How to Set a Timer on an iPhone

A detailed guide on how to set a timer on an iPhone or iPad, and how to change the sound.

Updated: June 7, 2022

All iPhones and iPads have a default timer already downloaded onto the device. You can use the timer to count down the time that's passing when you're cooking, getting ready, training, or playing a game with friends.

The default timer is easy to use and comes with different ringtones. So, you can customize what sound plays when your timer goes off. You can only set one timer on an iPhone at once, which will count down in hours, minutes, and/or seconds.

In this article, we'll answer:

How to Set a Timer on an iPhone or iPad

Here's how to set a timer on an iPhone or iPad in 5 simple steps:

  1. Open the "Clock" app
  2. Tap the "Timer" tab along the bottom
  3. Scroll to set the number of hours, minutes, and/or seconds you want the timer to run for
  4. Select your sound by tapping "When Timer Ends" and choosing the sound you want to play - when selected, tap "Set"
  5. Tap "Start" to start the timer

Alternatively, you can set a timer on an iPhone or iPad using Siri.

Say, "Hey Siri, set a timer for 1 hour".

Or hold the lock screen button to activate Siri and say, "Set a timer for 1 hour".

Where Is My Timer on My iPhone?

If you want to set a timer on your iPhone, you need to know where it is. An iPhone (or iPad) timer can be found on the "Clock" app. You can find this app by scrolling through your home screen or by searching for the app. Once you've tapped the "Clock" app, you can find the timer by tapping the "Timer" tab along the bottom of the screen.

How to Change Timer Sound on iPhone or iPad

Here's how to change the timer sound on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. When setting up your timer, tap "When Timer Ends"
  2. This will show you a list of timer sounds
  3. Scroll through the list until you find a sound you like
  4. To test a sound, tap it to play it out loud
  5. Once you've found your ideal sound, tap it so a tick appears next to it
  6. Press "Set" in the top right corner of your iPhone
  7. Then start your timer

This will change the timer sound on your iPhone, so it plays your chosen ringtone instead of the default sound.

How to Check How Much Time Is Left on My iPhone Timer

Once your timer has been set, you can check how much time is left on your iPhone or iPad timer in three ways:

  1. Using the "Clock" app: Visit the "Clock" app and tap the "Timer" tab to see how much time is left on your timer.
  2. On your lock screen: Lock your iPhone and then activate the screen by raising it, tapping the home button, or pressing the lock screen button. On your lock screen, you'll be shown a live countdown with how much time you have left on your timer.
  3. Ask Siri: Say "Hey Siri, how much time do I have left on my timer". Siri will tell you exactly how long you have left.

How to Pause, Stop, or Cancel a Timer on an iPhone or iPad

Once your timer has started, it'll count down the hours, minutes, and/or seconds until your timer is due to go off. To turn off your timer, you can either pause it or cancel it.

Here's how to pause your timer on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the "Clock" app
  2. Tap the "Timer" tab
  3. Tap "Pause"

When you're ready to resume your timer, tap "Resume".

Here's how to stop your timer on an iPhone:

  1. Open the "Clock" app
  2. Tap the "Timer" tab
  3. Tap "Cancel"

This will stop your timer. To set a new timer, choose how long you want the timer to run for and then tap "Start".

You can also pause or stop your iPhone or iPad timer using Siri. Just say, "Hey Siri, stop/pause timer".


Author: Burak Özdemir

My name is Burak, and I used to have difficulties waking up in the morning due to unreliable alarm clocks. Over the past few years, I've dedicated part of my life to finding the best alarm clocks and sharing my knowledge with people through this blog.