How to Stop Apple Watch Now Playing from Auto-Opening

If you're listening to music on your iPhone, you really don't need Now Playing to open up on your Apple Watch, too. Luckily, this setting can be disabled.

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The Apple Watch Now Playing app is handy when you're actually listening to music via your Apple Watch, but it's annoying that it auto-opens when you're listening to music on another Apple device. Here's how to disable Auto-Launch Audio Apps on your Apple Watch.

Related: How to Customize Your Apple Watch Dock with Your Favorite Apps

If you don't want Now Playing to launch every time you start playing audio on your iPhone, you can change your settings to stop it from happening. 

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.

    Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on General.

    Tap on General
  3. Scroll down and tap on Wake Screen.

    Scroll down and tap on Wake Screen
  4. Toggle off Auto-Launch Audio Apps.

    Toggle off Auto-Launch Audio Apps

When the toggle turns gray, you've successfully disabled the Apple Watch Now Playing app and other audio apps from starting up automatically when your watch detects audio playing on another device.

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Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.