[FIXED] How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing on All Devices

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Apple Music launching as soon as you enter your car, pair a Bluetooth device, or even boot up your phone – no one likes that, but it happens. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the app from starting when you don’t need it, and we’re here to help you learn how. 

We’ll cover the process of stopping Apple Music from automatically starting on all compatible devices, so let’s start from the top.

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How to Stop Apple Music from Launching on iPhone: Fast Fix

The quickest way to disable the Apple Music auto-launch is to simply tap the infinity symbol directly from the app. In case you’re new or don’t know how to find it, just follow these simple steps:

  1. 1. Launch Apple Music from your iPhone
  2. 2. Play any song.
  3. 3. Scroll to the bottom-right edge of the screen and tap the symbol with three dots to see what’s playing next.
  4. 4. The infinity icon should be next to the “Shuffle” and “Repeat” symbols.
  5. 5. Tap the Infinity symbol to disable the automatic launch. 

This method will work only if you can see the infinity icon. If not, then the “Autoplay” feature isn’t even active and your Apple Music is starting due to different reasons. Let’s explore alternative routes you can take. 

Fix #1: How to Stop Apple Music App by Disabling the Handoff Feature

Apple’s “Handoff” feature was meant to make multitasking simpler. Since it has access to several functions, it may sometimes launch media from Apple Music when you don’t want it to. 

Disabling Handoff might solve this problem, and here’s how you can do it:

  1. 1. Launch “Settings” on your iPhone (the cogwheel icon).
  2. 2. Tap “General”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to access general settings on iphone

  1. 3. Go to “AirPlay & Handoff”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to access airplay and handoff

  1. 4. Tap the green slider next to “Handoff” to disable it.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to turn off handoff

Fix #2: How to Stop Apple Music App by Disabling Bluetooth

Sometimes it’s not the booting sequence of your iPhone that is triggering Apple Music to launch on its own. Whenever a new device is discovered and paired, the AM app may play automatically on your device.

Cutting off Bluetooth from your iPhone may solve this problem as it will prevent it from recognizing other Bluetooth-compatible devices:

  1. 1. Launch “Settings” (the cogwheel icon).
  2. 2. Tap “Bluetooth”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to access bluetooth settings on iphone

  1. 3. Tap the green slider next to “Bluetooth” to disable.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to turn off bluetooth on iphone

Note that disabling Bluetooth on your iPhone will also make other Bluetooth-related features like AirDrop, Find My, and similar functions unavailable. 

How to Stop Apple Music from Auto-Playing on Mac

Stopping Apple Music auto-play on a Mac device is the same as on mobile devices. In other words, you’ll have to determine whether the Autoplay function is on and disable it. If the problem persists, disabling your Bluetooth and Handoff can do the trick. 

So, in short:

  1. 1. Launch Apple Music from your Mac device.
  2. 2. Play any song and click on the Playing Next button.
  3. 3. Look for the infinity icon and tap it.

Extra Fix: Disabling Handoff on Mac

Disabling the Apple Handoff feature on Mac is simple, but the process may be different depending on the version of your device. If you’re using macOS version 13 and later, this is how it’s done:

  1. 1. Tap the “Apple” icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. 2. Click on “System Settings”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to access apple settings on macbook

  1. 3. Go to “General” from the sidebar on the left.
  2. 4. Click on “Airdrop and Handoff” on the right side of the “General” menu.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to access airdrop and handoff on macbook

  1. 5. Disable “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud Devices”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to disable airdrop on macbook

If your Mac device is running on any earlier version (12.5 and before), the name of some menus may be titled differently but they look the same otherwise and contain the same settings:

  1. 1. Tap the “Apple” icon and go to “System Preferences”.
  2. 2. Tap “General”.
  3. 3. Disable “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”.

While you’re digging through your Mac’s settings, you may want to try disabling the Bluetooth function and see if it helps resolve the problem. 

How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing when Connected to Bluetooth Speakers or Headphones

Apple Music can start playing random songs as soon as your iPhone gets connected to headphones or any audio Bluetooth devices. 

This can happen at the worst moments (e.g. in the middle of a class, during business interviews, etc.). And the thing is that Apple doesn’t have a conventional method of preventing the autoplay feature from launching in such cases.

One workaround involving one of my favorite iPhone utilities is “Personal Automation”. You can create a personal Bluetooth automation that can counter Apple Music’s automatic playing in simple steps, but let me briefly explain how it works.

Apple iPhone automation functions are exactly what they sound like: self-initiating processes defined by the user’s input. It’s important to keep tabs on the ones you create so that when more streamlined alternatives do become available you can shut them off, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Here’s how to create an automation that will stop Apple Music from launching when your iPhone is connected to Bluetooth:

  1. 1. Launch the “Shortcuts” app and click on “Automation” at the bottom.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to open automation in shortcuts

  1. 2. Tap “New Automation”.

How to Stop Apple Music article. screenshot showing how to make new automation

  1. 3. Scroll down and tap “Bluetooth”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth

  1. 4. Select “Choose” and tap the name of your device (e.g. “Speakers”).
  2. 5. Tap “Done” in the upper right corner.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth. Second step, showing the selection of a specific device with Done button highlighted in the upper right corner.

  1. 6. On the next screen, just tap “Next”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth. The third step, which includes pressing the Next button in the upper right corner.

  1. 7. Tap “New Blank Automation”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make a blank new automation with bluetooth

  1. 8. Tap “Add Action”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth. This step consists of clicking the Add Action button with the plus sign.

  • 9. Tap “Media”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth. The step consists of clicking the Media button with the musical note next to it.

  1. 10. Scroll down to “Playback” section and tap “Play/Pause”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth, highlighting the play pause button that the user should tap

  1. 11. Tap on “Play/Pause” and select “Pause”, and tap “Done”.

How to Stop Apple Music article screenshot showing how to make new automation with bluetooth, showcasing the selection of Pause and then the Done button in the top right corner.

This neat little trick will override the Apple Music auto-start on the selected device, but it’s important to emphasize that it will only work as long as the automatic launch is active.

This means that if you find another workaround (or if Apple brings a simpler way to disable auto-launch and you decide to use it), you should disable this Automation, so let me brief you on how it’s done. 

  1. 1. Launch “Shortcuts”.
  2. 2. Select “Automation”.
  3. 3. Select the name of this automation (“Bluetooth – Media – Pause”)
  4. 4. Next to the automation’s name should be a slider called “Enable This Automation”; if it’s green, tap on it, and it should turn gray.
  5. 5. Select “Done”: to complete the process. 

How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing when Connected to a Car

You need an absolute, clear focus when you’re driving to remain safe, and Apple Music launching full blast as soon as you turn up the engine is not just a minor inconvenience. 

One fix is creating a personal Bluetooth automation just like the one we explained above, but there’s an easier fix – simply disable CarPlay. Here’s how it’s done.

  1. 1. On your iPhone, open the “Settings” app.
  2. 2. Open “Screen Time”.

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  1. 3. Navigate to “Content & Privacy Restrictions.”

  1. 4. Make sure “Content & Privacy Restrictions” are activated and tap “Allowed Apps”.

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  1. 5. Tap on the green slider next to “CarPlay” to disable it.

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FAQs

Why Does Apple Music Open on Startup When I Turn on My iPhone/Mac?

Apple Music will only launch on its own if the “Autoplay” feature is enabled in the player. It is active by default, meaning that iPhone and Mac users will have to manually disable it by tapping the “Autoplay” symbol. 

How to Stop Apple Music from Playing Songs on Its Own?

The fastest method to prevent Apple Music from playing songs is to disable the “Autoplay” feature from the player. The infinity icon next to the song/playlist indicates that this function is currently active, so tap it to disable the function. Alternatively, users can disable Handoff and CarPlay and turn their Bluetooth off to ensure Apple Music won’t start on its own. 

How Do I Disable Apple Music on My iPhone?

It is not possible to fully uninstall Apple Music from your iPhone. However, you can cancel your subscription by opening the “Settings” app, tapping your profile icon, going to “Subscriptions”, finding “Apple Music” and canceling the subscription.

Did We Fix the Problem? Do You Now Know How to Stop Apple Music From Automatically Playing?

That’s all for today. Stopping Apple Music from auto-playing is easy and usually takes unchecking the infinity sign button in your player.

We covered a few more options in this guide, including the Handoff feature, basic Bluetooth disabling, and a trick you can use with the Shortcut app.

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