Using Timers On Your iPhone With iOS 17

You can now have multiple timers with labels. You can start them in the Clock app or using Control Center. You can also control them on your Lock Screen.

Comments: 24 Responses to “Using Timers On Your iPhone With iOS 17”

    Greg
    8 months ago

    Great for baking and cooking too

    Carol
    8 months ago

    I can't wait for ios17 to drop. The labelled multiple timers will be really handy for cooking and exercises. Thanks again Gary for posting such informative content.

    8 months ago

    Carol: iOS 17 is here. It came out on Monday.

    Paul
    8 months ago

    Unlinke your example where Siri creates a new timer, I can't find a way to start an existing timer with a name. Siri always asks "For how long?"

    8 months ago

    Paul: Did you try saying exactly what I said?

    Paul
    8 months ago

    To me, the only real improvement to timers would be to turn on a previously named timer; one that was * already in the Recent category *. Siri doesn't seem to be able to accomplish that task, or I didn't find the method. Your example works fine as you stated, but your example is always creating a * new named timer. * I expected to say to Siri, "Siri. Start the PAINT timer." Siri always replies, "For how long?"

    SAA
    8 months ago

    With ios 17, the timer no longer displays what time it will end. All it does is count down. Is there a way to get this feature back?

    8 months ago

    SAA: In the Clock app, tap on the timer and it takes you to the screen with all of that.

    Dina
    8 months ago

    had the same question, how can we display the time when the timer ends as it used to show before?

    8 months ago

    Dina: Not sure what you mean. When the timer ends, the time remaining is 0. There's nothing to see. If you want to reuse the timer, then screen down and it is under "Recents." SAA asked "what time it will end" which is different. You can see that by tapping on the timer entry in the app on the Timers screen and going to the screen that shows that Timer and all of its information.

    Jessica N.
    7 months ago

    Same question as SAA. Ever since this update, it doesn't display the end time when you add the minutes for the timer. Very inconvenient. Is there a way to see the end time when you set a timer? Ever since the update, I now have to go into the clock, into timers and click the time left to see what the end time is.

    7 months ago

    Jessica: You have the solution. But if you want it shown elsewhere as well, send feedback to Apple.

    Jessica N.
    7 months ago

    Obviously, I know where I can get the answer. I was asking if there was an easier way without the additional clicks.

    Subss
    7 months ago

    Yes you CAN still see the time of day when the timer ends. Say you have a number of recent timers. And you click on the green arrow for one so the timer starts, it then moves up to the top. Now click on that running timer and it will open to like half screen size, and here you can see the time of day when the timer ends, like you could before.

    Personally I really hate this new multiple timers thing, and I wish there was an option to turn it off and go back to the way it was before!

    Jane
    6 months ago

    I’ve always used the timer function as a really flexible alarm clock that I can adjust easily with changing conditions (I have kids), and not having the end time there and obvious is really messing me up.
    And why is the phone saving every previous timer?? How is that useful in any way? It’s just a confusing jumble of old timers that I have to keep deleting. I hate this so much! Why can’t it ASK before saving a timer in the list, or have a save button?

    6 months ago

    Jane: you can still see it, just has to allow for a list of timers now. And don’t think of them as “saved” timers, they are just recent times you used. Nothing more complex than that. Just ignore them if you don’t want to use them.

    RSaunders
    6 months ago

    Well, iOS17 users, welcome to something iWatch users have been complaining about for 2 years. Apple tkinks you need a list of recent timers, so you can reuse them. If you don't need that clutter, too bad. Someone at Apple likes the feature and now we all get it. I wish there was a switch to turn this off, but 2 years of wishing didn't get iWatch users a switch.

    R A Campbelle
    5 months ago

    Gary, you seem to be purposely misunderstanding the question or basically insisiting that all these people shouldn't be irritated at the save timer thing. IT'S VERY ANNOYING; and a lot of people seem to agree with me. Why can't you just give the right response, which is "Okay; I see that people don't like this so-called 'feature' and will advocate that Apple remove it"?
    Also, why can't you see that requiring extra steps and extra clicxks in order to see when the timer ends is NOT an improvement?

    5 months ago

    RA: I aim to explain things and solve problems. I don't (and have no power to) "advocate" for anything. When I respond it is with the aim to help people get things done on their Mac. I already commented about sending feedback to Apple about this.

    Joel
    4 months ago

    At 3:07 of your video, you tap on the small timer circle and it becomes the large timer circle. I prefer the large timer circle.
    Is there any way to set the timer so that when you click start, it automatically gives you the large circle timer, without having to first click on the small timer circle. Also, when I'm using the large timer circle and click pause, it automatically reverts to the small circle timer. I only want to use the large circle timer, never the small circle timer.
    Thanks,
    Joel

    4 months ago

    Joel: I don't think you can change it. This is to support multiple timers.

    Mary Ann Mullane
    3 months ago

    I accidentally deleted the timer from the Home Screen on my iPhone 10 Pro Max IOS 17.4. How do I get it back? Pausing and restarting the timer doesn’t work.

    Mary Ann Mullane
    3 months ago

    Update: my iPhone is a 13 Pro Max not a 10.

    3 months ago

    Mary Ann: If all you did was remove it from your Home Screen (not delete it) then just go to the last screen of your Home Screen (the library list of apps), search for it there, and then tap and hold and select the option to add it back to the Home Screen.

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