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Configure WILD Timer

WILD stands for Wake Induced Lucid Dream, and there are many variations of this technique. It is strongly recommended to read at least one tutorial on WILD in order to understand the process. WILD timer is intended to help you with your WILD attempts.

Here’s how it works:

Wild timer is intended to play voice or vibrate reminders to keep your mind aware as you enter your dreams consciously.

Button Descriptions

WILD Timer has 3 buttons

  • Add WILD Timer – adds a new timer event on top of the list.
  • Save Timers – saves the current list of timers, overwriting previous settings
  • Help – displays this webpage

Adding timer events

The new reminder has to be configured

Pressing the “Add WILD Timer” button creates a new timer event on top. It needs to be configured. By default, WILD reminders are voice reminders, although vibration alert may also be used. Events just added to the list are “Not Active” and will not be played.


Setting Reminder time

To set the reminder start time I touch the reminder on the screen once.

To adjust the reminder time, I touch the event that I want to adjust once. This brings up the “New event at” dialog where I may use the time picker to set the new reminder. Setting time automatically activates the reminder.

For the rest of this example, I will add and configure 5 timers to demonstrate the capabilities of the WILD Timer activity. I touch each one in turn and enter this combination of timing: 10, 15, 25, 35 and 40 minutes. Note that all reminders are now set to “Active”, meaning they will be played

Adding 5 reminders to WILD Timer

Reminder Context Menu

Due to the small screen size and plenty of options, more advanced options are available through a context menu. To bring it up, I press and hold on the item I want to change until the menu shows. Here I can see options for the first timer that I added:


To bring up the context menu, I press and hold on the list item until the menu shows up

Context menu option descriptions

  • Pick reminder – allows you to select a voice reminder (if this is a voice reminder) or enter the text to vibrate (if this is a vibrate reminder).
  • Test current reminder – plays the sound file associated with the event or vibrates the event text in Morse code. Use this option to test if your reminder works, adjust it’s length or volume
  • Switch to vibrate/voice reminder – changes the reminder type from voice to vibrate and from vibrate to voice.
  • Activate/Deactivate event – allows you to disable some events without deleting them. Disabled events are not played.
  • Delete Event – this deletes the event from the WILD Timer. *Note that you need to save timers for deletion to take effect

Reminder Types and Picking Reminder

WILD Timer allows you to combine vibrate and voice reminder. Each reminder is played once, with at most 1 reminder being played per minute. To set the reminder, I press and hold on the event to bring up the context menu. By default, voice reminders are set to “lucid.mp3” in the “Recordings” folder

Pick reminder context menu option

Pressing “pick reminder“, when the reminder type is set to “Voice” brings up the “Select sound file” dialog.

Selecting a voice reminder


New voice reminder is set for the first WILD Timer event


Since I do not want the lucid.mp3 to play during WILD, I pick another reminder. After I touch the reminder I would like to play, the list reflects the changes. I repeat the process for each of the 5 timers that I set. Because filenames in the Recordings folder look very similar, I use the “Test reminder” from the context menu to hear the reminder that I selected.

To select a vibrate reminder, I pick the “Switch to Vibrate reminder” from the context menu. Now instead of the voice reminder the phone will vibrate the message that is entered in the reminder in Morse code. Each letter takes a few short or long vibrate rings, creating a very irregular, yet distinct sound. If you know Morse code, it may even be more effective 🙂

Lets say I want the second reminder to use vibrate alarm, as I would likely be too groggy then to hear the voice reminder. To do so, I bring up the context menu and pick the “Switch to Vibrate reminder”:

Switching reminder types is easy

I like the text reminder to be about 10 letters or less (“wild time”), longer text reminders take too long to play, and are rather annoying. To change the reminder text (and thus shorten or lengthen the vibrate duration), I select “Pick Reminder” from the context menu

Entering the vibration reminder text




Saving Changes

It takes a couple minutes to customize the WILD timer. Make sure you press “save changes” before you leave the activity, so your changes will take effect. WILD Timer settings are saved in an “WILDTimerConfig.txt.gzip” file located in /Application Data/Lucid Dreaming App/ . I back up and then overwrite my settings to be able to rather effortlessly switch between debug and real settings. Maybe you will find the same technique to be useful!


Starting the WILD Timer

WILD timers may be started or stopped at any time by drawing a gesture named “WILD”  on the clock. To start the timer, I draw the gesture once (it’s sensitive to the direction it is drawn) . A notification mentions that the timers have been started. To stop timers at any time I draw the gesture again. You will need to create your own gesture named WILD to use this feature. Fresh installs of the app will have the gesture below as one of the default gestures.

Lucid Dreaming App WILD Gesture starts/stops the WILD Timer