iPhone Plays Music by Itself? Here is the Fix

06/19/2019 Posted by FoneGeek

Recently there are many iOS users complaining that their iPhone's player sometimes randomly runs even if the song is paused and the phone is locked. They don't know the reason but it's really annoying especially in a noise prohibited area such as on a meeting or in class. It seems this issue is more common among iPhone 6, 6S and 7+. In this post, we will discuss several solutions to solve this issue. If you are facing the same problem, come to read the details. 

Method 1. Close the Apps in the Background 

If you find your iPhone starts playing music by itself after you run another app, it's possible that the third-party app interferes with system apps that lead to such embarrassing moments. Simply close the apps in the background and you will get your iPhone music runs normally again. Double press the Home button on your device. Preview the applications you recently used and swipe up on the app that you would like to close. 

Method 2. Restart Your iPhone

Restart is the best solution for many problems no matter what problem occurs on the iPhone. If you are facing a minor software issue, you might fix the problem just by force restarting your device. Since turning off your iPhone allows all of its programs to shut down and start fresh when you turn your iPhone back on. You can perform a simple restart to fix iPhone starts playing music randomly problem.

Force Restart iPhone iPad

Method 3. Avoid Shaking Your iPhone

In some case shaking the iPhone results in auto turning or changing of the song. So if you last played the music and left the widget of that music app on the lock screen, remember not to shake your iPhone.

Method 4. Change App Settings

It's possible that Suggested App may initiate the music app. So you'd better turn off the app suggestion setting on your iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps, turn off the "Handoff" or the "Installed Apps" switch.

iOS Settings App Handoff Disabled

Method 5. Delete Pandora App

If you are using Pandora App, this could be the cause of your iPhone starts playing music by itself. Delete the Pandora App when iPhone music starts playing on its own. If the music stops after you delete the Pandora App, it means the issue is caused by that app.

Method 6. Reset the iPhone to Factory Settings

If all the above methods fail, resetting the iPhone to the factory settings is always a solution. It can help to fix a lot of different types of software issues. But before resetting your iPhone to Factory Setting, make sure you have backed up your iPhone in case of data loss. Since it will erase all data and settings on your iPhone and restore them to factory defaults. Below are steps to reset your iPhone to factory settings:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on "Erase All Content and Settings" option and hit on "Erase iPhone".
  3. The device will reboot, and you have to set up it again just like it is new.

Reset iPhone to Factory Settings

Method 7. Fix Your iOS System by Third-party Tool

The last method is the best choice for a system problem – to fix your iOS system by a system recovery tool. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is such a tool that can help you to fix iPhone plays music by itself problem without any data loss. It can also fix other iOS issues including iPhone black screen of death, iPhone keyboard not working and iPhone contacts missing names after iOS 12 update, etc. The program is fully compatible with all iOS devices including the latest iPhone XS/XS Max/XR running on iOS 12/12.3. 

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Below is how to fix iPhone automatically plays music without data loss: 

  1. Install and launch FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your computer. 
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer, and choose iOS System Recovery. 
  3. Proceed by following the steps on the screen to put your iPhone into DFU or Recovery mode. 
  4. Click Download to install the latest firmware. 
  5. Click Start to Fix. Wait until the program is done and your iPhone will be normal again. 

iOS System Recovery


In this post we discussed 7 methods to fix the iPhone plays music by itself issue. All solutions are easy-to-use and don't ask for any technical skill. Hope you can find one solution to assist you to solve iPhone starts playing music randomly issue. Moreover, if you are using Android phones and got some problems such as data loss with your Android phone, you can try another tool Fonegeek Android Data Recovery, it will help you to recover all the data on your Android device.

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