Media Player Stuck On Lock Screen In iOS 17? (Fix!)

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Media player stuck on lock screen.

Are you often experiencing media player stuck on Lock Screen? iPhone displays an empty Now Playing widget that can’t be swiped away? You’re not the only one affected by this unexpected behavior!

Media Player Stuck On Lock Screen?

This issue has been reported by Seba:

“I’m having an empty Now Playing widget on the lock screen that won’t go away!”

I’ve experienced it myself a couple of times and have seen others complain about it on Reddit:

“Media player always shows on my lock screen. How can i deactivate?”

How To Fix Now Playing Stuck On Lock Screen

Apparently this problem is caused by an app that’s been previously used for media playback. It can be Safari, YouTube Music or anything similar.

The fix at the moment requires you to force close the app in question:

    media player stuck on lock screen fix

  • 1. Swipe-up from the bottom of the screen to open the App Switcher.
  • 2. Browse to the card of the app that you’ve previously used.
  • 3. Swipe it up to dismiss it and force quit the software.
  • Fact: The Media player should disappear from the Lock Screen? Did it? If not you might have closed the wrong app.

Tip: You can also perform a force restart of the device if the problem persists!

Important: In some cases Now Playing might show up as an empty notification box on Lock Screen when you play music via the Home app and you leave your home. In this case you can easily swipe-left on the notification box and clear it!
now playing empty notification on lock screen

Have you managed to fix media player stuck on Lock Screen? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: Having duplicate Media controls on Lock Screen? This is what you can do to fix it!