I rarely go to bed without playing something on my iPhone (usually a YouTube video). The problem is that I have to make sure the video is long enough for me to fall asleep, but not too long for me to get up. Also make sure autoplay is turned off. Otherwise, YouTube will run through your catalog of recommendations overnight. At least I had to worry about it until I found out that the iPhone’s hidden sleep timer.
If you are anything like me, this problem will bother you too. Maybe you fall asleep watching YouTube videos or need to listen to your favorite soothing songs with apps like Apple Music. Many of these programs don’t have a sleep timer, which means you’re used to waking up after a while and turning off the music. Podcast fans are in luck, as the sleep timers for these programs are pretty standard. Spotify is also pretty good at providing a timer to automatically turn off your music. However, the rest is not so good.
Neither Apple Music nor YouTube have a sleep timer built into the iPhone, but iOS does. Apple doesn’t promote it, but it works. Interestingly, 9to5Google discovered a sleep timer in the latest AppleMusic beta on Android. This indicates that the sleep timer is visible in iOS 16, or Apple thinks only Android listeners need a sleep timer in AppleMusic.
For now, you need to use iPhone hidden sleep timer. Fortunately, this applies to all audio sources on your device. Whether or not your app has a built-in sleep timer, the iOS option will not play when the timer expires.
To use the timer, go to the clock app and select “Timer” as usual. Select “End timer”, scroll down and tap “Stop playback”. If you select the duration here and activate the timer, you can be sure that the sound will stop over time.
In my opinion, the best part of this sleep timer is that iOS stops playing audio and returns to the lock screen at the same time. By doing this, the iPhone falls asleep instead of being active in an open application. This isn’t a problem for background apps like Apple Music, but as the free version of YouTube requires you to stay in the app, this built-in sleep timer feature is welcome for me. .
But beware: iOS remembers the last “sound” of the selected timer for future timers. If you set the timer without changing “Stop Play”, the timer will not play any sound when it is turned off. If you’re not playing audio on your iPhone, you may not notice that the timer goes off, which can ruin your dinner, nap, or whatever else you’re setting the timer for.