How to Use the Sleep Timer in Your iPhone's Podcast App

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Listening to Podcasts can be a relaxing way to fall asleep, and when you use the Sleep Timer, you can drift off without having to worry about sleeping through the best parts of an episode. To use the sleep timer in the Podcast app, you'll need to begin playing a podcast before the Sleep Timer will appear on the screen. Here's how to use the Sleep Timer in the Podcast app to help you fall asleep without missing any content.

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How to Use the Sleep Timer in Your iPhone's Podcast App

It's a bit tricky to locate the sleep timer for Podcasts, but once you find it, it's simple to use. To begin:

  1. Open your Podcasts app.

  2. Open the podcast you'd like to go to sleep listening to and tap play.
  3. Drag the display up until you see the Sleep Timer function.
  4. Tap Sleep Timer.

  5. Now select the length of time you'd like your podcast to continue playing.

When your sleep timer ends, the podcast will stop playing so you won't miss any content. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.