https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

Android app suddenly has timed practice

I'm not sure how I turned it on, and I would like to turn it off. How?

June 17, 2017

36 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lenaun

...help... same issues here - all of the sudden that timer was on in my android app but I really really really don't want it... Anyone from Duolingo team out there to help, please?

June 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

I removed version 3.50.2 and reinstalled version 3.49.4 and I'm rid of it. (This is why I always back up my version before upgrading. Came in handy!). I was afraid they'd done something to my account.

I read through the comments on Google Play, no one likes this feature!

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/seanrogers14

This worked for me! Thanks!

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lenaun

So if i deinstall duolingo now and install the old version (where do i get it?) I lose the last points i gathered but instead get rid of the timer you mean? Or do i lose i everything?

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

You lose nothing. The points are on your ACCOUNT. You just sign back in with the reinstalled app. The timer is gone. I was afraid the timer was associated with my name as part of some A/B experiment. But it was just the app version came with this "feature". The old version doesn't have it.

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lenaun

...you are a jewel! Guys - I just looked for the old version online, deinstalled the new one and installed the old version. The timer has gone, and I'm back in learning-heaven enjoying all the time I want to ponder about my answers, speak them, repeat them, practice them, without any sh#t timer clock taking all the fun away from every day progress and learning... Thank you, elizabeth - have a lingot!

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lenaun

Just make sure to disable automatic updates on google play apps

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

Thanks, I love lingots since they let me take a day off without breaking my streak.

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenskaElev

Cannot find old version (3.49.4) in Google Play. Any ideas how to get the old version?

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

I had saved my old version in another directory. I have an app that backs things up. There are websites that have old versions (Google "Duolingo old versions"), but that sounds extremely unsafe to me. However, it looks like maybe the Amazon App store has a MUCH older version? I've installed stuff from there.

The name of the old version I had backed up was Duolingo_3.49.4.apk

I have auto update turned off and use a Nexus, so I don't have other interfaces trying to override that.

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenskaElev

After installing a previous version, and disabling updates to the app in android, it somehow updated to the latest version anyway later that day, so I gave up on trying to run an older version at this point. I am hoping after enough time, and enough people complain, the Duolingo team will see that forcing timed questions in the general strengthening on the app was a mistake. I can still do general strengthening on my desktop at home without a timer, but like using the app at work. I have been trying the timed questions anyway, but still don't like it much.

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenskaElev

I hope DuoLingo gives the option to disable or at least choose whether to do timed questions in the app. I think we should have a choice. I may go and uninstall the updated version and see if that fixes the problem for now.

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SporkMasta

This is precisely the question I came to ask. Which is to say, I want to know, too.

June 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

It must be a new A/B test .. my Android duolingo is up to date and I don't have any way to get the timed practice.

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/fpeter76

I'm in the same situation. I'd like to try it, but I didn't get this function. Why? Does anyone know the answer?

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

For me it started with version 3.50.2 from Google Play. 3.49.4 was blessedly free of this horror. So, I went back to it.

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/fpeter76

My version is also 3.50.2, but I can't do timed practice.

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

So the blue button is not a clock now, still a barbell? Interesting. Had you ever paid for Timed Practice on the website? I did that roughly the same time as I got the new version and didn't think that was the cause of it at the time. When I reverted to the old version I got rid of it. I wonder if it's the language you're studying?

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/fpeter76

It's a barbell. How can I pay for Timed Practice?

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

Fpeter76, I really don't recommend you do this, it may force you into timed practice on the app. However, on the website you can go into the store and buy it. It doesn't show in the store on the app.

It is possible that either your language or your "mystery A/B test group* will prevent the dreaded timed practice on the app, but on the website you will have the option. Maybe see if any of us complaining is studying one of your languages and then you'll know.

Just want to warn you, we're complaining. Because every strengthen exercise is now timed, and it's a very short time.

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/fpeter76

I have already bought it. So I "Equipped" with "Timed practice". But in the app, I've got a barbell. No Timed Practice at all...

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Itlandm

It does not seem to be a choice. However, I can still practice individual bubbles without a timer. I was lucky to have a bunch of bubbles with grey bars on my French course, so I exercise those manually instead of letting Duo pick exercises for me. Works well so far. And the website is still an option - I made a shortcut to the website on my tablet home screen. (Probably less practical on a phone.)

I am not sure if normal people learn better under pressure or just think it is fun to be rushed - I am certainly not one of those. (But then I hate roller coasters too, so I may not be a typical human.) Or it could be to make sure we see an ad after a minute, rather than up to five minutes with the old exercises. Someone's got to pay for serving 150 million users.

June 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/_buja_

I hate the timed practice too. I´m about to remove the actual version from my android phone and install the old version (3.49.4) again, so i can continue to practice like i´m used to.

Did anyone of you ever see an answer from duolingo staff, since this horrible change was made?

June 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

I haven't seen a response and I've posted on Facebook, Google Play, and all over here. I was really stunned to see them coming out with a new version and it was still not optional.

July 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/_buja_

I just updated to version 3.51.2 and still have only the timed practice "option". So downgrading seems to be the only way to get back a usable app. What makes me angry/disappointed the most, is the lack of information from Duo's side. >:(

July 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/_buja_

OK,...I downgraded my app to 3.49.4 and now got rid of the timed practice button. Now I´m back to practicing as I like it, ...without pressure. I also turned off automatic updating for the duolingo app.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

No announcement because it's not a "new version" - it's just an A/B trial ... not everyone gets it. I have the latest version and I have the normal practice ... but I also have Duolingo Achievement badges, which others don't have. Either of these things might just go away.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Itlandm

No announcement anywhere. So it seems they are not proud of it. That means it was probably to show more ads, after all, rather than some kind of attempt to improve the app. That is just sad. If they are in money trouble they should just ask for help, not make learning more difficult.

July 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

No announcement because it's not a "new version" - it's just an A/B trial ... not everyone gets it. I have the latest version and I have the normal practice ... but I also have Duolingo Achievement badges, which others don't have. Either of these things might just go away.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

Well, you're only subjected to this A/B trial by going beyond 3.49.4. If you go back to that version, you're fine.

I have Achievement badges in my version of 3.49.4. Never checked in the 3.50.2 or 3.51.2 versions. I'm not moving forward again as long as I get that timed practice.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

It must be based on two things - your version and your account being flagged for the trial. Elizabeth, did you ever get the timed version in your app? I wonder if you're in the same category as me - I haven't heard of anyone getting both the achievements and forced timed practice.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/_buja_

I had both...achivements and forced timed practice. :-/

Now I deleted the app and installed the old version (3.49.4) again. Now everything is fine again. Let´s see how long this "test" will last.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

Ahh crap there goes that theory :-( Sorry to hear it

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

Yes, I had the non-optional timed version when I upgraded past 3.49.4, which is why I took that off (twice now) and went back to 3.49.4. I think I had the achievements in those newer versions, too, as I think I checked to see if my before 8 AM badge had shown up, but not positive I kept that when I "gained" timed practice. The timed practice was hopeless on a screen where you're using swipe typing. Most times I completed ONE question. It's not that hard on the website to choose that the stars are in alignment at this instant to do a timed exercise, but the app was impossible.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/snadhelta

Does anyone know how to get BACK to the blue timer button? I had it before, and I really liked it. I've tried installing version 3.50.2, but it now has the barbell for me. Anyone know the trick?

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

New version (3.51.x) just came out, the blue button was a barbell, but still only gave me timed exercises. Have reverted back to 3.49.4 again.

June 30, 2017
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