Why is my Apple Music app always running?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

There can be several reasons why your Apple Music app is always running on your iPhone. Here are some possible explanations:

1. Background App Refresh: One reason could be that you have enabled Background App Refresh for Apple Music. This feature allows apps to refresh their content in the background, even when you’re not actively using them. To check if this is the case, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and see if Apple Music is enabled. If it is, you can disable it to prevent the app from running in the background.

2. Autoplay: Another possibility is that you have the autoplay feature enabled in Apple Music. This means that when one song ends, another one starts playing automatically. To disable autoplay, open the Apple Music app and tap on the profile icon in the top left corner. Then, go to Settings > Playback and toggle off the “Autoplay” option.

3. CarPlay or Bluetooth Connectivity: If you frequently connect your iPhone to a CarPlay system or Bluetooth audio device, it’s possible that the connection is triggering the Apple Music app to start playing automatically. Some car audio systems are designed to automatically play music from your iPhone when it connects via Bluetooth. To prevent this, you can disable Bluetooth on your iPhone or unpair it from your car’s audio system. This way, the automatic connection won’t be established, and Apple Music won’t start playing.

4. Siri Suggestions: Siri Suggestions can also cause the Apple Music app to launch automatically. Siri learns your habits and may suggest opening certain apps, including Apple Music, based on your usage patterns. To check and disable Siri Suggestions for Apple Music, go to Settings > Siri & Search, scroll down to the “Siri Suggestions” section, and look for Apple Music. You can toggle off the suggestions for this app.

5. App Glitches or Bugs: Sometimes, apps can have bugs or glitches that cause them to behave unexpectedly. If none of the above solutions work, you can try force-closing the Apple Music app and restarting your iPhone. To force-close an app on an iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom and hold your finger in the middle of the screen until the app switcher appears. Then, swipe left or right to find the Apple Music app and swipe it up to close it. On older iPhones with a home button, double-press the home button to access the app switcher and swipe up on the Apple Music app to close it. Afterward, restart your iPhone by holding the power button and sliding to power off. Then, turn it back on and see if the issue persists.

These are some possible reasons why your Apple Music app is always running. By following the steps mentioned above, you should be able to troubleshoot and resolve the issue.