How To Set A Timer On iPhone

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You can use your iPhone or iPad as a tool to remind you of tasks or to keep you on time. In this tutorial, you learn how to set a timer on iPhone or iPad.

How To Set A Timer On iPhone

There are different ways to set up a timer on your iPhone. For example, you can do so with the stock Clock app, via a Siri command, or with a third-party application.

Clock App

  • Open the Clock app.
  • Tap Timer in the bottom right corner.
  • Set a timer length.
  • Tap Start.
An image showing how to set a timer on iPhone or iPad.
An image showing how to set a timer on iPhone or iPad.

Siri

  • SayHey, Siri” or press and hold the Side button on iPhone X and later, or press and hold the Home button on iPhone 8/8 Plus and earlier.
  • Say a command to make a timer request. For example, “ten-minute timer”.
  • Likewise, you can say “set a ten-minute timer” or “set a timer for thirty minutes“.

At the time of writing, you can only set one timer at a time using both the Clock app or Siri. If you need a workaround, you can set an alarm to make up for the lack of functionality.

How To Set An Alarm On iPhone

  • Open the Clock app.
  • Tap the Alarm tab at the bottom.
  • Add multiple alarms to act as timers.
An image showing how to set an alarm on iPhone in order to get around the current one timer at a time setting.
How To Set An Alarm On iPhone
An image showing how to set multiple timers on iPhone by using the Alarm feature as a workaround.
How To Set Multiple Alarms On iPhone

Awesome! You now know how to set a timer on iPhone or iPad devices. You also learned how to set up multiple timers by setting more than one alarms.

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