Setting a timer on a Mac is pretty easy, although it’s not done through the Clock app like it is on iOS. Instead, the timer on a Mac is set via Siri, and we’ll show you how to do it below
How to Set a Timer on a Mac Using Siri
Activate Siri on your Mac and say “Set a timer for (a specific time)”.
You can set a timer for seconds, minutes, hours, or even days. For example: “Hey Siri, set a timer for 5 minutes.”
If you have “Hey Siri” turned on, you can use your voice command to activate the assistant. Otherwise, Siri can be activated via the menu bar or other methods. You can also type the command in text if you have this feature enabled. On the HomePod, timers are also set using Siri.
Interestingly, Siri on Mac sets timers through the Reminders app. Visually, the timer doesn’t look the same as it does on the iPhone and iPad. Because of this, you may miss your timer if you have Do Not Disturb or Focus enabled.
If you want to use timers for productive work and rest, there is a special Be Focused program for this , which can be downloaded for free from the Mac App Store.
Perhaps in the future, Apple will improve the timer function on the Mac, but for now it remains to use Siri. In addition, sometimes Siri does not respond to such requests, and you have to try several times.
If you’re having trouble setting a timer with Siri, first open the Reminders app before asking your virtual assistant to set the timer.