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11 Simple Tricks to Fix iPhone Plays Musics By Itself in iOS 17

DoubtUser Concern

“My iPhone 15 always starts playing a random song when I disconnect a call or jump in my car. Are there any suggestions to help get rid of the problem? Thanks very much in advance.”

In recently days, many users have created a topic in different Apple forums saying that their iPhone plays music by itself. It really bothers us a lot especially when we are attending an important conference or a meeting.

Everything was quiet except for our iPhone, it plays music by itself. Really sounds embarrassed, do you have the same experience and feeling? If you are suffering or you have suffered from this kind of issue, then keep reading.

Part 1. Common Scenarios When iPhone Plays Music By Itself

There are some common scenarios when iPhone starts playing music randomly:

  • iPhone starts playing a random song in a car.
  • iPhone plays music automatically when earphones are plugged in or out.
  • iPhone plays music by itself when the device is connected to Bluetooth.
  • Music app or iTunes app randomly play music.
  • Pandora app pops up to play music by itself.

playing music iphone

We have tested and collected a great many visible things you can use to fix this iPhone plays music by itself problem.

Part 2. The Most Effective Way to Fix iPhone Randomly Plays Music

Actually, if you are not sure of the success fixing rate of the solutions below, then you can firstly directly use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery, which is a 100% reliable tool that gain much reputation from most of our users and famous media sites. Just as the tool's name, this program is mainly used to repair all iOS system issues however serious they are.


You just need to download the iOS System Recovery program on your computer, choose the repair mode and connect the device to computer, then follow the instructions on the software interface to fix the issue of iPhone randomly plays music.

connect ios device

Part 3. Other Common Tips to to Stop iPhone Playing Music Automatically

1. Force Close the Background App

The iPhone sometimes plays musics may certainly play randomly if there are apps running in the background. Then you can force quit each app with the steps below.

  1. First, pull the "HOME" at the bottom up and hold it down to get all the apps running on your iPhone.
  2. Press any App window in the middle of the screen and you will see the closing symbol in the upper left corner of the app.
  3. Slide the app up to close it, or click on the small delete symbol.

force quit app

2. Reset Music Library

When your iPhone plays music without any notification, you can reset the Music Library to fix this issue hence this kind of issue is said to be the linked to the Music Library. Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Open the Music app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the "Edit" tab in the top right corner.
  3. Uncheck every music on the list.
  4. Exit the app and leave the iPhone aside for a while then confirm whether this issue can be repaired.

edit music library

3. Force Close Music App

If the unwanted music are from certain music applications, you can follow the steps of the 1st solution to force quite all musics apps to stop the unwanted noise.

force close music app

4. Update Music App

If you are sure that the music apps have problems playing the music, this small glitch can always be fixed by updating the app. You can open App Store on your iPhone to check for updates of the music app.

update music app

5. Remove and Install Music App Again

If you are using music apps such as Pandora, Spotify or YouTube Music, you can re-install the music app to fix the problem.

  1. On the iPhone’s home screen, keep holding on the music app until the icon wiggles.
  2. Hit on the X icon to delete the app.

delete music app

6. Stop Shaking Your iPhone

When your iPhone is locked and the music app is running in the background, the much widget will be displayed on the lock screen. Under some circumstances, the music widget will be triggered when you shaking your iPhone. As a result, the music will play by itself.

7. Reset Music App Settings

One more simple yet effective approach to get rid of iPhone playing music randomly is reset music App settings. Let’s take Apple Music app as an example, you can turn off iCloud sync feature and then log in with your account again.

Step 1. Unlock the device and go to Settings > Music to turn off "iCloud Music Library", then turn it on after several seconds.

icloud music library

Step 2. Open the music app, scroll down to log out of your account on the profile page.

Step 3. Force quit the Music app and open it up again. Sign into your Apple ID to see if the iPhone can play music normally.

log into apple music

8. Reset iPhone to Factory Settings

One more universal solution you can try is to reset your iPhone to factory settings. Reset iPhone to factory settings will erase the information and settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod and also install the latest version to your iOS device.

  1. Open your iPhone, click "Settings > General > Restore > Erase All Content and Settings".
  2. Enter the lock screen password or Apple ID password when prompted.
  3. Wait for the device to erase the content. After it is finished, your iPhone will get restart, and the phone will be exactly the same as a new device.

erase all content and settings

9. Force Restart Your iPhone

Any small bugs or problems on your iPhone can be removed by simply refreshing the device. Thus you can turn off and turn on the device to check whether the music issue can be resolved or not.

  • For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold the power button and the volume down button for at least 10 seconds until the apple icon appears.
  • For iPhone 8 and later models, press and quickly release the volume + button; then press and quickly release the volume - button; Press and hold the side button (power button) until the apple icon appears.

turn off and turn on iphone

10. Check Your Earphone

If this glitch always occurs when your headphones are plugged into the device, then you should check if it is your earphone leads to the music issue.

unplug headphone

Take the earphone out of the device and inset with a new one, then check whether the music will play by itself randomly. If it is, then try other solutions. If it is not, then your earphone may be damaged. You may need to contact Apple for further assistance if the music issue is still not resolved.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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