How to set a timer to automatically stop playing music or videos on your iPhone

By , Aug 7, 2014

Timer stop playing thumb

Sometimes I like to play calming music or white noise to help me fall asleep. I just select a playlist and play it directly on my iPhone, which is resting next to me on the night stand. The thing is though, I don’t want to play music for an extended period of time. I usually need no more than 20-30 minutes to fall asleep.

There is a subtle feature in the Clock app that lets you set a timer that will stop playing any media currently playing on your device, whether it is music or video. In this post, we will show you how to set a sleep timer to automatically stop playing music or videos on your iPhone or iPad after a specific time.

How to set a sleep timer for music, videos, and movies

Step 1: Go to the Clock app and select the Timer tab.

Clock Timer app

Step 2: Tap on “When Timer Ends.” This is where you would normally select what ringtone you want the timer to use when the time is up.

Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom and select “Stop Playing” and tap “Set” in the upper right corner to confirm.

Stop Playing when timer ends

Step 4: Set the timer to whatever time you want, and hit the “Start” button.

Timer stop playing

If you’re playing music or a movie on your iPhone, the music or the movie will now stop playing when the time is up.

Be careful though! If in the future you need to set a timer with a ringtone, remember to go back in the Timer settings and change the “Stop Playing” action to an actual ringtone. I can’t tell you how many times I set timers while cooking that never rang because the Timer was still set on Stop Playing.

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  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    Awesome. Any thoughts if iPhone 6 does not come with sapphire. And the 6S will be introduced for S for screen or S for sapphire? And then the cycle will be broken and they will introduce the iwatch on the iPhone 6s time line

    • ✯Mike✯

      the s doesn’t stand for anything. sorry to break the news

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Yes it does. We don’t know yet. But previous models do have meaning behind it.

  • Abbas

    2 years of using an Iphone now for me and i always wondered if iphone have this function, although my Iphone did break out of the bars but i actually never searched Cydia for a tweak. Thank You for this post Sebastien !!!

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Using it for more than 4 years.. never thought of this feature on ios stock..
      Thanks Sebastien sir :)

      • im2slick4u

        I’ve known this ever since it got introduced in iOS 7 :p. Does not work with all apps, such as Rdio.

  • f1ght3r

    Awesome tip! At first I thought it was a jb tweak, but this is a fantastic stock feature. Defenitely help me out when I’m at the gym.

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    I use this every night to get to sleep, I put some music on and I let it stop by itself after 20 minutes.

  • Steven Greer

    Only downside is spotify doesn’t support it (last time I tried anyways)

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      You are correct. Too bad.

    • im2slick4u

      Rdio doesnt work either.

    • Rahimo

      Oh Man !!

  • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

    I actually thought this was common knowledge, clearly I was wrong. Great job iDB sharing what is an invaluable tip!

  • Rares

    Sebastian, this tip was great, I never knew about this feature. Thank you, you’re the man!

  • Willyman99

    Does rhapsody work with this (also do you mean any media, such as a browser video playing in the background or only the stock and Apple apps?

  • Paulo Ricardo Marques

    My first iDevice came with iOS5, and I think this function was already there. Although it does not work well with Spotify (at least), I found a tweak that’s called Slumber, and it will do the trick! It also has some other useful options.

  • Gregory D Foster

    Does this work for Spotify or just stock apps? I could just as easily try before possibly receiving a response here so maybe I should just do that… :)

    • Gregory D Foster

      It does not… in case anyone else was wondering. Does not work with Spotify I mean.

  • Ted Forbes

    Dont know what happened

  • Ted Forbes

    Nice trick, but I tested this with Voice Dream (text to speech app). The volume faded out then in again. The app did not stop, it continue playing.