If you have linked an Apple TV or a HomePod to your iPhone and when someone else begins playing a song, video, or podcast, you’ll see media controls on your iPhone lock screen that sometimes may get annoying. In this article, I will show you how you can disable and hide media controls on iPhone lock screen for Airplay.
Can you Disable All Media Playback Controls from iPhone Lock Screen?
If you are using an iPhone, you may be familiar with the play, pause, and volume control windows that appear on the lock screen every time you play a song, video, podcast, or any other medium. Some people find these controls annoying because it’s easy to accidentally bump into them or play (or stop) media when you don’t want to.
Unfortunately, you cannot always disable these controls. They will always appear when you play some content through your iPhone.
In other words, the techniques listed below cannot hide the media control panel from the iPhone’s lock screen. We look forward to Apple providing this option in the future. Currently, I’ve found a way to hide the AirPlay controls that show up on the lock screen when someone uses a paired device.
How to Hide Media Controls on iPhone Lock Screen for Airplay
- Click on the blue AirPlay icon just to the right of the media title being played in the media control panel on the iPhone lock screen.
- From the displayed AirPlay menu, select “Other speaker control“
- In the menu that appears next, select “iPhone” at the top of the device list. By doing this, it notifies your iPhone that you don’t want to control the remote AirPlay device from your current iPhone.
- After selecting “iPhone,” you’ll see a small iPhone media playback window on the lock screen that will look something like this. But we’re not done yet.
- To clear the iPhone’s media playback screen (if the device does not play media active), press the side button or the screen button (depending on the device) to lock the iPhone.
- When you turn your iPhone screen back on (by pressing a button or otherwise), the media controls on the lock screen will be gone!
That’s it. This is how you can disable and hide media controls on iPhone lock screen for Airplay. I can’t say it’s simple or easy, but it works.
Now, let’s hope Apple will allow us to disable this feature (and other lock screen media playback controls) through settings in the future, rather than allowing us to go through several weird steps. Good luck!