We all sleep in different ways. Some require absolute silence, others white noise, and others like to hear one or two songs to get the sleep going again. If you belong to the latter group like me, there is a problem. Fall asleep before the music stops, and a loud song can wake you up in the middle of the night. However, with an iPhone, this problem can be avoided with a little setup.
Apple includes a built-in sleep timer in iOS that automatically stops music playback after we're hibernated. Do not know this function yet? It's been there from the beginning, but it has remained relatively hidden despite its usefulness.
The Sleep Timer not only works with Apple Music and the native music app, but works with all media that is happening right now on your iPhone. That said, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Tidal, YouTube, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Audible, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix, just to name a few popular apps. If you can play it, your iPhone can hold it for a restful night's sleep.
If you only want to do this for Apple Podcasts, the app has its own built-in sleep timer, which you can use instead of system-wide mode.
Setting Sleep Timer for Media Playback
On your iPhone, open the Watch app and select the Timer tab. Swipe to set the timer to how long you normally need to doze in bed, then tap "When the timer ends". Instead of selecting a sound, scroll down and select "Stop Playing", then tap "Set."
Now start the timer before or after you start playing music, movies, videos, audiobooks, podcasts, or the like, and enjoy a peaceful night's sleep without interruptions. When the timer expires, the media will stop playing and your iPhone will be locked to prevent accidental typing or wiping.
In the future, after setting "When the timer ends" for the timer, you will no longer need to open the Clock app the following evenings Siri and ask him to "set a timer for # minutes". When the time runs out, your media will also be turned on.
Remember, if you use not the timer feature to stop media playback, you must change the "When timer ends" option to an actual warning. If you do not remember to change this, your timer will be turned off by not turning it off. That means the pizza will definitely burn.
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