Up Ahead: Countdown Widgets 4+

A lovely countdown app

Daniel Gauthier

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.9 • 233 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?

* "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”.

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.

Choose from 5 color themes to switch up the feel of your app and widgets.

Choose from 17 app icon variations to match the vibe of your Home Screen.


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 charge 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

What’s New

Version 1.1

New customization options let you display exact dates or modify the countdown format in your timeline.

More ways to customize, and lots of small improvements that make widget displays more reliable and relevant.

8 new patterns to find, and a helpful search option when adding patterns to events.

If you're an Up Ahead Plus subscriber, your family members can use Plus for free with Apple Family Sharing.

Lots of subtle improvements all over the place. This little app should be humming along quite nicely now.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
233 Ratings

233 Ratings

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!

EshuMarneedi ,

Beautiful, useful, expensive.

I’ve been looking all over for a good countdown app that wasn’t too complicated, was colorful, and was beautiful and native. I found one, finally! I keep track of a lot of events like birthdays, tech events, holidays, and special occasions and having a place to see them all and widgets that show the data is amazing. Up Ahead makes this data beautiful and fun to interact with. Creating events is easy, fast, and fun. The app is fast and native, and feels like something Apple would make themselves. It’s terrific. The only downside is the cost: $10 a year for an app that puts some events down and counts down until they arrive isn’t worth $10, no matter how you slice it. Sure, it’s beautiful, but hard to stomach for some. I’m a plus subscriber just because the developer is amazing, but if you want something affordable, this ain’t it. Amazing app, but pricey.

Tbrab73 ,

Fantastic App

It’s a really well thought out count-down app. Has all the options. Great looking widgets. The free version is very useful. The subscription price is reasonable. The 1-time payment to unlock forever is a bit pricey, but if you find the app useful and you think you’ll use it long term, it’s worth it. I think “having something to look forward to” is a powerful motivator and really helpful for maintaining a positive outlook.

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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