How to set a sleep timer in Spotify on iPhone

Spotify is loved by music lovers, and sometimes, you might let it play music to accompany you to sleep. However, you may not want the music to play all night. That’s why I’ve been using sleep timers to make sure Spotify automatically stops playing after a set amount of time. If you want to do the same, here are a few easy ways to add a sleep timer for Spotify on iPhone and iPad:

1. Use the built-in Spotify sleep timer

1.   Open the Spotify app and go to the now playing screen.

2.   Tap the three dots icon from the top right.

3.   From the bottom, tap the Sleep timer.

4.   Under Stop audio in, choose 5, 10, 15, 30, 45 minutes, 1 hour, or End of track.

Depending on what you choose in step 4, Spotify will automatically stop playing when that limitation is reached. If you were listening to podcasts, you see the Sleep timer icon on the Now Playing screen itself.

2. Use the default Clock app

1.   Open the iPhone or iPad Clock app and tap Timer.

2.   Set the timer by swiping the hours, min, sec fields.

3.   Tap When Time Ends.

4.    From the bottom, select Stop Playing and tap Set.

5.    Finally, tap Start.

When the timer ends, Spotify pauses. And, these steps apply to all music apps, including Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and more.

While the above methods are great, none of them auto-renew. This means you can’t customize them to pause your music every day at the set time automatically. For that, you will have to create automation on your iPhone or iPad.

3. How to automatically stop playing music at a fixed time

It’s great to set the timer with both of the above methods, but I prefer Spotify’s automation feature, which automatically pauses anything that’s playing in any app at a fixed time of day without having to do anything. It’s simply amazing! Here’s how to set a routine to stop playing music on iPhone or iPad automatically:

1.   Open the Shortcuts app and tap Automation.

2.    Tap Create Personal Automation. If you already have one, tap the plus icon first.

3.    Tap Time of Day.

4.    Set the desired time and under repeat choose Daily. If you wish to exclude the weekend, tap Weekly and uncheck Saturday and Sunday.

5.    Tap Next.

6.    In the bottom search bar, type Play/Pause and tap it to add it to your automation.

7.    Tap the blue Play/Pause word and choose Pause.

8.    Tap Next.

9.    Turn off Ask Before Running > Don’t Ask and tap Done. You have successfully created and enabled the automation. From now on, it will pause the music every day at the set time.

If you wish to stop using this feature at any time, click Automation and turn off Enable This Automation. You can also swipe left on automation and tap Delete.

This tutorial is very simple, but if you don’t want Spotify to continue to drain the battery after falling asleep, I think you should want to learn it.