To set a timer on your iPhone or iPad, you usually use the Clock app. But there are two faster ways to set a timer on your Apple device, and we’ll show you how to do it.
Quickly set a timer with the Control Center
The Control Center on the iPhone or iPad gives you quick access to many switches and functions. By default, you can find a Timer icon in the Control Center on the iPhone (but not on the iPad). If you can̵
First, open the “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.
In Settings, tap “Control Center”, scroll down and tap the plus (“+”) button next to the “Timer” option. This will add the Timer button at the bottom of the Control Center.
To change the order of the Control Center icons, tap and drag the menu icon (three-line icon) next to it.
Now that the Timer control has been added to the Control Center, it’s time to use it.
On your iPhone or iPad, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open the Control Center. If you’re using an older iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
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Now press and hold the Timer button. (Simply tapping the Timer icon will open the Timer section in the Clock app.)
You will see a popup with a vertical meter covering the screen. You can swipe up and down with your finger to set a timer interval. You cannot set custom timers with this popup. You can only choose between 1 to 4 minute, 5 minute, 10 minute, 15 minute, 20 minute, 30 minute, 45 minute, 1 hour, or 2 hour interval.
After choosing the desired time, tap the “Start” button.
While the timer is running, you can see the time remaining at the top of the screen.
To exit this popup screen, tap the blurry area around the slider and your timer will continue to run in the background. To return to it later, reopen Control Center and press and hold the animated yellow timer icon.
If you want, you can pause the timer by tapping the “Pause” button.
Then tap “Resume” to get it going again. When the timer expires, you can set another one in the same way.
Quickly set a timer with Siri
While you can quickly set a timer using the Control Center, you can only choose from one of the preset options. What if you want to set a 12 minute pasta timer? One way to do this is to ask Siri.
Open Siri on your iPhone or iPad. If you’ve already turned on the Hey Siri feature, just say “Hey Siri.” You can also press and hold the side button on your iPhone or iPad (this is the same button you use to wake your iPhone or iPad).
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When Siri is done, just say “Set a 12 minute timer.” Siri will give you an audio confirmation and you will see the timer countdown at the top of the screen.
Say “Show My Timer” to Siri to check your timer. To cancel a timer, simply say “Cancel my timer.”
Unfortunately, the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch limit you to one timer at a time. If you want to set multiple timers at the same time, you’ll need to use the HomePod or another smart speaker system like Amazon Echo.
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