iPhone Music Timer to Stop Music at Bedtime

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At first glance, it might appear that the only thing you can set in the iPhone's timer app is a ringtone, but look closer and you'll see a hidden option below the list of chimes! It is often said that the best way to hide something is in plain view and this is certainly a true analogy when it comes to the iPhone's timer app.

Accessing the Timer App

  1. From the iPhone's home screen, tap your finger on the Clock app.
  2. Look near the bottom of the Clock app's screen and you will see that there are 4 icons. Tap on the Timer icon which is the right-most option.

Setting Up The Timer to Stop Music

  1. Using the two virtual spin wheels near the top of the screen, set the countdown timer for the hours and minutes you require.
  2. Tap the When Timer Ends option. You will now see a list of ringtones as usual, but scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen by swiping your finger up several times. You'll now see an extra option that might not have been obvious before. Tap on the Stop Playing option followed by Set (located in the top right-hand corner of the screen).
  3. Hit the green Start button to begin the countdown.

You can now play the songs stored on your iPhone in the usual way by pressing the Home button to get back to the home screen and then launching the Music app. The timer app will work in the background just like a sleep timer on a TV, but it won't turn off your iPhone; it just pauses the music.

Tip: To make sure you don't accidentally set something on your iPhone, you might want to lock the screen by pressing the power button.