Here's a quick tip for you: don't set your iPhone's Clock timer to the “Stop Playing” setting (at the bottom of the list of timer options). It might be tempting to use the Clock app as a sleep timer for music, but I say there are third party apps for that. Setting your precious iPhone […]
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Beware of Using Your iPhone’s Timer As A Sleep Timer

Here's a quick tip for you: don't set your iPhone's Clock timer to the “Stop Playing” setting (at the bottom of the list of timer options). It might be tempting to use the Clock app as a sleep timer for music, but I say there are third party apps for that. Setting your precious iPhone timer to silence your music instead of, you know, making blaring noises, is probably a bad call.

See, the iPhone timer normally does two things when it finishes: it plays a noise or ringtone of your choosing and displays a pop-up to tell you that your Timer is done. If you, like me, decide to one day use your Timer as a sleep timer, then it will do absolutely nothing aside from pause any current audio source on your iPhone. There is no vibration, no pop-up alert, and definitely no sound. It's great for falling asleep to music, but little else – and it's just too easy to forget that you fiddled with your iPhone timer because there is no obvious visual cue anywhere on-screen (as there is with the silent switch).

I learned this the hard way by missing two important timers. I initially blamed Siri for being a gigantic, irresponsible jerk who couldn't set a timer, but it turns it that it was just good old-fashioned human error. So the moral of the story is this: if you're the type to use your iPhone timer for anything important, don't ever fiddle with the sleep option at the bottom of the ringtone list. Just let it ring.

 

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