How to Use the Spotify Sleep Timer on Android

Drift off to sleep to your favorite tunes

What to Know

  • Choose an album or playlist. When it starts playing, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner and tap Sleep Timer.
  • To turn off the sleep timer, tap the three dots > Sleep Timer > Turn off timer.

The Spotify sleep timer lets you ensure the music app turns off once you drift off to sleep. Android phones don't have a universal sleep timer, so being able to turn one on through the Spotify app for music is a handy resource.

How to Set the Spotify Sleep Timer on Android

While the sleep timer is clearly meant for use during bed time, it can be used to stop Spotify music for any occasion. Here is how you turn it on.

Spotify added its sleep timer to music in 2019, but its Android sleep timer has worked for Spotify podcasts before and can still be used when listening to your favorite show at night.

  1. Open Spotify. Once you choose an album or playlist and it starts playing, tap the three dots icon in the upper-right corner.

  2. Tap Sleep Timer, then choose a duration. You can set it to stop audio after 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour. You can even set it to wait until the end of track.

  3. You will see a confirmation, then returned to the track you're currently listening to.

    Turning on Spotify Sleep

Reasons to Turn On the Spotify Sleep Timer

Anytime you open the Spotify app and turn on a mellow or relaxing playlist in the evening, you may want to also turn on the sleep timer, just in case.

Making sure the music stops after you’ve drifted off to sleep isn't just for personal wellness so the noise doesn't wake you up in the middle of the night. There are a few reasons it might be good to add a timer when listening to Spotify at night, including:

  • Preserving battery life
  • Preventing data use
  • Getting quiet sleep through the night

By default, Spotify will continue to play music after your current playlist ends. Using the Sleep timer will limit noise to a certain amount of time.

How to Turn Off the Spotify Sleep Timer

After you've turned on the Spotify sleep timer, you may want to change the duration, or turn it off completely. This can be done in a similar fashion to setting it up, and will stop the app from turning music off or stop it after a different amount of time.

  1. Tap the three dots icon in the upper-right corner when a song is playing.

  2. The sleep timer will show a green moon and display how much time is left. Tap Sleep Timer.

  3. Scroll down and tap Turn off timer to keep the music going.

    Turning Spotify sleep timer off

Sleep Playlist Recommendations

You probably have a playlist or album you want to fall asleep to, but if you’re looking for more things on Spotify to fall asleep to and test out the timer, here are a few recommendations:

  • Ocean sounds: Sounds of the beach right in your room.
  • Tycho: Mostly calm, electronic instrumentation to bring a little movement to your dreams.
  • Ben Webster: A jazz legend with smooth and easy tones.
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