Up Ahead: Countdown Widgets 4+

Vacation & birthday reminders

Daniel Gauthier

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.9 • 393 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Up Ahead is a playful, beautiful way to keep track of everything you’re looking forward to. Create events in seconds, and build yourself an eclectic timeline full of birthdays, weddings, holidays, vacations, game releases, sporting events, or anything coming up that brings you joy. As your timeline grows, you’ll unlock themed patterns that can be used to give your events personality. Keep your countdowns top of mind with customizable widgets for your Home Screen or Lock Screen.


Up Ahead events are quick and simple to create — just give your event a name, a date (with optional time), a category icon, and a color.

View your events in a unique timeline format that gives you visual information about how much time is passing between events, and allows you to easily look back on your entire event history.

As you create events, you’ll start to unlock decorative patterns that can be applied to any of your events and appear in both your in-app timeline and your widgets. Some pattern unlocks are achievement-based — e.g. “Create 3 events” — and others are unlocked based on the content of your events. How many can you find?

Schedule flexible reminders to get notified about the events you don't want to miss.

Keep all your event information in one place by attaching short notes or links to your events.

* "Countdown" widgets are simple widgets for counting down to a specific event.
* "Coming up" widgets come in multiple sizes and will dynamically count down to whatever event is coming up next. They can be customized with filters and display names, allowing you to create widgets such as “Next Raptors game” or “Upcoming game releases”.
* "Timeline grid" widgets give you a colorful high-level overview of all your upcoming events.

Simplified versions of “Countdown” and “Coming up” widgets are available to place right on your Lock Screen.

Automate event creation or ask Siri about your events with Siri Shortcuts.

Quickly filter your events temporarily so that you can get a clean look at just the film releases you’re looking forward to, or the birthdays you want to remember.

Mark an event as recurring — weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or yearly — to have it automatically replace itself in your timeline when an instance of the event has passed.

Give an event an optional end date to countdown to both an event’s beginning and its end.

Automatically back up your events and pattern unlocks to iCloud Drive to ensure you never lose access to your data.

Lightweight event sharing allows you to export and share colorful images of any event.

Delightful sound effects and haptics bring the app to life.

...and lots more fun stuff to discover.


The free version of Up Ahead is free forever, and contains no ads. If you’re looking for the best way to simply pop a few good-looking countdown widgets onto your Home Screen or Lock Screen, downloading Up Ahead for free is a great place to start.

With an in-app subscription to Up Ahead Plus, you’ll get all the bells and whistles: unlimited event creation, recurring and multi-day events, the full suite of widget types, and more.


Payment will be charged to your Apple ID account at the confirmation of purchase. The subscription automatically renews unless it is canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours before the end of the current period. You can manage and cancel your subscriptions by going to your App Store account settings after purchase. Cancellation of the current active subscription period is not allowed.

Privacy policy: https://upaheadapp.com/privacy
Terms of service: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/

What’s New

Version 1.3.1

Schedule flexible reminders to get notified about upcoming events.

Keep all your event information in one place by attaching short notes or links to your events.

A few more achievements, and some limited-time event patterns to discover.

Lots of progress on my quest towards making this little app the best it can be.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
393 Ratings

393 Ratings

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Amazing and polished App that can potentially replace your calendar

Love the attention to detail and usefulness of this app. This has greatly reduced my need for my Calendar app at all. The free version is excellent and the premium version is such a great value for what you pay. This app has made planning for the short term and long term so much easier. I originally downloaded it to countdown to one specific event but after seeing how much I could do I’ve pretty much moved any upcoming event/obligations into this app whether it is a bill or something else I have planned.

Feature request:

I would love to be able to turn on push notifications for specific countdowns. This would be extremely useful for things like doctors appointments or bills so the user is reminded when the date gets close or arrives.

David Levine ,

Best countdown app. Hands down.

I’ve been looking for a great countdown app for a while. So many have inelegant UI or don’t function the way I would like. Up Ahead to the rescue! This app looks and works great. I like the layout and how you can see the number of days between countdowns. Being able to choose custom patterns for each countdown is a nice touch.

The only issue I have is being able to bring myself to paying monthly, yearly, or such a high lifetime price for a countdown app. I use it as a nice to have, but not a necessity. While I can justify paying for a finance app or even a Twitter app, I have a hard time justifying paying a subscription for a countdown app.

It’s possible that I might change my mind as the app is updated, but as of right now, I’ll remain a free user.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the kind review David, and I totally understand if the price feels a bit steep for some right now. I hope to win you over with lots of fun updates over the next few months!

Mark from Mars ,

Excellently designed and a joy to use

Beautiful app design, incredibly well thought out and complete in its platform capabilities and integration.

If Family Sharing was part of the deal, I would consider purchasing a lifetime unlock…I have to use different Apple IDs for work and personal and I would find it appealing to purchase for myself only once and use family sharing to unlock plus access for both of my IDs. Also my daughter would likely enjoy using the app as well!

App Privacy

The developer, Daniel Gauthier, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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