You have stopped playing music, but somehow the music player widget persists on the iOS 12 lock screen, consuming precious screen real-estate and preventing other apps from displaying notifications on the lock screen.
In this guide, we will show you how to remove the music widget from the iPhone’s lock screen as force-closing the app by double-tapping the home button doesn’t seem to work on this persistent bugging widget.
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1. Closing all apps from the app drawer
A simple solution to removing the lock screen music widget is closing all the apps from the app drawer. This solution should solve the problem because there might be a media-playing app such as YouTube or Safari app that may have gotten the media controls in the music app stuck on your lock screen. Simply follow the steps below:
- Double-click on the home button (or swipe up from the bottom on iPhone X) to bring up the app drawer.
- Swipe up on every single app running there and not just the music app (if it was open).
Check if the music player widget persists on the lock screen.
2. Close all the tabs from the Safari app draw
Again, you might have media playing on a website in the Safari App, or you may have played a video on one of your tabs and the media controls for that video got stuck on your lock screen.
To close the Safari App tabs, open the Safari App and tap on the bottom right-hand corner to open up all your open tabs. Close all the tabs one by one and check if the error persists.
3. Reboot your iOS device
Sometimes a reboot is all you need to solve a buggy problem on your iOS device. Follow the steps below to reboot your device:
- Press and hold down the top or side-button on your iOS Device (Side button + Volume Key on iPhone X)
- When the ‘Slide to Power off’ appears, slide the toggle to turn off your iOS device.
- Finally, press and hold the top or side button to power on your device once more.
Likewise, you can go into Settings > General and choose ‘Shut Down’ to turn off your iOS Device.
After the device boots, check if the error has persisted on your lock screen.
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4. Perform a hard reset
A hard reset doesn’t erase any data on your phone and will sometimes work wonders on a buggy app. To perform a hard-reset on iPhone 8, follow these steps:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
- Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Next, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on your screen.
On iPhone 7 and older, hold both the Power and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds or until the Apple logo appears.
That’s it; you have just performed a hard reset on your iOS device. Check if that has solved your iPhone lock-screen music controls issue.
5. Removing music from iPhone widgets
You can disable notifications from the music app by following these simple steps:
- Navigate to Settings > Notifications > Music
- Toggle off ‘Allow Notifications’
6. Remove the music app from the today view
To remove the Music App from Today View, follow these steps:
- On the home-screen, Swipe right
- Scroll down to the bottom and tap ‘Edit.’
- Tap on the red minus button next to the Music App.
Launch the music app and then pause and close the app to see if the issue persists.
If the solutions detailed on this guide on how to remove music from the iPhone lock screen don’t resolve your issue, your remaining alternatives would be to wait for an iOS update which would probably fix the bug or contact Apple Support for a tailored solution.
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Alex is an IT technician who shares his experiences with Apple devices occasionally. He has a collection of Apple devices (from iPhone 4) and has recently started trying out Android.
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