Quick Set the Timer on your iPhone

Want to access your iPhone’s stopwatch in record time? Here’s a shortcut to set a timer for common increments of time from 1 minute to one hour.

How to Access your iPhone Stopwatch, Lickety Split

Access your iPhone’s quick menu by swiping down from the top right corner of your screen. The menu should look like the below. Now press and hold the timer icon (circled in yellow below).

In a split second, this will bring up the options to choose a time from a set menu. The choices start at 1 minute, then 2, 3, 4, and 5 minutes before increasing in increments of 5 minutes up to 20 minutes. Thereafter it skips to 30, 45 and finally 60 minutes. The default is set at 3 minutes, so simply swipe your finger up or down the bars to increase or decrease the time. See images below.

Once you’ve set your desired time, simply tap the green “Start” button. Your total chosen time will then be shown along with the exact time remaining in minutes and seconds, as shown below. The “Start” button turns into a “Pause” button.

If you need to set the timer for an option that is not included in the quick timer bar (eg times including seconds), instead of tapping and holding the timer in the quick menu, simply select it, which will open us the option to choose any combination of hours, minutes and seconds from 1 second to 23 h, 59 min and 59 seconds. Simply flick each column up or down to choose your desired numbers.

Now you’re proficient in setting your timer as quickly or as precisely as you wish.

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