How to set a timer on Apple Watch

Ever set a timer in the kitchen or on your iPhone and then walked away? Yeah, same here. Setting a timer doesn't always mean we hear it go off. The Apple Watch is a great alternative to timers. Since the Apple Watch stays on your wrist, you can't walk away from it. That means you'll get the notification, each and every time!

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How to quickly set a timer with Apple Watch

  1. Tap on the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  2. Launch the Timers app on the watch.
  3. Tap on your preferred countdown clock, scrolling down with the Digital Crown to find the one you want.

    Apple Watch timer

To set a custom countdown timer:

  1. Tap on the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  2. Launch the Timers app on the watch.
  3. Scroll down, tap Custom
  4. Add hours, minutes, seconds for your countdown.
  5. Tap Start to begin your custom countdown.

    Apple Watch timer custom

Try some new bands

Looking for a new Apple Watch band? Check out three of our favorites:

Marge Plus leather band

Marge Plus leather band ($11 at Amazon)

This leather band is soft and features beautiful white stitching for a great accent. Comes in a nice variety of colors.

Woven nylon band with buckle ($22 at Amazon)

This comfortable woven nylon band features the durable and long-lasting NATO (G10) strap design, which has a buckle and is built for all-day wear. The connectors are black steel so that they blend in seamlessly.

Soft silicone sport band ($32 at Amazon)

If you like to switch up your band daily or just grow through them quickly, this eight-pack is perfect. It features a closure that looks a bit different than Apple's, comes in sizes for all Apple Watches, and has eight different colors.


Let us know below if you have any questions about setting a timer on Apple Watch.

Updated: Changed in July 2019 to reflect watchOS changes.

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