How to Set a Sleep Timer in the Music App on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you like to fall asleep with music playing but don’t want to leave your iPad playing music all night long, you can turn on its sleep timer. Here’s how:

  1. On the Home screen, tap the Clock icon.

  2. In the lower-right corner, tap the Timer icon.

  3. Set the number of hours and minutes you want music to play, and then tap the When Timer Ends button.

  4. Tap the last item in the list, Stop Playing.

    If you don’t see the Stop Playing item, don’t be alarmed (semi-clever wordplay intended). You’re simply looking at the middle (or the beginning) of the list of available alert sounds. To scroll to the bottom of the list and find the elusive Stop Playing item, flick upward on the list a few times.

  5. In the upper-right corner, tap the Set button.

  6. Tap the Start button.

    That’s it! If you have music playing already, you’re finished. If not, press the Home button, tap the Music icon, and select the music you want to listen to as you fall asleep. When the specified time period elapses, the music stops playing and your iPad goes to sleep.