The Timer feature of the Clock app on your iPhone is useful when you’re cooking, exercising, or performing a task that should take a specific amount of time. Typically the timer will play a sound when it has expired but, the iPhone timer can also be used to stop playing a video or music, which can be a problem if that’s the current setting for the timer and you aren’t actually playing anything.
Our tutorial below will show you why the timer alarm isn’t making a noise when it expires if that is the current setting for the timer. By following the steps in our guide you will be able to change the “When Timer Ends” setting to play a sound instead so that your timer starts working the way that you need it to again.
How to Change the Timer Action on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.4.2. This guide assumes that, currently, when you set a timer and the timer expires, you aren’t hearing a sound. This happens to me when I have changed the timer expiration action to “Stop playing” rather than an alarm sound. This guide will show you how to change that setting to one of the alarm sounds.
Step 1: Open the Clock app.
Step 2: Select the Timer option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Choose the When Timer Ends option.
Step 4: Tap the sound that you want to play when the timer goes off. Note that the sound will play when you select it.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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