iOS: Set a Sleep Timer

| TMO Quick Tip

If you like to fall asleep to music but don't like leaving your equipment on all night long, then you'll be happy to know that your iOS device has a way to stop playing music at a time you specify. The setting for this is within your Clock app, so let's start there.

Once you arrive, click on the Timer tab at the bottom. You'll set the amount of time you want to elapse before your music stops, and on the iPhone, you'll then tap "When Timer Ends" and change it to "Stop Playing" (it's all the way at the bottom of the list).

On the iPad, you'll touch the Sounds button instead to select the same thing.

Afterward, just tap Start, and you'll be lulled to sleep by the sweet, sweet sounds of Megadeath or whatever.

It doesn't matter whether your music is already playing before you set this up, either—you can switch your tunes on either before or after these steps.

The cool thing about this feature is that it'll work in all sorts of apps that output sound (not just the built-in Music app). So you could listen to Pandora as you fall asleep, for example, or a radio app, or whatever. Neato! Well, it's neato for those of you who don't need crypt-like silence while you sleep, anyhow.

Comments

DamenS

Melissa - I get lost, in your eyes ...

ctopher

ewww DamenS Keep Debbie Gibson to yourself, it’s creepy!

And for once, when I read the headline I said “I know this one!”

As an East Coast denizen I like to fall asleep to the mellifluous Vin Scully calling the Dodger game.

Thanks for bringing this to light for everyone else. I’ve given this tip to many people who didn’t know their iOS device could do this. Does it get any easier in iOS7?

Lee Dronick

Good one Melissa. As Jim Morrison sang “When the music is over, turn off the lights.”

Melissa Holt

DamenS, if you knew how often I listened to that song when I was a preteen, you’d be embarrassed for me. smile

ctopher, I am not a Dodgers fan, but I sure do love Vin Scully! When the Dodgers were last playing the Rockies, I brought a pair of binoculars to the game just hoping to catch a glimpse of that great man.

Melissa Holt

Thanks, Leeā€¦it’s always great to see you commenting. Makes me smile!

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