When you start playing music on your iPhone or iPad, iOS will automatically display a widget on your device’s lock screen to give you basic music controls. Usually, this widget disappears from the lock screen on its own a few minutes after you finish playing music. However, in some cases, the widget will hang and not go away.

In this post, we are going to share some options on how to fix a stuck music player widget on iPhone or iPad so that you can regain control of your lock screen. We will move from the simplest solution to the most inconvenient.

The first thing to note is that you have no control over this widget. Like it or not, once you start playing music, be it on Apple Music, Spotify or other music services, the music widget will appear on your lock screen. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. However, there are a few things you can test if the widget gets stuck, which we’ll see in a moment.

Make sure that you are no longer playing music

I know, I know, I know This may sound silly and obvious, but sometimes we overlook the most obvious solutions. If the music controls don’t clear the lock screen, make sure you’ve stopped playing music. Usually the widget disappears a few minutes after the music stops.

Quit quitting the music app you were using

One of the most likely culprits in such a situation is the app that you recently used to play music. Whatever it is (Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, etc), force quit this app, slide your finger along the bottom of the screen, and pause to reveal the app switcher. Find the app you want to force – quit, touch and hold your finger on it, then touch the red minus icon to remove it. On older devices, double-press the Home button, find the app you want to force quit, and swipe up. This gesture is …

After forcibly exiting the app that you believe is the culprit, check the lock screen. If the music widget is gone, great. If not, read on for more possible solutions.

Restart your device

If in doubt, just restart. While this sounds like the right answer to most problems, the reality is that it is often a solution to most of the problems or temporary hiccups that can appear on a computer.

Turn your iPhone or iPad off and on again. With a little luck, the music widget will start. If not, we’ll keep fixing bugs.

Delete the app you think is the culprit

The next step is to simply remove the app that you think is causing the music control widget to get stuck on the lock screen. Don’t be afraid to delete this app, even if it’s Apple’s Apple Music app, because of course you can download it again for free from the App Store.

Delete the app and restart your device for good measurements. Hopefully, when your iPhone restarts, the music widget will go away.

It could be a bluetooth problem

When I recently came across the mysterious case of the stuck music widget, it turned out that my car radio bluetooth was the culprit. For some reason, the music widget got stuck on the lock screen every time I got out of my car.

I completely undocked both devices and removed them from the other’s settings.

Go to Settings> Bluetooth on your iPhone and tap the “i” icon next to your car radio. Then choose Forget this device . Go to Settings on your car stereo and look for a way to erase / unpair your iPhone. Restart the device.

As a precaution, I would recommend this for almost any Bluetooth accessory paired with your iPhone. However, you may want to try your car radio first and see if that solves the problem. If it doesn’t, disconnect other Bluetooth devices.

Restart the device and pair the devices one by one.

If everything’s falling apart …

If you’ve tried all possible solutions in this list and the Music widget still appears on the lock screen, the first thing to do is to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS. If the problem is still not resolved, then unfortunately you need to restore your iPhone or iPad. You can do this right from your device under Settings> General> Reset> Reset All Content and Settings.

I am sure that at least one of the solutions suggested here will solve your problem. If you’ve come across any other solutions that aren’t mentioned in this article, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Fix: How to Remove Stuck Music Player Widget from iPhone Lock Screen


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