How to Disable Auto Playing Audio Apps in watchOS 4 on Apple Watch

Can't bear with the auto-launching of music apps anymore? Follow these quick steps to stop auto-playing audio apps on your Apple Watch running watchOS 4.

watchOS 4 comes with a well-thought-out feature “auto launch audio apps” that automatically launches music app or any other audio apps whenever you wake the screen while playing audio or listening to your favorite tracks on your Apple Watch or iPhone. It offers a seamless experience; allowing you to comfortably fine-tune music controls especially when you are enjoying your favorite tracks on your iPhone or AirPods. But if you find this auto-launching of music app annoying for any personal reason, you can easily disable auto-playing audio apps in watchOS 4 on your Apple Watch.

Though you can quickly remove the now playing screen from your watch face just by clicking the Digital Crown, it will show up again when the playback starts. You can prevent the music app from auto-launching on your smartwatch both from your Apple Watch and Watch app from your paired iPhone.

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How to Turn Off Auto Playing Audio Apps in watchOS 4 on Apple Watch

How to Stop Music App from Automatically Launching on Apple Watch in watchOS 4

Stop Now Playing and Audio Apps from Auto Launching on Apple Watch

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your Watch.

Tap on Settings in Apple Watch Series 3

Step #2. Now, tap on General.

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Tap on General in Apple Watch Series 3

Step #3. Next, you need to tap on Wake Screen.

Tap on Wake Screen in Apple Watch Settings

Step #4. Finally, turn off the switch next to Auto-Launch Audio Apps.

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Disable Auto Playing Audio Apps in watchOS 4 on Apple Watch

Stop Music Apps from Launching Automatically on Apple Watch Using Watch App from iPhone

Step #1. Launch Watch app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on My Watch tab at the bottom then tap on General.

Tap on My Watch then General in Apple Watch App on iPhone

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Step #3. Tap on Wake Screen.

Tap on Wake Screen in Watch App on iPhone

Step #4. Next, turn off the switch next to Auto-launch Audio Apps.

Stop Music Apps from Launching Automatically on Apple Watch Using Watch App from iPhone

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That’s it! From now onwards, the music app won’t launch automatically on your Watch. But if you ever wish to get it back into action again, you can easily enable it. Simply follow the aforementioned steps and turn on the “Auto-launch Audio Apps” switch in the end.

Your turn

Personally, I like this auto-launching of now playing screen on the Watch. Whenever I’m tuned onto AirPods, I spin Digital Crown to adjust volume comfortably. This feature becomes even more helpful when the iPhone is in my pocket, and I’m not using the earphones. But again, what may be good for one may not necessarily be cool for everyone.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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