How To Fix iOS 14 Timer Not Showing Up On Lock Screen

Have you noticed if your timer is not showing up on your iOS 14 lock screen?

iOS 14 may have brought cool features and updates, however, it also brought unwanted bugs and glitches like the screen time not working and the sleep wake-up alarm sound not working. Apple has been lenient with the quality of what it has released recently, which has garnered more frustrated users than ever.

One of the ongoing reasons why iPhone users are becoming more disappointed is the issue with the iOS 14 timer not showing up on the lock screen. The timer has been handy to count down from a specified time, but if it is not showing up, it’s practically useless.

In this article, we will be showing you 7 ways to fix this long-overdue problem. Hopefully, these will be the answers to your prayers!

Let’s dive right in!

1. Swipe Top Down On Lock Screen.

A simple trick to resolve the missing timer issue is to swipe top down on a lock screen. Really easy, right?

In some instances, the timer just looks like it is missing from the lock screen, but after swiping top down, it should be back as if it was never gone. Malfunctions can happen from time-to-time, and in case this happens on your iPhone, remember to try this step first before you dive into the more complicated steps.

2. Double Tap Lock Screen.

Just like the swipe top down trick, double tapping the lock screen is also one of the easiest methods that you can try to resolve the iOS 14 timer not showing up on the lock screen. 

Supposing your iPhone is connected to a charger, your lock screen will show your remaining battery percentage instead of the timer. In that case, what you can do is to double tap the lock screen to display the timer instead of the remaining battery percentage.

Although most of the time, this only happens when your phone is charging, you can also try this method even if you are not charging your iPhone, but your timer is still missing. Let us know if it worked!

3. Re-Add Timer In Control Center.

If swiping top down and double tapping the lock screen still doesn’t work, you can opt to re-add the timer. But instead of just re-adding it, what you can do is to re-add it in the ‘Control Center’.

In some cases, the timer becomes corrupted, thus, causing it not to show up on the lock screen. But upon re-adding it in the ‘Control Center’, the issue should be resolved.

Here’s how you can re-add the timer in ‘Control Center’:

  1. First, open your iPhone’s Settings app and go to the Control Center.
  1. After that, select Customize Controls.
  2. Now, under the Include List, click the red minus icon next to Timer.
  3. Then select Remove to confirm the action.
  4. Lastly, scroll down to the More Controls list and click the green plus icon to re-add the Timer back.

With that out of the way, this should have fixed the issue for you. However, if it did not, let’s try another method. As they say, try and try until you succeed!

4. Change Or Toggle Display Zoom Setting.

If you are still reading up to this point, you are still probably not seeing the timer. If that is true, what you can do next is to change the ‘View’ of your ‘Display Zoom’ setting.

The ‘Display Zoom’ setting can change your view from a ‘Standard’ and a ‘Zoomed’ mode. A ‘Standard’ mode is the default, while ‘Zoomed’ makes the icons and texts appear bigger. It should not be set to ‘Zoomed’ as this can trigger the timer being removed on the lock screen.

Here’s how you can change the ‘Display Zoom’ setting:

  1. First, open your iPhone’s Settings app and go to Display & Brightness.
  2. After that, under Display Zoom, select View.
  1. Lastly, if it is set to Zoomed, change it to Standard. Otherwise, change it to Zoomed, then wait for a few seconds before reverting it to Standard.

Now, you may check if the issue has been fixed. Hopefully, this is what you have been waiting for to resolve your issue, so comment it down on the comments section if this has resolved your issue!

5. Try A Restart Or Force Restart.

If you have tried the previous suggestions on our list and are still not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel, you may want to restart your phone now. This is usually done after modifying some settings on your iPhone and to make sure that the settings have been properly adjusted.

Now, if a single restart did not work, you may try it once more so you can be sure that your iPhone has restarted properly. If at first you don’t succeed, try it again!

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. First, press and hold the Side or Power button for a few seconds.
  2. Then a prompt with a red slider showing ‘slide to power off’ will appear. Drag it to turn off your iPhone. 
  1. Lastly, press the Side or Power button again until you see the Apple logo. This will turn your iPhone back on.

Supposing that you have restarted your iPhone a few times and the issue is still there, you can opt for a force restart instead. Many users have attested that this has resolved their issue. 

A force restart, also known as a hard reset, is a hardware-level reset. It physically stops your iPhone’s battery from connecting to your phone in order to turn it off. The process also differs for every iPhone model, but we have listed down each step for each model.

Here’s how you can do a force restart on second-generation iPhones (8, 8 Plus, SE, and so on):

  1. First, press then quickly release your iPhone’s Volume up button
  2. Next, repeat it for the Volume down button.
iphone 8 force restart
  1. Then press and hold the Side button until your iPhone turns off. 
  2. Lastly, wait for a few minutes until the Apple logo appears before releasing the Side button.

Here’s how you can do a force restart on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  1. First, press and hold both your iPhone’s Volume down and Sleep/Wake buttons simultaneously to turn it off.
difference between restart and force restart on iphone
  1. Then wait for a few minutes until the Apple logo appears before releasing both buttons.

Here’s how you can do a force restart on first-generation iPhones (6, 6s, 6s Plus, SE):

  1. First, press and hold both your iPhone’s Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously to turn it off.
  2. Then wait for a few minutes until the Apple logo appears before releasing both buttons.
difference between restart and force restart on iphone

Once you are done with all of that, check if your iOS 14 timer is still not showing up on the lock screen. We’re eager to find out, so don’t forget to comment below!

6. Use Dr. Fone.

You are probably getting restless by now since you have reached our 6th method, but worry no more because you should try Dr. Fone!

One of Dr. Fone’s tool in its toolkit offers a ‘System Repair’ which fixes iOS system problems. You can also use it on your iPad and Android devices, which makes it really convenient and efficient. Another great thing about Dr. Fone is that aside from the ‘System Repair’, it also has tools for transferring data between your phone and PC and your old phone to your new phone, so you do not have to worry about losing any of your data!

Did you also know that it has been providing its service for 17 years? On top of that, it is also being used by over 50,000,000 users worldwide, so the proof is really in the numbers.

What are you waiting for? Try it for yourself!

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7. Reset All Settings.

Nonetheless, our 7th and last step is to reset all your settings. Hearing and reading this may cause you to furrow your brows, but we’ve got good news for you!

Whilst it will reset your settings to the default, thus, removing your Wi-Fi passwords, face recognition, location and privacy settings, and other saved settings, we guarantee that it will not delete any of your precious data and files. But don’t forget that having a backup is always recommended, just to be sure.

Here’s how you can ‘Reset All Settings’:

  1. First, open your iPhone’s Settings app and go to General.
  2. Next, select Reset and choose Reset All Settings.
  1. After that, once you are prompted, enter your passcode or Apple ID password.
  2. Now, confirm that you want to reset all settings on your iPhone. 
  3. Then your iPhone will automatically restart after a few minutes. 
  4. Lastly, it will load your settings to its default. You may change and adjust your settings to their previous values afterward.

At last, your furrowed brows should turn into a big smile after resolving your issue. We’re celebrating with you on this milestone!

This wraps up our article! For any questions or feedback, comment them down! We’d love to hear from you!

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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