How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing

Updated by Adam Gorden on Nov 24, 2022 9:04 AM
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Q: "I have an iPhone 13. Ever since I upgraded to iOS 16, my iPhone always starts playing Apple Music via Bluetooth in the car automatically, even if the Apple Music app is closed. This happens even when I am listening to other audio such as Audible books in the car. So, how to stop Apple Music from automatically playing in car?"

Have you come across an Apple Music auto-play problem? Some Apple Music users report that their Apple Music will play music automatically when they get into the car. Some others found this problem happened to their iPhone, iPad, AirPods, or headphones. If you are looking for a method to stop Apple Music from automatically playing, you can follow this tutorial which contains several methods to fix Apple Music playing automatically on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as, the solutions to Apple Music playing automatically in car.

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Part 1. How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing on iPhone/iPad/Mac
Part 2. How to Stop Car from Automatically Playing Apple Music
Part 3. How to Stop Apple Music from Playing Automatically on AirPods
Part 4. Bonus: How to Download and Convert Apple Music to MP3

Part 1. How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing on iPhone/iPad/Mac

The problem that Apple Music plays automatically happens when lots of users use Apple Music on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Fortunately, there are several methods to stop Apple Music from playing automatically. Let's see how to get Apple Music to stop playing automatically.

Method 1. Turn off Autoplay in Apple Music

Apple Music has an Autoplay feature, which will play music in your library or a random song automatically when Apple Music finishes all the songs in an album or a playlist. Indeed, with this feature, you can discover new music in Apple Music. But sometimes, you just want to stop when finishing your songs. When you find Apple Music automatically plays on any device, you can try to disable this feature to fix it. Here is a full guide for how to turn off Autoplay in Apple Music.

On iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Step 1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Music app and start playing a song.

Step 2. Select the mini player and tap the Up Next icon then find a highlighted Autoplay icon.

Step 3. When Autoplay is enabled, tap this icon to disable the Autoplay feature.

On Mac

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Step 1. On your Mac, launch the Apple Music app and select a song to play.

Step 2. From the Playing Now window, click the Up Next icon to load the Playing Next playlist.

Step 3. Click the Autoplay button at the top of the queue to turn Autoplay off.

Method 2. Disable Handoff in Settings

The Handoff feature can continue the playback of videos or audios on your iPhone. In this case, try to disable this feature, if you want to prevent Apple Music from playing automatically.

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Step 1. Go to open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Then select General and tap on AirPlay & Handoff then disable this feature.

Method 3. Disable Apple Music to Use Data

When Apple Music plays automatically on your iPhone, you can try to turn off cellular data on your iPhone to stop it. Or you can disable Apple Music to use cellular data for streaming your library. Now follow the below steps to make Apple Music stop playing automatically.

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Step 1. Tap on Settings > Music on your iPhone and select Allow Music to Access.

Step 2. Under Allow to Use Data, tap Off or only choose WLAN.

Method 4. Set a Timer to Stop Playing Apple Music

Another way you can try is to use the Timer to stop Apple Music from playing automatically. The Timer feature can stop music from playing every a period of time, which can be decided by you. Follow the below steps to fix this problem.

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Step 1. Open the Clock app first and tap the Timer button at the bottom of the Clock app.

Step 2. Use the timer picker to pick the interval time.

Step 3. Press when time ends button. Choose the Stop Playing option.

Step 4. Tap on Set and then Start to start the timer.

Part 2. How to Stop Car from Automatically Playing Apple Music

When you want to stop Apple Music from automatically playing in the car, there are two methods for you. If you are using an iPhone, you can try to close the CarPlay feature first. For Android users, you can disable the Auto feature. Here's how to.

2.1 Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing in Apple CarPlay

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Step 1. Navigate to Settings and select Screen Time.

Step 2. Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps then disable CarPlay.

2.2 Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing in Android Auto

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Step 1. Tap on Settings > Connected devices and select Connection preferences.

Step 2. Tap on Android Auto then disable Start music automatically.

Part 3. How to Stop Apple Music from Playing Automatically on AirPods

To disable Autoplay in Apple Music, you can successfully stop Apple Music from playing automatically on your iPhone or other devices. However, some users complained that Apple Music starts playing automatically when they pair their headphones like AirPods. Here you can make some settings to your AirPods. Then it will prevent Apple Music from playing automatically.

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Step 1. Pair your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Go into Settings > Bluetooth and find your AirPods.

Step 3. Tap the (i) next to AirPods and turn off Automatic Ear Detection.

Part 4. Bonus: How to Download and Convert Apple Music to MP3

With the above methods, you are able to disable Apple Music from playing automatically. However, to fix this issue on Apple Music once and for all, the direct way is to transfer Apple Music playlists to other music player for playing. Then you can listen to Apple Music normally. And you don't need to pay a lot to start a new subscription on other music apps. You can still enjoy your favorite Apple Music songs with high quality.

But before transferring Apple Music playlists to other music player, there is a significant step - convert Apple Music to MP3. MP3 is a common audio format that is acceptable for most media players. So, you can download and convert Apple Music to MP3 for playing on any media player. For the conversion, ViWizard Apple Music Converter is a highly suggested converter for Apple Music. It will convert Apple Music to 6 popular formats like MP3 at 30× faster speed and with the original sound quality kept.

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  • Support to download and convert Apple Music with lossless quality
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Guide: How to Download and Convert Apple Music to MP3

Before we start, click the above Download button to install ViWizard Audio Converter on your computer. Now, let's see how to download Apple Music to MP3 with lossless quality by using ViWizard software. Make sure that iTunes or Music has been installed on your computer.

1Load Apple Music You Need to the Converter

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Launch ViWizard Audio Converter on your computer. The iTunes app will be opened as well. When you click the Load iTunes Library button, a pop-up window with your iTunes library will appear, from which you can pick Apple Music you like. You may also add music by dragging and dropping it from local folder.

2Choose MP3 as Output Format and Set Parameters

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Next, in the left corner, click the Format button. Then, choose MP3 as your desired output format. You may also tune the audio parameters as your needs by altering the codec, channel, bit rate, and sample rate, and so on. Finally, press OK to save your changes.

3Start to Download Apple Music for Offline Playing

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Then, on the bottom right corner, click the Convert button to begin downloading and converting Apple Music to MP3 for offline playing. Following the downloaded Apple Music files, click the Converted button and then you are able to transfer them to any device and player.

Conclusion

It's easy to stop Apple Music from automatically playing through the above solutions. You can try them one by one to fix the error. The best method to avoid this error is to use ViWizard Audio Converter to download Apple Music playlists for playing. When the conversion is over, you can transfer those converted Apple Music songs to any media player you like. Just click the download button to learn more about ViWizard at once and you won't be disappointed.

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