iPhone Music Lock Screen: Best Tips to Control Your Tunes with Ease

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By: Mo

iPhone Music Lock Screen

Ever found yourself trying to adjust the music without looking at your iPhone, only to accidentally skip a favorite song?

I certainly have, and let me tell you, the lock screen music controls on iOS are a game-changer.

Thanks to Apple’s dedication to a user-friendly experience, the iPhone’s music lock screen on iOS makes it simple to manage what’s playing without the hassle of unlocking your phone and diving into apps.

I remember upgrading to iOS 16 and being pleasantly surprised by the sleek full-screen music player on my lock screen, showing off the album art and making controls easily accessible, like a personal jukebox right there in my pocket.

It’s more than just handy; it adds a layer of aesthetic pleasure to your listening experience.

If you’ve ever struggled to find the play button without putting your coffee down, this feature is our little win in the daily grind.

Key Takeaways

Unlocking the Music Experience on iOS

I remember when iOS 16 dropped; it changed how I interacted with my iPhone’s lock screen.

It was now more than a gatekeeper to my apps – it became a canvas for my music.

Exploring Music Lock Screen Features on iOS 16 and Beyond

iOS 16 introduced the ability for iPhones to display full-screen music players on the lock screen. This was a game-changer for me. Suddenly,

I could see my favorite album art covering my entire iPhone lock screen while a song played.

This feature, available for both Apple Music and third-party apps like Spotify, means my phone is not just a music player, but a portable mural of my current mood.

Managing Music Playback Controls

With the update, managing music playback became a breeze.

A simple tap on the album art, and my lock screen transforms into a set of crystal-clear controls.

I can play, pause, or skip without ever unlocking my iPhone, and it feels intuitive – like the way it should have always been.

The haptic feedback when I press ‘play’ even gives a satisfying sense of direct interaction.

Music Player and Widgets Customization

Personalizing my iPhone’s lock screen is something I’ve grown to love.

Using the Settings app, I can choose to see the music player widget or tuck it away and let my wallpaper shine.

My lock screen setup feels like my personal stamp on my device, marrying functionality with aesthetics.

On my home screen, the widgets follow suit, complimenting my personalized setup and keeping my music just a glance away.

Troubleshooting Common Music Lock Screen Issues

Ever find yourself jamming to your favorite tunes when, out of nowhere, your iPhone’s music player stops showing up on the lock screen?

Or maybe after eagerly updating your iOS, you’re plagued by bugs that seem to specifically target your groove?

Fear not, I’ve been there too, and I’m here to share some quick fixes that’ll get you back to bopping in no time.

Solving Music Playback Interruptions

When my own iPhone music player would randomly vanish from the lock screen right in the middle of a head-bobbing session, the first thing I learned was to keep it simple.

A straightforward restart of the music app often does the trick.

If your iPhone has been updated to iOS 17 and the issue persists, try force restarting your device.

Remember the days of iOS 15, when this wasn’t such a common hiccup?

  • Force restart iPhone: Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Now, if you’re like me and constantly switching between devices, make sure to disconnect audio peripherals like Bluetooth headphones.

Sometimes, your iPhone gets a bit too clingy to these devices.

Addressing Music Lock Screen Bugs After Updates

Ah, updates – they give us fresh features but sometimes bring along uninvited guests called bugs.

If you’ve just updated your iPhone and the lock screen music player acts up, it might be time for some careful troubleshooting.

For starters, check for additional updates that could have been released to fix these very bugs.

  1. Update Music App: Jump into the App Store and see if your music streaming service has an update pending. App developers are often on their toes, squashing bugs with lightning speed.
  2. Notifications Setting: Navigate to Settings > Notifications and ensure that notifications for the music app are turned on.

And remember, if all else fails, don’t hesitate to reset your settings.

This won’t delete your personal data, but it will give your settings a fresh start, which is sometimes all you need.

Puzzled about how to do it?

Just go to Settings > General > Reset and tap “Reset All Settings.” Bye-bye, bugs!

Still got issues?

It might be time to bite the bullet and enter those recent apps to do a bit of a clear-out or even consider resetting your passcode or Face ID—it’s a hassle, I know, but it can work wonders!


We’ve all been there, on the train or walking down the street when our iPhone’s lock screen decides it’s a DJ, treating the world to an unexpected playlist.

Or maybe you prefer a clean look and the music widget is cramping your style.

Let’s tackle some of the most common questions you might have about managing the music playback controls on your iPhone’s lock screen.

How can I disable the music widget from appearing on my iPhone’s lock screen?

To keep your lock screen free of the music widget, you need to dive into the settings. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and turn off the ‘Today View and Search’ option. This should give you that minimalist lock screen you’re aiming for.

What steps can I take to stop my iPhone from auto-playing music when it’s locked?

Imagine you’re sharing a serious moment and suddenly, your iPhone thinks it’s party time. Awkward, right? The trick is to open the Music app and make sure nothing is up next in your queue. Also, disable the auto-play function in the settings of your music app if available.

Can I get rid of the music player notification from my iPhone’s lock screen without stopping the music?

Yes, you can. If you want to keep jamming in peace but don’t need the constant reminder, swipe left on the music notification and tap ‘Manage.’ From there, you can choose to disable notifications for the current music app.

Is it possible to have full-screen album art on my iPhone’s lock screen when playing music?

If you’re a fan of seeing your favorite album covers in all their glory, iOS 16 introduces the option for a full-screen music player. Just play a song, tap on the music player on the lock screen, and witness the album art expand to take up the full screen.

Why do music controls keep showing on my lock screen even after I close the app on my iPhone?

Like a clingy ex, sometimes the music controls just won’t go away. This is likely because the app is still running in the background. To fix this, swipe up from the bottom of your screen (or double-tap the home button for older models) and swipe away the Music app.

What are some tips for preventing Spotify from displaying on my iPhone’s lock screen with the latest iOS update?

With updates come new settings to finagle. To keep Spotify from taking over your lock screen, check Spotify’s in-app settings and ensure ‘Device Broadcast Status’ is turned off. Also, have a look at your iPhone’s notification settings for Spotify and adjust them to your liking.