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Can't remove the music player from the iPhone lock screen? Here's how to!

How to remove the music player from the Lock Screen on iPhone?

When you play something on an app, the player will be displayed on your Lock Screen for faster access. That way, you don't need to unlock your iPhone and go to the app to change or pause the track. You can do that by waking the screen and pressing a button on your Lock Screen.

Can't remove the music player from the iPhone lock screen? Here's how to!

Sometimes the player might get 'stuck' on the Lock Screen. You might keep seeing it even when the track stopped playing, and the app was closed. It can be frustrating, but don't worry; there are things you can do to fix this issue. Follow this guide step by step to remove the player from the Lock Screen.

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Force-quit the player app

If you just paused the track and switched apps, the music player of that app will remain on your lock screen. You need to close the app entirely for the player to disappear. Force quit the app that you were streaming the track on.

To force-quit an app, follow the steps below:

1. On iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the middle bottom.
On iPhones with the Home button, double press it.
2. You'll see all apps running in the background. Locate the track streaming app and swipe up on it to quit.

Quit player

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Open and force-quit the Music app

If you see a track displayed from the Music app on your Lock Screen, open the app and then close it again. Sometimes the Music app might display the track even when it's not playing, and the app is closed.

Quit Music app

Follow the steps in the previous method to force-quit the Music app.

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Restart your iPhone

If the two previous methods didn't work, restart your iPhone. Maybe the issue is due to a bug or a glitch in the software, and that's why you can't remove it from the Lock Screen.

If you don't know how to restart your iPhone model, for more information, go here.

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Disable notifications

Another thing you can do is to turn off notifications for the app that you were streaming the track on.

To disable app notifications, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Go to "Notifications".
3. Scroll down, locate the streaming app, and tap on it.

Select the player app

4. Next to "Allow Notifications", toggle the switch to disable the option.

Disable notifications

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Remove the player widget

If you have the streaming app widget added to your Home screen, remove it and check if the player is gone from the Lock Screen. If it is, you can add the widget again, but we recommend not adding it to the Home Screen if the problem keeps repeating.

To remove the player widget, follow the steps below:

1. Locate the player widget and tap and press on it until a menu appears.
2. From the menu, tap on "Remove Widget" and confirm the action.

Tap on Remove Widget

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Disconnect Bluetooth devices

If you have Bluetooth devices connected, we recommend disconnecting them. Sometimes, the track might be displayed on the Lock Screen if the Bluetooth device is active and keeps the app open.

To disconnect a Bluetooth device, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Go to "Bluetooth" settings.
3. Next to a connected Bluetooth device, tap on the information (i) icon.

Tap on the info icon

4. Then, select "Disconnect" or "Forget This Device" and confirm the action.

Tap on Forget This Device

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Re-install the app

If nothing has helped until now, we recommend uninstalling the player and then downloading it again. That should remove the track from your Lock Screen.

To re-install an app, follow the steps below:

1. Locate the app on your Home Screen or in the app Library.
2. Tap and hold the app icon until a menu pops up.
3. From the menu, select "Remove App" and tap on "Delete App".

Tap on Remove App

4. Confirm the action by tapping on "Delete".
5. Now, open the App Store.
6. In the search bar, enter the app you deleted and select it from the search results.
7. Tap on the cloud with an arrow to download the app.

Redownload the app

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Turn off Today View and Search

You should also try to disable the Today View and Search feature. Sometimes, it can be the cause why you can't remove the player from the Lock Screen.

To disable Today View and Search, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and go to "Face ID & Passcode" or "Touch ID & Passcode".

Go to Touch ID & Passcode

3. Enter your iPhone passcode.
4. Scroll down and under "Allow Access When Locked", toggle the switch next to "Today View and Search" to disable it.

Disable Today View and Search

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Turn off Siri suggestions

Turning off Siri suggestions can also solve the issue.

To disable Siri suggestions, follow the steps below:

1. Go to your iPhone settings.
2. then, go to "Siri & Search".
3. Under "Siri Suggestions", toggle the switch next to "Suggestions on Lock Screen" to disable the feature.

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Update your iPhone

One the last thing you can try is to update your iPhone's operating system.

To update your iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Go to "General" settings.
3. Then, tap on "Software Update".
4. Wait while your iPhone searches for updates. If found any, tap on "Download and Install".

Update Mac

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Reset your iPhone to factory settings

As a last resort, you can reset your device to factory settings. This method is guaranteed to work, but the reset will delete everything. It will restore your iPhone to default settings, and you'll have to set it up again.

If you decide to do the reset, make sure to back up all important information so you don't lose anything. You can find information on how to back up your data in our guide on How to Factory Reset Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod?

To factory reset your iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. Go to your iPhone settings.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Scroll down to the bottom and select "Transfer or Reset iPhone".

Tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone

4. Tap on "Erase All Content and Settings".

Tap on Erase All Content and Settings

5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the action.
6. When you're device boots, set it up and restore your data.

We hope this guide provided you with the information you were looking for, and it helped you remove the music player from the Lock Screen.

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