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How To Set A Sleep Timer In Apple Music

Listening to music as you fall asleep is truly relaxing, but one thing that isn’t is waking up to music playing all night when you didn’t want it to. Many streaming services now feature a sleep timer function, automatically stopping music playback at a time you specify.

Apple Music boasts an extensive music selection, around 100 million tracks, and offers incredible playlists designed to help people either fall asleep or simply relax. They even have an entire category dedicated to it: Apple Music Sleep Edit.

However, there’s one significant problem: Unlike Spotify’s Sleep Timer feature, Apple Music doesn’t have this built-in functionality, except for the Android app version. It seems like a huge miss, given Apple’s reputation as a tech powerhouse. Instead of having it in the Apple Music app, there are alternative methods within the iOS system.

Does Apple Music Have a Sleep Timer?

The short answer is no, unless you’re using Android. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t workarounds to ensure your music won’t play into the early hours.

For those with an iPad or iPhone, the Clock app allows you to set a sleep timer, letting your favorite Apple Music playlist help you peacefully fall asleep.

For Windows or Mac users, there are workarounds.

How to Set an Apple Music Sleep Timer on iPad or iPhone

  1. Go to “Utilities” or find the “Clock” app. Locate timers in the bottom right corner.
  2. Choose the timer duration, then tap “When Timer Ends.”
  3. Scroll down to “Stop Playing” at the bottom.
  4. Tap “Set,” and then “Start Timer” when ready.

Once set, your Apple Music will stop playing when the timer runs out.

Shortcut Solutions

You can use the “Shortcuts” option to set triggers or timers, allowing your phone to perform specific actions. Here’s how to set up an Apple Music sleep timer using shortcuts:

  1. Find the “Shortcuts” app. Open the app and select “Automation.”
  2. Tap “New Automation” or “+,” depending on whether you have existing automations.
  3. Navigate to “Time of Day” and choose when you want the music to stop. You can set it to “Daily” or “Weekly,” but the default is usually “Daily.”
  4. Don’t forget to select “Ask Before Running” so the shortcut starts immediately.
  5. Now, tap “New Empty Automation.”

Voice Recognition with Siri Sleep Timer

For those who prefer a hands-free approach, Siri can be used. Simply give Siri a voice command like, “Hey Siri, stop playing music in an hour.” Wait for Siri’s confirmation, and you’re all set.

Setting Up Apple Music Sleep Timer on Android

On Android, open the Apple Music app, tap a song, find the three dots, and you’ll see options, including “Sleep Timer” at the bottom. Choose the duration, and your Apple Music sleep timer is set.

For macOS Catalina Users

  1. Open system preferences. Click on “Energy Saver.”
  2. Press “Schedule” in the bottom right of the pop-up window.
  3. Edit your sleep schedule.
  4. Click “OK,” and your schedule is set.

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Windows Wonderland

Setting up an Apple Music sleep timer on a Windows PC is straightforward:

  1. Nаvigate to settings. Click on “System.”
  2. Choose “Power & sleep.”
  3. Adjust the time for your computer to go to sleep, aligning it with your desired listening duration.

Why Bother with an Apple Music Sleep Timer?

While it might not be crucial for music lovers, it can save energy. Most people use calming music or LoFi to fall asleep, and having electronics play all night can be an unnecessary drain on power. Plus, if you’re into podcasts, a sleep timer ensures you won’t miss too much if you happen to doze off.

For a seamless transfer of playlists between music streaming services, explore MusConv – a swift and efficient solution for moving your tunes effortlessly.

Read also: Exporting Spotify Playlists To Apple Music.

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