How to Add Timers to Google Slides (Quick Guide)

To add a timer to google slides, go to ‘Insert’ tab > press “Video” > search “5 minutes timer” > choose a video and “Select”. Alternatively, you can install a timer extension. Adding timers in your slides can help you manage your time effectively during presentations.

They can also be a valuable visual aid for your audience, letting them know how much time they have to ask questions or explore the topic in more depth. While Google Slides doesn’t have a built-in timer, you can do this with just a few clicks.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Step 1: Open Insert Tab

Open your Google Slides presentation. Then go to the ‘Insert’ tab and select “Video.”

Step 2: Search the Video

In the video tab, use the search option, and type “5 minutes timer” in the search box. You can also search for timers of different durations or copy a timer video URL from YouTube.

Step 3: Add the Timer Video

Find your preferred timer video, select it, and click “Select” to add it to the current slide of the presentation.

Step 4: Resize the Video

Next, resize and reposition the video to your liking. Keep the video small and place it in one of the corners of the slide.

Note that the timer will be added only to the current slide. So if you want to add the timer to all slides, you need to repeat these steps for each slide. And you will need to click on the video every time you want to start the timer.

Can I set the timer on Autoplay?

You can set the timer video to autoplay. To do this, right-click on the video and then select “Format Options.” 

A new pop-up window will appear. Then, under the Video Playback section, press on “Play (on click)” and change the option to “Play (automatically).”

The timer video will start automatically as soon as you move to that particular slide. Now you will not have to worry about starting the timer manually.

Alternative Method to Add Timers to Google Slides

You can add timers to Google Slides using the “Slides Timer” browser extension, which requires some additional steps.

First, open up your Google Chrome browser and go to the “Slides Timer” extension page (search for it). Once you are on the page, press “Add to Chrome.” 

A new pop-up window will appear. Click “Add extension” to confirm the installation.

Download and install the extension on your browser. Open your Google Slides presentation, add a text box to your slide, and enter the text “<<5:00->>” to set a five-minute countdown timer. You can adjust the duration as needed.

That’s it! you are done. Simply click “Slideshow” or “Present” to begin the presentation. The countdown timer will replace the text box.

You can also add count-up time by entering “<<5:00+->>” in the text box (replace “5” with your preferred duration).


Timers can be a great addition to your presentations, and we recommend using them whenever needed. By using this guide, you can now add timers to your slides using two methods. The first method uses a built-in video search feature from Google, while the second method uses a Chrome extension.

Both methods are pretty easy to follow and only require a few minutes to set up. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.