How to Remove Stuck Music Player Widget from iPhone Lock Screen

Recently, I found music player widget being stuck on the Lock screen. It was a bit annoying and sort of marred my music time. I tried a few solutions, and luckily one of them worked in removing the stuck music player widget from the iPhone Lock screen.

Have you experienced this issue as well? I assure that you will be able to resolve the problem by following the below-mentioned solutions. Head over to try them out!

How to Remove a Stuck Music Player Widget From your iPhone Lockscreen

The rule: start with the first solution and if it’s able to resolve the problem—Wonderful! If it fails to work, move to the next one and keep trying until you have found success.

Solution #1. Force Quit the Music App

One of the main villains of this issue could be the music app you recently used on your iOS device. Whether it’s Apple Music or Spotify, force quit it. Simply double-click the Home button to access App Switcher. Then, swipe up on the app card to kill the app.

On iPhone X, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the display and pause to bring up the app switcher. Next, locate the app you wish to close. Next up, tap and hold on it and then on the red minus icon to remove it.

Force Quit Apps on iPhone X

Once you have force-quit the music app, check out if the issue is fixed. If you don’t see music widget on the Lock screen, that means you have resolved the problem. If it’s still stuck there, move on to the next solution.

Solution #2. Reboot your iPhone

Try rebooting your device. This little trick comes handy in resolving many problems. Hence, it’d be wise to give it a chance as well.

Just press and hold the ON/OFF button on your iOS device and then swipe to power off. On your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, you need to press and hold the side button and either volume up or down button. Then swipe to power off.

After your iOS device has restarted, the problem could be gone. If it has, great! If it hasn’t, head over to the next solutions…

Solution #3. Delete the Problematic Music App

It’s time to delete the problematic music app and reinstall it. You can delete not just third-party music app but also Apple’s music app. Simply touch and hold on the app. When it starts wiggling, tap on the “X” button. Then tap on Delete in the pop-up to confirm. Next up, click the Home button to get out of the edit mode.

Delete YouTube App from iPhone and iPad

On your iPhone X, you need to tap on Done at the top right corner to stop apps from wiggling.

Solution #4. It could be a Bluetooth issue

Your car’s Bluetooth stereo might be behind this problem. At times, music widget tends to get stuck on the Lock screen even after you are out of your car or not using it anymore. Unpair both the devices and disconnect them from each other’s settings.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Tap on Bluetooth.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap on the “i” button next to your car stereo.

Step #4. Next, tap on Forget This Device and confirm.

Then, head over to your car stereo, open settings. Up next, unpair your iPhone and reboot it.

If this trick is able to troubleshoot the problem, huzzah! But if the music widget is still stuck, disconnect your device from all the Bluetooth accessories.

Solution #5. Restore Your Device

Having encountered this issue on a few occasions, I can say that you won’t have to take this radical step in most cases. But if none of the above-explained tricks have clicked for you, go for the kill and restore your device as new. Don’t forget to back up your iPhone or iPad before getting started.

Restore iPhone 8-8 Plus using iTunes

That’s done!

Wrapping up:

Let us know which one of the solutions helped you in troubleshooting this problem. If you have found any other trick (not mentioned above) of resolving it, do tell us about that as well in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.