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How to automatically stop music playing on Spotify when you fall asleep?

Set a timer to stop music from playing when you fall asleep

If you're one of those people that go to sleep listening to music, I bet there was a time you woke up in the morning with music blasting from your headphones, meaning it was playing the whole night. It would be perfect if the music could just stop playing when you fall asleep.

How to automatically stop music playing in Spotify when you fall asleep?

Well, there are three ways you can stop the music on Spotify after a specific time. The Spotify app has a built-in Sleep timer which stops the audio after the timer ends. You can also use the Clock app timer on your iPhone and iPad or create automation using the Shortcuts app. The last two options work with other audio apps as well.

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Set a sleep timer using the built-in Spotify Timer

The Spotify app has a built-in Sleep Timer, so you don't need to use any additional apps to stop the music when you fall asleep automatically.

To stop the music using the Spotify Sleep Timer, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Spotify app.
2. Tap on a track to see the Now Playing screen.
3. Then, tap on the three dots located at the top right corner.

Tap on the three dots

4. Scroll down and tap on "Sleep timer".

Tap on Sleep timer

5. Under "Stop audio in", select when you want to stop the audio. You can choose from 5, 10, 15, 30, 45 minutes, 1 hour, or End of track.

Stop audio in

6. The timer will be set, and the music will stop playing after the selected time has ended.

If you change your mind and don't want to use the Sleep Timer anymore, you can turn it off by following the same steps.

To turn off Spotify Sleep Timer, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Spotify app.
2. Tap on a track to see the Now Playing screen.
3. Then, tap on the three dots located at the top right corner.

Tap on three dots

4. Scroll down and tap on "Sleep timer".

Tap on Sleep timer

5. Select "Turn off timer " under "Stop audio in".

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Set a sleep timer using the Clock app

Another way you can stop audio playing when you fall asleep is to use the timer in the Clock app.

To stop audio playing with the Clock timer, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Clock app.
2. At the bottom menu, select the "Timer" tab.
3. Set the time duration you think you'll need to fall asleep.
4. When done, tap on the "When Timer Ends" option.

Select When Timer Ends

5. Scroll to the bottom and select "Stop Playing".
6. Then, tap on "Set", located at the top right corner.

Select Stop Playing

7. When you want the timer to start working, tap on the "Start" button.

If you want to stop the timer, just press the "Pause" button.

Pause timer

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Set a sleep timer using the Automation feature

The built-in Spotify Sleep timer and the Clock app timer work great, but you'll have to turn them manually on every night. If you have a set time every night and want the timer to start working automatically, you can automate it.

To set an automatic sleep timer, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Shortcuts app.
2. At the bottom, select the "Automation" tab.
3. Tap on the "Create Personal Automation" button.

Create personal automation

4. Then, select "Time of Day".
5. Tap on the time and set your preferred one.
6. Under "Repeat", choose if you want the timer to work daily, weekly, or monthly.

Set automation time

7. When done, tap on "Next" at the top right corner.
8. Now, tap on the search bar at the bottom, search for "Play/Pause", and select the result.
9. Then, tap on the "Play/Pause" option and select "Pause".

Select Pause

10. Tap on "Next".
11. Next to "Ask Before Running", toggle the switch to disable the option.
12. Confirm the action by tapping on "Don't Ask".

Tap on Don't Ask

13. Finally, tap on "Done".

The timer automation will then be created, and you won't have to turn on the timer manually every night.

To turn off and delete the automation, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Shortcuts app.
2. At the bottom, select the "Automation" tab.
3. Tap on the created automation.
4. Next to "Enable This Automation", toggle the switch to disable the feature and tap on "Done".

Disable automation

5. To delete the automation, swipe left on it and tap on "Delete".

Delete automation

We hope this guide provided you with the information you were looking for, and you now know to set a sleep timer for Spotify.

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