Falling asleep to podcasts has become the geeky equivalent of a warm glass of milk before bed. It’s so popular, in fact, that there’s a all kind of podcasting dedicated to dry topics and sweet talk to help you fall asleep. It’s also a terrible catch-22: Put on your favorite podcast before bed, and you might have to go find the last place you remember hearing once you wake up. If you’re not careful, you might even sleep through a whole pending playlist of shows.
Luckily, many podcast apps now include sleep timer features that will automatically pause the episode so you don’t miss the latest alien abduction theories or damning evidence of true crimes while you’re on the go. Dreamland.
We’ll show you how to set sleep timers in popular apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocketcasts, and Spotify, but it’s worth noting that these aren’t the only podcasting apps that include support for sleep timer. Similar functionality is usually hiding somewhere in a podcast app‘s “now playing” and playing menus, or in the app’s settings. Whichever app you use, be aware that you’ll need to activate the sleep timer every time you listen before bedtime (or a quick nap).
Apple Podcast (iOS)
- Open Apple Podcasts.
- Tap the “Now Playing” bar at the bottom of the app to expand it.
- Scroll down and tap “Sleep”.
- Select the desired timer duration. The timer can be set for any five-minute interval between 5 and 60 minutes, or for the end of the current episode.
- Once you start the timer, the player will now show a countdown indicating the time remaining before the episode is paused. The timer will only count down while the podcast is playing – manually pause the podcast and the timer will also stop.
Google podcast (android)
- Open the app.
- Load an episode or tap the playbar at the bottom of the screen to expand it.
- Tap the crescent moon icon.
- Use the slider to set the timer delay (each pip on the slider equals 5 minutes), or tap “end episode” to automatically pause playback when the episode is over.
- Press “Start” to start the timer.
- Launch the Pocket Casts app.
- Start playing a podcast or tap the small artistic thumbnail to open the playback menu.
- Press the “zzz” icon.
- Select one of the preset timer settings or press the “+” and “-” buttons at the bottom of the menu to customize the timer delay.
- Once set, the “zzz” icon will flash to indicate the timer is running. Note that the countdown will continue whether the podcast is playing or paused, but it can be changed to longer, changed to “end of current episode” or canceled completely by tapping the icon “zzz” to open the settings.
Spotify’s sleep timer settings work for both podcasts and music, but only on Android (as of this article’s publication date).
- Open Spotify.
- Tap the “More” icon at the top right of the “Now Playing” screen.
- Press “Standby”.
- Set the timer duration (between 5 and 60 minutes, or the end of the current episode/track).
- You can also open the Sleep Timer menu while the countdown is in progress to manually pause it.