How To Stop Music Automatically Playing On CarPlay (iOS 16)

music playing automatically on carplay

Music playing automatically on CarPlay

Are you looking for a way to stop CarPlay from playing music automatically when iPhone connects to car wirelessly or via cable connection? You’re not alone! Here is what you can do about it!

Apple Music Playing Automatically On CarPlay?

This unexpected behavior has been reported by Mia:

“Apple carplay plays music automatically every time it connects to my iPhone. How can I stop this?”

We couldn’t replicate this issue, but it appears to be a common problem as we found several reports on websites like Reddit:
1: “I have a bunch of songs imported onto my music app and it always starts playing automatically when I connect to wireless apple carplay or cable connection to car stereo.”
2: “How do I make Apple Music stop auto playing whatever song it wants when I start my car.”

How To Stop Music Automatically Playing On CarPlay

There doesn’t seem to be an universal fix for this annoying behavior. However, here are a few workarounds:

1. Turn Off Autoplay From Your Car

First of all make sure that you have the autoplay option turned off from your car’s dashboard.

Some cars have this setting but often even if it’s set correctly it still auto starts a random song from Apple Music.

2. Pause Before Disconnecting

Next, try to pause playback before you leave the car and iPhone disconnects from CarPlay!

Fact: Some cars seem able to remember the last setting and Apple Music will remained in paused state when you reconnect.

3. Quit Apple Music

This is inconvenient, but you will solve the issue if you uninstall Apple Music and switch for Spotify or Tidal.

Apparently, the built-in Music app is the default audio player that your car is looking for whenever it connects to your iPhone.

4. Disable Bluetooth

Perhaps the most unpopular solution is to turn off Bluetooth on your iOS device. However, this will prevent your iPhone from connecting to your car altogether thus rendering all its other useful functions unusable.

Did you manage to stop Apple Music from playing automatically on CarPlay? Do you have a better solution? Share your feedback in the comments!

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