Using the Timer on Your iPhone to Put Your iPhone Music to Sleep

A lot of people love to listen to music before they go to sleep.

Some people even say it helps them fall asleep.

The problem some times is that when you start to play your music, there really isn’t a convenient way to turn your music off after a while, without waking up. In fact, I have known people who just play their music when they go to sleep, then if they get up in the middle of the night, that is when they turn it off. If not they just let it play all night long. Talk about a waste of battery.

Let me show you how to effectively set a timer for your music on your iOS device.

The first thing you are going to do is click on the Clock App on your device.

Next, you are going to want to click on the Timer. Then you are going to set the amount of time that you want to play your music.

When you are done doing this, you are going to want to click on “When Timer Ends.” You are then going to want to scroll to the bottom and look for “Sleep iPod.” When you find it, click on it and press the “Set” button.

And you are now ready to play your music for the amount of time you set your iOS device timer to. I hope this helps those of you that love to play your music before you go to bed and help you save on that battery life.

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  • http://google Suzi

    I haven’t got iPod at the bottom if the list? Any ideas? Thanks

    • Peter

      Hi Suzi,

      Just double checked on my iPhone and it’s there but only when you’re in the timer, not the stop watch.

      Are you sure you’re looking in the timer?


  • jr

    I only have the option of “Stop Playing” at the bottom of my “When Timer Ends” list. I wonder if a recent iOS 5 update renamed the button from “Sleep iPod” to “Stop Playing”

    I have an iPod touch 4, running iOS 5.1

    • Peter

      You are correct. I missed that but must have changed in an update to iOS.

      It has the same effect of stopping music after a period of time but yes it says “Stop Playing” now…

  • Ellen

    Hi, I used to use this function on my 4s, but since iOs it no longer switches the phone off when it stops playing. Now it runs out of battery and my alarm doesn’t go off making me late. I don’t want to charge it overnight. Any solutions? I want sleep to make the whole phone go into standby mode.

    • Peter

      Hi Ellen,

      You are correct, you’re phone should not stay on – try this.

      Start the music app playing a song or playlist, go to the timer and set that to however long you require, then push the power button at the top to put it to sleep.

      You should find that it keeps playing then shuts off when you’ve set and the phone should then sleep….

      Let me know if that works.

  • Gabriel

    Thnks man.. it helped me soo much ;)

  • Brennan Lawrence

    Awesome little trick! I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately and I don’t have a lot of self control to stop listening! This will be awesome to use tonight!

    • Peter

      Glad you found it useful!

  • John M. Kirton II

    Look, the iPhone 4 DOESN’T have the Sleep iPod function on it! Mine has “Buy More Tones” at the top instead!!!!

    • Peter

      Hi John.

      Just checked mine here, it does. Perhaps it’s to do with the version of iOS.

      iOS 5 and iOS 6 does support this on 4, 4s and the new iPhone 5.

      Which version of iOS are you running?

      • Hayley

        I know it’s a bit pre-historic but I’ve got the 3gs and I only have ‘stop playing’ as an option, which actually stops it playing for a few seconds, then it continues to play :(

        • Peter

          HI there Hayley.

          That’s weird! I do remember that the wording has changed ‘stop playing’ is what it used to be, very strange that it starts going again though… Which version of iOS are you running?

  • Alice

    Thank you! That was very helpful!! :)

  • Karishma

    Hi Peter

    This really helps thanks


  • Karishma

    Thanks Peter

    This really helps as I tend to listen to music everyday

  • Serena

    If you put in the timer will a set alarm still go off in the morning?

    • Peter

      Serena, yes it sure will – I use it like that all the time

  • Magali

    Thanks for this post! I listed to sleep music at night & make a short playlist so it will stop playing. I knew there must be a simpler way but I thought I would have to download a third party app. This is very useful.

    • Peter

      Glad to help!

  • James Wingo

    I listen to music using an app, is there a way to use the timer that will cut the app off or my phone off?

    • Peter

      James, I think in that case it would rely on the specific app that you’re using to support this.

      Some do… have a look around the settings.