Start the Timer or Stopwatch With 3D Touch

You can use 3D touch on your iPhone 6s, 6s plus, 7 or 7 plus to quickly and easily start a timer or stopwatch. This comes in handy while cooking, exercising, or some other activity where you want to use clock functions quickly.
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3D touch is all about speed and convenience. Being able to quickly start something on your iPhone without having to go into an app and configure things and all of that.

One of those functions that you want to sometimes start quickly is the Timer. You can do this.

I'm using my iPhone 7+ here. All the later model iPhones have 3D Touch. I can touch and hold the Clock app. What I'm going to get is three options; Create Alarm, Start Stopwatch, and Start Timer. So I can now tap Start Timer and the timer automatically starts. It's all I had to do. It's very quick. But how do you customize this?

You see it started at three minutes. The reason it started at three minutes is because that's what I last used when I set the timer. So let me cancel the timer here. Set it to something like say I want to always be able to quickly start a ten minute timer say for cooking or something like that. So I'll set it for ten minutes and I'll exit the Timer app.

Then later on when I want to start a ten minute timer I hard touch the Clock, select Timer, and it automatically starts at ten minutes.

Now I can do the same thing for Stopwatch. I force touch, I hit Start Stopwatch, and it automatically starts from zero and it's a very handy thing to be able to do that quickly. So very useful functions for that.

So Setting Alarm not quite as useful because you have to then go ahead and set the time. So it doesn't save you that much time but certainly starting stopwatches and starting timers very useful to use.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Start the Timer or Stopwatch With 3D Touch”

    2 years ago

    Hey Siri, Set a timer for X minutes
    Hey Siri, Stopwatch

    Paul noble
    2 years ago

    When I hold my finger on ‘clock ‘ it doesn’t work the way you showed. It goes into a mode where you delete apps (with all the apps shaking )and having an ‘x’ to delete the app.
    Mine is a new 7 plus phone.

    2 years ago

    Paul: You have to use 3D touch. Press down harder than usual. If you just tap and hold, it will act as before.

    2 years ago

    Is there a setting for 3D touch? No matter how hard I press I too get the shaking apps. (7 plus)

    2 years ago

    Kathie: It is on by default, but if you turned it off the setting is: Settings, General, Accessibility, 3D Touch. There is an on/off switch, sensitivity slider, and even an area to practice.

    2 years ago

    I have iphone 6s, and I cannot find the “3D Touch” on/off switch under Settings, General, Accessibility, 3D Touch.

    2 years ago

    Bobbie: so you are looking at the 3D Touch section and you don’t have 3D Touch controls there? That doesn’t make sense. What do you see there then? The on/off switch should be the very first thing at the very top.

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