If you’ve paired an iPhone with a HomePod or an Apple TV and someone else starts playing media such as a song, video, or podcast, you’ll see media controls on your iPhone’s lock screen that could be accidentally hit. Here̵
Can you turn off all media playback controls on iPhone lock screen?
If you’re on an iPhone, you’re probably familiar with the play, pause, and volume controls that appear on your lock screen when you’re playing a song, video, podcast, or other medium. Some people find these controls annoying because you can easily hit them accidentally and play (or stop) media when you don’t want to.
Unfortunately, you can’t always turn off these controls. They always appear when you play something from your iPhone.
In other words, the technique below will not hide normal iPhone lock screen media control panel. Hopefully, Apple will offer that as an option in the future. For now, we’ve figured out a way to hide the AirPlay controls that appear on your lock screen when someone is using a paired device.
How to hide iPhone lock screen playback controls
From the media control panel of your iPhone, on the lock screen, tap the blue AirPlay icon to the right of the title of the media being played.
In the AirPlay menu that appears, tap “Control other speakers and TVs” at the bottom of the device list.
In the next menu that appears, tap “iPhone” at the top of your device list. By doing this, you are telling your iPhone that you do not want to control the external AirPlay device with your iPhone at this time.
After tapping “iPhone”, you will see a small iPhone media viewing window on the lock screen that looks something like this. But we are not done yet.
To remove the iPhone media playback screen (as long as the media is not actively playing on your device), put your iPhone to sleep mode by pressing the side button or top button (depending on your device).
When you turn your iPhone screen back on (by pressing a button or otherwise), the media buttons on the lock screen are gone!
We can’t say it’s simple or easy, but it works.
Now let’s hope Apple will let us turn this (and other media playback controls on the lock screen) off with a setting in the future – instead of letting us go through a series of strange steps. Good luck!
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