Spotify has finally given iOS users access to a nifty feature that first came to Android earlier this year. With the new sleep timer function, users can choose how long music will play before it turns off automatically. This feature resolves a common annoyance, which involves listening to music at night, often responsible for interrupted sleep and nervousness the next day.
Spotify Sleep Timer is exactly what it sounds like – a setting that counts down to a predetermined time. Once the timer hits zero, the app will stop playing audio. Users can set a timer for a period of up to an hour after they start playing audio using Android – and, from today, iPhone – starting the app.
To set the sleep timer, start playing a song or playlist, then tap on the playback bar at the bottom of the app to open the full playback screen. Once open, tap on the icon in the lower right corner of the control bar, which will open a menu that has many different options.
Users should now see a setting within this menu that reads, “Sleep timer.” Tap on the timer and you will see the duration option shown in the image above. The Spotify app will continue to play audio for the duration you choose.
The idea that music can be a pleasant way to fall asleep, but it is an annoying way to wake up in the middle of the night. By setting a timer, you can ensure that the music will stop playing until you guarantee a restful night. This feature has started on iOS today but it may take some time to show for all users.