In the fast-paced world we live in, time management has become an essential skill. Whether you’re cooking a delicious meal, working on a project, or simply needing reminders throughout the day, having the ability to set multiple timers can be a game-changer. Fortunately, with the release of iOS 17, Apple has finally added this long-awaited feature to the Clock app on your iPhone. In this guide, we’ll show you how to efficiently set, manage, and check multiple timers, making your life easier and more organized.
Setting the First Timer
First thing first, open the Clock app on your iPhone. Tap on “Timers” to access the timer settings. Here, you have three convenient ways to set your timers:
- Manual Entry: If you prefer precision, you can manually enter the specific hours, minutes, and seconds for your timer. Simply input the desired values and tap “Start.”
- Ask Siri: Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, can quickly set a timer for you. Just activate Siri by holding down the side button or saying “Hey Siri,” then tell Siri the duration of the timer you need.
- Preset Timers: For commonly used durations, you can use the preset options. The app offers presets like 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 15 minutes. Swipe to explore additional preset options.
For added convenience, you can label each timer to help you distinguish between them. A simple label can save you from confusion, especially when dealing with multiple timers at once.
Additionally, you can choose a distinct tone for each timer, so you can easily recognize which one has finished when the alarm goes off.
Setting Subsequent Timers
Once you’ve set your initial timer, a plus sign will appear in the top right corner of the Clock’s Timers page. Tap on the plus sign to add more timers as needed. The interface will look familiar, allowing you to select the timer’s duration, label, and tone, just like you did with the first timer.
The real magic happens when you discover the “Presets” section. Presets offer a selection of common timer durations that can be accessed with a single tap. The Clock app provides four initial presets, but you can swipe to reveal more preset options.
Tap on any preset, and the timer will start automatically. If you need to customize the preset timer, tap on the running timer, and you can edit its label and tone while the timer continues to count down.
Keeping Track of Your Timers
Managing multiple timers has never been easier, thanks to Siri’s assistance. If you want to check the remaining time on a specific timer, simply ask Siri. For example, say, “Siri, check my oven timer,” and you’ll receive the exact time left on that particular timer.
If you have multiple timers running and want to get an overview, ask Siri, “Siri, check the timer.” Siri will provide a comprehensive list of all your active timers, making it effortless to keep track of your tasks.
Another handy feature is the display of timers on your iPhone’s lock screen. When you have multiple timers, the one closest to finishing will be shown on top of a stack. By tapping on the top timer, the stack will unfold, revealing each timer separately.
With the introduction of multiple timers in iOS 17, managing your time efficiently on your iPhone has become a breeze. Whether you’re an aspiring chef juggling cooking times or a professional tackling multiple tasks, the Clock app has you covered.
No more relying on third-party apps or struggling to remember which timer is for what. With precise settings, convenient presets, and Siri’s help, you can effortlessly manage your timers and stay focused on what matters most. Embrace this powerful time-management tool and make the most out of your iPhone’s capabilities. iOS 17 has elevated your time management game, and now it’s time for you to experience the difference.