Updates for Android and iPhone November 📱

We wanted to take time to write an update blog post for all users on iPhone and on Android. Read along to find out what is being updated in the app right now.

For iPhone users, we have recently updated the app to work on Ios 11, the recent update covers the following. Support for iPhone X, updated to new Ios 11, Fixed countdowns scrolling issue where the display would jump to the top on refreshes, stability and other improvements. We have just released a brand-new update called 4.2.1 so look at the updates tab on the App Store. We have recently switched to a much better server for iPhone. This has been pushed forward sooner than expected which we hope will perform faster and have fewer issues in the future. If you, of course, come across any issues regarding the recent switch or update then let us know on Facebook and we will try our best, to help you with that issue.

In terms of Android updates, we will work on a brand-new build soon, nothing too drastic a few new features which we couldn’t add due to time constraints. We are hoping to get an update out maybe late November to early December. We have been busy updating iPhone so we will get back to Android very soon.

In the future do expect us to be updating the app around every 2 months, we don’t have any major changes now for the app, we will try our best to make sure the app is running smoothly.

If you want to stay informed on updates and progress of the app then the best place to follow us is on Facebook. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to.

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Add Facebook Events to your Android Calendar

On this post, we wanted to share with you how to add Facebook events on to your Android device. We do have the steps on our app but wanted to share you with you some visual steps on how to add them.

Facebook no longer allows third-party apps to directly sync Facebook birthdays. You can still access Facebook birthdays and events by configuring your Google calendar to import Facebook events.

You will need to access your Facebook account on a desktop browser, unlike on an iPhone you cannot just Request Desktop Site. In the top right-hand corner find the question mark symbol which is next to the arrow symbol. Type into the search section “export events”, you will see a list of options as an answer. You need to click on “How do I export events or friends’ birthdays? then follow these instructions.

When on the Events page, right-click the Upcoming Events link. 

In another tab on your laptop open Google Calendar. In the bottom left-hand corner, you will see “Other calendars”, click on the bottom arrow to then find “Add by URL”. Paste the “Upcoming Events” or “Birthdays” link. Then click Add Calendar and you will see a message on the screen saying Calendar was imported successfully.

We hope this helped you add your Facebook Events to your Android device and the app, if you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook.

Add Facebook Events to your iPhone Calendar

Since Apple released iOS 11 a couple of our users on Countdownplus have been messaging us on Facebook saying that they cannot see any calendar options in the Facebook section of their iPhone settings. This is because Apple removed direct Facebook and Twitter integration on iOS 11.We wanted to share with you how to add Facebook events back to your iPhone on iOS 11. The only way to add Facebook Events back to your calendar and for the app is to subscribe to the calendar.

On your iPhone click on this link, then you will most likely see the mobile version of the site. You need to request the desktop site, for Google Chrome you can find this option under the three dots, Request Desktop Site. For Safari, you can find this option under the share button, scroll across to find Request Desktop Site.

 

Then in the lower right-hand corner, you will need zoom in to find this option. Tap on Upcoming Events and Birthdays. You will see a pop up telling you if you already have it or not. Just follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternatively, you can copy the Upcoming Events and Birthdays link, and go to your Settings-Accounts & Passwords-Add Account-Other-Add Subscribed Calendar. Then paste the link to the calendar in the Server section. Tap next and then tap Save.

We hope this helped you add your Facebook Events back to your iPhone calendar and the app, if you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook.

Profile Header

This blog tutorial will explain the new profile header adjustments. This is for IOS only.

In Version 4.1 you can now get rid of the profile header screen. It was a hugely requested feature since Version 4.0 came out. It is super simple to get rid of and we wanted to show you some extra features we have added to the profile header. So if you want to get rid of the header, simply tap on the gear icon. Then see under Display option it says Birthday Countdown Header, get rid of that and it will disappear. You will now notice that the next birthday and your age does not take up so much space.

If you want to see how old you are to the exact time, then swipe to the left. If you want to see your next birthday swipe to the right.

If you want to edit the cover image you can, simply tap on your profile image, and you will see a blue bar with a pencil icon. Tap on that and choose to either edit the profile image, edit cover image or refresh image. Edit the cover image, and add a new image, you can also add an overlay so you can actually see all the text.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

User Inspired Instagram Events 🎤📚

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last user inspired post so we wanted to come back with another one with two countdowns from Instagram. This user inspired is a mix of music and holiday events.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @lonelylintu who is off to see Dua Lipa on the 30th October. Dua Lipa has been getting hugely successful as of the past several years. We are obsessed with her New Rules song she released this year, the music video has been seen over 3 million times on YouTube. It is also her first song to hit the number one spot in the UK. She is heading off to The Self Titled Tour across the UK and Europe in 2017 and 2018. If you are recently discovering her music then she might be a great act to watch live, there are tickets still available for her shows. She really is killing it right now with her New Rules song, every day she gets millions of more views on the music video and it’s going platinum in some countries. We haven’t thought about seeing her live but it sounds like a great experience. She performed so well on The Jonathan Ross Show a couple of weeks ago, a dance routine to match the music video.

Lastly we have @hoplesscosplays who is attending MCM London Comic Con on the 28th October. If you love everything from Star Wars to Iron Man this is the place for you. They have a huge list of guests who attend the show all weekend. You can get photo sessions or just an autograph with them, bear in mind it does cost money for both, so check here for the full price list. Not only is great for guests but it is a rather good place to find official merchandise from your favourite comic books, TV shows or movies. Also, this a brilliant place to discover new comic artists and more unknown comic series. Cosplaying is a huge part of the event and can be fun to dress up as your favourite character. Of course, it is not mandatory to dress up for this event but can be fun to plan your outfit. We are getting closer to the big day so there are limited tickets available. Friday might be your best choice in terms of Priority Entry and General Entry. Saturday for both entries is limited but Sunday for Priority Entry is limited and or General Entry is fine. Best to check online before booking since these might change by the time this blog gets released.

If you want to take part in our user inspired posts all you must do is either tag us in your countdowns, or use #countdown or #countdownplus on your posts.

Best Tips for Disneyland Paris ✨🏰✨

It’s been some time since we did any Disneyland related blog posts, so we wanted to share some of the best tips for Disneyland Paris. We will split this into sections to read the parts you feel will help you out the most.

Weather

So unlike in Florida where it is always sunny and barely a chance of rain or snow. You need to expect the worst to happen in terms of weather. So if you visit in October then bring jumpers and a light raincoat, this works especially if you need to keep warm and dry during the night shows. You might think the park is small but it really doesn’t so do take some great weatherproof shows. It will help as you don’t want to walk around the park and end up having blisters and feeling tired so fast.

Book a Disney Hotel

This is more of a tip if you have not booked yet, but good to keep in mind for the next trip to Disneyland as well. It is always best to stay in a Disneyland hotel as you can get a free shuttle service to the parks from Disneyland hotels. It also only takes around 10 minutes to walk to the park. Tons of extras get thrown in as well if you choose a Disneyland hotel, such as park tickets come included in the price of your hotel stay, on-site shop and restaurant. If you choose to book a non-Disneyland hotel it can take up to an hour to get back which means less time in the park.

Arrive Early

Much like the parks in the US, if you do end up staying in a park in the US. You will be given early access to the parks, from 8am. This gives you a head start of 2 hours to get on rides, so you don’t have to wait behind everyone. This works well for the type of rides where you cannot get fast pass tickets for.

Food

Disneyland has some great food options as well if you do end up staying in the hotels then plan when you want to eat. If you think about eating when everyone else does you will get stuck in a queue for the table. It is advised online to eat before everyone does. Booking a table could be ideal as well since you won’t have to queue. So, plan a day ahead this will help if you are going in a large group. You can if you don’t want to have a sit-down lunch grab food from food stands around the park.

We hope these few tips helped you figure out what is best for your next Disneyland Paris trip. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus so we can see them.

Themes and Styling

This blog tutorial will show you the new editing tools when adding images to an event. This is for Ios only.

When adding events or editing events, you can add images, but on Version 3.0, editing was rather laborious. Now we have neatened up the editing process for your countdowns. So let’s start with an already created event, but where you find all the editing options for the event is exactly the same even when you create a new event. So tap on Settings, then scroll down to Appearance and Style then tap on Themes and Style.

Now you will see all the editing options, if you want to change the style of the countdown then you change that with the top drop-down menu. Change the style of font or colour at the bottom of the screen. Then most importantly you will want to add an image to the countdown so tap on the camera icon.

Then once you are done editing the event, tap on the arrow to go back and then tap Done when you are all finished.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

Current Updates for Android and iPhone

If you have been following us recently on Facebook, you may have noticed a few more updates on the progress of Android and iPhone. We just wanted to catch you all up on what we are currently working on this month and next month.

As mentioned in the last update posted on our blog post, we have released a new version for Android which is Version 4.0. Since release, we have faced several issues but managed to solve quite a lot very fast. Right now, we are trying to solve issues with the settings tab, crashes in the app, issues with video ads and a few other minor issues. We have been delayed in sorting out these issues in the app due to unforeseen circumstances with our team. If you notice any other issues in the app, then don’t hesitate to message us on Facebook and we will try our best, to help you with that issue.

Work has started on the iPhone version of the app already, but due to the issues on Android, we have been yet again set back because of this. We are aiming to switch the servers as well since they have caused a lot of problems in recent months on both versions of the app. This won’t take effect until we are 100% satisfied it is stable enough for release. Meaning it might not happen until the end of the year.

If you want to stay informed on updates and progress of the app then the best place to follow us is on Facebook. We are aiming to post more information on updates to our Facebook from now on. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to. If you are on Android then you might want to follow us on all social channels to see the new tutorial videos we are posting every Wednesday.

User Inspired 2017 Instagram

Following on from the many user inspired posts we have gone to Instagram where we find a whole bunch of amazing countdowns from our users. So, for today’s post, we are looking at 2 amazing Instagram countdowns, and there is no theme for this post today.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @jaderichy who is off to Disneyland Paris in November.  As you might be aware if you are regular readers of the blog then you know we love all things Disneyland. We talk specifically about Disneyland in Florida but wanted to mention some amazing things you can do whilst at Disneyland Paris. So if you were not aware Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, which is set to be an amazing time to visit the park, there are brand new parades to enjoy and a brand new illumination show. Not only are there new shows but plenty of new rides set to arrive in the park too. Mainly Star Wars rides which will take over Space Mountain. If you want to find out about new rides then check out this post. Of course, if you want to take home something to commemorate the 25th Anniversary then head to the shops for 25th themed merchandise. If that isn’t enough and you end up getting rather peckish then you can indulge in some tasty treats, especially for the 25th Anniversary. Also if you are heading in October – November then you can expect to see some Halloween themed food and decorations across the park.

Next up is @fanny_wilson.x who is off to New York in November. New York is a lovely city to visit with so much to do even on a short visit. Here are some must do’s for New York in November. First up it is pretty cold around November so don’t forget to bring some jumpers to keep you warm whilst out and about. Central Park really comes alive during the winter months so it could ideal for a winter walk. There are free walking tours if you want to find out some history as well as a lovely walk. Thanksgiving is a big time of year in America and especially in New York, so you might want to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the best thing to do is stake out a spot and stick with it, so buy all the snacks and food beforehand. If you want to splurge out and find some designer bargains then apparently November is a really big month for sample sales in New York. On top of that, some normal must do’s eat some pizza, grab a taxi to somewhere, check out a gallery or two and buy plenty of souvenirs.

We hope you enjoyed this post about user inspired events from Instagram. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus