How to Set a Sleep Timer in Apple Music (2023)

Sleep Timer in Apple Music

Did you know that the Apple Music Sleep Timer is set to automatically turn of music so it doesn’t play after you fall asleep? Read on to discover how it all works…..

Many people, you and I included, have the habit of using music to put us to sleep. However, once we fall asleep, the music goes on playing all night long. So how can you set the music to turn off automatically you fall asleep? WELL, Apple Music Sleep Timer is all you need.

And these are a number of ways to make use of this feature, and its variants on platforms like Android, to turn off the music while you sleep. In this post, we have discussed some of the common methods that you can use. Check them out.

1: Set a Sleep Timer with your iPhone

The Clock app on your iPhone allows you to set a timer to stop playing music within a set time interval. Follow these steps to get that done:

Step 1: Open the Clock app on your iPhone and tap the Timer button in the bottom right corner.

Sleep timer button on apple phone

Step 2: Now, choose the duration of your sleep timer. You can set it to turn off the music after 30 minutes; most people are often fast asleep in about 30 minutes after they retire to bed.

However, you can set the interval for much longer if you plan on being away for a few more minutes or even hours.

Timer tab

Step 3: After setting the duration, next tap When Timer Ends.

Timer end timer

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom and tap “Stop Playing” then tap “Set” and then tap on “Start”.

Once you’re done setting the Apple Music Sleep Timer, you can go to your playlist and choose your favorite music. Now you can let the music soothe you to sleep. You never will have to worry about the music playing all night while you sleep.

When the time comes, the Apple Music Sleep Timer will just do the necessary and turn off the music so you enjoy your sleep. If you’re using an iPad instead of iPhone, the procedure for setting up the music sleep timer is the same. Simply follow the steps highlighted above to get it done.

2. Tell Siri to stop the music

Another way to stop the music playing after you sleep is by using Siri. Siri is an AI system that uses voice commands to execute different tasks. If you want Siri to stop playing the music after a given time interval, you can say something like “Hi, Siri, stop playing after half an hour.”

Siri to stop the music

The device will reply to confirm the request. Once that’s done, you can then go ahead and enjoy your music while you slowly drift deep into your sleep.

enjoy your music using siri

3: Using the Shortcut App

Download and install this third party application on your smartphone. Once that’s done, follow these steps to set up the sleep timer:

Step 1: At the bottom of the page, click the Automation tab.

click Automation tab

Step 2: Tap the blue button labeled “Create Personal Automation” if you've never established automation on your iPhone before. Otherwise, hit Create Personal Automation after tapping the Plus (+) icon in the top-right corner.

Create Personal Automation

Step 3: Now choose the time duration for the sleep timer.

choose the time duration for the sleep timer

Step 4: Select “Add Action” from the dropdown menu.

Add Action

Step 5: Type “Pause” in the search bar at the top. Now press Play/Pause (the one with the red play/Pause icon).

Step 6: Tap Play/Pause once more, then select Pause from the options at the bottom.

Step 7: After that, disable Tap to Ask before Running.

Tap to Ask before Running

Just that and your Music sleep timer is all set and ready. The shortcut app will turn off the music immediately you fall asleep.

How to Set Up a Timed Sleep on Mac

If you’re used to playing music on your Mac device before going to sleep, follow these steps to set a sleep timer:

Step 1: Select “System Preferences” on the Apple menu.

Step 2: Press the Battery button now.

System Preferences on the Apple menu

Step 3: At the bottom of the sidebar, select “Schedule”.

Step 4: On the new page, tick the Sleep checkbox. A dropdown menu will appear with different computer power options including shut down, sleep, or hibernate.

Step 5: Select Sleep then set the date and time for putting your Mac to “Sleep” then click Ok.


After setting the timed sleep on your Mac device, you can proceed to enjoy playing your favorite bedtime hits to put you to sleep. The Mac sleep timer will the turn of the music when the set time interval has elapsed.

How to set Auto Sleep on your Android device

If you love listening to bedtime music on your Android device, you can use a sleep timer to turn off the music after you’ve slept. There are a lot of timed shutdown software on Google Play.

Sleep timer is one such software. Follow these steps to set the auto sleep feature on your Android device:

Step 1: Download the free sleep timer app from Google Play store.

free sleep timer app from Google Play store

Step 2: Using the slider in circle, set the time when you want your Android device to sleep and pause the music.

set the time when you want your Android device

Step 3: Once you have set the time, press Start to activate the timer.

Start to activate the timer

Go ahead and enjoy playing your favorite music while you get ready to sleep.

After you’re fast asleep, the sleep timer will turn off the music and put your Android device to sleep.

How to set up Timed Sleep on Windows

Set a Sleep Timer for Apple Music on Windows

It’s also possible to set up timed sleep on your windows device. This feature comes in handy if you like listening to music before you sleep. You don’t want to wake up to a drained laptop because of playing music all night long without actually intending to.

To set timed sleep on your windows PC, follow these steps:

Step 1: On the search bar, type Power & Sleep settings and then double click to open the option that comes top of the search results window.

Step 2: On the settings window, click on the dropdown under Sleep to choose when to put your PC to sleep when plugged in or while on battery power. Set the duration to between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Step 3: Once you have set the PC sleep timer, you can go ahead and enjoy your music while you prepare to sleep. After you’re long asleep, your PC will go to sleep and turn off the music in the process.

How to set your favorite Music as your Wake-Up Ringtone

Ever wished to set your favorite music as the wakeup ringtone on your iPhone? Well, it’s very easy and straightforward to set up via the iPhone Clock app.

To do that, follow these quick and easy steps:

Step 1: Tap to open the Clock app on your device.

Clock app on your device

Step 2: Select “Alarm” from the bottom menu bar in the Clock app.

Alarm Clock app

Step 3: To create a new alarm, click the Plus (+) sign.

new alarm click the Plus sign

Step 4: Alternatively, press Edit in the upper-left corner to edit an existing alarm, then pick the alarm to add music.

pick the alarm to add music

Step 5: Make a good selection. Then select “Choose a song” under Songs.

Pick a song

Step 6: From the Library, choose the music that you wish to use as alarm ringtone.

music library

Step 7: Click on back arrow in the upper-left corner of your screen and then click Save in the upper-right corner.

That all. Now next time you set an alarm on your iPhone, you will be awakened by your favorite music ringtone.

Into the Dream in Music

If you love listening to soothing bedtime music on your iPhone, Mac, or Windows device, the sleep timer provides you a better way of turning off the music once you have fallen asleep. Now you have no other reason for draining your phone or computer battery by playing music all night long while you are deep asleep.

Make use of the music sleep timer to turn off the music and, in Mac and Windows PC, put your computer to sleep as well.

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