How to Start, Pause and Stop a Timer with Siri

Access the Timer on your iPhone or iPad by opening the Clock app and tapping on the Timer tab.

Setting a timer is already a pretty straightforward process, but when you use it with Siri, it becomes far more convenient to use in everyday situations.

Say you spent the last couple of hours preparing an impressive feast for your friends and realize it’s time to get cleaned up and ready to be the dutiful host/hostess. So you set the alarm on your oven, to let you know when you need to add some vital ingredients.

So far so good, but what if you’re getting ready on the other side of the house, and won’t be able to hear the alarm?

Siri rides to the rescue again.

In this article, we trigger Siri using the “Hey Siri” voice command. Did you know there are other methods available, depending on your device? You can read about them all in our how to use Siri guide.

Starting a timer

Activate Siri by holding down the side/home button, or saying “Hey Siri” if you’ve already set the feature up, and say:

Hey Siri, start a timer for 15 minutes

Hey Siri, set the timer for 25 minutes

The timer starts running, and Siri displays the countdown in a popup alert on your device. Tap on the alert or open the Clock app to view the main timer screen.

The timer is also shown just below the time on your lock screen.

Start Timer

Siri will alert you by sounding an alarm you once the time you specified has passed.

Pausing a timer

You can interact with Siri once the timer is already running using these voice commands.

Hey Siri, check the timer

Hey Siri, pause the timer

Hey Siri, resume the timer

Stopping a timer

Just say:

Hey Siri, stop the timer

Stop Timer

Going further

The Siri Shortcuts app can be used to extend the capabilities of the timer beyond normal usage. We’ve written an article on how to build a workout timer using Siri Shortcuts.

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