iPhone: Automatic Sleep Mode

The iPhone (or iPod) can go to sleep at some time in the future with a simple option in timer mode. If you want to go to sleep listening to music on your iPhone, you can instruct your iPhone to go to sleep, too. When the time comes, your music will gently fade and your iPhone will enter sleep mode. Updated for iOS 5.

To give you iPhone a curfew, tap the Clock icon on the home screen:

In the Clock screen, tap the lower right Timer icon (if it’s not already selected). The resulting Timer screen will show the Price-is-Right tumblers to set the countdown time in hours and minutes:

iphone timer screen

Also visible on this screen are the “When Timer Ends” and “Start” buttons. Tap the “When Timer Ends” button and at the bottom of this list of sounds is a special option, Stop Playing.

selecting the stop playing option

Tap the Stop Playing option and then tap Set. Review your settings and tap Start on the Timer screen.

You’ll be rewarded with a serious, Mission Impossible worthy countdown timer. When the timer ends, the iPhone or iPod will essentially enter sleep mode by stopping the current tunes that are playing.


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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8 Responses to “iPhone: Automatic Sleep Mode”

  1. August 06, 2009 at 10:47 pm, Arjen said:

    Thanks!!! Much better than waking up next to a empty phone :-D


  2. April 19, 2011 at 6:25 am, Manufactured Homes said:

    Your comments are spot-on as usual.


  3. November 24, 2011 at 1:15 am, AltVader said:

    This is a great workaround for my problem: a broken sleep/power button on my iPhone 4. I only wish I could set the clock, timer, when timer ends sleep ipod to 1 second instead of one minute.

    Does anyone know of a timer app which will do this? This would be an acceptable alternative to a $200 out of warranty iphone 4 repair!


  4. April 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm, dave said:

    This option does not seem to exist for iOS 5. Has it been eliminated?


    • April 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm, David Kirk said:

      The directions have just been changed a little. I have updated the article for you…


  5. May 01, 2012 at 11:06 pm, mikem said:

    Your article still refers to ‘Sleep iPod’ instead of ‘Stop Playing’ near the end.


    • May 02, 2012 at 12:54 pm, David Kirk said:

      Whooops! Thanks for catching that. I’ve updated the article.


  6. July 04, 2012 at 1:45 pm, Aditi Dhimar said:

    My iphone 4g suddenly switched off and i could not switch it on.
    Even the battery was 80%. I tried so many times but could not switch
    it on . Then in one store they said it has gone into sleep mode. Only
    he could switch it on. How and why it happened? And what to do for this?


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