How to Stop Playing Netflix When a Timer Ends on iPhone 13: A Guide

Playing Netflix on your iPhone 13 and need to stop it when a timer ends? Not to worry, the process is simple and I’ll guide you through it. Just follow these steps and you’ll have your Netflix viewing timed to perfection.

Step by Step Tutorial: Set a Timer to Stop Playing Netflix on iPhone 13

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to understand that this process takes advantage of the built-in Clock app on your iPhone. By using the Timer feature, you can set a specific duration after which Netflix will stop playing.

Step 1: Open the Clock app on your iPhone 13.

Open the Clock app, which is pre-installed on your device.

The Clock app is where you can set alarms, check the time in different time zones, and, crucially for us, set a timer.

Step 2: Tap on the ‘Timer’ option at the bottom right corner.

Select the Timer function to get started.

This tab is where you can set a countdown for whatever you need, whether it’s for cooking, exercising, or controlling your Netflix viewing.

Step 3: Set the timer duration.

Decide how long you want to watch Netflix and set the timer accordingly.

You can set the duration in hours and minutes. For example, if you want to watch Netflix for 1 hour and 30 minutes, you would set the timer to 1:30:00.

Step 4: Tap on ‘When Timer Ends’.

This will allow you to choose what happens when the timer runs out.

Instead of playing a ringtone, we’re going to select a different option that will stop Netflix from playing.

Step 5: Scroll down and select ‘Stop Playing’.

This option is at the very bottom of the list of ringtones and sounds.

By selecting ‘Stop Playing’, you’re telling your iPhone to end whatever media is playing—be it music, a podcast, or Netflix—when the timer ends.

Step 6: Tap ‘Set’ in the top right corner.

This confirms your choice of action when the timer ends.

Make sure you tap ‘Set’ to save your preferences. Otherwise, the timer will use its default settings, which won’t stop Netflix from playing.

Step 7: Start the timer.

Press ‘Start’ to begin the countdown.

Once the timer starts, you can go back to watching Netflix. The app will close when the timer ends, as long as you followed the previous steps correctly.

After completing these steps, your Netflix binge-watching will be under control. The timer will end, and Netflix will stop playing, allowing you to get the rest you need or move on to other tasks without manually stopping the video.

Tips: Mastering the Timer on iPhone 13 to Control Netflix Playback

  • Ensure your iPhone’s software is up to date to avoid any glitches with the Timer function.
  • You can also use this method to stop playback in other media apps, not just Netflix.
  • If you accidentally exit the Clock app, don’t worry, the timer will continue to run in the background.
  • Remember to reset the timer if you decide to watch something else or need more time.
  • Use Siri to set the timer hands-free by saying, "Hey Siri, set a timer for [duration] and stop playing."

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use this method with other streaming apps?

Yes, the ‘Stop Playing’ function works with any media that’s playing on your iPhone, including other streaming apps.

What happens if I close the Clock app after setting the timer?

The timer continues to run in the background, so closing the app won’t affect it.

Does my iPhone need to be on a specific setting for the timer to stop Netflix?

No specific setting is required, just make sure your phone isn’t on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, as this could potentially interfere with the timer alert.

Can I cancel the timer if I change my mind?

Absolutely, just go back into the Clock app and tap ‘Cancel’ on the timer page.

What if the Netflix app doesn’t close when the timer ends?

Ensure you have selected ‘Stop Playing’ as the option for when the timer ends. If it’s still not working, try restarting your iPhone.


  1. Open the Clock app
  2. Select the Timer function
  3. Set your desired duration
  4. Choose ‘When Timer Ends’
  5. Select ‘Stop Playing’
  6. Confirm by tapping ‘Set’
  7. Start the timer


The iPhone 13 is a powerhouse of a device, and its capability extends to helping us manage our daily routines, including our Netflix consumption. With just a few taps in the Clock app, you can control when Netflix stops playing, ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep or stay productive without getting caught up in a watching marathon. Remember, technology is here to serve us, not the other way around, so make the most of these features to enhance your lifestyle. Happy streaming, and remember to set that timer!

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