic. But it is really effective if used within the Pomodoro principles. I started incorporating the idea of “Throw away your todo list” by Brooke Castillo first. That helps me get all my work organized. Then I use this app as my method for turning off distractions and going to work. I can focus for just 25 mins, come on! All my Fomo quiets down knowing a 5 min break is coming soon. This approach I will attribute to my most productive work year in my 20+ year career, no joke. Again, not magic, but great approach to do the “next right thing.” And that’s generally all you ever really need to do.
Easy to use and definitely more focused
by Jeunoh on 2020/07/25 16:21
I like how user friendly this app is!! It’s easily customizable with a simple interfacing allowing minimal distractions. It keeps me accountable for myself. I like getting the notifications letting me know I haven’t used it in a while/“time to get focused”. There is a big difference in my work efficiency when I use this app and when I don’t. (The former being more effective.) I recommended this app to multiple ppl and it has helped them too. I also tried tomato timer using just a regular timer when I didn’t feel like using the app. I think the app is better because of the interface and automatic breaks and focus timers disallowing any pause in between!! Another positive: the small bell announcing the end or start of break is definitely better than the alarm sounds.
Amazingly Helpful
by pasteltears on 2016/12/04 15:53
It's extremely helpful in keeping you focused on any task. There's something about it where you feel satisfied and also like you owe it to the app and yourself to continue. 25 minutes doesn't seem long, and if you do face a passage of your work that isn't capturing your interest, you know that you only need to try until the break, and you'll be able to step away for a few minutes and relax. I'll never study or write papers without this app again. Nothing captures my attention and keeps it more than this app. I could have all the time in the world, but be unable to stick to a schedule, but with this, I can keep myself absolutely focus and undistracted for hours. I only feel accomplishment and pride in what I've done. I cannot recommend this app enough!
Making Pomodoro flexible and personal
by Grandma Leena on 2018/12/22 23:11
First of all, I started using Pomodoro as an older person to help with my arthritis by forcing myself to take short breaks from working on the computer. After success with this I began personalizing by varying work session and break sessions according to what I am doing : meditating, cooking, cleaning. It basically reminds me to keep an alternating standing and moving around vs. sitting time schedule. When I have a particularly difficult task, I use it as a reward system — I extend the long break and take a walk or read a book. I keep a 12 session schedule, and then give myself the evening off — or, alternately take the morning off and begin at noon. I am much more productive, in less pain, and suffer a lot less guilt since I began using Pomodoro.
Must have for university students.
by Sierra Overby on 2019/10/09 00:46
I love this app. I use it every day for school work. I’ll keep it open on my phone so anytime I start to get distracted and pick up my phone, the bright red screen and timer pops up to remind me I’m on the clock. It makes dreadful tasks less dreadful because there is always an end in sight. It makes me feel productive because I can visibly see how much I’ve gotten done. I really like to spend the work period working, and the break period cleaning or doing chores. It’s a good way to be active in between long periods of sitting, keeps me awake, and is a nice way to get chores done in short periods that would have otherwise been spent scrolling on my phone. The pomodoro timer is an excellent way to put some much needed routine into my study sessions.
Best Pomodoro app available!
by Auk KD on 2020/09/19 09:38
I’ve been using this app for years and finally I am getting around to reviewing it. I think I’ve probably been using this app on and off for work since circa 2016. I originally tried a number of different Pomodoro focus apps, but ultimately I came back to this one because of its simplicity, customization options and the selection of sounds and alerts. Personally, I like to listen to the noises of the coffee shop while I’m working and then the waves when I’m on my break. A couple years ago I finally broke down and paid for the premium version and I’m glad I did. To pay a small one time fee to be able to use this app whenever and however I want is obviously worth the cost! Keep it up developers of Focus Keeper!
If you have ADHD, get this
by Bananaguy7 on 2017/10/05 03:24
This app is an essential tool for those with ADHD or with any kind of trouble focusing. You turn on the timer, turn off your screen, and then just work until you hear the ding. Then you can rest easy knowing you have a pre-timed break. When you hear another ding, you get back to work. Repeat a few times and you get a longer break. The app does all the timing for you. No need to set ten thousand reminders, you automatically get notified when work time and break time are over. Also, if the default settings for the app (25 min of work, 5 min break) aren't effective for you, you can easily set the times to be different. Maybe you do better with 30 min of work and five minute breaks. An hour of work and 10 minute breaks? You can play around until it fits you. You can also turn off the ticking if it distracts you. This app will not solve everything. You still have to have the willpower to commit to your work. You still have to summon up the strength to start. It won't give you magic concentration powers. It will give you a nice structure with which it is much easier to do your work. Seriously, make use of this great tool.
Great for Procrastinators
by valg• on 2019/08/12 19:17
This app is a great resource to use to successfully space out your time. One thing I learned about me and other procrastinators is that we often over calculate how much time we need for breaks from productivity. Constant excuses keep people from staying on task, and that’s how time loss happens. This app has really helped me to stay focused because you always know there will be a break after a certain period of work, while also not overdoing it. I like to go with the 25:5 ratio, but you can adjust your times according to your needs. This has helped me keep it a habit to be productive with my time, and it’s really easy to use. Definitely suggest you try it out for a few days and see how it goes! (Because it’s really helpful!)
Best and most simple app ever!!
by breannnanicole on 2020/08/01 23:34
I love this app. It was recommended to me by a friend and I can’t stop using it. It’s really hard for me to stay focused and productive throughout my day. I find myself side tracked easily and always wanting to socially browse. When I got this app to try out I wasn’t sure it was going to work because I’ve used self timers before. But for some reason the presentation of the timer, the ticking sound of the clock showing time passing by, makes me more motivated to stay focused and get my stuff done. I only have the free version but I am looking at getting the pro so I can set my own goals and times. 100% recommend this app!! And I also never rate things but thought this app was worth it!!
Effective yet imperfect
by Collegestudent303 on 2017/01/29 22:06
The app has a great idea and is really simple to use. I like the ticking as a background noise, personally, but it can be shut off for when you aren't studying alone or when it gives you a touch of anxiety about the work. The only thing I didn't particularly find helpful was the pause button on the timer. It allowed me to take breaks during the supposed "work time," so I found myself getting distracted with friends and texts and food... you name it. I guess the good thing about that is when you have the ability to pause for little things like shooting a text to a friend or getting a snack, it keeps you working for the entire work period (default 25 mins). Overall highly recommend the app, as I would have taken much longer to do these assignments without it!
Just about perfect - one minor adjustment
by .C.R.S. on 2019/11/30 14:18
This app is exactly as simple as it needs to be. Easy to maneuver, easy to set and allows you to customise colours/tones for personal preference. HOWEVER, one slight adjustment that I would make is that you can currently only set a different tone to denote the end of a long break, however it would be more useful to have a different tone to denote the beginning of a long break. I try to avoid any interaction with my phone when I am working (and therefore using this app) and naturally I use my breaks differently when I have a long break compared to a short break. At the moment, I have to check the timer to see if I have a short or long break but it would be much more preferable to avoid having the pull my phone out as that reintroduces the distractor.
This app is game changing
by sabsriv on 2020/09/05 02:30
I am so glad that I gave this app a try today. Ever since I was young, I struggled with my ability to focus and read material for long period of time. I foolishly thought that buckling down and trying to get through long readings/tasks in one setting was the key to efficiency, and boy was I wrong. This app is so incredibly helpful in increasing my productivity. Normally I struggle with reading upwards of 30+ pages of homework/other material in one day. Only using this app for one day, I have been able to read over 100 pages without feeling any sort of burnt out. The Pomodoro method that this app is meant to emulate is ingenious, and is a game changer in the realm of productivity and self improvement.
Effective for studying but underhanded in selling pro version
by Focus_123 on 2020/03/30 00:21
I’ve never written a review for an app before but I felt like I had to warn other people. First of all, credit where it is due, this app is effective. It is set to the traditional pomodoro technique as a default: four rounds of 25/5 minute study/break sessions followed by a longer break. I found it worked very well when I was studying. When I was poking around in the settings I noticed there were some settings that I couldn’t change without buying the “Pro” version. That’s normal. HOWEVER hidden at the bottom of the settings menu is a button labeled “Restore Pro” which when I clicked it, bought the Pro version of the app without giving me a chance to authenticate it. I didn’t intend to buy the Pro version. Because of the underhanded tactics I can’t give it 5 stars.
Great all-around
by cmc26_whyarethesealltaken on 2019/11/29 16:34
I like this app because unlike other apps similar to it, you can leave your phone on do not disturb and still get the notifications from this app. That way, this app helps you stay on track without getting distracted by other phone notifications. It also allows you to skip, shorten, and extend breaks and work sessions. This app also automatically resets the timer for each new day as you sleep (you can change the time for it to reset in settings if you're typically up past midnight). One slightly annoying thing is that if you get a phone call while the timer is going, it will automatically pause itself when the call ends.
Work Smarter and Get More Accomplished
by easy2focus on 2020/01/09 03:20
Focus Keeper enables me intense focus for my studies. By breaking up study sessions into 25 minute blocks it is never too daunting to get started. The 5 minute breaks are a fantastic respite and keep me from getting off task while I study (when I get tempted by a distraction I think, “No, I’ll do that when the bell rings.”) And the 25 minutes FLY and I get super absorbed in the content. Five minute break is plenty and then I easily dive back in. I like this system so much that I even use it to motivate myself to complete chores that I am prone to put off. 25 minutes cleaning out a closet, 5 minute break, 25 minutes more cleaning closet, etc. I tutor students and I introduce this app to each of them. Most LOVE it.
Helped me pass college
by Leo_da_kid on 2020/05/01 06:52
I’ve always been bad with time management, especially during studying or staying on schedule. I watched a video where Jordan Peterson said if you want to succeed, split your goal into measurable units. I chose time as my unit to get stuff done. Purchasing the extra features were worth it so I can customize my study time and how many sessions before I get a break. So worth it!! Next thing you know, I was getting assignments done, I was aware of the time and able to catch the bus, and slip in some study time if I was in between classes. I did amazing my last semester of college and graduated. I wonder why I didn’t use it before. I highly recommend to anyone!!
Very simple clean UI with good product focus
by timothi_banks on 2020/06/23 18:25
I bought the pro Version of this app, and I really appreciate the focus of “focus” app (pun intended). Not a ton of bloated features, just the focus intervals (and plenty of customizations to look and feel / interval timings). I use this app while coding to get focused tasks done. In a world of slack messages, iMessages, emails, social media and noisy app notifications, it’s amazing we are able to get anything done at all. Additionally, these constant distractions, without breaks, cause stress response in the body. This app helps me be more sustainable as a developer, and take better care of my mental and emotional well being. UPDATE: edited to four stars, because a Apple Watch app for this would be epic. Using some haptic taps to signify breaks versus work.…😍
Gets the Job Done
by If a Philosopher Had ADD on 2020/05/28 18:01
I really enjoy this application, as someone with ADD having such a tool is really helpful to keep me organized and staying on task with a sustained amount of energy. However, I do wish that the long break time could be tweaked without having the PRO version and also it’d be nice if there could be a checklist where there’s a task I’m working on for 4 rounds. There’s a similar application (that has the qualities I stated aboveI prefer over this one, that I use on my laptop. (I forget the name, and my laptops broken, but it’s in the App Store). I will be trying other pomodoro timers to see if there’s a better fit- but this definitely does the job with a clean not-distracting look! I hope my thoughts don’t seem too jumbled in this review, lol.
Delivers what it promises beautifully, which is rare nowadays
by Tenshi Sora on 2020/02/23 22:50
This app is simple but powerful. I have been using it recently to study and it has helped me stay focused. In a day where ads rule the apps, this is the 2nd one where I am glad to pay for it (even if I don’t use the paid things) just to support the app developers. Great app all around! If I could criticize one thing it would be that on mobile, if you have a iPhone X and higher, you will accidentally stop/start the timer if you have the phone on it’s side and you switch apps or go to the home screen. Apparently it recognizes the gesture as a tap on the timer. Minor but this app still deserves the 5 stars
Timer stopped counting down in background
by Ez550 on 2020/10/21 19:38
I recently purchased the Pro version of this app because it was helping me organize my time so well. Within the last week, the app has stopped functioning correctly. When I leave the app, the timer stops counting down in the background. I did a test where I had my phone next to me with a stopwatch. The stopwatch recorded two minutes had past, while Focus Keeper had only gone down one minute. This makes no sense. It leaves me working way longer than the 25 minutes and confused with the amount of time I have spent working on an assignment. Please fix this!! I LOVED this app and began recommending it to all my college friends but now if it is not working, I cannot continue telling people to use it. If this problem were fixed I would be giving this app 5 stars but unfortunately this is my only way of reliably contacting support.
Best Pomodoro App: clean + customizable
by Edward Dansen on 2019/04/18 13:56
This is the best Pomodoro app I’ve tried. It manages to strike a nice balance between staying simple and clean, but offering a lot of customization. I also really like that this app will allow you to receive notifications while Do Not Disturb is on. The other Pomodoro apps I tried do not have this feature, which I find to be quite important so I can hear the Pomodoro alarm without being distracted by other notifications. The only con I see is that this app does not offer an Apple Watch version. I don’t currently own an Apple Watch, but I may get one at some point, which would require me to start using a different app.
The App is Gold
by MusicJourneys on 2018/11/01 21:49
I’ve never written a review before, but this app deserves it. I tried 7 or 8 other Pomodoro style timers and while they work, they were either ugly, overly busy, or distracting or so simple that they weren’t much better than the Timer app. Life requires flexibility. This app lets you change everything, but is also structured. I love being able to increase or decrease session and/or break times on the fly. I like being able to change colors. I like that the timer itself is what is big on the screen. I did pay the $1.99 to be able to change the extra options. Worth the cost. This app developer talent is in knowing how to make it powerful and simple. The other apps frustrated the heck out of me. This app works more naturally and flexibly, while still giving you all the structure you may want. One or two others were close, but were too rigid or ugly. This is a great daily companion app! 5-Stars easily! Worth the price. No annoying nags or up sells. Complete control over sounds, etc. Perfection!
Almost perfect—almost.
by YourAverageAppleReviewer on 2020/09/29 19:40
You can’t ask much from these apps. It does everything it needs to. I love the UI and the way you set the time. There’s only one thing that frustrates me about this app. Why can’t you mute it? I would be watching a video on my iPad and have to switch to a different device due to the incessant ticking. I’m not saying remove the sound(I like it at certain times), but the sound makes it unusable whenever I need to have a video open alongside the app. I love everything else about this, but until that changes I have to use a different pomodoro timer. Looking forward to that being addressed!
Great, but one feature missing!
by JackHouston on 2018/02/16 14:36
I love this app and have purchase the full version. However, there is one glaring omission: "Volume of Break." Although I appreciate being able to make the alarm super loud, I don't particularly want the ticking to be more than barely audible. It has two different volume adjustments for "alarm" and "ticking," and that's great. What it does not have, is a volume for the only other mode which is "break." I would like to keep the alarm at 10, the ticking at 2, and maybe the ambient "break" soundtrack at a nice medium 5 or 6. It typically quieter and less grating than the ticking sound (although you can choose the sound yourself), and I'd like to be able to hear it a little better.
Focus is that You?!
by Mho' on 2020/09/19 18:35
What can I say? When I study, I easily get distracted by my phone or my surroundings. With the focus app, it challenges me to sit still and be productive for a consistent amount of time. Now, if you find yourself having troubles focusing I strongly suggest this apps. It’s something about the clock ticking that makes me want to be consistent and finish the task. Please keep in mind that this app only helps with setting a consistent time table to study, it will not force you to study. You must do the conversations between self & self to motivate you to study. Regardless, download this app and start effective studying today! I promise you’ll love it!
Great app for focused work
by MamazinhaBR on 2017/06/02 02:09
This app is sooo good! I am doing a PhD, which means that I have to be very disciplined with doing focused work every day. Some texts that I have to read are very difficult and sometimes I lack the motivation. This app has helped me to create a study routine, keep track of amount of my focused work every day, and has boosted my motivation to work, especially on difficult readings. I just finished writing 2,500 words today just in a few hours, and it was with help of the app. I wouldn't had done so fast before. Also, the 5-min break is awesome to remind me to get up and move a little. This app changed my day to day work!!
One of the Best
by purevisualenergy on 2020/10/12 16:54
The app does its job and does it nicely! The ability to quickly change time periods is ideal, since every project has different needs and scheduling the sessions with flexibility is an added value. This is an ideal companion app to combine it with online teams like Caveday or Go Go Done, and reading so often that people with attention issues benefit from the app, I would strongly urge them to review those groups too, since the combo might be ideal to kill distractions and procrastination all in one shot If there is something to improve is just fixing the response of the timer when changing a established schedule, since it could respond faster to the newly adjusted time. Thanks guys!!
Great for work/studying
by DaniR998 on 2020/09/17 02:49
As a perpetually busy grad student, this app has been a life saver. I can’t tell you how many times I lost hours by frustratingly throwing myself into the same assignments feeling like I couldn’t possible take a break without falling behind. Or even sometimes because I was ALREADY behind. Using this app to remind myself of the natural limits of the human attention span has really forced me to take better care of myself. And really 5 minutes is usually all I need to come back refreshed for another 25 minutes. I’m spending less time doing work, getting a lot more done, and winding up with far fewer headaches.
Has helped me get all As in nursing pre-reqs
by Nararabbit on 2017/03/01 04:58
I have been using this timer for some months now and I love it. I have ADD and really struggle with staying on task while studying. The sublet background ticking gives my fidgety brain something to focus on while I study. When it's going, I don't even feel tempted to go on social media. It has made such an improvement for me that I got accommodation to use it during exams. I went from Cs to As in subjects like Anatomy and Physiology. I'm already using it to do independent study in Chemistry and Med Terminology to be ahead of the curve next semester. I also recommend the Brainscape app for doing your own custom flash cards.
Great with a couple issues
by cs31415 on 2020/01/24 19:52
Overall I like this app and got the paid version. Just a couple of minor annoyances: 1. The most recent update seems to not have been tested on smaller form factor phones (iPhone SE etc). The app displays black bars on the top and bottom and doesn’t fill the screen. 2. If headphones are removed the ticking sound continues playing on the speaker. This is annoying - especially when a boss will interrupt me and I have to pull out my AirPods - the ticking can be loudly heard on the phone speaker and I have to frantically turn it off. An option to only play the ticking on headphones or to stop/pause the ticker when headphones are pulled out would be very helpful.
Thank you thank you thank you!
by Funbags266896 on 2020/01/15 15:57
I’m a slacker but, man, does this timer keep me on track! I’m not sure why a normal timer doesn’t work for me...? But this sure is a god send! I DREAD projects I don’t like doing but after reading about time-chunking, I followed up by finding and downloading this app. Thank you for creating it. It has definitely made my messy time-management more manageable. Last year, I had to file an extension for 2018 taxes...I didn’t even START my accounting process until June because I dreaded it so much. This year, my taxes are done ready to go! I honestly can’t believe why you guys don’t have a 5 out of 5 rating!
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