How to Control Apple Music from Lock Screen

How to Control Apple Music from Lock Screen

When you’re playing music from your iPhone, you’ll notice the Lock screen will provide information on the song playing as well as some added controls. It doesn’t matter if you’re listening to playlist, your music library, or streaming Beats radio — the Lock screen will look roughly the same. Here’s how to control Apple Music from Lock screen.

For this screen to appear in Lock screen, you must be currently playing music, although it can be paused. The items you’ll see from Lock screen when playing Apple Music are:

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  • Play/Pause — play/pause music; will appear as play/stop when listening to Beats radio.

  • Skip & Go Back — skip song, go back a song. These controls cannot be used when listening to Beats radio.

  • ‘Like’ Heart icon — Liking a song tailors the For You Apple Music section to your interests.

  • Share icon — Share Song or Album with friends or via apps, must enter passcode to perform.

  • Music Volume — controls the volume level of your music

  • Song Track Time — shows the time remaining of the song and how long it’s been playing. You can move to a place in the song by dragging the moving time bar.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.