How to start, pause and stop a timer with Siri

Siri makes the Timer smarter in every way. Learn all you need to know about using Siri to set, pause, and restart a timer on your iPhone or iPad.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

Timers are Alarm’s little brother. Perfect for situations when you need notifications that a set period has passed.

Setting a timer is already a pretty straightforward process. You can manually access the Timer app on your iPhone or iPad by opening the Clock app and tapping on the Timer tab.

But when you use Timers with Siri, they become 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. 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 on your oven?

Siri rides to the rescue again.

How to start a timer with Siri

Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
  2. Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.

(If this doesn't work, learn how to set up Siri on an iPhone).

Hey Siri, start a timer for 15 minutes
Hey Siri, set the timer for 25 minutes

The timer immediately starts running, and Siri displays a 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 countdown progress is also shown just below the time on your device’s lock screen.

Start Timer

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

How to pause a timer with Siri

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

Hey Siri, check the timer
Hey Siri, pause the timer
Hey Siri, resume the timer

How to stop a timer with Siri

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.

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.