How to Use Bedtime for Tracking Sleep on iPhone

Sep 26, 2020 - 6 Comments

How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad

Is your sleeping schedule all over the place at the moment? If so, you can easily get into a proper bedtime routine with the help of Bedtime on your iPhone.

Apple’s Bedtime feature is baked into the default Clock app on iOS devices. This can be used to track your sleep on a daily basis. Although Bedtime isn’t going to force you to sleep, you can at least try to co-operate with the app for a more consistent sleeping pattern. Bedtime also analyzes your sleeping pattern and sends this data to the Health app that’s pre-installed on your device.

Feeling motivated to take advantage of Bedtime to track your sleeping schedule? Look no further, as we’ll be guiding you through the steps to set up and use Bedtime on both your iPhone and iPad.

How to Use Bedtime for Sleep Tracking on Your iPhone

Setting up and configuring Bedtime within the Clock app is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure. Simply follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Open the default “Clock” app on your iPhone or iPad.

    Clock icon
  2. Head over to the “Bedtime” section and tap on “Set Up”. You’ll only see this menu if you haven’t fiddled with Bedtime before.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  3. Now, set a preferred wake up time using the dial and tap on “Next”.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  4. In this step, you can choose your preferred alarm. There are nine different options to choose from. Once you’re done, tap “Next”.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  5. Now, you need to set your bedtime, similar to how you set your wake up time. Tap “Next” when you’re done.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  6. Here, you can choose the days to keep Bedtime turned on or off. Simply tap on the days of the week to customize your bedtime schedule. Once you’re done, tap on “Next”.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  7. You’re almost set. Tap on “Done” to confirm all your settings and start using Bedtime.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  8. If you want to change your Bedtime schedule at any time, tap on your schedule in the Bedtime section of the Clock app, as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad
  9. Now, you can change your bedtime and wake up time by simply using the clock. You also have the option to turn off Bedtime completely.

    How to Use Bedtime on iPhone and iPad

That’s about it, now you have successfully set up Bedtime on your iPhone for your use.

For a detailed sleep analysis, you can choose to “Show more in Health” in the Bedtime menu. Be mindful that Bedtime only shows the amount of time you spent in bed, and not the time you were actually sleeping or moving around. Even the Apple Watch isn’t capable of doing that (entirely yet anyway), though some third party sleep trackers can report actual bedtime behavior as well if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Alternatively, you can also manually enter how much time you sleep by heading over to the Sleep category within the Health app.

By default, during Bedtime, Do Not Disturb is automatically turned on to mute calls and alerts that you receive when your iPhone is locked. Lock screen is dimmed and all the notifications go to your history. However, this is not mandatory, and it can be turned off by visiting “Options” in the Bedtime menu.

if you try to cheat and start using your device during Bedtime, you won’t get credit for that. Plus, if you snooze the alarm instead of waking up, the time you stay in bed gets updated accordingly.

We hope you were able to properly set up Bedtime on your iOS device without any hiccups. Have you tried any other third-party apps to track your sleep before? If so, how do they stack up to Apple’s Bedtime? Do share your thoughts and experience in the comments section down below, and don’t forget to check out more Health related articles too.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. John says:

    This was removed in iOS 14 and replaced with the Sleep feature in the Health app.

  2. JayTee says:

    There is no Bedtime in iOS 14, which is kind of a shame. Go to the Health app, click on Browse, and then find Sleep. You can then adjust your sleep schedule by adjusting the times for bedtime and wake up. There is no sliding arc to adjust, just the times.

  3. Glenn says:

    I don’t suppose this is available on the IPad.

  4. Angelo Dicerni says:

    The Bedtime feature on my iPhone has changed with this update. It’s no longer part of the Clock app. It’s now found on the control centre (Bed icon).
    I live in BC Canada and use an iPhone 7 with iOS 14.0.1

  5. YB says:

    I see that in iOS 13, but in iOS 14, I notice bedtime is moved to health. Please check…

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