How to Use the Sleep Timer in Your iPhone's Podcast App: iOS 11

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 help 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 app, and I was sure there had to be one, but it was not readily apparent at all. 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.

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  • Slide your finger up from the gray bar at the bottom of the display.
  • This gesture will reveal a new menu; slide your finger up from the bottom of this as well.

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  • Now the Sleep Timer option is revealed; tap on it.
  • Now select the length of time you'd like your podcast to continue playing.

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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.