Ten free apps to use The Pomodoro Technique® on Android

Life as a freelance is also management of time and productivity, and I already wrote about this topic last week in the article about The Pomodoro Technique® by Francesco Cirillo. When Cirillo created the technique, he did it with a low-tech approach, so it’s usable whenever you have a piece of paper, a pen and a timer; however, times have changed, and with the large diffusion of smartphones it’s certainly easier to have with you a phone than a kitchen timer. So lets’ see some Android free apps to use Pomodoro Technique® wherever and whenever you need it.

Ten1. Clockwork Tomato

clockwork tomatoUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✘
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✘

Settings:
– choice of intervals duration
– choice of notifications sounds
– timer’s customization (colours and elements)
– stats’ customization
Tasker implementation
– other various settings including the flight one (no more available from Android 4.2), led and screen.

Link: Clockwork Tomato

2. Clear Focus

clear focusUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✘(in-app purchase)
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✔ (you can choose if to not see it without paying the pro version)

Settings:
– deactivation of sounds and vibration
– deactivation of connections (only wi-fi now)

Link: Clear Focus

3. The Pomodoro Technique T. Free (only tablet)

thepomotechniquefreeUsable free version: Meh
Paid version: ✔ (1,49 €)
Stats: Meh
Advertising: ✘

The worst app I tried: other than the horrible graphics (that could be personal taste), there’s written that it’s for phones when instead it’s for tablets; the free version gives you the possibility to use only one Pomodor and the controls aren’t working so good both on tablet and on phone.

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– choice of intervals duration

– You can use only one Pomodoro in the free version

Link: The Pomodoro Technique T. Free

4. Pomotodo – Pomodoro meets GTD

pomotodoUsable free version: it’s not clear (subscription)
Paid version: ✔ (subscription)
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✘

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– interesting function: you can choose to make the Pomodoro start putting the phone face down while the Pomotodo mode is ON.
– choice of the app to block during the work flux

– Task system: every Pomodoro can become a ToDo
– Cloud Storage possibility
– Share on social channels
– Possibily of pinning the tasks

Link: Pomotodo – Pomodoro meets GTD

5. Simple Pomodoro

simplepomoUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✘(you can make a donation)
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✘

Alert: this project is no longer being mantained.

Settings:
– choice of display (black or white)
– possibility of setting up a daily goal in stats
– timers’ customization (both intervals duration and notifications)
– set up of the “do not disturb” function
– possibility of coordinate with Google Task

– Task system

Link: Simple Pomodoro

6. Pomodoro Challenge Timer

pomodorochallengetimerUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✔ (3,99 €)
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✘

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– choice of intervals duration

– Projects system: every Pomodoro is part of a project we are working on; the free version seems to give only four of them. Projects are divided in ongoing, suspended and completed. .
– Ranking system: you start from “unrepentant slacker” and level up as you complete Pomodoro.
– Possibility of backup

Link: Pomodoro Challenge Timer

7. It’s Pomodoro Time

itspomodorotimeUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✘
Stats: ✘
Advertising: ✘

This is simply a timer, the only functions avaliable are the ones you can see in the screenshots above.

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– choice of intervals duration

Link: It’s Pomodoro Time

8. Tomatina – Pomodoro Timer

tomatinaUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✘
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✔

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– choice of intervals duration

– Tutorial at the fist access, then always available through the menu
– Stats always visible (the grey bar that in the screenshot)
– Ranking systems, with also bonus for combos

Link: Tomatina – Pomodoro Timer

9) Scheduler: Pomodoro Timer

schedulerUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✔ (0,96 €)
Stats: ✔
Advertising: ✔

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– choice of intervals duration
– colours customization
– choice of the language

– Task system: you can create tasks, but also customise their colours and duration (from 10 to 120 minutes)

Link: Scheduler: Pomodoro Timer

10) Timewise: A Pomodoro Timer

timewiseUsable free version: ✔
Paid version: ✘
Stats: ✔ (it seems they are only weekly stats)
Advertising: ✘

Settings:
– choice of notifications sounds
– choice of intervals duration
– choice between different themes

– Task system: it’s not an option, in order to make the app work you have to create tasks

Link: Timewise: A Pomodoro Timer


COMING SOON: as you can read on the site, Francesco Cirillo’s team is working on The Pomodoro Technique®’s app; while I wait I’m using Pomodoro Challenge Timer free version, but of course I can’t wait to try the official app!

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