Chime Squirrel is an iOS app for iPhone and iPad. It’s purpose to present a quick and intuitive interface for creating recurring “alarms”. These alarms are called chimes inside of the app. They do not require user interaction to turn the sounds off but instead make a single “chime” sound. The goal in doing so is to present reminders without being distracting. This helps you to be more productive and more aware at the same time.
This is a guide to the settings and options available within Chime Squirrel.
Chime Squirrel is a free app. You have unrestricted access to the Quick Chime functionality, and you can create a single Interval Chime. You have access to the default chime sound.
Upgrade to Pro to get these additional features:
The Menu allows you to navigate around the app. The options available in the menu are:
The Chime Running screen is where you start and stop a chime and see its progress.
The Elapsed time is counter for long all the chimes have been running. It corresponds to the progress of the Outer Ring.
The Remaining time is long long is left until the app stops playing chimes.
The Interval Countdown time is a countdown until the current chime is complete and the app makes the chime sound. It corresponds to the thick, Inner Ring.
The Outer Ring shows the progress for all the chimes. It is a summation of the runtime. When it is full, the chime is done.
The Inner Ring shows the progress for the current running chime. Once it is full the app will make the chime sound.
The Left Button allows you to start and stop the stop the chime. Stop is basically pausing a running chime.
The Right Button allows you to reset the chime. It will set the elapsed time and running chime back to zero. You can reset a running chime and the chime will keep running but start back at zero.
Tap any field to delete the content inside and display the keyboard to enter a new value.
The Chime Frequency is how often the app will make the chime sound.
The Stop After fields tell the app how long it should keep repeating the chimes for.
The Chime Title is used in the iOS alerts when a chime sounds.
The Interval Chime List shows all of the Interval Chimes that have been created and allows you to create a new one.
Tap any chime to go to it’s running view where you can start, stop, or edit the chime.
The icon to the right of the chimes shows the progress for any running chimes. It can be tapped to start or pause a chime.
Add New will create a new Interval Chime for you and take you to its settings screen.
The first row shows the chime Title, Repeat Type, and Repeat Length. Tap it to go to the Interval Chime Preferences and change any of these settings.
The Intervals section shows the Intervals for the chime. Intervals are how often the app will make a sound. They are run in the order that they appear and can be rearranged by tapping edit in the upper-righthand corner of the screen. Every Interval Chime needs at least one Interval.
Tap on Add Interval to create a new one.
The Title appears when running the chime and in alerts when the app is closed.
Repeat lets you decide what method you want to use to repeat the intervals. This decides how many times the intervals repeat. Select Sets to repeat all the intervals the specified number of times. Select Run Time to specify a length of time to run for.
Ask for value on every run: When selected, every time the chime is started the app will ask for the Repeat value.
Chime Sounds are the sound that the app makes at the end of an Interval. This is a Pro feature that requires an in-app upgrade. The app will still preview the Chime Sound for non-Pro users but it will reset back to the default.
The Interval Title is display when the chime is running. When the app is closed it is also displayed for the currently completed interval.
Length is how long the Interval runs for.
When the app is open the volume is controlled using the same volume as your music (swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see the volume slider in the Control Center). If you have music playing while the app is open, the music will fade out for the chime to play and then back in when the sound is complete.
When the app is closed, the volume is tied to your ringer volume. It creates the same notifications as other apps. If you have music playing the phone is controlling the chime sound and music mix.
There are many uses for Chime Squirrel. I personally use it every day as a pomodoro timer and for exercising.
I hope that you will find the app helpful as well.