How to Set Timer on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you often find yourself needing to set timers on your iPhone? Whether it’s to remind yourself of an upcoming task or to keep track of your cooking time, setting a timer can be incredibly useful. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting a timer on your iPhone, step by step.

Step 1: Open the Clock App

To begin, locate and open the Clock app on your iPhone. This app is pre-installed on all iPhones and can usually be found on your home screen. If you can’t find it, try using the search feature by swiping down on your home screen and typing “Clock” in the search bar.

Step 2: Select the Timer Tab

Once you have opened the Clock app, you will see various tabs at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the “Timer” tab to proceed.

Step 3: Set the Timer Duration

On the Timer tab, you will see a circular dial with numbers around it. Use your finger to drag around the dial and select your desired timer duration. Alternatively, you can tap on each number to manually enter the hours, minutes, and seconds for your timer.


  • Swipe up or down: If you want to quickly increase or decrease a specific time unit (hours, minutes, or seconds), simply swipe up or down on that unit.
  • Preset timers: If you often use certain timer durations (e.g., 5 minutes for brewing tea), consider saving them as presets for easy access in the future. To do this, scroll down to find “When Timer Ends” and tap on “Set Preset.

  • Label your timer: To add a label to your timer, tap on “Timer Name” and enter a descriptive name for your timer. This can be helpful if you have multiple timers running simultaneously.

Step 4: Start the Timer

After you have set the desired duration and made any additional adjustments, tap on the “Start” button located at the top right corner of your screen. The timer will begin counting down immediately.


  • Pause and resume: If you need to pause the timer, simply tap on the “Pause” button. To resume, tap on the “Resume” button.
  • Stop and reset: To stop and reset the timer, tap on the “Stop” button. This will clear the timer and return it to its original duration.

Step 5: Timer Notifications

Your iPhone will alert you when the timer reaches zero by playing a sound and displaying a notification on your lock screen. You can adjust these notifications by going to your iPhone’s Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringer and Alerts > Timer Alerts.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to set a timer on your iPhone.

Whether it’s for cooking, studying, or any other activity that requires precise timing, this feature will undoubtedly come in handy. So go ahead, give it a try!

Note: The steps mentioned in this tutorial are based on iPhones running iOS version 14.5; however, they should be similar for other versions as well.

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