20 Seconds is a simple app, whose only purpose is to count, you guessed it, to 20 seconds.

Why, one might ask, 20 seconds? Well, there is a theory that says that 20 seconds is enough time to help you build a new habit, or help you break an existing one.

To start with good habits, if you want to do something, you are much more likely to actually do it, if you start within 20 seconds from when you first thought about it. If you wait any longer, you are less likely to go through with it.

Conversely, if you want to break a bad habit, waiting 20 seconds after you get the urge, will make it easier for you to avoid doing it.

So, when you feel an urge to do something you want to stop doing, start the 20 Seconds app and let it count down. See how you feel about that urge after 20 seconds have passed.

While counting down, the app will show a progress indicator, (with or without a random shape), play music or play ticking sounds to distract and amuse you a little bit. It can start counting automatically as soon as you start the app. It also has a 30 day trail of usage in the today widget.

What’s New

Version 1.7.2

Free version users can now remove ads for free by watching a short video

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

5BPM ,

Refocus and get back on track

Several times a day I find that I've become distracted. To refocus on sharply important, I take a 20 mental clearing with this app and it works.

Arw528491 ,

Interesting concept

I find this app helpful for breaking bad habits and also for use in situations for calming down. I think a small settings button would be helpful after the timer finished, to alter the concluding image, or maybe even color if you wanted to branch out the design. Making it clearly accessible would help the effectiveness of the app.

App Privacy

The developer, Nishco Ltd, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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