Regarding your comment about the timer feature on the app, I have to say I find this doesn't work very well from my limited experience. Both times I have tried to manually set it from the app, using the exact method (method 2) that you have suggested here. The only reason I have in fact found this forum however is because I have been googling 'anova problem with timer' to see if anyone else has had the same problems as me. Specifically, my issues when doing what you recommend were as follows:
1 - The first time that I did this I thought I had set my poached eggs to boil for 45 minutes using the method you described, I then walked off to another room and hung out for a while, distracted with other things in life but assuming I was going to get some kind of beep from my phone or the sous vide machine when it was all ready and done. Eventually, feeling sure that we must be close to the end time, I looked at my phone to discover that the bluetooth connection (I do not own the WiFi version) didn't seem to travel as far as the other room, which was in itself a surprise given I use bluetooth with my music speaker at home all the time and the connection goes twice as far. I figured however that maybe the timing had messed up as a result of this connection issue - you live and learn and I had to give the benefit of the doubt that the bluetooth connection was the key problem, even though I hadn't strayed that far from the kitchen area. Hence I tried again.
2 - The second time I did the same as before but this time after I set the timer I waited and watched it closely to make sure that it started to count down after I had set my app. The timer didn't move however and just stayed at 45 until, eventually, the numbers disappeared completely from the display as if I had never set a time at all in the first place. I found this really bizarre because I was so deliberate about doing it. I had to try for a second and third time before the timer finally set.
And on that point of checking to see if the timer had in fact set, correct me if I am wrong but in that first minute after you think you have set the timer there appears to be no way to know for sure whether the timer has really set and is counting down or not because no seconds are displayed on the device, only minutes and hours. So, if this is a problem then the only way a user can be sure his item is working properly is by waiting a whole minute for the number to start counting down.
I'm now paranoid that if I ever cook something with this item then I am going to have to be chained to the kitchen because the wifi might cut out. I also need to constantly check my app to be sure that the timer has set and doesn't unset itself. Suffice to say that this isn't the relaxing experience overall that I would have expected. Am I missing something? Please can you advise me whether there are any basic things that I can do which will stop the above from being issues the next time I use this device (I don't want to have to wait for the next software update before I can use this in confidence again).