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How to hide playback controls from the iPhone lock screen

Hiding the video or audio playback controls on your iPhone may be necessary on different occasions. Suppose your iPhone is connected to a portable speaker and someone else also connects and starts playing media files such as songs, videos, or podcasts. In such a case, you may accidentally hit these playback controls on the iPhone lock screen, as they appear there.

Unfortunately, these controls cannot always be turned off. They will always appear when you play something with your iPhone. In other words, the method below won’t allow you to hide the regular media control bar on the iPhone lock screen. Perhaps such a feature will appear in the future. However, for now, you can hide the AirPlay controls, and here is how.

How to hide AirPlay playback controls on iPhone lock screen

So if you want to hide AirPlay playback controls on your iPhone lock screen, you can follow these steps:

  • First of all, in the Media Control Panel on the iPhone lock screen, tap the blue AirPlay icon located to the right of the song or video being played.
  • Then tap “Control Other Speakers & TVs” on the AirPlay menu that appears at the lower end of the device list.
  • After that, tap “iPhone” at the top of the devices list. This will let the iPhone know that you don’t wish to control the remote AirPlay device with the iPhone at this time.
  • Next, you will see a small iPhone media playback window on the lock screen.
  • Now, to remove the media playback screen on your iPhone (as long as media files are not actively playing on your device), lock your iPhone by pressing the side or top button (depending on your device).

When you unlock the iPhone again (by pressing a button or otherwise), the media controls on the lock screen will disappear.

Frankly, this method isn’t as simple as it looks, but it’s better than nothing. I hope Apple will add some kind of option that will allow users to hide playback controls from the lock screen in future iOS updates. However, at the moment, it is what it is.

What is the Focus mode on iPhone?

One of the cool features that came with the lock screen in iOS 16 is the ability to tie the desired Focus mode to a specific lock screen. For example, you can set a dark wallpaper for the night so that you can see the time when necessary, not be blinded by the bright backlight, and turn on sleep mode. You can create any combination you like.

To create a lock screen with a specific focus, you need to:

  • Unlock your iPhone.
  • Roll up the Control Panel Curtain and tap on the “Focus” button.
  • Select the desired mode.

iOS is gradually approaching Android in terms of emerging customization options. It should be noted that Apple offers rather elegant solutions to its users, which have already been tested by the time either on other own operating systems or proven by competitors.

In any case, Cupertino has always been famous for bringing to life what other manufacturers have failed to do, and this time, in my opinion, it turned out very well.

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How to disable the Control Center on the iPhone lock screen

Control Center makes it easy to access settings, media controls, and home accessories from the lock screen. But it also allows other people to easily access all of this. If this is a problem, you can make it so that Control Center cannot be taken off the lock screen.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to “Face ID & Passcode” and open it.
  • Then enter your password.
  • Finally, scroll down and disable “Control Center”.

This way you will deny access to all Control Center options while your iPhone is locked.

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