The Clock app for iPhone and iPad doesn't just tell time; it keeps track of it. With the Timer, you can count down a few minutes or a few hours. Simply set it and wait for it to go off. Here's how to use it.

How to start a timer on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Clock app from your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Timer tab. It's the tab in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Swipe up and down on the pickers to set the amount of time you want
  4. Tap on the Start button.

    Tap the Timer tab, swipe up and down to set the time, tap Start

Now your timer is counting down. This is a handy tool for tasks that you to be sure to spend a certain amount of time on — or not too much time on. Need to workout for 30 minutes? Have a roast in the oven for a few hours? Set a timer and don't worry about the time.

How to pause a timer on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Clock app from your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Timer tab. It's the tab in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Make sure your timer is running
  4. Tap on the Pause button. This will stop the countdown in its tracks.
  5. Tap on the Resume button to start the countdown from where you left off.

    Tap on the Timer tab, tap Pause, tap Resume when you're ready

How to clear the timer on you iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Clock app from your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Timer tab. It's the tab in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Make sure your timer is running
  4. Tap on the Cancel button.

    Launch the Clock app, tap the Timer tab, tap Cancel

This will stop your timer completely and allow you to start another timer with a different time whenever you please.

How to change the sound of a timer on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Clock app from your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Timer tab. It's the button in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  3. Tap When Timer Ends.

    Launch the Clock app, tap the Timer tab, tap When Timer Ends

  4. Scroll through the list and tap on the sound you want.
  5. Tap on the Set button.

    Tap the sound you want, tap Set

You can choose from all the preloaded sounds that Apple put on your device or you can even use sounds you have downloaded from the iTunes Store or synced onto your device.

How to launch the Timer from anywhere using Control Center

Like with many things on the iPhone, there are sometimes a couple different ways to access certain apps or features. The timer is quickly accessible from the Control Center, making it easy to set a countdown whenever you need.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center.
  2. Tap the Timer button. It's the button that looks like a clock and should be next to the flashlight (if you haven't customized Control Center).

    Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, tap the timer button

You can access the Control Center at any time, even from the Lock screen, making it the fastest way to access your timer at.

Updated January 2018: Updated the screenshots and some steps for iOS 11.

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