How to Set an iPhone Sleep Timer

Use these steps to set a sleep timer on your iPhone.

  1. Tap the “Clock” icon.

    If you don’t see it on your Home screen you can swipe down from the top of the screen to open the “Search” menu and type “clock” into the search field.
    open the Clock app

  2. Touch the “Timer” tab at the bottom of the screen.

    It’s the rightmost tab at the bottom of the screen.
    select the Timer tab

  3. Choose the amount of time, then touch the “When Timer Ends” button.

    You can adjust the amount of time using the scroll wheels at the top of the screen.
    touch the When Timer Ends button

  4. Scroll down and tap the “Stop Playing” button, then touch “Set” at the top-right of the screen.

    The “Stop Playing” option is at the very bottom of the menu.
    how to set an iPhone sleep timer

  5. Tap the “Start” button to begin the timer.

    Once the timer ends your iPhone will automatically stop playing whatever is playing on the device.

The steps above were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.4.1. Note that the “Clock” app that we are using in this guide is the default one that comes with the iPhone. You don’t need to download any third-party apps.

The Clock app on your iPhone lets you do things like set alarms to wake up, use a stopwatch, or see what time it is in other parts of the world.

But it also lets you set timers, which you can have go off after a certain amount of seconds, minutes, or even hours.

That timer has some additional settings that can make it really useful, including an option that will cause it to stop items from paying on the iPhone. This lets you use the iPhone as a sleep timer. The steps listed above show you how to configure that option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you set the iPhone screen to turn off automatically?

Yes, you can have the iPhone turn off automatically after a period of inactivity.
Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock then choose the amount of time after which you want the iPhone screen to shut off.

Does the iPhone have a sleep timer for music?

Yes, the iPhone music sleep timer is the same one as indicated with the steps above. It applies across the entire device, including the default music app.

Is there a sleep timer for the iPhone Spotify app?

Yes, the Spotify app on the iPhone has its own sleep timer.
You can set the sleep timer in Spotify by opening the app, then selecting the “Now Playing” bar at the bottom of the screen. Tap the three dots at the top-right of the screen, select “Sleep Timer”, then choose the desired amount of time.

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