YouTube Music for Android works on sleep timer

A sleep timer to pause playback after a specified increment is in the works for YouTube Music. It’s a long-requested feature, especially since Google Play Music offered one a long time ago.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” article, we have decompiled the latest version of an app that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we are able to see different lines of code in that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not provide these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be flawed. We’ll try to activate the ones that are about to be completed, though, to show you what they’ll look like in case they ship. With that in mind, read on.

From what we can tell by looking at the latest version of YouTube Music, which also adds support for the new Android 13 media player, the sleep timer will appear as a background sheet somewhere in the playback controls .

res/layout/timer_status_bottom_sheet.xml

The three-dot overflow menu in the upper-right corner is the most likely access point, but the sleep timer appearing next to share, download, add to playlist, and radio when pressing the pouch would be more convenient.

In comparison, Play Music placed its sleep timer in the main settings list for a somewhat cumbersome process. Overall, the approach shouldn’t be too different from how it was added to Apple Music for Android earlier this year.

YouTube Music will show the time remaining on an active timer with the option to add five more minutes or cancel immediately. You can probably add higher increments early in the process.

five minutes

cancel the timer

In addition to allowing you to fall asleep to music, a timer is particularly useful for scheduling breaks. It is not yet known when the YouTube Music sleep timer will be launched.

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