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There's a way to set a sleep timer for your music apps

Handy for those who like to doze off to a soundtrack.

IF YOU’RE THE kind of person who likes the idea of listening to music before you go asleep, you probably don’t like the idea of dozing off and leaving it on all night.

On the off chance you’re not familiar with it, there are ways to set a timer for it so the music turns off by itself.

If you have an iPhone, there’s a specific feature which allows you to do exactly that, and it works with any music streaming app like Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music and others.

To find it, go into the Clock app and go to the Timer page. Where it says Where timer ends“, tap on it and scroll all the way to the bottom until you see Stop Playing. Tap on that, set the length of time you want your music to play and press start.

When the timer ends, the music switches off too.


On Android, not many devices include this feature on their timer but a way around it is to download an app like Sleep Timer. It effectively does the same thing as iOS but it gently lowers the volume when it finishes and can also cover YouTube as well.

The free version does have ads, but if you want to pay for it, you can get rid of them and get a widget for it as well.

Sleep timer Sleep Timer / Google Play Sleep Timer / Google Play / Google Play

The above is better suited to music but if you’re a heavy podcast user, many apps – including Apple’s official podcast app – allow you to set timers for them to end. It’s worth checking out settings for those apps first before you do anything.

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