How to Set Timer on Apple Watch

Learn where to find your Apple Watch Timer, set it, and see time is left. Start using your Apple Watch digital timer as a productivity tool.

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Did you know you can use your Apple Watch as a timer? Using the Timer app directly from your wrist can result in less fumbling and more punctual time management. I will teach you how to set the timer and give you other valuable Apple Watch Timer tips.


Related: How to Set a Timer on the iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • An Apple Watch Timer is more convenient than an iPhone Timer because it is right on your wrist.
  • You can turn the timer on and off while doing other tasks like washing dishes or cooking with slippery ingredients.

How to Set a Timer on Apple Watch

  1. Tap your Apple Watch to wake it if it’s asleep.

    Wake your Apple Watch - timer on iwatch
     
  2. Press the Home button.

    Press the Home button.
     
  3. Tap the Timer app. It looks similar to the Apple Watch Stopwatch app.

    Tap the Timer App.
     
  4. Select an existing timer by tapping on one of the available options.

    Select an existing timer by tapping on one of the available options.
     
  5. To create a custom timer, swipe down and tap Custom.

    To create a custom timer, swipe down and tap Custom.
     
  6. Tap on hours, minutes, or seconds to adjust the timer.

    Tap on hours, minutes, or seconds to adjust the timer.
     
  7. Swipe up and down or turn the Digital Crown to adjust the time.

    Swipe up and down or turn the Digital Crown to adjust the time.
     
  8. Tap Start.

    Tap Start - watch with timer
     
  9. Your timer will begin counting down.

    Your timer will begin counting down - how to see timer on apple watch
     
  10. You can tap the pause button to pause the timer.

    You can tap the pause button to pause the timer.
     
  11. You can tap the x to cancel the timer.

    You can tap the x to cancel the timer - where is the timer on my apple watch
     
  12. You can reference the total time for the timer above the countdown.

    You can reference the total time for the timer above the countdown.
     
  13. The next time you open the Timer app, the timers you custom set and used will appear under Recents above the Custom button.

    Under Recents above the Custom button - how to turn off timer on apple watch

Pro Tip: Did you hide the Timer app and are now wondering, "how much time is on my timer?" You can open the Timer app again from the Home screen or press the Side button to see your recent apps and select the Timer app.

Now you know how to set a timer on your Apple Watch! You can also start an Apple Watch countdown using Siri. Just activate Siri and say, "Start a Timer for (number hours, minutes, or seconds)." To do this, you will have to enable Siri on your Apple Watch. You can get more tips like this delivered directly to your inbox if you sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.