How to set up and use the Bedtime feature in iOS 10

Have trouble getting to sleep at night, or constantly tired? This cool new feature in iOS 10 can help you (with the help of your iPhone) to achieve more consistent sleeping habits and improve your wellbeing and energy levels. Here's how to set up and use the Bedtime feature in iOS 10

By

  • how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000a Pick a wakeup time
  • how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000b Pick days
  • how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000c Sleep time
  • how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000d Bedtime warning
  • how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000e Wakeup sounds
  • how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000g Sleep well!
  • More stories
Next Prev

How to set up and use Bedtime in iOS 10: Get started

Bedtime is a clever but simple new feature in iOS 10 that helps you to achieve more consistent sleeping habits. Here's how to get it set up.

Open the Clock app, or open Timer by hitting the stopwatch icon on the bottom row of the Control Centre, then tap Bedtime in the centre of the bottom row. Tap Get Started.

Apple - and medical science in general, I believe - is keen for you to get up at the same time every day, and at this point it isn't possible to use the Bedtime feature with multiple different wakeup times throughout the week. What you can do, however, is set up Bedtime for your most common wakeup time, then leave your normal alarm set up to cover for the remaining days.

Read next: Best iPhone sleep apps and alarm clock apps

Next »

Next Prev how to set up use bedtime iphone ios 10 1000a

Bedtime is a clever but simple new feature in iOS 10 that helps you to achieve more consistent sleeping habits. Here's how to get it set up.

Open the Clock app, or open Timer by hitting the stopwatch icon on the bottom row of the Control Centre, then tap Bedtime in the centre of the bottom row. Tap Get Started.

Apple - and medical science in general, I believe - is keen for you to get up at the same time every day, and at this point it isn't possible to use the Bedtime feature with multiple different wakeup times throughout the week. What you can do, however, is set up Bedtime for your most common wakeup time, then leave your normal alarm set up to cover for the remaining days.

Read next: Best iPhone sleep apps and alarm clock apps

 

Step 2 of 6: How to set up and use Bedtime in iOS 10: Pick your days

So we've chosen 6.30 as the wakeup time, and on the next screen we'll tell iOS not to apply this on Mondays, Wednesdays and the weekend (look, it's a complicated week when you've got two kids going to nursery part-time). Note that this screen works by a process of deselection - every day is selected by default.

 

Step 3 of 6: How to set up and use Bedtime in iOS 10: How long do you want to sleep for?

On the next screen you choose how long you'd like to sleep for - as the app points out, the recommendation is between 7 and 8. You can only choose whole numbers of hours at this point.

 

Step 4 of 6: How to set up and use Bedtime in iOS 10: Bedtime warning

Select when you'd like your bedtime call. For some of us, who like to have a little read before nodding off, it's best to err on the generous side here. Thirty minutes ought to do it.

 

Step 5 of 6: How to set up and use Bedtime in iOS 10: Wakeup sounds

Finally, pick a sound/song to be woken by. You don't get as many options as you do in the older Alarm app and (again, at this point) you can't import your own music. Birdsong is nice, as you'd expect.

 

Step 6 of 6: How to set up and use Bedtime in iOS 10: Sleep well!

And, other than a brief explanation of how Bedtime will gather data on your sleeping habits, that's it. Hit Save and the Bedtime feature is set up and ready to go. Sleep well!

Elsewhere on IDG sites
Nokia 8 vs Galaxy S8

Nokia 8 vs Galaxy S8

Best new design books 2017: From vintage infographics to the the psychology of type

Best new design books 2017: From vintage infographics to the the psychology of type

iMac 21.5-inch (2017) review

iMac 21.5-inch (2017) review

Nokia 8 : design, caractéristiques techniques, date de sortie

Nokia 8 : design, caractéristiques techniques, date de sortie