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

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I love listening to podcasts on my iPhone, especially before bed. If my insomnia app just isn't lulling me to sleep, I can usually count on one of my favorite podcasts to smooth over the troubles of the day and help me drift off. There is one issue with this method, though. I tend to wake up and realize that my Podcasts app has been playing all night, and I've missed episodes! What I needed was a sleep timer for my iPhone's Podcasts, and it turns out there is one. Here's how to set a sleep timer in your iPhone's Podcasts app; I've figured it out, so you don't have to!

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

  • Open your Podcasts app.

  • Then open the podcast you'd like to go to sleep listening to and tap play.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the display and tap Sleep Timer.

  • 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 is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.